HOLLYWOOD -- The winners of 17 awards for scientific or technical achievement were announced Friday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Academy Board of Governors voted on the awards based on recommendations made by the Scientific or Technical Awards Committee, said spokesman Bob Werden. They will be presented March 22 in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
'Scientific or technical awards may be given for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures (to individuals) employed in the motion picture industry during the awards year,' Werden said.
The awards are granted in one of three classifications, Werden said.
The Academy Award of Merit (statuette) is given for basic achievements that have a definite influence upon the advancement of the industry; the Scientific and Engineering Award (plaque) for achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important to the industry; and the Technical Achievement Award (certificate) for accomplishments that contribute to the progress of the industry.
No one won an Academy Award of Merit, Werden said.
Scientific and Engineering Awards were given to the following:
-Bran Ferren, Charles Harrison and Kenneth Wisner of Associates and Ferren for the concept and design of an advanced optical printer.
-Richard Benjamin Grant and Ron Grant of Auricle Control Systems for their invention of the Film Composer's Time Processor.
-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Laboratories Inc. and Technical Film Systems Inc. for the design and engineering of a continuous feed printer.
-Robert Greenberg, Joel Hynek and Eugene Mamut or R. Greenberg Associates, Inc. and Dr. Alfred Thumin, Elan Lipschitz and Darryl A. Armour of Richmark Camera Service Inc. for the design of the RGA-Oxberry Compu-Quad Special Effcts Optical Printer.
-Dr. Fritz Sennheiser of Sennheiser Electronic Corp. for the invention of an interference tube directional microphone.
-Boss Film Corp. for the development of a zoom aerial optical printer.
-Director Hal Needham and William L. Fredrick for the develpment of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane.
Winners of Academy Certificates included Lee Electric, Ltd.; Peter D. Parks of Oxford Scientific Films' Image Quest Division; Matt Sweeney and Lucinda Strub; Carl Holmes of Carl Holmes Co. and Alexandeer Bryce of The Burbank Studios; Bran Ferren of Associates and Ferren; John L. Baptista of MGM; David Samuelson; and Hal Landaker and Alan Landaker of The Burbank Studios.