Sci-tech Oscar field narrows

List announced to give heads-up to biz

Thirty-four scientific and technical achievements have made the first cut in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ selection process for next year’s Oscars.

Edmund M. DiGiulio, chairman of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, announced the achievements in advance Thursday to enable anyone who might claim prior ownership of an invention or with devices similar to those under consideration to advise the Academy. The deadline for such notification is Oct. 1.

The methods or devices selected for further consideration in the 1998 Academy Awards, and the individuals or companies submitting them, are:

Digidesign Pro Tools, from Avid Technology; the Shock Block, K-Tec Corp.; Cablecam, Cablecam Systems Ltd.; Inferno Special Visual Effects System, Discreet Logic; Joker Bug, K5600 Inc.; Render-World, Arete Image Software Inc.; JBL professional model 5674 cinema loudspeaker, JBL Professional; Integrated Operations Nucleus-Ion Operating Environment, Soundmaster Group; Laser-Based Motion Picture Film Recording System, Pixar Animation Studios.

Also noted were: Deluxe High-Speed Spray Film Cleaner, Deluxe Labs; Arriflex 435 ES Camera System, Arriflex Corp.; Carl Zeiss/Arriflex Variable Prime Lenses, Arriflex Corp.; ILM Skin Animation System, Industrial Light & Magic; Aurasoft, OpTex; Linear Loop Film Projectors, Iwerks Entertainment; Softube, K5600 Inc.; Zebra Motion Control Dolly, Sorensen Design Intl.; Automatic Digital Motion Tracking, the Computer Film Co.; Automatic Image Tracking, Skyline Systems; Spectra Professional IV-A, Spectra Cine Inc.

Also announced: Coherent Wireless Video Transmission, Coherent Communications Inc.; Track software, Digital Domain; K-TEK Microphone Boom Pole, M. Klemme Technology Corp.; PDI Water Simulation System for 3-D Animation, Pacific Data Images; PDI Facial Animation System for computer-generated characters, Pacific Data Images; PDI Character Modeling System, Pacific Data Images; Cal-Color, calibrated color effects filters, Rosco Labs; Zeolite Molecular Sieve for film preservation, Eastman Kodak Co.; Eyepiece Leveler, Panavision Inc.; Electroformed Metal Reflectors, Marlowe A. Pichel.

Also: Keykode Latent-Image Barcode Key Numbers, Eastman Kodak Co.; KeyKode SyncReader, Cinema Products Corp.; Dcode TS-2 Timecode Slate, Denecke Inc.; and DigiSync, National Film Board of Canada.

Demonstrations of some of the innovations will be conducted Oct. 27 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Awards administration director Richard Miller said the committee will meet on Dec. 9 to vote on award recommendations to the Academy’s board of governors.

The scientific and technical awards will be presented at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 27.

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