Beverly Joanna Wood
In recognition of her important contributions to the creation and development of Color Contrast Enhancement (CCE) and Adjustable Contrast Enhancement (ACE) motion picture processes, based on her knowledge of chemistry, engineering, and filmmaking, designed in collaboration with filmmakers. Wood has provided luminary guidance to cinematographers through the transition from chemical to digital technology.
*From 2011 - 2019 the award description was as follows:
This award recognizes outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture post-production and distribution services. The intent is to acknowledge digital innovations that now exist alongside traditional laboratory standards. Preference will be given to those developments and innovations in the areas of digital color science and processes; digital post-production processes, including tools and methodologies aside from color-science; and the innovation of tools and processes that insure long-term access to original film based or digital content.
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For his instrumental contributions to the design, implementation, and deployment of the industry-standard OpenEXR image format, a core enabling technology for high-dynamic-range (HDR) moviemaking. Bogart also contributed to the development and education of the virtual white point for digital cinema presentation, which allows for the authentic reproduction of filmmakers' creative intent.
For his innovations in the design and implementation of hardware and software to perform the accurate analysis and characterization of photochemical film processes, including film printing, which have been used in color management systems by the motion picture industry. Goldstone’s early work involved the creation and refinement of film scanning and recording processes used for visual effects (VFX) creation at Digital Domain and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). He was a pioneer in incorporating color science theory into digital production and postproduction workflows, and he is currently working on digital image processing for the ALEXA camera systems at ARRI. Goldstone is a key contributor to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) and serves on several SMPTE Technology Committees (TCs), including TC-10E DG Dynamic Metadata for Color Transforms of HDR and WCG Images and TC-31FS DG Constrained DPX for HDR.
Dr. Johannes Steurer
For his innovations in post-production digital intermediates (DI) and the ARRILASER film recorder, which enables high-quality film output. Dr. Steurer was a key contributor to ARRI’s successful transition into the digital area, and he continues to innovate in 3D acquisition and depth sensing technologies.
For his collaborative leadership of Filmlight, Ltd. and the focus on creating high-quality systems for post-production including scanning, color management, color correction, 4K playback, and on-set grading. Mr. Lempp is a visionary who has consistently anticipated the changing needs of the post-production community and developed the tools necessary to complete films with state-of-the-art technology.
For his leadership and contributions in the application of digital technologies to motion picture production and post-production processes. As an industry leader, he established a state of the art digital finishing facility for a wide range of post-production processes including Digital Intermediates, Digital Cinema Mastering and Restoration. Mr. Houston has played a key role in the development of standards related to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), as well as various standards for video and motion picture mastering.
William C. Feightner
For his extensive contribution to the art and science of Digital Motion Picture film image science. At Composite Image Systems he helped develop the pioneering Pin Registered Telecine system which revolutionized the process of image compositing from film sources. Then at Efilm, the successor company to CIS, he developed countless innovations which advanced the state of the industry including innovative new software for digital laboratory calibration from glass to glass. He is recognized industry-wide as one of the top image science experts in the field.
Thomas O. Maier
In recognition of the creation of mathematical and computer models of film and digital systems that were used in the development of new products and services at Kodak and his contributions to the ACES architecture including development contributions to the Reference Rendering Transform and bench marking of the ACES system and workflow against the traditional DI processes.
For his many years of work developing improvements to film scanning and recording technology at Industrial Light and Magic and Technicolor, and for his dedication to achieving the highest possible image quality while overseeing the color science and image processing on numerous new feature films and film restoration projects.
*Through 2010 the award description was as follows:
This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the development of color films, processing, techniques or equipment useful in making color motion pictures for theater or television use.
For his lifetime contributions to the large format 65/70mm film laboratory industry. Mr. Roth developed procedures, techniques, and equipment essential to produce the high quality images required by the demanding format. Mr. Roth's many achievements include development and construction of "Uncas", the last great 65mm optical wetgate printer.
Ffor excellence in the formulation and design of fine grain color negative products including EXR Color Negative film 5245, Vision 2 Color Negative Film 5201 and Vision 3 5219 during his 32 year career at Kodak.
For his outstanding contributions to the development of color negative film products throughout his 22 year career with Kodak, as well as his pioneering work in developing the 2 electron sensitization technology for motion picture film.
Christopher L. DuMont
For his many years developing film systems, color science and imaging science technology during his long tenure at Kodak. Mr. Dumont was instrumental in developing important film stocks such as 5293, 5296, 5298 and 5218. His contributions extend beyond the realm of film and include a modified lamp house and intermittent movement for improved projection quality, software solutions for calibrated image manipulation and color management, and specialized filter design. Mr. Dumont is also recognized for his many years of dedicated service and contributions to SMPTE as a journal award winner and conference participant.
Sadayuki Sam Yamaryo
In appreciation for and recognition of his contributions and unwavering commitment to the research and development of Fujifilm photographic motion picture film negative and positive stocks.
Richard C. Sehlin
For his contributions and participation in every facet of the motion picture system from Capture to Display. Mr. Sehlin is Eastman Kodak's Chief Technical Officer & Vice President, Entertainment Imaging, a post he has held since 2003. His career at Eastman Kodak spans more than three decades. He was instrumental in early high speed camera negative film projects, as well as special applications such as the High Speed Eastman Color Negative 5295 SA for special effects applications. He invented or co-developed numerous other negative and print film products including 5293, 7291, 5294, 5284, and 5297. Mr. Sehlin is a SMPTE Fellow since 1984, and has run a Systems Development Division for the last 3 -5 years. He has developed a highly capable systems organization that has continued to develop products for the motion picture industry such as the recent Vision 2 products and Premier ECP. He has won two personal technical academy awards for Molecular Sieves for film archiving and for Eastman Lamphouse modification filters for motion picture printers. He has written numerous SMPTE articles for the journal and has won two Journal Awards. Recently he has been involved with hybrid and digital offerings for Entertainment Imaging at Kodak.
Dr. Richard Goldberg
For a lifetime of contributions to the Motion Picture Industry, which has included design and engineering of Film Systems, Processes and Film Making technologies. Dr. Goldberg is President and CEO of his own company and has previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Chairman of Technicolor.
Dr. Thomas G. Wallis
For his contributions to the Motion Picture Industry through his leadership managing Eastman Kodak's film business including the recent development of the Kodak Vision2TM film portfolio. Over the last few years Dr. Wallis served the Entertainment Imaging business as Vice President, World Wide Technical Director, and as Chief Technology Officer.
Joseph C. Wary
Vice-President, Engineering, Deluxe Laboratories, is recognized for his outstanding engineering contributions to the design and development of printing and processing equipment, and the advancement of laboratory technology used to produce color motion pictures. Wary's achievements include the design and development of the Deluxe Laboratories' computer-controlled digital light valve reader, and the development of the loop printing system, which includes the Academy Award-winning Quad Format Digital Printing Head.
Joerg D. Agin
Senior Vice-President, Eastman Kodak Co., for his substantial contributions and leadership in advancing the technology and techniques used to produce color motion pictures. Under his direction, Kodak developed and brought to market the widely celebrated family of Vision motion picture products that raised the standards of film quality. In the process, he led the division to an unprecedented eighth Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Excellence and its tenth Emmy for contributions that more fully preserve the quality of film for television distribution.
Dr. Mitchell J. Bogdanowicz
For his substantial contributions to the motion picture industry. Bogdanowicz has developed photographic systems modeling techniques that have resulted in the design of new color films; the ability to evaluate the spectral characteristics of printers and telecine equipment; and the design image modification filters.
Colin Francis Mossman
For his substantial engineering contributions to the development of printing and processing equipment and the advancement of laboratory technology used to produce color motion pictures.
Ronald W. Jarvis
For his vision and leadership in developing many innovations in motion picture processing and printing, including new and improved Technicolor dye transfer machines.
For his significant contributions to the design and development of color motion picture film printers, including the widespread use of the BHP Modular Continuous Contact Color printer he designed.
John F. Sawyer
For his leadership in the development of the EXR family of color negative films, his design of ECN-II color developer, and his accomplishments in theoretical modeling.
Frederick J. Kolb, Jr.
For his outstanding contributions in this area.
Ed H. Zwaneveld
In recognition of the numerous research and development projects he has initiated and directed at the National Film Board of Canada, which have resulted in significant advances in the state of the art in motion picture laboratory and post-production practices.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Imax 70mm print quality control and of his pioneering efforts on making high-quality Imax 70mm release prints through the interpositive/ internegative system.
Joseph P. Pepe
In recognition of his role in the translation of T-grain emulsions into motion picture films.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the preservation of our motion picture heritage by his restoration of significant early motion pictures.
For his work with photographic and electronic imaging technology and their optimum integration for enhanced quality in motion picture and television applications.
Wendell V. Discher
In recognition of his work throughout the years in product quality and assurance and quality control of motion picture and audiovisual products.
William W. Hargreaves
In recognition of his work in the design, engineering, and construction of motion picture film processing and ancillary equipment.
For his considerable contributions to the motion picture and television industries, most notably in the areas of front and rear projections, travelling matte systems, and an electronic compositing system for use in television.
John L. Baptista
In recognition of his significant contributions to the development of the Eastman Color Print-II Film Process System.
Dr. Keith E. Whitmore
In recognition of nearly a half-century of research and development in manufacturing color motion picture films.
In recognition of his work in the design, engineering, construction, and application of total immersion wet printing gates and the liquid support systems for such installations.
Harry R. Beilfuss
In recognition of over thirty years of research, development, and manufacturing of photographic film products.
In recognition of his distinguished contributions to the research and development of Fuji negative and print materials.
Manfred G. Michelson
In recognition of his substantial engineering contributions to the development of printing and processing and process control equipment used to produce color motion pictures.
Alan M. Gundelfinger
In recognition of his substantial contributions over 50 years as both a chemist and chemical engineer to the development of color films, and also his work as an optical engineer applying computer technology to lens design useful in making color motion pictures.
Judith A. Schwan
For her direct research efforts, which have contributed significantly to the development of Eastman color negative film, Eastman color print film and Eastman color intermediate film, as well as Ektachrome movie films.
Roderick T. Ryan
For his continuing and substantial contributions to color film printing and processing systems.
Roland G. L. Verbrugghe
For his continuing substantial contributions to the development of color films useful in making color motion pictures for theater and television use.
For his continuing and significant contributions in connection with the processing and use of color film for the theater and for television.
In recognition of his substantial engineering contributions to the printing and sound recording equipment of the color motion picture world throughout his forty-year career.
Frank P. Brackett, Jr.
In recognition of his outstanding leadership, during the 37 years of his technical direction at Technicolor, Inc., in the advancement of the science of color in motion pictures.
Charles J. Hirsch
For his leadership in the development of the Hazeltine color analyzer.
Daan M. Zwick
For his many contributions to color technology in motion pictures as seen in theaters and on television receivers.
Linwood G. Dunn
For his highly original contributions and innovations in special color film optical printing and the creation of special optical effects for many notable feature films.
Willi G. Engel
Who was personally responsible for approximately 90 design changes to alleviate the performance shortcomings of the original light valve used as a light modulator in additive color printing machines.
Howard W. Vogt
In recognition of his efforts in developing the Eastman color reversal intermediate processing system.
Walter A. Fallon
Who has played an important role in the development of color motion picture films.
John M. Waner
For his contributions in achieving greater quality, consistency and usefulness of color motion picture film throughout the motion picture and television industries.
Vernon J. Duke
For his contributions to the development of color film recording for television and in particular for his development of a system for recording color television shows on color film from a composite color television signal.
Henry N. Kozanowski
For his contributions to the developments that transformed color television cameras from laboratory instruments into practical tools for broadcasters.
Earl L. Arnold
For his contribution to the development and production of new color photographic materials used in professional motion pictures.
For his pioneering contributions to the technology of color motion picture production for television.
Paul W. Vittum
For his research in the field of color photography for more than 25 years and for his early work in the chemistry of dye-forming development and the synthesis of dyes for photography.
Ralph M. Evans
For his work in color photography since 1928, and for his fundamental studies in the related field of visual perception of color.
For his outstanding contributions to the technology in equipment and processes for the making of color motion pictures.
Herman H. Duerr
For his contributions to the development of color films and color film process.
Merle L. Dundon
For contributions to the design and development of color products.
Wadsworth E. Pohl
For his inventions and contributions to basic technical advances leading to new and improved methods of manufacturing color motion pictures.
Wesley T. Hanson, Jr.
For numerous contributions extending over a period of years in connection with materials for use in professional color motion picture photograpy.