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Brits among winners at Sci-Tech Oscars

Team from The Foundry to be honoured for their work on Nuke

UK software firm The Foundry has been named among the recipients of this year’s Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards.

The company is being honoured for its work on Nuke, with Abigail Brady, Jon Wadelton and Jerry Huxtable named by AMPAS for their significant contributions to the architecture and extensibility of the Nuke compositing system. 

In the citation for the award, the Academy said, “Expanded as a commercial product at The Foundry, Nuke is a comprehensive, versatile and stable system that has established itself as the backbone of compositing and image processing pipelines across the motion picture industry.”

The trio will collect their award at the Sci-Tech Awards presentation in Los Angeles on February 10.

The Academy has named 34 individual award recipients for this year’s awards, as well as one organisation.

“This year we are happy to honour a very international group of technologists for their innovative and outstanding accomplishments,” said Ray Feeney, Academy Award recipient and chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. “These individuals have significantly contributed to the ongoing evolution of motion pictures, and their efforts continue to empower the creativity of our industry.”

Other winners include:

Jason Smith and Jeff White for the original design, and Rachel Rose and Mike Jutan for the architecture and engineering, of the BlockParty procedural rigging system at Industrial Light & Magic.

Rob Jensen for the foundational design and continued development, Thomas Hahn for the animation toolset, and George ElKoura, Adam Woodbury and Dirk Van Gelder for the high-performance execution engine of the Presto Animation System at Pixar Animation Studios.

John Coyle, Brad Hurndell, Vikas Sathaye and Shane Buckham for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the Shotover K1 Camera System.

Jeff Lait, Mark Tucker, Cristin Barghiel and John Lynch for their contributions to the design and architecture of the Houdini visual effects and animation system.

Bill Spitzak and Jonathan Egstad for the visionary design, development and stewardship of the Nuke compositing system.

The full list of award recipients can be found on the Academy’s website.