Academy Announces 8 Sci-Tech Awardees

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that eight scientific and technical achievements represented by 28 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation to be held February 11 at the Beverly Wilshire.

Differing from the bulk of Academy Awards contenders, Sci-Tech Award receiving achievements need not have been developed and introduced during 2011, but need demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the film-making process. Portions of the Sci-Tech Awards presentation will be included in the Oscar ceremony (held February 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood).

The Awards for scientific and technical achievements are:

Technical Achievement Award (Academy Certificate)

  • To Andrew Clinton and Mark Elendt for the invention and integration of micro-voxels in the Mantra software.

Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque)

  • To Radu Corlan, Andy Jantzen, Petru Pop and Richard Toftness for the design and engineering of the Phantom family of high-speed cameras for motion-picture production.
  • To Dr. Jürgen Noffke for the optical design and Uwe Weber for the mechanical design of the ARRI Zeiss Master Prime Lenses for motion picture photography.
  • To Michael Lewis, Greg Marsden, Raigo Alas and Michael Vellekoop for the concept, design and implementation of the Pictorvision Eclipse, an electronically stabilized aerial camera platform.
  • To E.F. “Bob” Nettmann for the concept and system architecture, Michael Sayovitz for the electronic packaging and integration, Brad Fritzel for the electronic engineering, and Fred Miller for the mechanical engineering of the Stab-C Classic, Super-G and Stab-C Compact stabilizing heads.
  • To John D. Lowry, Ian Cavén, Ian Godin, Kimball Thurston and Tim Connolly for the development of a unique and efficient system for the reduction of noise and other artifacts, thereby providing high-quality images required by the filmmaking process.
  • To FUJIFILM Corporation, Hideyuki Shirai, Dr. Katsuhisa Oozeki and Hiroshi Hirano for the design and development of the FUJIFILM black and white recording film ETERNA-RDS 4791 for use in the archival preservation of film and digital images.

Academy Award of Merit (Oscar Statuette)

  • To Franz Kraus, Johannes Steurer and Wolfgang Riedel for the design and development of the ARRILASER Film Recorder.

The Scientific and Technical Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'
Scientific and Technical Awards