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Doug Trumbull, Joe Kosinski & Tim Miller Revisited


As Chris is tied up with a really cool Chaos project, we’re revisiting some of the older episodes of the CG Garage podcast. And we’re starting big with true luminaries of Hollywood revealing how they got their projects off the ground.

First up is Doug Trumbull, the 2001: A Space Odyssey VFX genius who went on to direct Silent Running and continually innovated Hollywood motion picture technology. Recorded shortly before his death in 2022, Doug talks about getting Brainstorm made and gives a prescient perspective on home theater.

We follow with a seminal live show that celebrated the podcast’s 100th episode with a pair of VFX experts turned blockbuster directors: Joe Kosinski and Tim Miller. Recorded at Gnomon School, Joe talks about how he leveled up Tron: Legacy and brought Oblivion’s stunning visuals to life, while Tim talks Deadpool and reveals some of the interesting choices that led to the beloved but very R-rated superhero movie. 


Douglas Trumbull — Visionary Filmmaker & Visual Effects Pioneer | Chaos >

Douglas Trumbull on IMDb >

Tim Miller & Joseph Kosinski: CG Garage 100th Episode on Gnomon YouTube >

Tim Miller and Joseph Kosinski at Chaos >

Joseph Kosinski on IMDb >

Tim Miller on IMDb >


0:05:24 Episode 284: Doug Trumbull

0:06:50 How Doug made "Brainstorm"

0:16:30 When Chris and Doug worked on "Construct" together

0:19:35 What Chris learned from Doug about projection

0:26:20 Making movies for watching at home

0:31:06 Episode 100: Introducing Tim Miller and Joe Kosinski

0:31:44 Tim on handing over the reins of "Deadpool"

0:37:34 Choosing "Deadpool's" characters and finding its tone

0:24:32 Test screening "Deadpool"

0:44:29 Joe Kosinski on getting "Tron: Legacy" made

0:50:49 Joe's architecture background and making the movie

0:54:34 Why "Oblivion" looks beautiful

0:58:38 What it's like to work with Tom Cruise

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: April 8, 2024.
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