Manufacturers including Arri, Red, Sony and Panavision have won ‘technology Oscars’ ahead of the main Academy Awards on the 26th February.

The awards were given at a ceremony in LA on Saturday at the 89th annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The organisation recognises outstanding achievements within the motion picture industry but gongs are given for long term innovation rather than just being the ‘best of the year.’

Arri’s gong was awarded  for “the pioneering design and engineering of the Super 35 format Alexa digital camera system. With an intuitive design and appealing image reproduction, achieved through close collaboration with filmmakers,  Arri’s Alexa cameras were among the first digital cameras widely adopted by cinematographers.”

Red’s award was given for “the pioneering design and evolution of the Red Epic digital cinema cameras with upgradeable full-frame image sensors. Red’s revolutionary design and innovative manufacturing process have helped facilitate the wide adoption of digital image capture in the motion picture industry.”

Sony was awarded for the development of the F65 CineAlta camera “with its pioneering high-resolution imaging sensor, excellent dynamic range, and full 4K output. Sony’s unique photosite orientation and true RAW recording deliver exceptional image quality.             

Panavision and Sony were also jointly awarded for the “conception and development of the groundbreaking Genesis digital motion picture camera. Using a familiar form factor and accessories, the design features of the Genesis allowed it to become one of the first digital cameras to be adopted by cinematographers.”

Pictured from left to right: ARRI’s Marc Shipman-Mueller, Stephan Schenk, Franz Kraus, Walter Trauninger and Achim Oehler
Photo by ARRI’s PR Manager, An Tran

Jon Creamer

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