David Pierce, Andy Serkis and Jeffrey White have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), bringing the Council’s 2021–2022 membership roster to 25.
Pierce is an archivist and film historian. As assistant chief and chief operations officer of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center at the Library of Congress, Pierce is responsible for the acquisition, conservation, documentation and digitization of the world’s largest public archives of motion pictures, television, radio and recorded sound. He is the author of The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912–1929 and co-author, with James Layton, of The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935 and King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue. He founded the Media History Digital Library, and his articles have appeared in American Film, Film Comment, American Cinematographer and more. Pierce has been an Academy Member-at-Large since 2019.
Serkis is an award-winning actor known for his performance capture roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, the Planet of the Apes trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and more. His feature film directing credits include Breathe, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Serkis is the co-founder, alongside producer Jonathan Cavendish, of The Imaginarium, a multi-platform production company linked to a performance capture studio and focused on next-generation storytelling. Serkis will next appear on screen in The Batman, portraying Alfred Pennyworth. He has been a member of the Academy’s Actors Branch since 2012.
White is a feature and television producer specializing in independent film and visual effects. Currently an executive producer consulting with Drafthouse Films, he has worked in the feature production department of Warner Bros. and held roles as vice president of production and producer for Winkler/Daniel Productions at Paramount Pictures, as well as president and executive producer at Pellerin Multimedia, Inc. which produced King Kong: Peter Jackson’s Production Diaries for Universal Pictures. White has produced independent features including Manhood and Tale of the Mummy and was a visual effects producer for Sideways, Elizabethtown, Collateral Damage, Holes, and more. He has been a member of the Academy’s Producers Branch since 1982.
The Council co-chairs for 2021–2022 are Visual Effects Branch governor Craig Barron and Member-at-Large Annie Chang.
The Council’s 20 other returning members are Bill Baggelaar, Linda Borgeson, Visual Effects Branch governor Brooke Breton, Lois Burwell, 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, Arjun Ramamurthy, Rachel Rose, Dave Schnuelle, Leon Silverman, Jeffrey E. Taylor, and Amy Vincent.
Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of the science and technology of motion pictures.