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The Genius of Douglas Trumbull

by Phelim O’Neill.

He blew minds with Special Visual Effects work in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and he’s doing it again in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. In a rare interview, we catch up with a true visionary.

Even for a director as accomplished as Terrence Malick, creating the universe can present a few problems. Hardly known for his special effects extravaganzas, Malick’s approach to film-making – capturing spontaneous events – doesn’t jibe with the pre-planned discipline of CGI processes; they’re just too synthetic for his more organic methodology.

Instead, Malick had to go with methods and skill sets that have virtually vanished. For the spectacular, epic, 22-minute birth of creation sequence in his new film The Tree of Life, Malick contacted one of the few people with the necessary experience, ability and creative drive to get the results he needed. In short, he needed Douglas Trumbull, a man who hadn’t worked in feature films for almost 30 years, a man who may just be the saviour of cinema.

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