Angenieux, ARRI and Transvideo win Sci-Tech Awards

Todd Wawrychuk ©A.M.P.A.S.

Three of our distinguished sponsoring companies won the coveted Sci-Tech Scientific and Engineering Plaques at the 2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards on February 7, 2009, in Beverly Hills, California, hosted by actress Jessica Biel.

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The Envelopes Please. From Angenieux: Bruno Coumert and Jacques Debize for the optical design, and Dominique Chervin and Christophe Reboulet for the mechanical design, of the compact and lightweight Angenieux 15-40 mm and 28-76 mm zoom lenses. These small, light, rugged and sharp lenses became de rigeur for handheld, Steadicam and remote-head cinematography. Angenieux President Philippe Parain’s acceptance speech ended with great panache, as he held the two winning lenses aloft. Steve Manios was lauded for his original concept and vision getting these lenses off the ground.

From ARRI: Erwin Melzner, for the overall concept including the optical and cooling systems, Volker Schumacher for the optical design, and Timo Müller for the mechanical design, of the Arrimax 18/12 HMI lights — brightest HMIs on the planet. ARRI COO Charlie Davidson was there with a large contingent of ARRI luminaries: John Gresch, Mike Jones, Juergen Schwinzer and more. We love these lights: they save time and their stellar single source punch from far away is made even more efficient when used with the MaxMover, an automated, remote-control pan-tilt-focus stirrup/yoke assembly for the Arrimax.

From Transvideo: Jacques Delacoux, for the concept and electronic design, and Alexandre Leuchter for the software and electronic design, of the Transvideo video assist monitors for the motion picture industry. Transvideos were the first flat-panel, color LCD screens, and Transvideo monitors have become industry-standard workshorses by virtue of their rugged design and brilliant image, bright enough for use in full daylight. I think there are over 15,000 Transvideo in use today, not only as crew-proof on-board mini-monitors, but also as full HD wired and wireless directors’ and video village monitors. The new  CineMonitorHD Transvideos are the first HD SDI field monitors with specific tools for 3D production (adjustable grids, flip and flop, and anaglyph red-blue viewing with glasses. All monitors also offer a Histogram and overexposure display function.

A Technical Achievement award went to my friend and colleague, Steve Hylén for the concept and creation of the Hylén Lens System that produces real-time, in-camera optical effects with Panavision film or digital cameras. It relays an aerial image from the back off any standard lens, and lets you add various effects, like selective focus, diffusion, keyhole, mattes and other forms of image manipulation.

photo: Todd Wawrychuk ©A.M.P.A.S.

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