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article imageTechnical Oscars honor innovation

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 18, 2013 in Entertainment
Beverly Hills - What we see on the movie screen is the result on invention, technology and science and that does not go unrecognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
To kick off Oscar Week, it's time to go back and recap award winners for scientific and technical achievements. An award ceremony was held in Beverly Hills recently. So, some have already won Oscars. Actually, even before these were handed out, The Governors Award, got things rolling.
John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation
- Bill Taylor as visual effects supervisor and director of photography. He is the co-founder of Illusion Arts.
Technical Achievement Award (Academy Certificate)
- J.P. Lewis, Matt Cordner and Nickson Fong for the invention and publication of the Pose Space Deformation technique. Pose Space Deformation (PSD) introduced the use of novel sparse data interpolation techniques to the task of shape interpolation. It is foundational technique in the creation of computer–generated characters.
- Lawrence Kesteloot, Drew Olbrich and Daniel Wexler for the creation of the Light system for computer graphics lighting at PDI/DreamWorks. Light includes using scalable architecture and powerful user–configurable spreadsheet interface.
- Steve LaVietes, Brian Hall and Jeremy Selan for the creation of the Katana computer graphics scene management and lighting software at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Among its achievements is it allows artists to non–destructively edit scenes too complex to fit into computer memory.
- Theodore Kim, Nils Thuerey, Dr. Markus Gross and Doug James for the invention, publication and dissemination of Wavelet Turbulence software. This technique allowed for fast, art–directable creation of highly detailed gas simulation.
- Richard Mall for the design and development of the Matthews Max Menace Arm. The Max Menace Arm is a safe and adjustable device that allows rapid, precise positioning of lighting fixtures, cameras or accessories.
Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque)
- Simon Clutterbuck, James Jacobs and Dr. Richard Dorling for the development of the Tissue Physically–Based Character Simulation Framework. The device can simulate the effects of anatomical structures underlying a character's skin.
- Dr. Philip McLauchlan, Allan Jaenicke, John–Paul Smith and Ross Shain for the creation of the Mocha planar tracking and rotoscoping software at Imagineer Systems Ltd. Mocha provides planar–tracking even when there are no clearly defined points in the image. industry.
- Joe Murtha, William Frederick and Jim Markland of Anton/Bauer, Inc. for the design and creation of the CINE VCLX Portable Power System. The CINE VCLX provides extended run–times and flexibility, allowing users to power cameras and other equipment required for production.
Academy Award of Merit® (Oscar® Statuette)
- Cooke Optics Limited for their continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of advanced camera lenses that have helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century.
A reminder of The Governors Awards winners. Honorary Awards (Oscar statuettes) to Hal Needham, D.A. Pennebaker, George Stevens, Jr. Jeffrey Katzenberg received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette).
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