DWA, Pixar  in running for Sci-Tech awards

Academy selects 15 candidates for further consideration

DreamWorks Animation and rival Pixar animation both have two scientific and technical achievements that are currently being considered for awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy's Sci-Tech Awards Committee said Friday that 15 methods and devices have been selected for further awards consideration.
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The list consists of OBQ/DOALL (Industrial Light & Magic); Queue (Rhythm & Hues); Race Render Queue System (Digital Domain); Qube (PipelineFX); Misterd (Pixar Animation Studios); RQS/Depgraph Render Management System (DreamWorks Animation); Cue3 (Sony Pictures Imageworks); Alfred – Job Queuing and Distributing Rendering System (Pixar Animation Studios); XGen – Arbitrary Primitive Generator (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Expression Analysis for Facial Motion Capture (Weta Digital); Efficient Global Illumination System for Computer Graphic Films (PDI/DreamWorks Animation); cineSync (Rising Sun Research Pty. Ltd.); Timecode Slate (Entertainment Technology); NAC Servo Winches (NAC Company); and Cannon-Less Turnover System (Performance Picture Vehicles).

The deadline to submit additional entries is Aug. 31.

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

The 2010 Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on Feb. 12.