August 26, 2013 5:05am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Peter Jackson's Weta, Park Road Post Earn 3D Awards for 'Avatar,' 'Hobbit' Work
Two of Peter Jackson’s companies will be among the honorees at the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s 5th annual 3D Technology Awards. The awards will be presented on Sept. 18 during a ceremony at Paramount Studios.
The Society’s Lumiere statuettes for technology will be awarded to Weta Digital for the visual effects pipeline it created for Avatar; and to Park Road Post for the 3D high frame rate pipeline it developed for The Hobbit.
Relatedly, a Lumiere will also be awarded to manufacturer SGO for its Mistika post-production system, which was a key tool used at Park Road Post for its 3D high frame rate pipeline.
Two 2D-to-3D conversion companies will receive trophies: StereoD, for its CTAC–MAM pipeline; and Legend3D, for its 2D-to-3D conversion pipeline. Honorees also include Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, for its TimeLab Omnicam; and Tim Dashwood, for the Stereo3D CAT stereoscopic calibration and analysis software.
Dolby Laboratories will be recognized for the Dolby 3D glasses-free 3D system that it developed in collaboration with Philips; RealD, for its Precision White Screen; and Masterimage 3D, for its CellMatrix 3D technology.
During the ceremony, Regal Cinemas will receive a 3D theater of the year award for L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
The Society will also present a car of the year award to Mercedes-Benz for its 2014 S-Class automobile, which uses a stereoscopic camera safety system. Members of American Optometrists Association, Michael Halkias and Ingryd Lorenzana, will be recognized as “eye care professionals of the year."