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Wednesday, 28 April 2010 10:39

Academy Awards for Science & Technology

Written by  James Thompson
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The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Award Show was recently held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Wolfgang Lempp and Tony Sedivy For almost 80 years the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has honored those who have played a critical role in science and technology in the moviemaking process. This year was no exception, as the Academy gave awards for 3D look-up table hardware, ambient occlusion rendering and 4K/2K film scanning.

The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Award Show was recently held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The event is a sign that, more than ever, engineers and scientist are now playing an important role in developing tools that will handle the digital workflow that has become common place for capturing and posting content. A total of 15 plaques and certificates were handed out to 45 recipients representing an international conglomerate of scientist and engineers who are shaping the future of production. 

Hosted by Actress Elizabeth Banks, the event was glamorous and exciting from the very start. Banks acknowledged that she doesn’t fully understand the scope of all the awards that were presented, yet she was pleasant, vibrant and entertaining as she successfully read her way through the Awards ceremony and presented each of the 15 awards.

While the Science & Technology Awards presentation doesn’t have the international audience and star-studded glitz of the Academy Awards ceremony, which will be televised on March 7, it was an opportunity for all recipients to be recognized for their accomplishments and share an extraordinary evening with family and colleagues. Below is a list of a few awards that contributed to a memorable evening.

The first award of the evening went to Mark Wolforth and Tony Sedivy for their contributions to the development of the Truelight real-time 3D look-up table hardware system. This system enables accurate color presentation in the digital intermediate-preview process. Sedivy also won an award along with Wolfgang Lempp, Theo Brown and Dr. John Quartel for the development of the Northlight film scanner, which enables high-resolution, pin-registered scanning in the motion-picture digital-intermediate process.

Volker Massmann, Markus Hasenzahl, Dr. Klaus Anderle and Andreas Loew won an award for the development of the Spirit 4K/2K film scanning system as used in the digital-intermediate process for motion pictures.

Michael Cieslinski, Dr. Reimar Lenz and Bernd Brauner received an award for the development of the ARRISCAN film scanner, which enables high-resolution, high-dynamic range, and pin-registered film scanning for use in the digital-intermediate process.

FUJIFILM Corporation, Ryoji Nishimura, Masaaki Miki and Youichi Hosoya won for the design and development of Fujicolor ETERNA-RDI digital intermediate film, which was designed exclusively to reproduce motion-picture digital masters. The Fujicolor ETERNA-RDI Type 8511/4511 digital-intermediate film has thinner emulsion layers with extremely efficient couplers made possible by Super-Nano Cubic Grain Technology. This invention allows improved color sensitivity with the ability to absorb scattered light, providing extremely sharp images.

Paul Debevec, Tim Hawkins, John Monos and Dr. Mark Sagar received an award for the design and engineering of the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based facial-rendering system developed for character relighting in motion pictures.

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