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Academy Announces Their Annual Scientific and Technical Prizes

More Academy Award news to report! Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (also known as AMPAS) revealed the eight awards that they’re set to present at the annual Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony. That will take place on February 24th, but you can see who will be receiving the recognition below.

Here are the newest set of award winners:

Technical Achievement Awards (Academy Certificates)

  • Howard Jensen and Danny Cangemi for the concept and creation of rain bars
  • John Frazier for the development of rain bars
  • Mark Hills and Jim Vanns for the design and engineering of the FQ render farm management system
  • Matt Chambers for his contributions to modern render farm management system design
  • Sébastien Deguy and Christophe Soum for the concept and original implementation of Substance Engine
  • Sylvain Paris and Nicolas Wirrmann for the design and engineering of Substance Designer
  • David Eberle, Theodore Kim, Fernando de Goes and Audrey Wong for the design and development of the Fizt2 elastic simulation system

Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plagues)

  • Larry Barton for the pioneering design, development and engineering of CineTape
  • Ben Wilcox for the electronic engineering and software development of CineTape
  • Howard Preston for the concept, design and engineering of the Preston Cinema Systems Light Ranger 2
  • Bernie Butler-Smith for the design and implementation of electronic circuitry and software of the Preston Cinema Systems Light Ranger 2

Award of Commendation (Special Plague)

  • Ryan Laney for his innovative adaptation and deployment of AI-driven facial veiling technology

Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar Statuette)

  • Iain Neil for his substantial, extensive and innovative lens designs

Source: Variety


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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