Large-format pioneer feted

Archambault receives posthumous Vision Award

HOLLYWOOD — Noel Archambault, a pioneering large-format camera operator-stereographer who was killed last year in an aircraft crash while filming “Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage” (Daily Variety, July 2), will be honored posthumously with the first annual Kodak Vision Award for large-format cinematography.

The Large Format Cinema Assn. and Eastman Kodak Co. will present the award on the evening of May 19, after the opening reception of the LFCA 1999 conference and film fest, which will run May 19-21 in L.A.

An accomplished cinematographer, stereographer and camera operator, Archambault was an expert in the large-format 3-D process. He worked on nearly every large-format 3-D film ever made.

Archambault also contributed to a number of 2-D films, including “Rolling Stones: At the Max” and “Cosmic Voyage.”

“Most of the large-format theaters being built today are 3-D theaters,” said LFCA prexy Christopher Reyna. “But if it wasn’t for Noel Archambault’s stereo-graphic achievements, there might not be any decent 3-D imageware available to show in those theaters. The current dynamic growth of our industry is in large part due to his contributions.”

The Kodak Vision Award has been given to cinematographers, producers and filmmakers whose works embody vision, imagination and leadership in film-making. The LFCA board of directors voted unanimously to bestow the award on Archambault.