The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has named Pete Clark, a longtime special effects expert, winner of the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation.
Clark will receive the honor at the Acad’s Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation dinner Feb. 28 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The Bonner Medal, named in honor of the late director of special projects at Warner Hollywood Studios, is awarded for “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy.”
Clark began his career in 1963 at MGM, where he worked on such films as “Ice Station Zebra” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” In 1967, he moved to Mole-Richardson Co. as director of advertising. Later, he joined the Research Center of the Assn. of Motion Picture and Television Producers, serving as manager of development engineering from 1969 until the center’s closure in 1976. Since then, Clark has run his own motion picture technology consulting firm.
Clark is also the recipient of an Acad sci-tech award for co-developing, with 3M, Nextel simulated blood.