Jul 22, 2023
I didn't get to meet Raulette in person, but she reached out to me not long ago to say she really enjoyed listening to the I/O Tower podcast interviews I had done with other TRON crew members. I thanked her for her very kind encouragement, and we said we'd talk soon for the podcast. I deeply regret that we never got to do that.
Raulette had been running a GoFundMe campaign to battle stage IIIC1 cervical cancer. Her last video post there was April 18, which I embedded below:
Lastly, below is a copy of Raulette's obituary at Visual Effects Society:
Long-time VES member and tireless volunteer Raulette Woods has passed away. Her first credit in the industry was in the animation department on TRON in 1982, but she was also a dancer at the sock hop in AMERICAN GRAFITTI from 1973. She was a Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Stargate Films and Stargames Interactive. She did scholarly research supported by UC Berkeley’s Research Studies in Neurology and Psychology, UC Irvine’s MIND Institute and was an American MENSA referred Mathematician.
Raulette volunteered at the Visual Effects Society for 5 years at VES Awards nomination events, VES Festivals, screenings and more. During her tenure at Stargate, she worked in visual effects, miniature photography and main titles on such projects as DANTE’S PEAK, TWISTER, THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD, THE OUTER LIMITS, NAKED GUN: 33 1/3, PASSENGER 57, GHOSTBUSTERS II, BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II, MAX HEADROOM and many others as well as numerous games, commercials and music videos.
She will be missed by all who knew her, and her legacy in the VFX industry will live on. Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.