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Engineering Emmys: “This award is our drive to continue to innovate”

Computer graphics and virtual production innovator Paul E. Debevec — Director of Research, Creative Algorithms, and Technology at Netflix, and Adjunct Research Professor at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies — received a full-court interview with Charles F. Jenkins Standing ovation at the Television Academy’s Optimistic 74 Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

At a dinner and ceremony in Maybourne on Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, 105 year-old camera maker ARRI received Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award, seven innovations recognized by Engineering Emmy Awards .

“We’re not only the oldest company here, [but] I think we’re the oldest,” quipped Matthias Erb, chairman of ARRI’s executive board, who represents the camera company. He added: “We want to support filmmakers, we want to support the industry. This award is what drives us to continue [innovating].” Other winners, including Debevec and Sohonet CEO Chuck Parker, also highlighted their hopes The desire to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible with technology.

Roughly 200 Guests attended the celebration, host Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) opened with laughter, singing familiar songs like “Running Up That”. Hill” and “Video Killed the Radio Star,” but each winner has new lyrics.

Debevec for his work on high dynamic range imaging, image-based lighting, and photogrammetry While recognized, the work is for techniques in computer graphics for visual effects, such as lighting actors and virtual production.

Debevec accepts the award thanks to friends, family and collaborators, including director Alfonso Cuarón and VFX professionals Chris Watts, Chris Lawrence and Tim Webber, “Thanks to them for Gravity with LED image lighting. He also thanked John Knoll, the Oscar-winning VFX supervisor from Industrial Light & Magic, “who came to my LED stage talk at SIGGRAPH 2002 to speak for the light actors, admittedly Was a bit skeptical and went on to help create LED lighting stages for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Disney+ streaming. “

He also paid tribute to his Netflix Production Innovation colleagues 200, “Thanks to us for making everything a step further all efforts made. ”

Engineering Emmys for developments in virtual production, remote collaboration, and audio, including Industrial Light & Magic’s StageCraft virtual production tool, which has been used in and other series The Mandalorian . Nick Rasmussen accepted on behalf of the team, thanks Star Wars Creators series, Jon Favreau, ILM, other collaborators and development teams.

Sohonet for its ClearView Pivot remote collaboration tool Disguise Systems, a camouflage platform that enables interaction between CG and actual elements and environments, including use with LED walls. Geoffrey Crawshaw and William Brinkley recognized for Leostream remote access software; Shure for Axient Digital wireless audio system; Stype Cajic, Andrija Cajic, Daniel Kruselj, and Ivica Antolkovic for the Stype camera tracking tool; and Mark Hills and Marc Bakos for the Cleanfeed remote audio review/recording system.

On a fun night, get involved The audience also celebrated the latest inauguration of the Television Academy Science and Technology Peer Group.

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