Film techie to receive Medal of Commendation

The Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors has selected Mark Kimball to receive its John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation for 2008.

Kimball, a movie technologist and computer scientist, will receive the Bonner medallion at next month’s Scientific and Technical Awards banquet.

The Bonner medal honors “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards” of the Academy.

Kimball joined Disney in 1980, eventually rising to chief technologist of its feature animation division. He helped develop the CAPS computer animation system, for which he received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Acad in 1991.

His feature credits include “Tron,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.”

The SciTech Awards banquet will be held Feb. 7 at the Beverly Wilshire.

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