Scientific & Technical Awards Winners

Actress Jessica Biel presented the Scientific and Technical Awards on February 7, 2009, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.

Among the awards voted by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar® statuette, was presented to Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technological contributions to the industry.

Mark Kimball was awarded the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation for his “dedication to his craft and service to the Academy.”

Watch a video recap of the ceremony

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

The Academy’s Board of Governors voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award to Ed Catmull, a computer scientist, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. The award – an Oscar statuette – will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire. More

John A. Bonner Medal

Mark Kimball

Mark Kimball

Mark Kimball, a computer scientist and motion picture technologist with more than 28 years experience in the movie industry, was voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation. The award – a medallion – will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire. More

Technical Achievement Awards

  • To Steve Hylén for the concept and his continued leadership in the further development of the Hylén Lens System for motion picture effects photography.

    When attached to a film or digital production camera, this versatile aerial image device can produce a wide variety of optical effects interactively, on set and in real time without post-production image manipulation.

Scientific and Engineering Awards

  • To Erwin Melzner for the overall concept including the optical and cooling systems, Volker Schumacher for the optical design, and Timo Müller for the mechanical design, of the Arrimax 18/12 lighting fixture for use in motion picture production.

    With its choice of vari-focus and specular reflectors, the superior optical and mechanical design of this lighting fixture allows it to operate at 18,000 watts, producing unsurpassed light quality while its innovative cooling system keeps the housing safe to touch.

  • To Jacques Delacoux for the concept and electronic design, and Alexandre Leuchter for the software and electronic design, of the Transvideo-video assist monitors for the motion picture industry.

    Using color LCD screens, the Transvideo monitors provide flicker-free video assist bright enough for use in sunlight and have become a ubiquitous tool in both spherical and anamorphic cinematography.

  • To Bruno Coumert and Jacques Debize for the optical design, and Dominique Chervin and Christophe Reboulet for the mechanical design, of the compact and lightweight Angenieux 15-40 and 28-76 zoom lenses for handheld motion picture photography.

    With focus and zoom functions that can be easily controlled by either the operator or focus puller while filming handheld, these lightweight zoom lenses demonstrate a very high degree of engineering, supporting both ease of use and quick interchange.

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