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Teknisk Oscar tid

fredag 20. februar 2015, af Tom Dissing

Godt gemt i skyggen af søndagens Oscar fest, finder den interesserede “The scientific and technical achievements” Oscars, der blev tildelt for et par dage siden, men som har været NDAet frem til idag.
Og da de mange tekniske priser sikkert bliver totalt ignoreret ved selve Oscar uddelingen, er her lige lister over hvilket - geniale - ideer og folk der løb med de tekniske Oscar priser.
Richard Edlund, Academy Award®-winning visual effects artist and chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee sagde da priserne blev præsenteret:
-Our honorees represent an enormous range of technologies, from camera rigs to software systems, with names as colorful as “Biscuit Jr.”, “Barbershop” and “PhysBAM”, startede han og fortsatte.
-They exemplify the phenomenal creativity of professionals in the scientific and technical community, and the invaluable contributions they make to what is arguably the most creative industry in the world, slutter han.
Og som han er inde på det, er der tale om en række dybt begavede “opfindelser” der i flere tilfælde er så “nå ja, oplagt” at det kan undre at de tog så lang tid at få opfundet.
Her vinderne. ( forklaring på engelsk, red. )
Peter Braun fik en Technical Achievements Award for konceptet og udviklingen af “the MAT-Towercam Twin Peek”, der er en “portable, remote-controlled, telescoping column that smoothly positions a camera up to 24 feet vertically”.
Robert Nagle og Allan Padelford får en Technical Achievements Award for “The Biscuit Jr.”, der en “self-propelled, high-performance, drivable camera and vehicle platform”.
Harold Milligan, Steven Krycho og Reiner Doetzkies får en Technical Achievements Award “for the implementation engineering in the development of the Texas Instruments DLP Cinema digital projection technology”.
Cary Phillips, Nicolas Popravka, Philip Peterson og Colette Mullenhoff får en Technical Achievements Award “for the architecture, development and creation of the artist-driven interface of the ILM Shape Sculpting System”.
Tim Cotter, Roger van der Laan, Ken Pearce og Greg LaSalle får en Technical Achievements Award “for the innovative design and development of the MOVA Facial Performance Capture system”.
Dan Piponi, Kim Libreri og George Borshukov får en Technical Achievements Award “for their pioneering work in the development of Universal Capture at ESC Entertainment”.
Marco Revelant får en Technical Achievements Award “for the original concepts and artistic vision, and to Alasdair Coull and Shane Cooper for the original architectural and engineering design, of the Barbershop hair grooming system at Weta Digital”.
Michael Sechrest får en Technical Achievements Award “for the modeling design and implementation, Chris King for the real-time interactive engineering, and Greg Croft for the user interface design and implementation of SpeedTree Cinema”.
Scott Peterson, Jeff Budsberg og Jonathan Gibbs får en Technical Achievements Award “for the design and implementation of the DreamWorks Animation Foliage System”.
Erwin Coumans får en Technical Achievements Award “for the development of the Bullet physics library, and to Nafees Bin Zafar and Stephen Marshall for the separate development of two large-scale destruction simulation systems based on Bullet”.
Brice Criswell og Ron Fedkiw får en Technical Achievements Award “for the development of the ILM PhysBAM Destruction System”.
Ben Cole får en Technical Achievements Award “for the design of the Kali Destruction System.
Eric Parker får en Technical Achievements Award for the development of the Digital Molecular Matter toolkit.
James O’Brien får en Technical Achievements Award “for his influential research on the finite element methods that served as a foundation for these tools”.
Magnus Wrenninge får en Technical Achievements Award “for leading the design and development of Field3D”.
Robert Bridson får en Technical Achievements Award “for early conceptualization of sparse-tiled voxel data structures and their application to modeling and simulation”.
Ken Museth, Peter Cucka og Mihai Aldén får en Technical Achievements Award “for the creation of OpenVDB”.
OpenVDB is a widely adopted, sparse hierarchical data structure that provides a fast and efficient mechanism for storing and manipulating voxels.
På den fysiske side får følgende en Scientific and Engineering Achievement Award:
lain Neil får en Scientific and Engineering Achievement Award “for the optical design, and to André de Winter for the mechanical design, of the Leica Summilux-C series of lenses”.
Brad Walker, D. Scott Dewald, Bill Werner, Greg Pettitt og Frank Poradish får en Scientific and Engineering Achievement Award “for their contributions furthering the design and refinement of the Texas Instruments DLP Cinema projection technology, whose high level of performance enabled color-accurate digital intermediate preview and motion picture theatrical presentation”.
Ichiro Tsutsui, Masahiro Take, Mitsuyasu Tamura og Mitsuru Asano får en Scientific and Engineering Achievement Award “for the development of the Sony BVM-E Series Professional OLED Master Monitor”.
John Frederick, Bob Myers, Karl Rasche og Tom Lianza får en Scientific and Engineering Achievement Award “for the development of the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display”.
Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen og Michael Fecik får en Academy Award of Commendation “for their pioneering work in developing dye-based filters that reduce IR contamination when neutral density filters are used with digital cameras”. ( IR-ND filtre )
ACADEMY AWARD OF MERIT (OSCAR STATUETTE)
To Dr. Larry Hornbeck for the invention of digital micromirror technology as used in DLP Cinema projection.
The Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) is the core technology that has enabled Texas Instruments’ DLP Cinema projection to become the standard of the motion picture industry.
Selve præsentationen af vinderne skete på the Beverly Wilshire i Beverly Hills, men er i princippet først uddelt ved den kommende Oscar hvor Dolby® Laboratories executive David W. Gray får en vaskeægte Oscar statuette sammen med the Gordon E. Sawyer Award.
Han har blandt andet været inde over the Academy’s Science and Technology Council og its Theater Standards Committee og endelig SMPTE DC28 teknik og SMPTE Digital Cinema standards.

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