Filmmaker George Lucas, MPEG visionary Leonardo Chiariglione and TV pioneer John Logie Baird are among the industry luminaries to be honored for their technological achievements Oct. 23 at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles.
The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer’s Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
Lucas and Chiariglione will be honored with the society’s highest recognition, Honorary Membership, as technologists who have left a lasting impression on the industry.
Lucas, an iconic U.S. filmmaker, has pioneered new technologies for motion picture exhibition and production. Among his many achievements is the founding of VFX house Industrial Light & Magic, which invented the OpenEXR file format to support high dynamic range imaging.
Chiariglione is regarded as the responsible for driving development of the MPEG set of standards. From the earliest days in 1988 to the present, Chiariglione has driven MPEG standardization.
SMPTE also will posthumously honor Baird as the latest member of its Honor Roll, for individuals who were not honored during their lives with Honorary Membership.
Baird’s accomplishments include the first live demonstration of TV in 1925 and development of the first fully electronic color TV picture tube. The BBC began transmitting with the Baird television system in 1929.
Among the others to be honored by SMPTE are:
- Ioan Allen with the Progress Medal in recognition of his innovations in sound research and development;
- Neil Beagrie with the Archival Technology Medal for his contributions to research and deployment of approaches to digital preservation;
- Clyde Smith Jr. with the David Sarnoff Medal for his work in deployment of digital technologies in a broadcast network environment, including an automated, server-based closed captioning system;
- Barry Haskell with the Digital Processing Medal for contributions to the digital coding and transmission of images;
- Steve Wright with the Kodak Educational Award for his work in VFX -both his personal accomplishments and as a master trainer;
- Ville Pulkki with the Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal for his work in spatial sound reproduction and multi-channel audio rendering;
- Jim Houston with the Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Medal for his contributions to the use of digital technologies in motion picture production and post production;
- Philip Tudor with the Workflow Systems Medal for work on professional media file formats and implementation of file-based workflows; and
- Eric Fossum with the Camera Origination and Imaging Medal for his leadership in inventing and developing CMOS technology.