17 considered for Sci-Techs


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has announced that 17 scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration.

"The list of achievements is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims to submit for review as well," Sci-Tech Awards committee chair Donald Rogers said. The deadline to submit additional entries is Sept. 20.

The committee has selected the following methods or devices for further consideration: Pacific Title and Art Studio's Rosetta Separations, a system for digital YCM masters for digital film preservation; Technicolor Digital Intermediates' Archival Separations from Digital Image Data; Hollywood Film Co.'s HFC Brumagic MPST Densitometer; CITC's SnoBiz; Arri Inc.'s Arriflex 235 Camera System; AOL's Ultra-Solution Digital Registration of Technicolor 3-strip motion pictures; Toon Boom Animation's Harmony/Opus; Flat Black Films' Rotoshop ? Interpolated-Rotoscoping software; Weta Digital's Flexible Hair Grooming and Rendering System; Joe Alter's "Shave and a Haircut"; Industrial Light + Magic's Image-Based Modeling; and ILM's Open EXR; Final Draft Inc.'s "Final Draft" software; the Foundry's Furnace, motion estimation technology; Dolby Laboratories' industry conversion to cyan analog dye soundtracks; New Magic Entertainment's DFS (Digital Foley Station); cmotion GmbH's "cmotion" radio remote-control system.

After investigations are conducted on each of the entries, the committee will meet in December to vote on recommendations to the Academy's board of governors, which will make the final awards decisions.

The Sci-Tech Awards will be presented Feb. 10 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.