Episode 011 November 2014
We talk with Douglas Trumbull about his history as a creator and inventor of VFX and film technology, making Back to the Future… The Ride, and his latest project: the 120 fps, 4K, 3D short film UFOTOG that shows off his new immersive film process, Magi.
About The Optical
Host Mark Boszko takes you on a journey back through the annals of Cinefex magazine, talking about the movies and topics they covered 30+ years ago. We talk to people involved in the films, people who make movies, and people who love movies, and have a fun time doing it.
Special thanks to Cinefex for access to these out-of-print back issues.
Even though these are out of print, you can now download and read along with Issue 46 — and every other back issue of Cinefex — in the Cinefex iPad App. Download the free iPad app now!
Douglas Trumbull is a filmmaker, director, writer, and inventor of many advances in VFX technology. His latest project is a 3D/4K/120fps immersive cinema process called Magi.
Gallery: The Making of UFOTOG
Douglas Trumbull graciously shared some photos from the making of UFOTOG and his Magi process with us.
- Cinefex number 46 — May 1991, available in the Cinefex iPad app
- Revisiting Cinefex by Graham Edwards
- Back to the Future… The Ride (1991)
- UFOTOG (2014)
- Follow along with our List on Letterboxd, featuring films we've covered, and upcoming films to watch.
- Berkshire Ridefilm's pamphlet for their production of Back to the Future... The Ride with a few behind-the-scenes photos
- Imagica, the Japanese company who did the IMAX compositing
- Los Angeles Times article covering the ride films that Douglas Trumbull produced for the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Christie Digital High Frame Rate Technology Overview
- SHUTTER ANGLES & CREATIVE CONTROL on the Red Camera website, which explains how shutter angle affects exposure and motion blur
- Article in THR — Future of Film: VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull's Plan to Save the Movies, about the Magi process
- Peter Jackson Q&A about why he filmed The Hobbit films in 48 fps HFR (High Frame Rate)
- “Temporal Continuity” — meaning that every flash of the projector displays a unique image (frame) correct for the flow of time (no repeated display of frames)
- Wikipedia article, with information about the film projector shutter, which helps explain how a film is 24 frames per second, but projected with 48 (or 72) flashes of light from the projector
- UFOTOG trailer
- Dolby 3D
- How a Dichroic filter works
- Douglas Trumbull's Media Technology web page, with details on his inventions, from Showscan to his Zero-Gravity Boom
- Wikipedia: Films shot from the first-person perspective
- Ask Metafilter has an interesting question about movies that play on third-person and first-person perspective
- Great image from the Magicam patent that shows how the full-size camera is linked to the miniature camera.
- Douglas Trumbull's videos page, with great behind-the-scenes information on many of his films, as well as a recent update about his virtual set technology — sort of an advanced digital version of Magicam
- Book of Pooh, produced for Disney
- Bunraku puppetry
- THR reports on rumors of James Cameron possibly using Magi for the new Avatar films
- John Landau, Avatar producer
- The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
- TIFF Stanley Kubrick exhibition