Computer graphics innovator and virtual producer Paul E. Debevec will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award during the Television Academy’s 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards. Figure.
Also during the September 28 ceremony, camera maker ARRI will be honored with the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award and seven initiatives will be recognized with the Engineering Emmys.
The Engineering Emmys will be awarded for developments in areas including virtual production, remote collaboration, and audio. That includes the Light & Magic Industry for StageCraft virtual production tools, which have been used on series including Mandalorian.
Sohonet will receive a Technical Award for remote collaboration tool ClearView Pivot. Additional honorees are Camouflage System, for a camouflage platform that allows interaction between CGs and real-life elements and environments, including use with LED walls; Geoffrey Crawshaw and William Brinkley, for remote access software Leostream; Shure for the Axien digital wireless audio system; and Stype Cajic, Andrija Cajic, Daniel Kruselj and Ivica Antolkovic for Stype camera tracking tools.
Debevec is recognized for his work in high dynamic range photography, image-based lighting, and photometry – all techniques used in computer graphics for VFX and virtual production. “Debevec’s pioneering work makes it possible to record and reproduce the light of real scenes to illuminate virtual scenes and vice versa,” announced Thursday the Academy of Television. “HDR imaging is the mainstay of computer graphics, and in combination with image-based lighting, has enabled the realistic integration of existing action lighting in computer-rendered images. These tools and concepts are now a standard in the VFX industry for rendering. ”
The announcement also adds that his work with LED lighting has “laid the further ground” for its use in virtual production, which “has seen rapid growth as a tool for projection lighting actors on virtual stages”.
He is currently the director of research, creative algorithms and technology at Netflix, and an adjunct research professor at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.
Munich-headquartered ARRI is recognized for more than a century of designing and manufacturing cameras including Alexa digital film lines, lenses, lighting systems and other production tools. ARRI Rental equipment and services offers camera, lighting and grip packages for professional productions here and abroad.
“Earlier this year, the Academy established a Science & Technology Peer Group representing members engaged in the strategy and development of technologies that enable or accelerate storytelling for the television industry.” Committee Chairman John Leverence said. “Under the leadership of the governors and co-chairs of the new peer group Wendy Aylsworth and Barry Zegel, this year’s newly created Emmy Technical Awards Committee honors a range of innovative solutions to problems technique once seemed intractable.:
Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal thought) will hold the ceremony on September 28.