2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY VFX legend Douglas Trumbull set to helm new film

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 11th, 2011

With his latest effects work set to be seen in Terrence Malick’s upcoming TREE OF LIFE, VFX wizard Douglas Trumbull has found himself a brand to film to take total control of.

Best known for work on films like 2001, BLADE RUNNER and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, Trumbull has previously directed a few films (most notably Natalie Wood’s final film, BRAINSTORM), and now, according THR, he’s got yet another one lined up.

Recently speaking at the Digital Cinema Summit at this year’s NAB Show this past weekend, Trumbull revealed that he is currently working on a new film, which will both be in 3D, and for the tech nerds out there, will be shot at either 48 or 60 frames per second.

The hope with that increase of frame rates (up from the basic 24) is that it will give a much more realistic feel to the film, and it will also add to the crispness of the 3D in many ways.

Personally, as a fan of Trumbull’s work as a VFX artist, this really sounds like an intriguing project. The details surrounding the film’s narrative are relatively non-existent, so it does worry me a bit that the frame rate is being thought of before any sort of finished script, but then again, what would you expect from a man like Trumbull. Count me in.

What do you think?

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  • filmfan

    If Trumbull does it you know it will be top quality. And he definitely is the kind of guy that knows the story comes first with the vfx as a support to the story, not the other way around.

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