Magazine article American Cinematographer

Academy Scientific or Technical Awards

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Academy Scientific or Technical Awards

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At last - proper recognition for the men behind the men behind the camera, whose technical and scientific achievements make motion pictures in their modern form possible

In the past, much to the shame of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, its category devoted to Scientific or Technical Awards has always been treated as a kind of stepchild during the Awards Presentation.

Admittedly, these awards are not as glamorous or as interesting to the general television audience as, for example, those presented for "Best Actor" or "Best Actress". As a result, in years past, they have been presented in hurried fashion (and off the air) during commercial breaks in the awards telecast.

This has given short shrift, indeed, to that area of the film industry which, in the final analysis, makes all the rest of it possible. This year, to its credit, the Academy decided to recognize that fact and make these important awards with the degree of dignity to which they are entitled.

On March 21, at a special awards presentation ceremony/press conference held in the Champagne Room of the Beverly Wilshire hotel, the awards were duly presented.

In a short speech prior to the presentation, Wilton R. Holm, Executive Director of the Research Center of the AMPTP, emphasized the importance of these awards, making the point that the film industry as we know it could not exist without the research and development which they represent.

The awards were presented by Academy President Walter Mirisch, with the assistance of Past President Gregory Peck, as follows:

Scientific or Technical Award*

These Awards were voted by the Academy Board of Governors upon recommendation of the Scientific or Technical Awards Committee.

CMSS / (Academy Statuette)

NONE

CLASS //, (Academy Plaque)

To Joseph D. Kelly of Glen Glenn Sound for the design of new audio control consoles which have advanced the state of the art of sound recording and rerecording for motion picture production.

These achievements represent a new generation of audio mixingconsoles which uniquely provide the flexibility to receive inputs from microphones and s ou n d reproducers and to mix, process and combine them into desired outputs for recording in any configuration.

To The Burbank Studios Sound Department for the design of new audio control consoles engineered and constructed by the Quad-Eight Sound Corporation.

These new consoles have advanced the state of the art of sound recording and rerecording for motion picture production. …

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