Award of Merit
To Avid Technology, Inc., for the concept, system
design and engineering of the Avid Film Composer for motion
The Avid Film Composer is a digital, non-linear, 24
frame-per-second editing machine using compression algorithms,
that has revolutionized the art of film editing. Shots can
be stored, recalled, manipulated and played back instantaneously,
allowing the film editor unprecedented creative freedom
and the ability to realize a film more fully than before.
and Engineering Awards
To Dr. Thomas G. Stockham, Jr. and Robert B.
Ingebretsen for their pioneering work in the areas of
waveform editing, crossfades and cut-and-paste techniques
for digital audio editing.
The foundation of current digital audio editing equipment
for motion pictures has its roots in the late seventies
work of these digital pioneers.
To James A. Moorer for his pioneering work in the
design of digital signal processing and its application
to audio editing for film.
This early work in systems architecture and software
has had a significant impact on the digital creation of
sound effects and the editing of audio for motion picture
To Stephen J. Kay of K-Tec Corporation for the design
and development of the Shock Block.
This specially designed ground fault interrupter eliminates
the electric shock hazard when working in water, wet conditions
or from an accidentally exposed power line.
To Gary Tregaskis for the primary design; and to
Dominique Boisvert, Phillippe Panzini and
Andre LeBlanc for the development and implementation
of the Flame and Inferno software.
The Inferno System, and its predecessor, Flame, provide
high-speed, efficient integrated digital compositing and
visual effects tools.
To Robert Predovich, John Scott, Ken Husain
and Cameron Shearer for the design and implementation
of the Soundmaster Integrated Operations Nucleus operating
The Soundmaster system provides motion picture audio
post production facilities with a completely integrated
capability for synchronization of audio and picture elements
with the numerous methods of synchronization in use today.
To Roy Ference, Steve Schmidt, Richard
J. Federico, Rocky Yarid and Mike McCrackan
for the design and development of the Kodak Lightning Laser
The Kodak Lightning laser recorder system established
higher operational and quality standards and achieved wide
industry acceptance for digital film recording onto intermediate
To Colin Mossman, Hans Leisinger and George
John Rowland for the concept and design of the Deluxe
High Speed Spray Film Cleaner.
This innovative and effective high speed film cleaning
machine is unique in its use of spray technology, providing
the flexibility to use alternative solvents and to anticipate
changes in environmental legislation.
To ARRI USA, Inc., for the concept; and to the engineering
staff of Arnold & Richter Cine Technik under
the direction of Walter Trauninger for the engineering of
the ARRI 435 Camera System.
The 435 enhances the creative process via its programmability
and reliability, and provides the camera operator with the
widest feature and performance capability of any MOS camera
in use today.
To Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and the Carl
Zeiss Company for the concept and optical design of
the Carl Zeiss/Arriflex Variable Prime Lenses.
This series of variable prime lenses opens many creative
possibilities, since any focal length can be continuously
selected throughout the entire range. They offer sharp,
high-contrast, high-resolution images with minimized vignetting,
superior to many prime lenses.
To Derek C. Lightbody of OpTex for the design and
development of Aurasoft luminaires.
The Aurasoft offers a radical new type of reflector
design for the production of soft, very even and relatively
shadowless light, with superior coverage and significantly
higher intensity than existing softlights.
To Mark Roberts, Ronan Carroll, Assaff
Rawner, Paul Bartlett and Simon Wakley
for the creation of the Milo Motion-Control Crane.
This radically original and effective solution to the
problems of high-speed camera motion was achieved with the
combination of novel geometry and dedicated 3-dimensional
To Michael Sorensen and Richard Alexander
of Sorensen Designs International, and Donald Trumbull
for advancing the state-of-the-art of real-time motion-control,
as exemplified in the Gazelle and Zebra camera dolly systems.
Over the past decade, Sorensen, Alexander and Trumbull
have improved the speed, repeatability and portability of
robotic camera platforms through novel engineering concepts
and the pioneering use of composite materials.
To Ronald E. Uhlig, Thomas F. Powers and
Fred M. Fuss of the Eastman Kodak Company for the
design and development of KeyKode latent-image barcode key
KeyKode numbers are machine-readable bar codes on camera
negative film that exactly replicate the human-readable
key numbers. Together with an appropriate reader and database
software, they reduce errors and speed important post-production
operations, leading to significant cost savings.
To Iain Neil for the optical design; Takuo Miyagishima
for the mechanical design; and Panavision, Incorporated,
for the concept and development of the Primo Series of spherical
prime lenses for 35mm cinematography.
The Primo Series of lenses for 35mm cinematography represents
a thorough and comprehensive approach to prime lens design,
development and manufacture. This family of lenses has a
wide range of focal length, all color matched, with improved
modulation transfer function characteristics.
To Garrett Brown and Jerry Holway for the
creation of the Skyman flying platform for Steadicam operators.
This cable-driven, manned camera platform allows the
operator to spin 360 degrees for unimpeded pans while controlling
the downhill speed via brakes. As a device for achieving
otherwise impossible shots, Skyman has had a definite influence
on later cable-suspended camera systems.
To James Rodnunsky, James Webber and Bob
Webber of Cablecam Systems, and Thornton Bayliss for
the design and engineering of Cablecam.
This radio-controlled, cable-driven camera platform
with its ultra-smooth synthetic cables and powerful hydraulic
motors, enables runs in excess of 3,000 feet with quick
return to start. Operating unmanned, it can function at
speeds and through perils that would be unsafe for on-board
To David DiFrancesco, N. Balasubramanian
and Thomas L. Noggle for their pioneering efforts
in the development of laser film recording technology.
This pioneering laser film recorder, designed and used
for motion pictures, demonstrated the potential of this
technology for recording digital data onto intermediate
To Michael MacKenzie, Mike Bolles, Udo
Pampel and Joseph Fulmer of Industrial Light
& Magic for their pioneering work in motion-controlled,
silent camera dollies.
This silent, high-speed motion control modification
of a Panther dolly makes it possible to film moving-camera
composite shots of actors while recording live dialogue.
To Barry Walton, Bill Schultz, Chris Barker
and David Cornelius of Sony Pictures Imageworks for
the creation of an advanced motion-controlled, silent camera
This extensive modification to the Panther dolly allows
high-speed moves to be silent, smooth and stable.
To Bruce Wilton and Carlos Icinkoff of Mechanical
Concepts for their modular system of motion-control rotators
and movers for use in motion control.
These components have become the de facto industry standard
for use in precision motion-control equipment.
To Remy Smith for the software and electronic design
and development; and James K. Branch and Nasir
J. Zaidi for the design and development of the Spectra
Professional IV-A digital exposure meter.
The design and execution of the Spectra Professional
IV-A digital exposure meter has resulted in a practical
and successful tool for the film production community.
To Ivan Kruglak for his commitment to the development
of a wireless transmission system for video-assisted images
for the motion picture industry.
Through years of persistent effort, Mr. Kruglak has
commercialized and popularized a technique of great utility
for motion picture camera operations. By introducing diversity
antennas and a time-code insertion accessory, he has optimized
camera wireless video-assist components.
To Dr. Douglas R. Roble for his contribution to
tracking technology and for the design and implementation
of the TRACK system for camera position calculation and
The TRACK system is an integrated software tool that
uses computer-vision techniques to extract critical 2D and
3D information about a scene and the camera used to film
To Thaddeus Beier for the design and implementation
of ras_track, a system for 2D tracking, stabilization and
3D camera and object tracking.
Ras_track allows the user to determine the position
and location of the camera and objects in a scene by tracking
points in a scanned sequence.
To Manfred N. Klemme and Donald E. Wetzel
for the design and development of the K-Tek Microphone Boom
Pole and accessories for on-set motion picture sound recording.
The K-TEK series microphone boom pole provides production
recording personnel with a self-lubricated, light-weight,
sturdy pole with multiple accessories.
To Nick Foster for his software development in the
field of water simulation systems.
This software technique provides an efficient and flexible
method for the creation of flowing streams, oceans, tidal
waves and turbulence for motion picture visual effects.
To Cary Phillips for the design and development
of the "Caricature" Animation System at Industrial Light
By integrating existing tools into a powerful interactive
system, and adding an expressive multi-target shape interpolation-based
freeform animation system, the "Caricature" system provided
a degree of subtlety and refinement not possible with other
To Dr. Mitch Bogdanowicz of the Eastman Kodak Company,
and Jim Meyers and Stan Miller of Rosco Laboratories,
Inc., for the design of the CalColor Calibrated Color Effects
Designed to correspond to the spectral sensitivity of
color negative film stocks, these filters provide for improved
color control in motion picture lighting.
To Dr. Carl F. Holtz, David F. Kopperl, Dr.
A. Tulsi Ram and Richard C. Sehlin for the research
and development of the concept of molecular sieves applied
to improve the archival properties of processed photographic
The use of zeolite crystals as molecular sieves to absorb
moisture, acetic acid, methylene chloride and a variety
of solvents created an effective deterrent to the effects
of vinegar syndrome in stored film stock.
To Takuo Miyagishima and Albert K. Saiki
of Panavision, Inc., for the design and development of the
This leveler keeps the camera eyepiece at the same level,
regardless of whether the camera position is tilted up or
down, enabling the camera operator to concentrate on the
composition of the image.
To Edmund M. Di Giulio and James Bartell
of Cinema Products for the design of the KeyKode Sync Reader.
The KeyKode Sync Reader provides a fast, accurate and
user-friendly means of utilizing the KeyKode information
on film, thereby expediting the editorial and post-production
To Ivan Kruglak for his pioneering concept and the
development of the Coherent Time Code Slate.
Time-code slates have had significant impact on the
filmmaking process by simplifying post-production. This
development makes the synchronization process faster and
more precise, particularly when multiple cameras are used.
To Mike Denecke for refining and further developing
electronic time-code slates.
Due to their features and simplified operational procedures,
the Denecke slates have had significant impact on the motion
picture industry and have become the standard for electronic
To Ed Zwaneveld and Frederick Gasoi of the
National Film Board of Canada, and Mihal Lazaridis
and Dale Brubacher-Cressman of Research in Motion
for the design and development of the DigiSync Film KeyKode
The DigiSync Film KeyKode Reader provides a fast, accurate
and user- friendly means of utilizing the KeyKode information
on film, expediting the editorial and post-production processes.