From camera innovations to hair-simulation systems for digital and animated characters, 17 scientific and technical film-making achievements have been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“In a year of upheaval, some things remain constant: around the world, extremely clever people are striving to push the technology of film to new heights, and the Academy is privileged to be able to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments,” Doug Roble, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, said in a statement.
“After a lengthy investigation period, the committee, made up of a diverse group of industry experts, identified 17 different technical achievements that absolutely deserve to be honored. We congratulate all the inventors for their contributions to our art form.”
The honors were bestowed during a virtual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation Saturday, hosted by filmmaker Nia DaCosta and streamed on the Oscars website.
During the ceremony, producer Kathleen Kennedy hosted a segment honoring “the groundbreaking achievements of women working in the science and technology of filmmaking.”
The scientific and technical award honorees are:
Technical Achievement Awards (Academy certificates)
— Masato Nakashima, Koichi Ueno, Junji Sakuda and Junro Yonemitsu for the development of the EIZO auto-calibrating SDR monitors;
— Alejandro Arango, Gary Martinez, Robert Derry and Glenn Derry for the system design, engineering and workflow integration of the Technoprops head-mounted camera system;
— Babak Beheshti and Scott Robitille for the genlock synchronization and recording module, and Ian Kelly and Dejan Momcilovic for the technical direction and workflow integration of the Standard Deviation head-mounted camera system;
— Sven Woop and Carsten Benthin for core development, Attila T. Afra for motion picture feature development, and Manfred Ernst and Ingo Wald for early research and technical direction of the Intel Embree Ray Tracing Library;
— Hayley Iben, Mark Meyer, John Anderson and Andrew Witkin for the Taz Hair Simulation System, which enables “Pixar artists to bring to life animated digital characters with a wide variety of stylized hair, from straight to wavy to curly’;
— Stephen Bowline for the ILM HairCraft Dynamics System, which helps “ILM artists create a wide range of photorealistic digital characters and digital stunt doubles”;
— Kelly Ward Hammel, Aleka McAdams, Toby Jones, Maryann Simmons and Andy Milne for the Walt Disney Animation Studios Hair Simulation System, which has “enabled a wide range of complex hairstyles in animated feature films”;
— Niall Ryan, Christoph Sprenger and Gilles Daviet for the Synapse Hair Simulation System;
— Jens-Jorn Stokholm and Ole Moesmann for development of miniature high-performance DPA lavalier microphones;
— Chris Countryman and Omer T. Inan for engineering subminiature high-performance Countryman Associates lavalier microphones;
— Fredrik Limsater, Bjorn Rydahl and Mattias Lagergren for the design, architecture and engineering of ftrack Studio software system;
— Don Parker for the product vision and design, Matt Daw for the core architecture, and Isaac Reuben, Colin Withers and Neil Brandt for the foundational engineering of the Shotgun post-production tracking system.
Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques)
— Zvi Reznic, Meir Feder, Guy Dorman and Ron Yogev for the development of the Amimon wireless chipset;
— Nicolaas Verheem, Greg Smokler and Ilya Issenin for the development of the ruggedized Teradek Bolt wireless video transmission system for on-set remote monitoring;
— Alexey Lukin and the Team of Mathematicians, Software Engineers, Sound Designers and Product Specialists of iZotope Inc. for the development of the RX audio processing system;
— Jeff Bloom, Guy McNally and Nick Rose for the original concept and engineering of the Wordfit System for automatic ADR synchronization, and to John Ellwood and Jonathan Newland for the engineering and development of VocALign and Revoice Pro;
— Sanken Microphone Company Limited for refinement of the Sanken COS-11 series of miniature lavalier microphones.
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