Denny Clairmont to get AMPAS Bonner Medal

Denny Clairmont (right) with Dominique Rouchon-Picariello at Angenieux 75th Anniversary in St. Heand

Denny Clairmont, motion picture wizard and head of Clairmont Camera, will receive the John A. Bonner Medal from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The medal of commendation will be presented at the Scientific and Technical (Sci-Tech) Awards on Saturday, February 12, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Denny and Terry founded Clairmont Camera in 1976. Today, it is one of the largest camera rental companies in the world. Denny has been a mentor to several generations of cinematographers. His phone number is one of my speed-dial buttons. Whenever I have a technical question, Denny is usually one of the first people to call. If you’re placed on hold, it’s because a camera or lens manufacturer is on the line, also asking his advice. This makes sense. Leonard, his father, was a DP, as was Denny.

Clairmont Camera innovated, designed, and developed essential new products and accessories.

“For more than three decades Denny has been at the forefront of camera technology, helping cinematographers, camera assistants and film students with evolving technologies and related equipment,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “His dedication to the craft and his service to the Academy are well-known throughout the industry.”

Denny has served as a member of the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee since 1993.

The John A. Bonner Medal is awarded for “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.” Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be shown during the televised 83rd Oscar ceremony.

All in the family: Denny's father Leonard Clairmont in 1931, on location.

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