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Tech Oscar for Demos

Filmmaker feted with Sawyer prize

Award-winning motion picture technologist Gary Demos will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Demos has previously received two scientific and engineering prizes from the Acad, one in 1984 with John Whitney Jr. for the practical simulation of motion picture photography by means of computer-generated images and a second 10 years later with Dan Cameron, David DiFrancesco, Gary Starkweather and Scott Squires for their pioneering work in the field of film input scanning.

In 1995, Demos received a technical achievement award along with David Ruhoff, Cameron and Michelle Feraud for their efforts in the creation of the Digital Productions Digital Film Compositing System.

Demos is now working on developing wavelet-based and optimal-filter-based moving image compression technology for high bit-depth and high dynamic range.

He will be the 19th recipient of the kudos honoring an individual in the film industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the biz.

Demos will receive an Oscar statuette at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner Feb.18 at the Beverly Hilton.

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