Nobody in the field of visual effects has inspired me more than Douglas Trumbull. From the Andromeda Strain to 2001: A Space Odyssey, to Silent Running, Brainstorm, and recently Terence Malick’s Tree of Life. (A truly immense film)
Douglas’ site is a GOLDMINE of information and reference and features various excellent documentaries on the shots and scenes he has created.
You can find it here: http://douglastrumbull.com/