Receiving Academy plaques were Arri for the Super 35 Alexa, Red Digital Cinema for the Red Epic, Sony for the F65 CineAlta (with full 4K output), and Panavision and Sony for the groundbreaking Genesis.
Additionally, the formerly-named Thomson Grass Valley received a certificate for the Viper FilmStream system for importing into digital intermediate workflows.
Oscar-nominated “Arrival” (Bradford Young), “Moonlight” (James Laxton), and the Asc-winning “Lion” (Greig Fraser) were all shot on the Alexa.
In terms of animation and VFX, other areas of innovation emphasized rendering and facial performance capture, including Disney, Industrial Light & Magic, Weta Digital, Blue Sky, Sony Pictures Imageworks, among others.
Disney’s Brian Whited accepted a technical achievement certificate for
The actors brought their A-game as they prepared to host the Academy's Sci-Tech Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday.
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Before the ceremony started, the Academy shared an inside peek at the night on Twitter.
The Academy announced last month that 18 scientific and technical achievements would be honored at the annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation. See the honorees below:
Technical Achievement Awards (Academy Certificates)
Thomson Grass Valley for the design and engineering of the pioneering Viper FilmStream digital camera system.
Larry Gritz for the design, implementation and dissemination of Open Shading Language (Osl).
Carl Ludwig, Eugene Troubetzkoy and Maurice van Swaaij for the pioneering development of the CGI Studio renderer at Blue Sky Studios.
Brian Whited for the design and development of the Meander drawing system
The awards will be presented to 34 individual recipients, as well as five organizations.
“This year we are particularly pleased to be able to honor not only a wide range of new technologies, but also the pioneering digital cinema cameras that helped facilitate the widespread conversion to electronic image capture for motion picture production,” said Ray Feeney, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. “With their outstanding, innovative work, these technologists, engineers and inventors have significantly expanded filmmakers’ creative choices for moving image storytelling.”
Those achievements selected must demonstrate a “proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.” The achievements are not required to have been developed in 2016.
The Technical Achievement Awards, which receive Academy certificates,
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