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By Film Threat Staff | January 12, 2002

21 Scientific and Technical Achievements Receive Academy Awards
Twenty-one Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievement will be presented on March 2 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Academy’s Board of Governors voted 7 Scientific and Engineering Awards, which will be presented in the form of plaques, and 14 Technical Achievement Awards, presented as certificates, based upon recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, chaired by Academy Visual Effects Branch Governor Richard Edlund. Awards Administration Director Richard Miller said that achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards don’t have to have been invented during the current year. They are considered, he said, “only if they have proved their exceptional merit through successful use.”
The 2001 Awards will be presented at a gala black tie dinner on Saturday evening, March 2, 2002, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical achievements for the year 2001 are:
Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques) ^ To John Eargle, Don Keele and Mark Engebretson for the concept, design and engineering of the modern constant-directivity, direct radiator style motion picture loudspeaker systems.
The work of John Eargle, Don Keele and Mark Engebretson has resulted in the over-20-year dominance of constant-directivity, direct radiator bass style cinema loudspeaker systems.
To Iain Neil for the concept and optical design and Al Saiki for the mechanical design of the Panavision Primo Macro Zoom Lens (PMZ).
This compact, wide-angle, macro focus lens enhances and expands the picture-capturing ability, both technically and artistically, of the cinematographer. It is the first cine lens that allows macro photography while still being able to zoom.
To Franz Kraus, Johannes Steurer and Wolfgang Riedel for the design and development of the ARRILASER Film Recorder.
The ARRILASER film recorder demonstrates a high level of engineering resulting in a compact, user-friendly, low-maintenance device while at the same time maintaining outstanding speed, exposure ratings and image quality.
To Peter Kuran for the invention, and Sean Coughlin, Joseph A. Olivier and William Conner for the engineering and development of the RCI-Color Film Restoration Process.
This photo-chemical process restores color to faded color negative using off-the-shelf film stocks with a unique approach. The resulting film intermediate can be used to create a new internegative.
To Makoto Tsukada, Shoji Kaneko and the Technical Staff of Imagica Corporation, and Daijiro Fujie of Nikon Corporation for the engineering excellence and the impact on the motion picture industry of the Imagica 65/35 Multi-Format Optical Printer. This liquid-gate optical printer offers ease of set-up and change-over to various formats from 35mm to 65mm 15-perf with both additive and subtractive lamp houses. To Steve Gerlach, Gregory Farrell and Christian Lurin for the design, engineering and implementation of the Kodak Panchromatic Sound Recording Film.
Allowing all four soundtrack systems to be exposed on a single negative with relative ease, this stock has allowed single inventory prints, facilitating the more economic distribution of motion pictures.
To Paul Constantine and Peter M. Constantine for the design and development of the CELCO Digital Film Recorder products.
CELCO recorder products have had a significant impact on the industry through continual improvements in their technology.
Technical Achievement Awards (Academy Certificates) ^ To Pete Romano for the design and development of the Remote AquaCam, an underwater camera housing system for use in motion pictures.
The Remote AquaCam brings to the industry an underwater camera housing specifically designed for remote and high-speed operation. Its hydro-dynamic shape facilitates ease of operation for surface hand-held filming, and its remote capabilities allow it to film in confined areas or in situations where an operator cannot be near the camera.
To Jordan Klein for his pioneering efforts in the development and application of underwater camera housings for motion pictures.
With over 50 years of involvement in the design and development of underwater camera housings, Jordan Klein has had significant influence in the field of underwater photography.
To Bernard Werner and William Gelow for the engineering and design of filtered line arrays and screen spreading compensation as applied to motion picture loudspeaker systems.
Employing both tapered line array and filtered line array technologies and unique passive and active filter networks, their work with cinema loudspeakers was both innovative and dedicated specifically to cinema applications.
To Tomlinson Holman for the research and systems integration resulting in the improvement of motion picture loudspeaker systems.
For over 20 years Tomlinson Holman has been involved in the research and integration of the constant-directivity, direct radiator bass type of cinema loudspeaker systems.
To Geoff Jackson and Roger Woodburn for their DMS 120S Camera Motor.
This well-engineered camera motor features built-in time-lapse programmability and is useful in an unusually wide range of applications, including MOS production filming, high-speed photography, animation and motion control.
To Thomas Major Barron for the overall concept and design; Charles Smith for the structural engineering; and Gordon Seitz for the mechanical engineering of the Bulldog Motion Control Camera Crane.
This motion control camera crane represents an unprecedented combination of long reach, high-speed and a novel approach to its transport, which allows a very rapid setup on location.
To John Anderson, Jim Hourihan, Cary Phillips and Sebastian Marino for the development of the ILM Creature Dynamics System.
This system makes hair, clothing, skin, flesh and muscle simulation both directable and integrated within a character animation and rigging environment.
To Dr. Steve Sullivan and Eric Schafer for the development of the ILM Motion and Structure Recovery System (MARS.)
The MARS system provides analysis of camera motion and object motion, and their dimensions. It employs a rich set of user-interface tools and sophisticated algorithms.
To Carl Ludwig and John Constantine Jr. for their contributions to CELCO Digital Film Recorder products.
CELCO recorder products have had a significant impact on the industry through continual improvements in their technology.
To Bill Spitzak, Paul Van Camp, Jonathan Egstad and Price Pethel for their pioneering effort on the NUKE-2D Compositing Software.
The Nuke-2D compositing software allows for the creation of complex interactive digital composites using relatively modest computing hardware.
To Lance Williams for his pioneering influence in the field of computer-generated animation and effects for motion pictures.
The ongoing influence of Lance Williams is exemplified in his three seminal papers “Casting Shadows on Curved Surfaces,” “Pyramidal Parametrics” and “View Interpolation for Image Synthesis.”
To Dr. Uwe Sassenberg and Rolf Schneider for the development of “3D Equalizer,” an advanced and robust camera and object match-moving system.
This dominant commercial tracking system provides “survey-free” tracking, which significantly reduces the need for painstaking, error-prone measurements on sets.
To Garland Stern for the concept and implementation of the Cel Paint Software System.
All current cel painting applications in the motion picture industry can be traced back to the original idea and pioneering implementation of Garland Stern.
To Mic Rodgers and Matt Sweeney for the concept, design and realization of the “Mic Rig.” This self-contained, low bed “picture car” carrier and “camera platform” enables the safe, economic and realistic filming of action sequences that may involve principal actors and dialogue.
Whoopi Goldberg to Host 74th Academy Awards
Oscar-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg will host her fourth Academy Awards telecast in March, 74th Awards show producer Laura Ziskin announced.
“I am thrilled to have Whoopi Goldberg as the host for this year’s Academy Awards Show. Whoopi has great warmth, wit, humor, humanity and a social conscience, all qualities that I feel are essential for this year’s show. She is both an Oscar winner herself and an Oscar tradition, this being her fourth stint as host over the last ten years” Ziskin said. “I look forward to collaborating with Whoopi to put on a meaningful and entertaining evening for all the nominees, for the audience in the new Kodak Theatre and for the millions watching at home.”
In 1998, Goldberg hosted the 71st Awards Presentation, and previously hosted the 66th and 68th telecasts, both of which earned her Emmy nominations.
“I’m delighted to have been asked to once again host the Academy Awards,” Goldberg said. “It’ll be the first broadcast done from Oscar’s new home and I love a housewarming. And this broadcast, in my opinion, carries a different weight, because it says that we as filmmakers, actors and technicians worldwide will continue to do what we do best and celebrate it. And who wouldn’t want to front that?”
Goldberg won a Supporting Actress Oscar in 1991 for her portrayal of Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost” and received a Best Actress nomination in 1985 for her motion picture debut as “Celie” in “The Color Purple.” Her film credits include “Girl, Interrupted,” “Boys on the Side,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Sister Act,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Clara’s Heart,” “Kingdom Come” and “Rat Race.” Goldberg currently executive produces “Hollywood Squares” and the Lifetime series “Strong Medicine” and has produced original movies for Showtime, Lifetime and TNT.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2001 will be presented on Sunday, March 24, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland(R) and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. (PST), with a half-hour arrival segment preceding the presentation ceremony.
Academy Exhibition to Celebrate Great Women of Film
A new large-format photography exhibition spotlighting thirty women of the film industry will premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 8, 2002. “Great Women of Film: Photographs by Helena Lumme and Mika Manninen” is intended be a celebration of film’s current female talents and will include women in a wide variety of professions and crafts in the motion picture industry.
“Hollywood is rich with talented female filmmakers,” notes Lumme. “We’re hoping that this exhibition will spread the word about these spectacular women and their achievements.”
Among those represented in the exhibition will be: actors Joan Allen and Susan Sarandon, actor-director-producer Jodie Foster, cinematographer Lisa Rinzler, editors Dede Allen and Maysie Hoy, producers Bonnie Curtis, Jane Rosenthal and Christine Vachon, and screenwriter-directors Jane Anderson, Kasi Lemmons and Allison Anders. Women who work in the fields of animation, sound and visual effects, as well as music, production design, costume design, makeup and casting also are among the 30 women photographed.
The black-and-white and color prints depict the women in an array of styles and settings. Many of the women participated in the process of selecting the settings, in some cases being photographed as they took part in a favorite hobby like horseback riding or catching butterflies. Others – particularly those not usually in front of the camera – were photographed playing a role, such as a gypsy or a wild west sheriff, and some of the women are depicted in fantasy settings.
“We wanted to give the exhibition visitors interesting stories to look at, as well as showcasing the women,” says Manninen. “We thought the environments should be chosen by the subjects, and should tell something about them and their personalities.”
Though “Great Women of Film” was created with its first venue – the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery – in mind, Lumme and Manninen plan to tour the exhibition. In addition, the images – along with interviews conducted by Lumme and Manninen with each of the women – will be published in book form at the time of the Academy’s installation. The interviews also were videotaped and Lumme and Manninen plan to produce a documentary utilizing the material.
Lumme and Manninen previously produced “Screenwriters: Fifty Faces Behind the Greatest Movie Moments,” a touring exhibition that was featured at the Academy as well as the Cannes and Berlin film festivals.
Like all exhibitions at the Academy, “Great Women of Film” is free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue in the Grand Lobby Gallery at the Academy through April 21, 2002. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills. For more information, call 310-247-3600.
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