AMPAS SciTech Council Adds Two VFX Vets

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Industrial Light & Magic's Cary Phillips and Digital Domain's Doug Roble have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing its 2015-2016 membership roster to 25.

Currently co-head of research and development at ILM, Phillips has won three Academy Technical Achievement Awards for work on ILM's Caricature Animation System, Creature Dynamics System and Shape Sculpting System. His software contributed to many films, including the Oscar-winning VFX on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. He is a new Academy member, joining the VFX branch earlier this year.

Roble is creative director of software at Digital Domain, where he has worked since the company’s founding in 1993. He received a Technical Achievement Award for work the company's Track system and a Scientific and Engineering Award for its fluid simulation system. His work has contributed to many films, including the Oscar-winning VFX on Titanic. Roble also serves on the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee and is co-chair of its Digital Imaging Technology subcommittee. 

The council co-chairs are two members of the Academy’s VFX branch: Craig Barron, a VFX Oscar winner and former Academy governor; and Paul Debevec, chief visual officer at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and a Scientific and Engineering Award recipient.