[Oscars] 12 Science/Tech Areas For Consideration

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 12 distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for the 2016 Oscars®.

These investigations are made public so individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review.

The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has started investigations into the following areas:

High-resolution digital motion picture cameras with sensors sized Super 35 or larger
Recent advancements in motion control software
Recent advancements in wireless microphone technology
Computer-printed, seamless scenic backdrops
Camera flange depth measurement devices
Shading programming languages for production rendering
Ray-tracing production renderers supporting physically-based shading and light transport
Real-time, vector-based drawing tools for sketching and markup in film production
Fast-reset bullet hit kits for live-action production
On-set, real-time, principal camera tracking technology
Electrodeless plasma arc lamps for motion picture lighting
Reconfigurable, rideable, life-size animatronic horses

The committee also will continue its investigation of rig-based solvers for tracking and animating deforming objects from image sequences, which it tabled in 2015.

After thorough investigations are conducted in each of the technology categories, the committee will meet in early December to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make the final awards decisions.

The 2016 Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network on Sunday, February 26. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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