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21 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR 2014 ACADEMY AWARDS® @TheAcademy

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 21 scientific
and technical achievements, 16 distinct investigations, have been selected for
further awards consideration.

The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar
devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit achievements for
review.

The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, August 26, at 11:59
p.m. PT.

The committee has selected the following technologies for further
consideration:

  • Portable, remote-controlled telescoping camera columns

    Prompted by MAT-TOWERCAM TWIN PEEK (MAT – Mad
    About Technology)

  • Drivable, high-speed vehicle platforms

    Prompted by THE BISCUIT JR. (Allan Padelford
    Camera Cars)

  • Neutral density filters that remove infrared contamination

    Prompted by INFRARED NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTER
    TECHNOLOGY (Tiffen Company)

  • Lightweight, prime lens sets for high-resolution cameras

    Prompted by LEICA SUMMILUX-C PRIME LENS SERIES (CW
    Sonderoptic)

  • Optical audio transfer processes

    Prompted by CHACE OPTICAL SOUND PROCESSOR
    (Deluxe)

  • Enabling technology of digital cinema projectors

    Prompted by TEXAS INSTRUMENTS DLP CINEMA
    TECHNOLOGY (Texas Instruments)

  • Interactive blend shape modeling and manufacturing

    Prompted by LAIKA RAPID PROTOTYPING AND FACIAL
    ANIMATION TECHNOLOGY (LAIKA, Inc.) and ILM SHAPE SCULPTING SYSTEM (ILM)

  • Measurement toolsets for quality control of cinematic
    experience

    Prompted by LSS-100P (Ultra-Stereo Labs)

  • Displays providing suitable visual reference for feature film
    review

    Prompted by SONY TRIMASTER EL ORGANIC LIGHT
    EMITTING DIODE PICTURE MONITORS (Sony Pictures Imageworks)

  • Collaborative, enhanceable image playback and review
    systems

    Prompted by RV MEDIA PLAYER (Tweak Software)

  • High-resolution motion capture techniques for deforming
    objects

    Prompted by MOVA (MOVA) and GEOMETRY TRACKER (ILM)

  • Systems for interactive grooming and direct-manipulation of digital
    hair

    Prompted by BARBERSHOP (Weta Digital)

  • Systems for placing, grooming and resolving collisions of digital
    feathers

    Prompted by DREAMWORKS FEATHER SYSTEM (DreamWorks
    Animation)

  • Systems for modeling, animation and rendering of digital
    vegetation

    Prompted by SPEEDTREE (IDV)

  • Digital technologies for high-density physical destruction
    simulation

    Prompted by DROP DESTRUCTION TOOLKIT (Digital
    Domain) and FINITE ELEMENT DESTRUCTION MODELING (UC Berkeley) and ODIN – UNIFIED
    HPC MULTI-PHYSICS SIMULATION PLATFORM (Weta Digital)

  • Efficient volumetric data formats

    Prompted by FIELD 3D (Sony Pictures Imageworks)
    and VDB: HIGH-RESOLUTION SPARSE VOLUMES WITH DYNAMIC TOPOLOGY (DreamWorks
    Animation)

After thorough investigations are conducted in each of the technology
categories, the committee will meet in early December to vote on recommendations
to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make the final awards decisions.

The 2014 Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented on Saturday,
February 7, 2015.

Claims of prior art or similar technology must be submitted on the Academy’s
website at www.oscars.org/awards/scitech/apply.html. 
For further information, contact the Awards Administration Office at (310)
247-3000, ext. 1129, or via e-mail at scitech@oscars.org.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre®
at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by
the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars presentation also will be televised live
in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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