Screening - SILENT RUNNING w/ Doug Trumbull Q&A (Los Angeles)

Friday, 10 February 2012 - 7:30pm - 11:00pm
The VES Archives Committee, in association with Universal Pictures
and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, is pleased to present
a special evening with Douglas Trumbull
and a screening of his directorial debut SILENT RUNNING

Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7:30PM
(please RSVP below and see note regarding seating)
Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(corner of Wilshire Ave. and Westwood Blvd.)
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Parking is available for a fee in the Hammer Museum structure.  Entrance is on Westwood Blvd.

Seating is limited. VES and L.A. Siggraph members need to RSVP through the VES website. Due to our arrangement with the UCLA Film and TV Archive, any RSVP'd VES

and L.A. Siggraph members who have not claimed their seats by 7:15PM run the risk of not being admitted.

Screening for the first time will be a newly transferred and restored version of the film, followed by a discussion/presentation by Director Doug Trumbull.

SILENT RUNNING is often overlooked in favor of his more widely seen work as a VFX Supervisor on CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE and BLADE RUNNER, as well as his Showscan ridefilms.  But Doug Trumbull adopted the view very early on that VFX artists are storytellers first and foremost.  Universal Pictures gave Doug Trumbull his first chance to tell his own story in 1972.  But there was a catch - SILENT RUNNING would be part of a new program at the studio that promised little interference from the studio, but with a paltry budget.  The finished product delivered a lot of "bang" for relatively little "buck", utilizing a mothballed US Navy aircraft carrier as a set and creating sympathetic characters out of the drones that would later be called the parents of R2-D2 from STAR WARS.  The visual effects, done on a shoestring budget, proved that good planning (and a little ingenuity) can go a long way - even on a low budget film.

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