the studio gate

the backlot

the screening room
The Screening Room


The 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 ("Tron").

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.


The Billy Wilder Theater is a 295-seat theater that opened in 2006

The seats are leather and the ceiling lights make you feel like you're going through hyperspace!

Richard Edlund and Bob Fisher talk under a photograph of Edlund before he got into his "hippie" stage

Edlund speaks of his days at ILM

A behind-the-scenes shot of Edlund (right) and director Peter Hyams on "2010: The Year We Contact"

Edlund patiently answered numerous questions from the same individual during the evening

Fisher, right, has interviewed Edlund many times over the years

Edlund also invented the portable "Pignose" guitar amplifier used by some of the most famous musicans in the world, including Keith Richards

Edlund's most recent work was on director Mike Nichols's "Charlie Wilson's War"


Special thanks to Raulette Woods and Jason Grimley/Spelling Communications
2008 Bill Kallay. All rights reserved.