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Scientific and Technical Achievements to Be Honored with Academy Awards
2/9/2006

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 17 winners of Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, which will be presented at The Beverly Hilton on Saturday, February 18. Unlike other Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have to have been developed and introduced during 2005.

Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical achievements for 2005 are:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (ACADEMY CERTIFICATE)

--Gary Thieltges for the design and development of the remotely-operated, lightweight camera head known as the Sparrow Head.

--To Frank Fletcher and Dave Sherwin for the introduction and continuing development of the Power Pod modular camera head system.

--To Alvah Miller, Michael Sorensen and J. Walt Adamczyk for the design and development of the Aerohead motion control camera head and the J-Viz Pre-Visualization system.

--To Scott Leva for the design and development of the Precision Stunt Airbag for motion picture stunt falls.

--To Lev Yevstratov, George Peters and Vasiliy Orlov for the development of the Ultimate Arm Camera Crane System for specialized vehicle photography.

--To James Rodnunsky, Alex MacDonald and Mark Chapman for the development of the Cablecam 3-D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.

--To Tim Drnec, Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis for the development of the Spydercam 3-D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.

--To John Platt and Demetri Terzopoulos for their pioneering work in physically-based computer-generated techniques used to simulate realistic cloth in motion pictures.

--To Ed Catmull, for the original concept, and Tony DeRose and Jos Stam for their scientific and practical implementation of subdivision surfaces as a modeling technique in motion picture production.

--To Harold Rattray, Terry Claborn, Steve Garlick, Bill Hogue and Tim Reynolds for the design, engineering and implementation of the Technicolor Real Time Answer Print System.

--To Udo Schauss and Hildegard Ebbesmeier for the optical design and Nicole Wemken and Michael Anderer for the mechanical design of the Cinelux Premiere Cinema Projection Lenses.

SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING AWARDS (ACADEMY PLAQUE)

--To David Grober for the concept and mechanical design and Scott Lewallen for the electronic and software design of the Perfect Horizon camera stabilization head.

--To Anatoliy Kokush, Yuriy Popovsky and Oleksiy Zolotarov for the concept and development of the Russian Arm gyro-stabilized camera crane and the Flight Head.

--To Anatoliy Kokush for the concept and development of the Cascade series of motion picture cranes.

--To Garrett Brown for the original concept of the Skycam flying camera system–the first use of 3D volumetric cable technology for motion picture cinematography.

--To David Baraff, Michael Kass and Andrew Witkin for their pioneering work in physically-based computer-generated techniques used to simulate realistic cloth in motion pictures.

--To Laurie Frost, Peter Hannan and Richard Loncraine for the development of the remote camera head known as the Hot-Head.   Print Page