On Feb. 7, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented 21 scientific and technical achievements represented by 58 individual award recipients at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards.
Says Richard Edlund, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, “Our honorees exemplify the phenomenal creativity of professionals in the scientific and technical community, and the invaluable contributions they make to what is arguably the most creative industry in the world.”
Technical Achievement Awards
- To Peter Braun for the concept and development of the MAT-Towercam Twin Peek, a portable, remote-controlled, telescoping column that smoothly positions a camera up to 24 feet vertically.
- To Robert Nagle and Allan Padelford for The Biscuit Jr. self-propelled, high-performance, drivable camera and vehicle platform.
- To Harold Milligan, Steven Krycho and Reiner Doetzkies for the implementation engineering in the development of the Texas Instruments DLP Cinema digital projection technology.
- To Cary Phillips, Nicolas Popravka, Philip Peterson and Colette Mullenhoff for the architecture, development and creation of the artist-driven interface of the ILM Shape Sculpting System.
- To Tim Cotter, Roger van der Laan, Ken Pearce and Greg LaSalle for the innovative design and development of the MOVA Facial Performance Capture system.
- To Dan Piponi, Kim Libreri and George Borshukov for their pioneering work in the development of Universal Capture at ESC Entertainment.
- To Marco Revelant for the original concepts and artistic vision, and to Alasdair Coull and Shane Cooper for the original architectural and engineering design, of the Barbershop hair grooming system at Weta Digital.
- To Michael Sechrest for the modeling design and implementation, Chris King for the real-time interactive engineering, and Greg Croft for the user interface design and implementation of SpeedTree Cinema.
- To Scott Peterson, Jeff Budsberg and Jonathan Gibbs for the design and implementation of the DreamWorks Animation Foliage System.
- To Erwin Coumans for the development of the Bullet physics library, and to Nafees Bin Zafar and Stephen Marshall for the separate development of two large-scale destruction simulation systems based on Bullet.
- To Brice Criswell and Ron Fedkiw for the development of the ILM PhysBAM Destruction System.
- To Ben Cole for the design of the Kali Destruction System, to Eric Parker for the development of the Digital Molecular Matter toolkit, and to James O’Brien for his influential research on the finite element methods that served as a foundation for these tools.
- To Magnus Wrenninge for leading the design and development of Field3D.
- To Robert Bridson for early conceptualization of sparse-tiled voxel.
- To Ken Museth, Peter Cucka and Mihai Alden for the creation of OpenVDB.
HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display.
Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques)
- To Iain Neil for the optical design, and to Andre de Winter for the mechanical design, of the Leica Summilux-C series of lenses.
- To Brad Walker, D. Scott Dewald, Bill Werner, Greg Pettitt and Frank Poradish for their contributions furthering the design and refinement of the Texas Instruments DLP Cinema projection technology, whose high level of performance enabled color-accurate digital intermediate preview and motion picture theatrical presentation.
- To Ichiro Tsutsui, Masahiro Take, Mitsuyasu Tamura and Mitsuru Asano for the development of the Sony BVM-E Series Professional OLED Master Monitor.
- To John Frederick, Bob Myers, Karl Rasche and Tom Lianza for the development of the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display.
Academy Award of Commendation
- To Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen and Michael Fecik for their pioneering work in developing dye-based filters that reduce IR contamination when neutral density filters are used with digital cameras.
Academy Award of Merit
- To Dr. Larry Hornbeck for the invention of digital micromirror technology as used in DLP Cinema projection.
Gordon E. Sawyer Award
- David W. Gray
Presented to an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.