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Natalie M. and Herbert T. Kalmus Medal Recipients

The Natalie M. and Herbert T. Kalmus Medal honors the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture post-production and distribution services.


2023 - Douglas Walker

For his contributions to color management in the motion picture industry, including as chief architect of the OpenColorIOv2 open-source project, a robust color management solution widely adopted in motion picture production and post-production workflows, and his work on the implementation of the Common LUT Format (CLF), a cross-platform mechanism for communicating complex color management transforms. In addition, as technology lead for color science at Autodesk, Doug has developed the imaging pipelines for many leading software platforms including Flame, Lustre, and Maya.

Patrick Renner

In recognition of his vision, actualization, and continued refinement of on-set color management and color grading tools, as embodied in the Pomfort Livegrade software platform, providing cinematographers and digital imaging technicians a system that is creatively flexible yet technically robust, with an underlying image and metadata pipeline architecture supporting a wide range of workflows, resulting in ubiquitous adoption on live-action sets worldwide.

Harald Brendel

For the design and implementation of the color management system used in the ARRI ALEXA family of cameras, including the underlying LogC capture encoding, the ARRI Wide Gamut color space specification, and the creation of the K1S1 filmic viewing transforms. These were instrumental in assisting cinematographers and post-production facilities transition from film to digital image acquisition, providing confidence on set and reliable outcomes in post-production. Brendel was a key contributor to the development of ARRISCAN film scanner and the AMPAS Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) during his long tenure as an image scientist for ARRI.