The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced that 14 scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration.
The list has been made public to allow individuals and companies the opportunity to submit achievements for review by Aug 27.
A thorough investigation in each of the technology categories will allow the committee to meet in early December to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s board of governors. The results will be announced at the 2013 Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb 15, 2014.
The following technologies have been selected by the committee for further consideration:
Neutral density filters that remove infrared contamination;
Prompted by the submission of the Infrared Neutral Density (IR ND) Filter Technology (Tiffen Co);
Untethered HD video assist devices;
Prompted by the submission of Meridian (Boxx TV Ltd);
Software tools for accelerated simulation and rendering of smoke, fire and explosions;
Prompted by the submission of Plume (ILM) and Flux (DreamWorks Animation);
Physically based shading and lighting techniques for digital rendering;
Prompted by the submission Efficient Physically Inspired Shading (Pixar Animation Studios);
Software tools for integrated sculpting and painting of digital models;
Prompted by the submission of Mudbox (Autodesk) and ZBrush (Pixologic);
Pre-computation techniques for visibility and lighting in rendering applications;
Prompted by the submission of Weta’s Spherical Harmonics Lighting (Weta Digital);
Compositing systems using per-pixel “deep” depth information;
Prompted by the submission of Deep Compositing (Weta Digital);
Software frameworks for integrated and extensible VFX and animation applications;
Prompted by the submission of Zeno (ILM);
Integrated software tools for performance capture, visualization and manipulation;
Prompted by the submission of MotionBuilder (Autodesk);
Non-explosive car flipping devices;
Prompted by the submission of the Pneumatic Car Flipper (Fxperts, Inc);
Helicopter-based camera motion-control platforms; and
Prompted by the submission of Flying-Cam 3.0 SARAH (Flying-Cam).
Digital workflow specifications for managing color.
Prompted by the submission of ASC CDL (D-Cinema Consulting)