Maya to Receive Oscar

Alias|Wavefront will be honored with an Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement on March 1 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The software developer will receive an Oscar for Maya, its 3D animation, modeling and rendering production suite. The customizable software was employed extensively in such films as Spider-Man, Ice Age, Hollow Man and The Perfect Storm, and is one of the most widely used tools in the industry.

Oscar statuettes will also be presented to Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and to Panavision Inc. for the two companies’ continuing advancements in camera systems designed for the film industry.

Among others, technical achievement certificates will be awarded to Dick Walsh for the development of the PDI/ Dreamworks Facial Animation System, to Thomas Driemeyer and the team at Mental Images for Mental Ray rendering software, and to Eric Daniels, George Katanics, Tasso Lappas and Chris Springfield for the development of the Deep Canvas rendering software.

Unlike other of this year’s Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have to have been introduced during 2002. In fact, entries are only considered “if they have a proven track record showcasing successful and repeated use in the film industry,” according to awards administration director Rich Miller.

The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards will be presented at a gala black tie dinner on Saturday evening, March 1, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.