The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 10 scientific and technical achievements, representing 33 individual award recipients, will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 13, in Beverly Hills. Additionally, a special award will recognize the century-old Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers for its help in advancing motion picture standards and technology.
Technical ingenuity and animation production have gone hand in hand since the earliest days of animation so it should be no surprise that many of this year’s honorees are from the animation world. Some of the technical achievements have made a direct impact on the visual appearance of animation on-screen, like Laika’s advances in rapid prototyping, while other innovations allow artists to do their job better at the studio, like Rhythm & Hues’ Global DDR System, a review system that enables a recordable workflow and collaborative content review process.
Unlike the other Academy Awards presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2015. For example, the honorees for DreamWorks Animation’s Media Review System have been developing the platform for nearly two decades. The achievements need only demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.