FX pioneer picks up tech Oscar

You know how you can see cabs through buildings in some shots of Ghostbusters? Well, it could have been worse if it weren’t for this man.

In the 1970s Grafton also began consulting in the motion picture industry, where the highly specialized lenses he designed for optical effects printers enabled the seamless blending of multiple images from different sources. Working with such special effects companies as Industrial Light & Magic and Boss Film Studios, he contributed to the production of numerous feature films including “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Blade Runner.”

Congratulations to Mr. Grafton for his win (which is one of only two actual Oscar statues handed out at the tech ceremonies – everyone else gets a certificate, or something.) We proudly, and vicariously, count it as a win for Ghostbusters!

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