Crap. RIP Douglas Trumbull

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

Douglas Trumbull, Visual Effects Maestro on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies at 79
Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects visionary who, without CGI, fashioned the kaleidoscopic finale for 2001: A Space Odyssey, concocted the creepy cloud formations in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, filled the Blade Runner universe with smoke and fireballs and helped create the birth of the universe that opens The Tree of Life, has died. He was 79.

Trumbull died Monday after a “major two-year battle with cancer, a brain tumor and a stroke,” his daughter Amy announced on Facebook. She told The Hollywood Reporter that he died in Albany, New York; an obituary from the family said the cause of death was complications from mesothelioma.

“My sister Andromed and I got to see him on Saturday and tell him that we love him and we got to tell him to enjoy and embrace his journey into the Great Beyond,” she wrote.

Trumbull also was the director for two of my favorites:  Silent Running and Brainstorm

A really good obituary - Trumbull was a major force behind the scenes

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