Tech kudos awarded to innovators

Kudofest to be held March 4

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present 12 awards for scientific and technical achievement at ceremonies March 4 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The kudos are voted by the Academy board of governors, based on recommendations from the scientific and technical awards committee, chaired by Richard Edlund. There were 19 innovations under consideration.

Scientific and technical awards are given, according to the Acad, “for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures and that also have a proven history of use in the motion picture industry.”

Kudos may be granted in three classifications: Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statuette), for basic achievements that have an influence upon the advancement of the industry; Scientific and Engineering Award (Acad plaque), for achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important to the progress of the industry; and technical achievement award (Acad certificate), for accomplishments that contribute to the progress of the industry.

This year, the Academy is bestowing no statuettes, but there are eight plaques and four certificates.

The list is significantly down from last year, when 14 plaques and 20 certificates were handed out.

The dozen sci-tech inventions follow.

Academy Plaques:

Nick Phillips: for the design and development of the three-axis Libra III remote control camera head.

Fritz Gabriel Bauer: for the concept, design and engineering of the Moviecam Superlight 35mm motion picture camera.

Iain Neil for the optical design, Rick Gelbard for the mechanical design, and Panavision for the development of the Millennium Camera System viewfinder.

Huw Gwilym, Karl Lynch and Mark Crabtree: for the design and development of the AMS/Neve-Logic digital film console for motion picture sound mixing.

James Moultrie for the mechanical design, and Mike Salter and Mark Craig Gerchman for the optical design, of the Cooke S4 range of fixed focal length lenses for 35mm motion picture photography.

Marlowe A. Pichel for development of the process for manufacturing Electro-Formed metal reflectors which, when combined with the DC Short Arc xenon lamp, became the worldwide standard for motion picture projection systems.

L. Ron Schmidt for the concept, design and engineering of the Linear Loop film projectors.

Nat Tiffen of Tiffen Manufacturing Corp. for the production of high-quality, durable, laminated color filters for motion picture photography.

Academy certificates:

Vivienne Dyer and Chris Woolf for the design and development of the Rycote microphone windshield modular system.

Leslie Drever for design and development of the Light Wave microphone windscreens and isolation mounts from Light Wave Systems.

Richard C. Sehlin for the concept, and Dr. Mitchell J. Bogdanowicz and Mary L. Schmoeger of Eastman Kodak Co. for the design and development of the Eastman Lamphouse modification filters.

Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr. of Dream Quest Images and John C. Brewer of Eastman Kodak. for the identification and diagnosis leading to the elimination of the “red fringe” artifact in traveling matte composite photography.

The Academy will also present John A. Bonner Medals of Commendation to Edmund M. Di Giulio, founder and prexy of Cinema Productions Corp, and to Panavision design engineer Takuo Miyagishima.

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