multi-talented, multi-award winning special effects
supervisor, Richard Edlund, ASC, was the guest of
honor for "Art of Light: An Evening With Richard
Edlund." The event happened on February 6, 2008.
Respected journalist, Bob Fisher, moderated the
discussion with Edlund. The audience filled the
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in
Westwood, CA. Some of those in the audience included
Academy Award winning cinematographer, Vilmos
Zsigmond, ASC ("Close Encounters of the Third
Kind"), Academy Award winning visual effects visual
effects supervisor, Tim McGovern ("Total Recall"),
and visual effects supervisor, Art Durinski
Edlund is one of the most respected and talented
visual effects supervisors in the business. He was
one of the members of the ILM team that brought
"Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of
the Jedi," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and
"Poltergeist." He won numerous awards for all three
of the original "Star Wars" films and "Raiders."
During the evening's conversation, he spoke about
his days running BOSS Studios, which produced the
outstanding visual effects in "Ghost Busters,"
"2010: The Year We Contact," "Die Hard" and
"Alien3," just to name a few. Edlund's signature
effects include some of the most famous scenes out
of those films, including the famous Hans Gruber
(Alan Rickman) fall in "Die Hard, and the "wrath of
God" sequence in "Raiders." Edlund's supervision of
effects focuses on visuals that blend in with the
movie seamlessly and flawlessly.
The conversation capped off an exciting few months
for Edlund. Back in October 2007, the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts & Sciences screened
"Poltergeist" from 1982. In January, he received the
American Society of Cinematographers President's
Award, a high honor within the ASC.
Edlund is truly a class act in the film industry.
Humble and one to give credit to others, Edlund is
one of those rare filmmaking talents who's earned
the respect from both his peers and audiences alike.