The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Cinematographer Paul Cameron, Netflix executive Paul Debevec, veteran Production Designer Tom Duffield, and VFX Supervisor Marlon West have accepted invitations to join its Science and Technology Council, which focuses on the science and technology of motion pictures, from preserving its history and developing educational programs to driving industry standards and providing forums for the exchange of information and ideas.
Cameron has been an Academy member since 2006, and he currently serves as a Cinematographers Branch governor. His cinematography credits include 21 Bridges, Collateral, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Man on Fire, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Reminiscence, and Swordfish, among others.
Debevec returns to the Council as co-chair (alongside Lois Burwell) after serving from 2012-2018, with three of those years spent as co-chair. He is the Director of Research for Production Innovation at Netflix, where he oversees R&D in new technologies in computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning with applications in visual effects, virtual production, and animation. An Academy member since 2010, Debevec currently serves as a Visual Effects Branch governor.
Duffield has been an Academy member since 1989, and he currently serves as a governor of the Production Design Branch. His production design credits include Ed Wood, Hell or High Water, Lone Survivor, and Patriots Day, while his credits as an art director include Batman Returns, The Birdcage, and Men in Black. He has lectured at AFI, Chapman, and Loyola universities as well as many other educational institutions around the U.S.
An Academy member since 2015, West has worked on hand-drawn and computer-generated projects, as he currently serves as Head of Effects Animation and a Visual Effects Supervisor at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios. West’s credits include Encanto, Frozen, Frozen II, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, Moana, Pocahontas, The Princess and the Frog, Tarzan, and Winnie the Pooh. He is currently serving as VFX supervisor of Iwájú for Disney+ as well as a governor of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.
The Council’s other returning members are Bill Baggelaar, Linda Borgeson, Visual Effects Branch governor Brooke Breton, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor Bill Corso, Sound Branch governor Teri E. Dorman, Theo Gluck, Buzz Hays, Greg Hedgepath, Leslie Iwerks, Andrea Kalas, Colette Mullenhoff, Ujwal Nirgudkar, Helena Packer, David Pierce, David Schnuelle, Andy Serkis, Leon Silverman, Amy Vincent, and Jeffrey White.