Five SMPTE Members Earn Academy Awards


WHITE PLAINS, USA: Five SMPTE members have been recognised with prestigious awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

The Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards honour the men, women, and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding, and lasting ways to motion pictures.

"Science and technology are fundamental to the filmmaking process, and we're so pleased to see SMPTE members recognised and honoured by the Academy for their pioneering work in this area of the motion picture industry," said Barbara Lange, Executive Director at SMPTE.

SMPTE member Florian Kainz is part of the team that earned a Technical Achievement Award Academy Certificate for the architecture and development of the Zeno application framework. For more than a decade, Zeno's flexible and robust design has allowed the creation of a broad range of Academy Award-winning visual effects toolsets at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

SMPTE members Joshua Pines, David Reisner, and David Register together earned a Technical Achievement Award Academy Certificate for their role in the development of the American Society of Cinematographers Colour Decision List (ASC CDL) technology. The ASC CDL unifies colour correction principles for use on- and off-set, providing for the faithful reproduction of colour values across a variety of colour-correction devices. This technology provides basic image-processing mathematics that translates the lift, gamma, and gain settings to a set of common colour values to help preserve the cinematographer's intent throughout production.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kristen Bell, who co-hosted the ceremony with Michael B. Jordan, said: "I might want to quit acting and work with those guys; they are so cool."

For making technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry, SMPTE Life Member Peter W. Anderson, ASC (pictured) received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette.

"Without the art, what would the science be? Without the science, what would the art be?" said Anderson, who was presented his award by Douglas Trumbull. Trumbull has been a keynote speaker at several SMPTE conferences.

The 2013 awards were presented at the Academy's Scientific & Technical Award ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. An excerpt from the ceremony was included in the Oscar ceremony broadcast.

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