Tue 7th Jan 2003 | News
On 1 March 2003, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will award Alias|Wavefront an Oscar for developing Maya. The ubiquitous 3D software is in use in most digital effects studios for 3D work, being employed extensively in such films as "Spider-Man,""Ice Age,""Hollow Man" and "The Perfect Storm."
The Academy's Board of Governors voted to award the Oscars, as well as four Scientific and Engineering Awards, which will be presented in the form of plaques, and six Technical Achievement Awards, to be presented as certificates, based upon recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, chaired by Richard Edlund.
Awards Administration Director Rich Miller said that unlike other of this year's Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have to have been introduced during 2002, and in fact are only considered "if they have a proven track record showcasing successful and repeated use in the film industry."
The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards will be presented at a gala black tie dinner on Saturday evening, March 1, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical achievements for the year 2002 are:
ACADEMY AWARD OF MERIT
To Alias/Wavefront for the development of a 3D animation, dynamics, modeling and rendering production tool known as Maya.
With its significant and dominant impact on the motion picture industry, the Maya software package offers a robust and widely used commercial visual effects tool with a rich infrastructure for extension and customization.
To Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and to Panavision, Inc., for their continuing development and innovation in the design and manufacturing of advanced camera systems specifically designed for the motion picture entertainment industry.
With a commitment that lies beyond the usual commercial considerations, these two manufacturers continue to lead the industry in developing and introducing products that have defined state of the art in motion picture camera technology.