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The other awards presented
during the ceremony were:

Technical Achievement Awards
(Academy Certificates):
To Peter Braun, for the concept
and development of the MATTowercam Twin Peek, a portable,
remote-controlled, telescoping column
that smoothly positions a camera up to
24' vertically. This small cross-section
system from Mad About Technology
can operate from above or below the
camera, achieving nearly impossible
shots with repeatable movements
through openings no larger than the
camera itself.
To Robert Nagle and Allan
Padelford, for The Biscuit Jr. selfpropelled, high-performance, drivable
camera and vehicle platform. The
Biscuit Jr. features a unique chassis and
portable driver pod that enable traveling
photography from a greater range of
camera positions than previously possible, while keeping actors safe and the rig
out of frame.
To Cary Phillips, Nicolas
Popravka, Philip Peterson and Colette
Mullenhoff, for the architecture, development and creation of the artist-driven
interface of the ILM Shape Sculpting
System. This comprehensive system,
which has become a crucial part of
ILM's production workflow over the
past decade, allows artists to quickly
enhance and modify character animation and simulation performances.
To Tim Cotter, Roger van der
Laan, Ken Pearce and Greg LaSalle,
for the innovative design and development of the MOVA Facial Performance
Capture system. The MOVA system
provides a robust way to capture highly
detailed, topologically consistent,
animated meshes of a deforming object.
This technology is fundamental to the
facial pipeline at many visual-effects
companies, allowing artists to create
character animation of extremely high
quality.
To Dan Piponi, Kim Libreri and
George Borshukov, for their pioneering

Left: Dr. Larry Hornbeck receives an Academy Award of Merit for the invention of digital micromirror
technology as used in DLP Cinema projection. Right: David W. Gray receives the Gordon E. Sawyer
Award honoring an individual whose technological contributions have brought credit to the
motion-picture industry.

work in the development of Universal
Capture at ESC Entertainment. The
Universal Capture system broke new
ground in the creation of realistic
human facial animation, producing an
animated, high-resolution, textured
mesh driven by an actor's performance.
To Marco Revelant, for the
original concepts and artist vision, and
to Alasdair Coull and Shane Cooper,
for the original architectural and engineering design of the Barbershop hairgrooming system at Weta Digital.
Barbershop's unique architecture allows
direct manipulation of full-density hair
using an intuitive, interactive and
procedural toolset, resulting in greatly
enhanced productivity with finergrained artistic control than is possible
with other existing systems.
To Michael Sechrest, for the
modeling design and implementation;
to Chris King, for the real-time interactive engineering; and to Greg Croft,
for the user interface design and implementation of SpeedTree Cinema. This
software substantially improves an
artist's ability to create specifically
designed trees and vegetation by
combining a procedural building
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process with the flexibility of intuitive,
direct manipulation of every detail.
To Scott Peterson, Jeff Budsberg
and Jonathan Gibbs, for the design and
implementation of the DreamWorks
Animation Foliage System. This toolset
has a hierarchical spline system, a core
data format and an artist-driven modeling tool, which have been instrumental
in creating art-directed vegetation in
animated films for nearly two decades.
To Erwin Coumans, for the
development of the Bullet physics
library, and to Nafees Bin Zafar and
Stephen Marshall, for the separate
development of two large-scale destruction-simulation systems based on Bullet.
These pioneering systems demonstrated
that large numbers of constrained rigid
bodies could be used to animate visually
complex, believable destruction effects
with minimal simulation time.
To Brice Criswell and Ron
Fedkiw, for the development of the
ILM PhysBam Destruction System.
This system incorporates innovative
research on many algorithms that
provide accurate methods for resolving
contact, collision and stacking into a
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