Director and special effects innovator Douglas Trumbull – in memoriam


Director and special effects innovator Douglas Trumbull – in memoriam | WAMC

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Awards and plaques in Doug Trumbull's screening room in the Berkshires

Berkshire-based director and technical effects genius Doug Trumbull died on February 7 at the age of 79.

Sarah LaDuke spoke to him in 2011 when the Berkshire International Film Festival chose him as the winner.

Web text of the original 2011 article: The Berkshire International Film Festival will honor FX wizard Douglas Trumbull this weekend. A Berkshire resident, Douglas Trumbull’s storied career includes special photographic effects supervisor for 2001: A Space Odyssey; Visual effects supervisor for classics such as Dating of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Movieand blade runner. Photos from Doug’s screening room.

Sarah has been a public radio producer for over a decade. She grew up in Saranac Lake, New York, where she worked part-time at the Pendragon Theater throughout high school and college. She graduated from UAlbany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board member in the control room. Through a series of opportunities offered and taken, she is now lead producer of The Roundtable and producer of The Book Show.

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