James Cameron


SMPTE confers Honorary Membership upon James Frances Cameron for his continuous determination to improve cinematic storytelling through new technical methods.  Unafraid to go beyond the bounds of current cinematic techniques, Mr. Cameron continues to develop and apply new engineering approaches to advance the art and technology of storytelling, bringing the audience to new awe-inspiring environments.  He has championed the development of numerous innovative production techniques that have both challenged and inspired filmmakers and engineers alike.  Mr. Cameron's film-making vision has resulted in sophisticated special effects algorithms for object transformations, underwater filming methods, new approaches for computer graphic motion capture, stereoscopic capture, projection techniques, and experimentation in higher frame-rates - all enhancing and advancing the movie going experience such that audiences become further immersed into the tale being presented.  During an era in which digital and computer techniques expanded the creative palette for filmmakers, James Cameron is widely regarded as one of the most forward-thinking writers, producers and directors in successfully applying new technology methods.

Honorary Membership and the Honor Roll

Honorary Membership in the Society recognizes individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. Such contributions shall represent substantially a lifetime's work inasmuch as Honorary Membership shall be the supreme accolade of the Society. 

When an Honorary Member passes away, their name shall be added to the Honor Roll.  The name of deceased individuals who have not been awarded Honorary Membership may also be added to the Honor Roll for contributions which would have been sufficient to warrant election to Honorary Membership during their lifetime.

SMPTE Honorary Members

John L.E. Baldwin (2000)

Stanley N. Baron (2010)

James Cameron (2016)

Leonardo Chiariglione (2014)

Ian Childs (2010)

Joseph A. Flaherty (1993)

George Lucas (2014)

Masahiko Morizono (1994)

Frederick M. Remley, Jr. (1991)

Michael J. Sherlock (1997)

Robert M. Smith (1996)

William H. Smith (1998)

Laurence J. Thorpe (2015)

Roland J. Zavada (1995)

Irwin W. Young (2015)


The Honor Roll

Victor H. Allen (1975)

Charles E. Anderson (2012)

Thomas Armat (1935)

John Logie Baird (2014)

Joseph Arthur Ball (1953)

Julius Barnathan (1997)

K. Blair Benson (1991)

Walter Bruch (1989)

Marvin C. Camras (1990)

John C. Capstaff (1955)

Theodore W. Case (1946)

George W. Colburn (1987)

Jeofry Stuart Courtney-Pratt (1974)

John I. Crabtree (1965)

Edward B. Craft (1946)

Andre Debrie (1955)

Lee de Forest (1940)

LeRoy E. DeMarsh (1999)

Herman A. DeVry (1941)

W. K. L. Dickson (1933)    

Walt Disney (1955)

Ray M. Dolby (1992)

Linwood G. Dunn (1984)

George Eastman (1928)

Harold E. Edgerton (1968)

Thomas Alva Edison (1928)

Elmer W. Engstron (1966)

Alexander Ernemann (1956)

Ralph M. Evans (1973)

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1996)

Harvey Fletcher (1959)

Charles R. Fordyce (1984)

John G. Frayne (1967)

William Friese-Greene (1931)

Leon Gaumont (1946)

Charles P. Ginsberg (1976)

Peter C. Goldmark (1977)

Alfred N. Goldsmith (1961)

Oscar B. Hanson (2015)

Wesley T. Hanson, Jr. (1979)    

Albert S. Howell (1941) 

Frederick Eugene Ives (1928)

C. Francis Jenkins (1926)

Herbert T. Kalmus (1958)

Edward W. Kellogg (1950)

Stefan Kudelski (1988)

Eugene Augustin Lauste (1931)

Louis A. A. Le Prince (1931)

Jean Acme LeRoy (1931)

Nathan Levinson (1953)

Louis Lumiere (1928)

Kenneth M. Mason (1981)

John A. Maurer (1978)

C.E. Kenneth Mees (1957)

Pierre Mertz (1971)

Oskar Messter (1960)

George A. Mitchell (1971)

Albert Narath (1969)

Robert W. Paul (1937)

Edwin S. Porter (1941)

Kerns H. Powers (1995)

Frank H. Richardson (1944)

Robert Richter (1972)

Rodger J. Ross (1989)

Loren L. Ryder (1980)

Max Skladanowsky (1970)

Sidney P. Solow (1981)

Earl I. Sponable (1957)

Kenjiro Takayanagi (1988)

Lloyd Thompson (1962)

Alexander F. Victor (1964)

Samuel L. Warner (1946)

William T. Wintringham (1977)

Vladimir K. Zworykin (1950)