Kudos will be handed out Feb. 18 at Beverly Hilton
HOLLYWOOD — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has picked 17 winners of its Scientific & Technical Academy Awards.Devices do not have to have been developed and introduced during 2005 to qualify for the Oscar. The Sci-Tech Awards committee considers only those innovations with a successful track record in the industry. Eleven technical achievement awards in the form of Academy certificates will go to:
- Gary Thieltges, for designing and developing the Sparrow Head, a lightweight, remotely operated camera head;
- Frank Fletcher and Dave Sherwin, for introducing and developing the Power Pod modular camera head system;
- Alvah Miller, Michael Sorensen and J. Walt Adamczyk, for designing and developing the Aerohead motion-control camera head and the J-Viz Pre-visualization system;
- Scott Leva, for designing and developing the precision stunt airbag;
- Lev Yevstratov, George Peters and Vasiliy Orlov, for developing the Ultimate Arm camera crane system;
- James Rodnunsky, Alex MacDonald and Mark Chapman, for developing Cablecam 3-D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies;
- Tim Drnec, Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis, for developing Spydercam 3-D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies;
- John Platt and Demetri Terzopoulos, for their use of physically based CG techniques to simulate realistic cloth;
- Ed Catmull, for the original concept, and Tony DeRose and Jos Stam, for their implementation of subdivision surfaces as a modeling technique in production;
- Harold Rattray, Terry Claborn, Steve Garlick, Bill Hogue and Tim Reynolds, for designing, engineering and implementing the Technicolor real-time answer print system;
- Udo Schauss and Hildegard Ebbesmeier, for the optical design, and Nicole Wemken and Michael Anderer, for the mechanical design of the Cinelux Premiere cinema projection lenses.
- David Grober, for the concept and mechanical design, and Steve Lewallen, for the electronic and software design of the Perfect Horizon camera stabilization head;
- Anatoliy Kokush, Yuriy Popovsky and Alex Zolotariov, for the concept and development of the Russian Arm gyro-stabilized camera crane and the Flight Head;
- Kokush, for the concept and development of Cascade motion picture cranes;
- Garrett Brown, for the original concept of the Skycam flying camera system, the first use of 3-D volumetric cable technology for cinematography;
- David Baraff, Michael Kass and Andrew Witkin, for their use of physically based CG techniques to simulate realistic cloth;
- Laurie Frost, Peter Hannan and Richard Loncraine, for developing the Hot-Head remote camera head.
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