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AMPAS investigates 10 new areas of innovation for Sci-Tech Awards

The investigations include areas such as interactive renderers and 3D clothing creation, and digital film restoration and onboard remote driving apparatus

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced 10 distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for 2023 in the lead-up to next year’s Scientific and Technical Awards.

Each year, the Academy makes its investigations public so that individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas can submit achievements for review, it said.

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

  • Onboard remote driving apparatus
  • Reusable cable-cutting devices for motion picture squibs
  • Post-process depth of field software
  • Mathematically lossless encoding of motion picture camera raw files
  • Motor-stabilised motion picture camera support systems for hand/body-supported operation
  • Interactive renderers that provide a representative approximation of final offline renders during post production
  • Volumetric surface reconstruction
  • Pattern-based 3D clothing creation software
  • Layerable hierarchical 3D scene description frameworks
  • Digital image processing film restoration software utilised for theatrical re-release and archival preservation

“The Academy has once again assembled a global committee of leading industry experts to evaluate the ongoing evolution of motion picture tools that empower the creators and storytellers of our industry,” said Scientific and Technical Awards Committee chair Barbara Ford Grant.

“This year we are happy to announce investigations into 10 exciting areas of innovation, from interactive renderers and 3D clothing creation to digital film restoration and onboard remote driving apparatus, among others, for their contributions to advancing the art and science of filmmaking.”

The deadline to submit additional entries is Friday, July 28th, at 5pm PT.  More information on the Scientific and Technical Awards or to submit a similar technology is available here.

The Scientific and Technical Awards will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024.