By David Poland

17 Scientific Achievements in Competition for 78th Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that seventeen scientific and technical achievements have been selected for 78th Academy Awards consideration.

“This list of achievements is announced to allow individuals and companies with similar technology or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit their technology for review,” said Scientific and Technical Awards Committee Chair Richard Edlund.

The deadline to submit additional entries is Thursday, September 22.

The committee has selected the following methods or devices for consideration:

Sparrow Head; Doggicam Systems

High Speed Pneumatic Accelerator; Jeff Haberstad

Precision Stunt Airbag; Precision Stunt Safety Specialists

Telescoping Scissor Camera Crane; Filmotechnic

Gyrostabilized Autorobot/Russian Arm Camera Crane; Filmotechnic

Traveling Cascade Camera Crane; Filmotechnic

Cablecam’s Multi-Axis Systems; Cablecam International, Inc.

Syflex—The Cloth Simulator; Syflex, LLC

Cloth Simulation for Film; Pixar Animation Studios

ILM: Image-Based Modeling; Industrial Light & Magic

Ambient Environment Lighting; Industrial Light & Magic

Subdivision Surfaces in Motion Picture Production; Pixar Animation Studios

Rosetta Separations—Digital YCM Masters for Digital Film Preservation; Pacific Title and Art Studio

Realtime Answer Print System; Technicolor

HFC Brumagic MPST Densitometer; Hollywood Film Company

Cinelux Premiere Cinema Projection Lenses; Schneider Optics, Inc.

Aerohead Remote Camera Head and J-Viz Pre-Visualization System; Aerohead LLC

A demonstration of selected achievements will be conducted on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.

According to Awards Administration Director Rich Miller, the committee will meet on Wednesday, December 7, to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make final awards decisions.

The Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, February 18, 2006.

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