(written from a Production point of view)
Richard M. Yuricich (born December 1942) from Lorain, Ohio, was the visual effects photographic producer in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture. A long time close associate to colleague and friend Douglas Trumbull, he served in the same capacity for the science fiction films Close Encounters of the Third Kind (starring Teri Garr) and Blade Runner (starring Joanna Cassidy). During the production of the first two features, he was in the employ as co-founder and full partner of Trumbull's Future General Corporation. He shared Academy Award nominations with the rest of his special effects team for all three films. His work on the Star Trek film helped win the team the Saturn Award for "Best Special Effects."
He first served as a Rostrum animation cameraman for the 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (starring Gary Lockwood, and which started his long association with Trumbull). In 1971, served as part of the special photographic effects team for Douglas Trumbull's film Silent Running which built upon a number of special effects techniques developed for 2001.
Star Trek awards
Yuricich has received the following awards and nominations in the various Special/Visual Effects categories:
- 1980 Academy Award nomination for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, shared with John Dykstra, Douglas Trumbull, Robert Swarthe, David K. Stewart, and Grant McCune
- 1980 Saturn Award win for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, shared with John Dykstra, and Douglas Trumbull