Richard Edlund, ASC will receive the American
Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Presidents Award in recognition of the
contributions he has made to the art and craft of filmmaking. Edlund will be
feted during the 22nd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration
here at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom on January 26, 2008.
Edlund has earned four Academy Awards® for his visual effects work on Star
Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
and Return of the Jedi (1984), and six additional nominations for Poltergeist,
2010, Ghostbusters, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Die Hard and Alien 3. He
has also earned three Scientific and Engineering Awards. Earlier this year,
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the coveted John A.
Bonner Medal of Commendation to Edlund in recognition of his significant
contributions to the Academy.
?Richard Edlund has made an indelible impression on the art and craft of
filmmaking,? says Russ Alsobrook, ASC, chairman of the organization?s Awards
Committee. ?He is an innovative artist who has created magical visual effects
for many memorable motion pictures.?
Edlund has also earned an Emmy® for creating visual effects for the original
television miniseries Battlestar Galactica (1978), and an additional
nomination for Mike Nichols? Angels in America (2003). He has created seamless
visual effects for such memorable films as Fright Night, Solarbabies, Ghost,
Species, Multiplicity and Air Force One.
?Richard Edlund is an ASC member who continues to contribute to the progress
of visual effects from purely photographic methods to today?s digital
techniques,? says ASC President Daryn Okada. ?He uses his cinematographer?s
eye in the creation of his work.?
Edlund joins a diverse and distinguished group of recipients of the ASC
Presidents Award. They include actor Robert Duvall; visual effects pioneers
Linwood Dunn, ASC, Hans F. Koenekamp, ASC, Douglas Trumbull and Howard
Anderson, Jr., ASC; Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown; Panavision camera
designers Tak Miyagishima and Albert Mayer, Sr.; documentary filmmaker Albert
Maysles; archivist and ASC historian Kemp Niver; and cinematographers William
Clothier, ASC, Charles Wheeler, ASC, Guy Green, BSC, Ralph Woolsey, ASC,
Richard Moore, ASC, Woody Omens, ASC, and Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC.
Edlund enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC) film school
upon completing his tour of duty in 1961 in the U.S. Navy. After graduation,
he went to work for Joe Westheimer, ASC, a pioneer in the visual effects
industry who ran The Westheimer Company, an optical house that provided visual
In 1968, Edlund became a rock-and-roll photographer, shooting many groups for
publicity and posters, including at least 15 record album covers. Then Robert
Abel lured Edlund back to Los Angeles in 1973 to work with him while he was
pioneering the use of motion control technology to create television
Two years later, John Dykstra recruited Edlund to join the special effects
team that he was assembling for a new special effects company called
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Their mission was to create visual effects for
?I remember reading the words ?trust in the force? in the script for the
first time, and trying to visualize how we could help George make the audience
feel what that meant,? Edlund recalls. ?It was like learning to think in a
new language with infinite possibilities. I learned there aren?t any
unbreakable rules. You have to trust your instincts. That?s what makes it an
Edlund subsequently moved with ILM to Marin County in Northern California. He
was supervisor of visual effects for the next two Stars Wars films and on
Raiders of the Lost Ark and Poltergeist. He decided to move back to Los
Angeles and met Doug Trumbull who had established Entertainment Effects Group
(EEG), a cutting-edge visual effects company in Marina del Rey. Trumbull was
ready to move on to another venture. Edlund agreed to take over, and
completely rebuilt the 65 mm visual effects facility and subsequently renamed
it Boss Film Studios. The new facility pioneered the evolution of hybrid
visual effects in 2010 by integrating digital images of Jupiter taken by NASA
into a scene of a spaceship approaching the planet.
Under Edlund?s leadership, Boss Films Studios created visual effects for
another 40 major motion pictures through 1997, including Legal Eagles, Masters
of the Universe, Cliffhanger, Batman Returns, Last Action Hero, Waterworld,
Heat, and Starship Troopers. Currently, he?s working again with Nichols on
Charlie Wilson?s War, which is slated for release in December.
VFX Guru Richard Edlund To Be Honored by ASC
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