James Cameron, Douglas Trumbull to Be Honored During SMPTE Centennial Gala

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers' celebration will be held Oct. 28 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.
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Innovative filmmakers James Cameron and Douglas Trumbull will be honored Oct. 28 during the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ Centennial Gala at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The society develops technical standards that enable TV and motion pictures. 

During its milestone anniversary celebration, Avatar and Titanic director Cameron will receive Honorary Membership, SMPTE's highest accolade, recognizing his work toward advancing visual effects, motion capture and stereoscopic 3D photography, as well experimentation in higher frame rates (HFR).

Trumbull — who was responsible for the VFX in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner — will be presented the Society’s most prestigious award, the Progress Medal, honoring his contributions in VFX, stereoscopic 3D and HFR cinema, including his current work to enable stereoscopic 3D with his 120-frames-per-second Magi system.

SMPTE additionally announced several members who will be honored the same week during the society’s annual Technical Conference & Exhibition’s Honors & Awards program on Oct. 24 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

They include ARRI’s Johannes Steurer, who will receive the Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Medal; Daniel Teruggi, the Archival Technology Medal Award; R. Norman Hurst, the Camera Origination and Imaging Medal; Peter G.M. Centen, the David Sarnoff Medal; Paul Kellar, the Digital Processing Medal; Neil A. Shaw, the Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal; Thomas G. Edwards, the Workflow Systems Medal; and Baylor University’s Michael F. Korpi, the new Excellence in Educational Medal.

Additionally, David J. Bancroft will be presented the Excellence in Standards Award, and SMPTE’s recently retired director of standards, Peter D. Symes, will be awarded the Presidential Proclamation during the ceremony.