Scientific Oscars announced

The developers of a lightweight, handheld camera system and the designers of wireless lens systems were among the winners announced today of the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards.

The technical awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on Feb. 10.

Unlike the other Academy Awards, the science and technology achievements earning recognition did not necessarily need to have been developed and introduced in 2006, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"The achievement can be a device or a discovery, a formula or method, but it must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures," said Rich Miller, the Academy's awards administration director.

The award winners are:

-- Joshua Pines and Chris Kutcka for the development of the Technicolor Digital Intermediates process for creating archival separations from digital images;

-- Bill Feightner and Chris Edwards for the development of the E-Film process, which also creates archival material from digital images;

-- Albert Ridilla, Papken Shahbazian, Ronald Belknap and Jay McGarrigle for development of a tool for measuring density in motion picture soundtracks;

-- Klemens Kehrer, Josef Handler, Thomas Smidek and Marc Shipman Mueller for development of a handheld camera that can be used as a secondary production camera;

-- Florian Kainz for development of the OpenEXR visual effects software package;

-- Walter Trauniger and Ernst Tschida for the design of a wireless remote lens control system;

-- Christian Tschida and Martin Waitz for the development of a wireless lens system;

-- Peter Litwinowicz and Pierre Jasmin for the design of the RE: Vision Effects software tools;

-- Phillip J. Feiner, Jim Houston, Denis Leconte and Chris Bushman for the creation of the Rosetta process for creating digital archival masters for digital film restoration;

-- Steve Sullivan, Colin Davidson, Max Chen and Francesco Callari for development of a system to create three-dimensional models from digital photographs;

-- Bill Collis, Simon Robinson, Ben Kent and Anil Kokaram for development of visual effects software systems; and

-- Howard Preston and Mirko Kovacevic for creation of a wireless lens and camera system.

Meanwhile, an award of commendation will be presented to Ioan Allen, J. Wayne Anderson, Mary Ann Anderson, Ted Costas, Paul R. Goldberg, Shawn Jones, Tom Kuhn, Alan Masson, Colin Mossman, Martin Richards, Frank Ricotta and Richard C. Sehlin for their work on environmentally sensitive cyan dye analog soundracks.

The John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation will be presented to Richard Edlund for his "outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

The Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented to Ray Feeney for his "technological contributions, which have brought credit to the motion picture industry."

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