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Academy Scientific & Technical Awards

February 18, 2019 | By

AMPAS.OscarsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held their annual Scientific and Technical Awards formal dinner at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on February 9, 2019 to honor the men, women, and companies whose discoveries and innovations have made a major impact in lasting ways to the motion pictures industry. A highlight of the Academy Awards season, the Sci-Tech Awards are held two weeks prior to the Oscar ceremony. Hosting this year’s formal dinner was British-American actor and producer David Oyelowo, known most for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma.

British-American actor and producer David Oyelowo (Host)

British-American actor and producer David Oyelowo (Host)

AMPAS presented nine scientific and technical achievement awards to 27 individual awards recipients. British cinematographer Curtis Clark ASC, also received the John A. Bonner Award for his extraordinary service to the motion picture industry.

“Each year, the Academy forms a diverse committee made up of nearly 60 experts on the technology of filmmaking tasked with examining the tools that artists use to create films,” said Doug Roble, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. “This year, the committee is recognising nine technologies from around the world. These extraordinary contributions to the science of filmmaking have elevated our art form to incredible new heights.”
“We take pains to not award the tech of the moment, but the technology that has had a lasting impact on the film industry,” he added.

Eric Dachs, Erik Bielefeldt, Craig Wood and Paul McReynolds received awards for the design and development of the PIX System’s novel security mechanism for distributing media for the remotely collaborative dailies-review system, and Per-Anders Edwards for the initial design and development of the MoGraph toolset in Cinema 4D for motion graphics.

Paul Thomas Miller received an award for the software design, principal engineering and continued innovation, and Marco Paolini for the efficient, artist-friendly workflow design of the Silhouette rotoscope and paint system. Paul Debevec, Timothy Hawkins and Wan-Chun Ma for the invention of the Polarized Spherical Gradient Illumination facial appearance capture method, and Xueming Yu for the design and engineering of the Light Stage X capture system.

Also, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel and Markus Gross received awards for the Medusa Performance Capture System, and Charles Teorell Loop for his influential research on the fundamental scientific properties of subdivision surfaces as 3D geometric modeling primitives.

Academy plaques were awarded to David Simons, Daniel Wilk, James Acquavella, Michael Natkin and David M. Cotter for the design and development of the Adobe After Effects software. Thomas Knoll and John Knoll were given Academy plaques for the original architecture, design and development of Adobe Photoshop, as was Mark Hamburg, for his continued engineering work on the software. Ed Catmull was awarded for the original concept of subdivision surfaces, and Tony DeRose and Jos Stam for their pioneering advancement of the underlying science of subdivision surfaces as 3D geometric modeling primitives.

To learn more about the AMPAS Sci-Tech Awards, please visit www.oscars.org/sci-tech

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