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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 18:10

Douglas Trumbull Talks the Future of VFX

Written by  Thea Green
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Douglas Trumbull brought cinematic magic to classics like Bladerunner and 2001: A Space Odyssey with technology ahead of its time using his ever-expanding knowledge of VFX.

Trumbull, who recently spoke at a Stanley Kubrick retrospective, mentioned that he believes effects find the most realism at 120 frames-per-second. A recent piece in Filmmaker Magazine covered some of Trumbull’s points and his release of a new short film.

Trumbull amazed the audience with the progress of effects and some of his breakthroughs through the display of his film UFOTOG. The sci-fi short, which he is still working on, was shown in 3D at 120fps, creating a form of hyperrealism that goes along with his want of an “immersive experience” for his audience.

Even though he finds that 120 frames-per-second can be very useful for creating realistic effects, he did mention that for the fantasy genre, the visuals almost feel too real. “As soon as you increase the frame rate it becomes more real, which I think is inappropriate to fantasy,” he said.

Trumbull, much like Kubrick, has always been an innovator at heart, constantly making discoveries and finding solutions in his work. “That’s what I loved about 2001,” he said. “We had no clue how to make that movie, and we figured it out as we went along. And that’s the way I like life to be.”

Though he believes that using a frame rate of 120fps, or at least 60fps, can prevent some of the blurring and strobing that hinder audiences’ viewing experience at 24fps, he doesn’t doubt that “it’s a beautiful medium. I’m not trying to wreck anything,” he added. (Filmmaker Magazine)



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