John Cho and Leslie Mann will host the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards on Saturday, February 11. In a jam-packed evening at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, the pair will present 18 awards to 34 individuals and five organizations.
Unlike the competitive Oscars that take place on Feb. 26, these awards recognize achievements that need not have been introduced in 2016. Rather, they honor those people and processes that have contributed significant value to the process of making movies. Portions of event will be included in the Oscar telecast.
Eight achievements will be honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award which is in the form of a plaque.
ARRI for the pioneering design and engineering of the Super 35 format Alexa digital camera system.
RED Digital Cinema for the pioneering design and evolution of the RED Epic digital cinema cameras with upgradeable full-frame image sensors.
Sony for the development of the F65 CineAlta camera with its pioneering high-resolution imaging sensor, excellent dynamic range, and full 4K output.
Panavision and Sony for the conception and development of the groundbreaking Genesis digital motion picture camera.
Marcos Fajardo for the creative vision and original implementation of the Arnold Renderer, and to Christopher Kulla, Alan King, Thiago Ize and Clifford Stein for their highly optimized geometry engine and novel ray-tracing algorithms which unify the rendering of curves, surfaces, volumetrics and subsurface scattering as developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Solid Angle SL.
Vladimir Koylazov for the original concept, design and implementation of V-Ray from Chaos Group.
Luca Fascione, J.P. Lewis and Iain Matthews for the design, engineering, and development of the FACETS facial performance capture and solving system at Weta Digital.
Steven Rosenbluth, Joshua Barratt, Robert Nolty and Archie Te for the engineering and development of the Concept Overdrive motion control system.
And 10 advances will get the Technical Achievement Awards which is in the form of a certificate.
Thomson Grass Valley for the design and engineering of the pioneering Viper FilmStream digital camera system.
Larry Gritz for the design, implementation and dissemination of Open Shading Language (OSL).
Carl Ludwig, Eugene Troubetzkoy and Maurice van Swaaij for the pioneering development of the CGI Studio renderer at Blue Sky Studios.
Brian Whited for the design and development of the Meander drawing system at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Mark Rappaport for the concept, design and development, to Scott Oshita for the motion analysis and CAD design, to Jeff Cruts for the development of the faux-hair finish techniques, and to Todd Minobe for the character articulation and drive-train mechanisms, of the Creature Effects Animatronic Horse Puppet.
Glenn Sanders and Howard Stark for the design and engineering of the Zaxcom Digital Wireless Microphone System.
David Thomas, Lawrence E. Fisher and David Bundy for the design, development and engineering of the Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless Microphone System.
Parag Havaldar for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Nicholas Apostoloff and Geoff Wedig for the design and development of animation rig-based facial performance-capture systems at ImageMovers Digital and Digital Domain.
Kiran Bhat, Michael Koperwas, Brian Cantwell and Paige Warner for the design and development of the ILM facial performance-capture solving system.
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