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Acad honors Arriflex’s Kaestner

Erich Kaestner, design engineer of Arriflex cameras, has been voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Kaestner is the 10th recipient of the award, established in 1980, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement by an individual “whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.”

The award, an Oscar statuette, is named in honor of the multiple Academy Award-winning former sound director of the Samuel Goldwyn Studios. It will be presented to Kaestner at the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards ceremonies March 6 and will be broadcast as part of the 65th annual Academy Awards presentation.

Kaestner served as chief design engineer at Arnold & Richter from 1932 to 1980, overseeing all Arriflex camera and optical development. His design of the spinning mirror reflex shutter, a design incorporated in all modern motion picture cameras, won him an Oscar in 1982, along with Auguste Arnold, also of Arnold & Richter.

In 1937, Kaestner designed the Arriflex 35 Series cameras. The development and engineering of this camera series was recognized with Class II Awards in 1966 and 1973.

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