2000

The 72nd Scientific & Technical Awards 1999 | 2000
Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Saturday, March 4, 2000

Winners

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Dr. Roderick T. Ryan, who served for many years as regional director of engineering services for the Eastman Kodak Company, has been voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted John A. Bonner Medals of Commendation to Edmund M. Di Giulio, founder and president of Cinema Products Corporation, and to Panavision design engineer Takuo Miyagishima. The medals were presented during the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2000.

Technical Achievement Award (Academy Certificate)

Vivienne Dyer and Chris Woolf

For the design and development of the Rycote Microphone Windshield Modular System. Designed to eliminate physical acoustical rumble and to mask a microphone's high sensitivity to wind and other unwanted noises, these lightweight and rugged Rycote Microphone Windshields accomplish these tasks without altering or impairing the original frequency response of the microphone.

For the design and development of the Light Wave microphone windscreens and isolation mounts from Light Wave Systems. Designed to eliminate physical acoustical rumble and to cover a microphone's high sensitivity to wind and other unwanted noises, this Light Wave Systems' line of shock mounts and windscreens accomplish these tasks without altering or impairing the original frequency response of the microphone.

Richard C. Sehlin, Dr. Mitchell J. Bogdanowicz and Mary L. Schmoeger of the Eastman Kodak Company

For the concept, design and development of the Eastman Lamphouse Modification Filters. The ELM Filters enable a laboratory to achieve additive printer contrast and color reproduction using a subtractive lamphouse.

Hoyt H. Yeatman, Jr. of Dream Quest Images and John C. Brewer of the Eastman Kodak Company

For the identification and diagnosis leading to the elimination of the "red fringe" artifact in traveling matte composite photography. The elimination of the "red fringe" artifact in traveling matte composite photography obviates expensive additional computerized image processing thus reducing the time involved in producing a seamless and convincing composite shot.

Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque)

Nick Phillips

For the design and development of the three-axis Libra III remote control camera head. The Libra III head can accept a range of film cameras and their lenses and allows the operator to add stabilization to each axis for medium focal length lenses. Motion capture and playback are also selectable features.


Fritz Gabriel Bauer
For the concept, design and engineering of the Moviecam Superlight 35mm Motion Picture Camera. The quiet Moviecam Superlight is an extremely small and light 35mm professional motion picture sound camera which allows the cinematographer to film in ways and situations that were never before possible.


Iain Neil, Rick Gelbard and Panavision, Inc.
For the optical design, mechanical design, and for the development of the Millennium Camera System viewfinder. This unique and versatile viewfinder with two independent viewing positions provides a very high-resolution video assist image, greatly enhancing its application for on-set compositing or non-linear editing.


Huw Gwilym, Karl Lynch and Mark Crabtre

For the design and development of the AMS/Neve-Logic Digital Film Console for motion picture sound mixing. This console allows the user multi-position mixing capabilities, stem routing predub inputs and other filmcentric attributes. This is the first fully digital audio mixing console specifically designed for post-production film mixing.

James Moultrie, Mike Salter and Mark Craig Gerchman                                                                                                                               For the mechanical design and optical design of the Cooke S4 Range of Fixed Focal Length Lenses for 35mm motion picture photography. These state-of-the-art fixed focal length 35mm lenses are the result of intense efforts to meet industry requirements in several areas. Providing superior performance in several cinematographic aspects, these lenses include a unique linear focus system.

Marlowe A. Pichel
For development of the process for manufacturing Electro-Formed Metal Reflectors which, when combined with the DC Short Arc Xenon Lamp, became the worldwide standard for motion picture projection systems. The impact of the Electro-Formed Metal Reflector over the decades has completely changed the presentation side of the motion picture industry, allowing the replacement of the carbon arc light source and the implementation of automated projection systems.

L. Ron Schmidt
For the concept, design and engineering of the Linear Loop Film Projectors. These radically new motion picture film projectors provide superior print handling, image steadiness, screen illumination and enhanced viewer experience by means of an extremely simple air-driven mechanical transport system.

Nat Tiffen of Tiffen Manufacturing Corporation
For the production of high-quality, durable, laminated color filters for motion picture photography. Materials of uniform color characteristics are implanted between layers of optical glass and bonded together under extremes of heat and pressure. The outer surfaces are ground and polished to specified close tolerances, free of distortion and resistant to changes in temperature or humidity, then bound with a protective metal ring.