Visual Effects Master Douglas Trumbull To Be Honored by the International Press Academy

The International Press Academy will honor visual effects artist Douglas Trumbull with its Nikola Tesla Award for visionary achievement in filmmaking technology at its 16th annual Satellite Awards on Dec. 18.

The group, composed of foreign and domestic journalists, also will present its Mary Pickford Award for outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry to Mitzi Gaynor, whose films range from There’s No Business Like Show Business to South Pacific. Gaynor also enjoyed a career as a nightclub performer, making her Las Vegas debut at the Flamingo Hotel in 1961. She frequently appeared on TV variety shows during the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Trumbull, who’s earned a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for his work with the Showscan CP-65 Camera, was the special photographic effects supervisor for 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and went on to serve as visual effects supervisor on such movies as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner. He directed 1972’s Silent Running and 1982’s Brainstorm. Most recently, he served as special photographic effects consultant on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.