Science & Technology

Doug Chiang describes how new technologies have changed how filmmakers approach their work
Doug Chiang describes how new technologies have changed how filmmakers approach their work Audience members wearing active lcd shutter viewers Joe Herrington with sound effect equipment at Academy event

From the earliest hand-cranked cameras to the latest digital handhelds, from the parting of the Red Sea to the X-Wing Fighter battle scenes, from the Mighty Wurlitzers to multichannel surround sound, science and technology have always been an integral part of creating and enjoying motion pictures.

Today, as the industry is transformed by a digital technology tsunami, the Academy continues its role of supporting and recognizing technical innovation.

Science & Technology Council

The Science & Technology Council serves as a forum for discussion and research regarding important technological issues facing the film industry. The Council is leading a major initiative to establish an image interchange framework for digital motion pictures, developing a common measurement methodology for digital camera performance, and partnering with the Library of Congress to examine the looming issue of archival storage of digital movie materials.

Learn more about the Council

See current and past events presented by the Science & Technology Council

Scientific & Technical Awards

Richard Edlund

Each year, the Academy honors the achievements of scientific and technical innovators whose work has had a significant and lasting impact on the motion picture industry. The earliest winners included Fox Film Corp., recognized for its “effective use of synchro-projection composite photography” (rear projection) at the 4th Academy Awards (1931).

Learn more about the Awards and see a list of past winners.