Awards & Winners

Donald Trumbull

Date of Birth 27-May-1909
Place of Birth Chicago
(Illinois, United States of America, Chicago metropolitan area, Area code 872)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Donald Edmund Trumbull, Don Trumbull
Profession Special Effects Creator
Donald Edmund Trumbull was a pioneer in the field of motion picture special effects. The films on which he worked included the following: The Wizard of Oz Silent Running Close Encounters of the Third Kind Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Spaceballs He was the father of Douglas Trumbull, with whom he worked on several of these film projects. He died of natural causes at the age of 95 at his daughter's home in Graeagle, California, USA.

Awards by Donald Trumbull

Check all the awards nominated and won by Donald Trumbull.


Academy Scientific and Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering award)
(For advancing the state-of-the-art of real-time motion-control, as exemplified in the Gazelle and Zebra camera dolly systems. Over the past decade, Sorensen, Alexander and Trumbull have improved the speed, repeatability and portability of robotic camera platforms through novel engineering concepts and the pioneering use of composite materials.)


John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation
(In appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.)


Academy Award for Best Technical Achievement
(For the design and development of the Blue Max high-power, blue-flux projector for traveling matte composite photography.)