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ACM SIGGRAPH Pioneers: Live Q&A With Douglas Trumbull

11 August 2020
5 pm PDT/7 pm CDT/8 pm EDT

SIGGRAPH Pioneers Chair Edward Kramer is incredibly honored to announce Douglas Trumbull as the Featured Speaker for 2020.

Trumbull will share a video retrospective of his Academy Award-winning career, created exclusively for the SIGGRAPH Pioneers. His video will be posted for screening on Friday, August 7, to the ACM SIGGRAPH YouTube channel leading up to a LIVE Q&A session Tuesday, August 11, at 8:00 pm EST.

Trumbull’s video presentation is open to the public and will be available on the SIGGRAPH YouTube channel. The live Q&A is open to SIGGRAPH Pioneers, and the recording of the Q&A will be posted to the SIGGRAPH YouTube page shortly after it concludes.

Event Time

August 11, 2020

5 pm PDT/7 pm CDT/8 pm EDT

Webinar attendance is open to SIGGRAPH Pioneers, and will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Recordings, when available, will be published to the ACM SIGGRAPH YouTube channel.


The name Douglas Trumbull has become synonymous with words like “visionary filmmaker” and “mastermind of visual effects.” His breakthrough work on Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey permanently revolutionized what visual effects could achieve in movies, and his subsequent work on The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner seared Trumbull’s vision into humanity’s collective imagination.

He has been awarded more than twenty-five patents, including one for the first entertainment simulator ride (Back to The Future – The Ride at Universal Studios) and another for the Academy Award-winning Showscan® process for high speed cinematography. Trumbull helped launch IMAX into the commercial feature film marketplace; and was recently awarded the coveted Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award for his contributions to cinema technology.

Currently running Trumbull Studios from the beautiful Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, Trumbull continues to experiment with technologies surrounding giant screen, high frame rate, extreme brightness 3D, and virtual digital production.

Douglas Trumbull
Past SIGGRAPH Webinars

Hands-on Workshop: Machine Learning and Neural Networks (9-part Course)
Walt Disney Animation Studios: Rajesh Sharma (Software Engineer)

Procedural Approach to Animation-Driven Effects for “Avengers: Endgame”
Weta Digital: Gerardo Aguilera (FX Supervisor) and Tobias Mack (Software Engineer)