Last Friday the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a list of 21 scientific and technical achievements in 16 different areas, which have been selected for further awards consideration.
According to the Academy:
The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, August 26, at 11:59 p.m. PT. After thorough investigations are conducted in each of the technology categories, 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 2014 Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Animation studios are well represented in the list below. Laika’s use of 3D printing, which we wrote about on Cartoon Brew last week, is among this year’s contenders. Other vfx/animation studios that have technical achievements under consideration are ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Weta Digital, DreamWorks Animation, and Digital Domain.