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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.

Six scientific and engineering awards, in the form of Academy plaques, will be awarded to the following:

  • 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.

Kudos will be handed out Feb. 18 at the Beverly Hilton.

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