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The Academy has announced 12 areas of industry innovations under consideration for this year’s Scientific and Technical Awards.

The following are under investigation by the awards committee:

– High-resolution digital motion picture cameras with sensors sized Super 35 or larger
– Recent advancements in motion control software
– Recent advancements in wireless microphone technology
– Computer-printed, seamless scenic backdrops
– Camera flange depth measurement devices
– Shading programming languages for production rendering
– Ray-tracing production renderers supporting physically-based shading and light transport
– Real-time, vector-based drawing tools for sketching and markup in film production
– Fast-reset bullet hit kits for live-action production
– On-set, real-time, principal camera tracking technology
– Electrodeless plasma arc lamps for motion picture lighting
– Reconfigurable, rideable, life-size animatronic horses

Also being investigated are rig-based solvers for tracking and animating deforming objects from image sequences, which was tabled for consideration last year.

Investigations are made public so those with claims of innovation can submit for consideration.

The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. PT.

After investigations are conducted, the committee will meet in early December to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make final awards decisions.

The 2016 Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be held on Feb. 11, 2017.