Acad names 18 tech finalists

Demos of selected achievements to take place Oct. 24

The Academy of Motion Picture & Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has selected 18 scientific or technical achievements to be considered for Academy Awards in the 73rd annual competition.

“These achievements are announced in advance so that those with claims of prior invention or with similar technology can advise us of their situation so that we can review whether they should also be included in our consideration,” said committee chair Richard Edlund.

Deadline for notification is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

The following are the methods or devices selected, and the individuals or companies submitting them:

35-3/435 Remote Aqua Cam (Hydroflex);

Akai DD8 Plus Random Access Digital Audio Dubber (AKAI Digital);

C-50 Camera Motor and Electronics (Lynx Robotics);

Canera Data Capture (David Stump);

Deluxe Multi Roller Film Transport System (Deluxe Laboratories);

Fan Descender (Stunts Inc.);

JBL ScreenArray Cinema Loudspeakers, Models 4632 and 3632 (JBL Professional);

Kodak Vision 800T Color Negative Film/5829 (Eastman Kodak);

LAD — Laboratory Aim Density (Eastman Kodak);

Life Guard 100, 200 and 400 Ground Fault Current Interrupters (SMS/PGS);

Loud Trailers, Measurement Technique, Equipment Design and Control Program Implementation (Dolby Laboratories);

Millennium XL Camera System (Panavision);

Paraform Software for 3D Digital FormDeveloper, Paraform Projection Lens Series for Cinema and Studio Purposes (ISCO-OPTIC);

Roscolite Day/Night Backdrop (Rosco Laboratories);

Softsun (L.P. Associates);

Video Assist (Instant Replay) (Jim Songer); and

Virtual Cinematography (Graphic Research/USC).

Demonstration of selected achievements will take place Oct. 24 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Committee meets on Dec. 6 to vote award recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which makes the final decisions.

The Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 3.

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