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Richard Yuricich

Birth name: Richard M. Yuricich
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 23 December 1942
Place of birth: Lorain, Ohio, USA
Awards for Trek: 1 Academy Award nomination
1 Saturn Award
Roles: Visual Effects Producer

Richard "Dick" M. Yuricich (born 23 December 1942; age 71) from Ohio, was the visual effects photographic producer in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Yuricich was initially brought in on the movie in late July 1978 by Paramount Pictures CEO Michael Eisner, to serve as an unpaid liaison between the studio and visual effects company Robert Abel & Associates (RA&A), as RA&A's budget requests started to spiral out of control, and his primary responsibility was to appraise the situation for the studio, essentially to serve as a studio spy. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, pp. 203-204) The situation came to a head on 22 February 1979 when studio executives and producers came sizing up the visual effects situation at RA&A. The company reportedly had only a single completed effects shot to show for all the time and money spent, already four million dollars over budget at sixteen million dollars by December 1978. In an acrimonious atmosphere, Abel was fired on the spot and his company released, effective immediately, starting a frantic search for a replacement, as the studio now unexpectedly found itself extremely pressured for time since the release date for the movie was a given. It was then that Yuricich's own company, Future General Corporation (FGC), was contracted for the visual effects and that his participation became formal. (The Special Effects of Trek, pp. 29, 31)

Years later, in 2001, Kline was interviewed on his contributions for the DVD release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition). Matte painter Matthew Yuricich was Richard's older brother, having worked together with him on several projects, including The Motion Picture.

Career outside Star TrekEdit

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 FGC visual effects company. 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.

He later served as associate producer in the 1983 sci-fi thriller Brainstorm, which was also directed by Trumbull, and starred Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress Louise Fletcher.

Star Trek awards Edit

Yuricich has received the following awards and nominations in the various Special/Visual Effects categories:

Academy Awards Edit

Saturn Awards Edit

  • 1980 Saturn Award win for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, shared with John Dykstra, and Douglas Trumbull

Star Trek interviewEdit

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