Academy Announces Scientific and Technical Achievement Nominees

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The first Academy Award nominations have been released by the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. The committee has selected 11 scientific and technical achievements in filmmaking as nominees for “further awards consideration.”

Of the 11 nominees, most are Greek to me. However, I’m happy to see that Pixar Animation Studios received a nomination for their point-based color bleeding technique, which was implemented in their summer hit Up and it has been used in about a dozen other feature films including Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End. For a overly-scientific explanation see this page by Per H. Christensen.

If you’re looking for explanations of the other techniques that are nominated do a quick Google search and you’ll find more information. The nominees are listed after the jump.

  • Enabling Technologies for Digital Intermediate (credit to be determined)
  • The Development of Fujicolor ETERNA-RDI Digital Intermediate Film (Fujifilm USA)
  • Relighting for Virtual Characters (USC ICT)
  • Imocap (Lucasfilm Entertainment)
  • Ambient Occlusion (Double Negative VFX)
  • Point-Based Color Bleeding (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • OBAQ/DOALL (Industrial Light & Magic)
  • Film Master (Digital Vision Ltd.)
  • System 5 (Euphonix, Inc.)
  • Rigtightâ„¢ (1stCall Studio Equipment)
  • Heden Lens Motors with Two-Stage Friction Drive Planetary Torque Amplifier (Heden Engineering AB)

More nominees may be added to the list, but the deadline is September 15.

[Source: Alternative Film Guide]

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