Computer graphics and virtual production innovator Paul E. Debevec will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award during the Television Academy’s 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards.
Also during the ceremony on Sept. 28, camera maker ARRI will be honored with the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award, and seven innovations will be recognized at the Engineering Emmys.
Engineering Emmys will be awarded for developments in areas including virtual production, remote collaboration and audio. That includes Industrial Light & Magic for StageCraft virtual production tools, used in the series including The Mandalorian.
Sohonet will receive an Engineering Emmy for its ClearView Pivot remote collaboration tool. Additional honorees are Disguise Systems, for its disguise platform that enables interaction between CG and practical elements and environments, including the use of LED walls; Geoffrey Crawshaw and William Brinkley, for Leostream remote access software; Shure for Axien digital wireless audio systems; and Stype Cajic, Andrija Cajic, Daniel Kruselj and Ivica Antolkovic for the Stype camera tracking tools.
Debevec is recognized for his work in high dynamic range imaging, image-based lighting and photogrammetry — all techniques used in computer graphics for VFX and virtual production. “Debevec’s pioneering work made it possible to record and reproduce the light of real scenes to illuminate virtual scenes and vice versa,” read Thursday’s announcement from the Television Academy. “HDR imaging is a cornerstone of computer graphics and combined with image-based lighting, enables the realistic integration of existing live-action lighting with computer-rendered images. These tools and concept is now a standard within the VFX industry for rendering.
The announcement further states that his work on LED lighting “laid the groundwork” for its use in virtual production, “which has seen rapid growth as a tool for lighting actors in virtual stage.”
He currently serves as director of research, creative algorithms and technology at Netflix, and is an adjunct research professor at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.
Munich-headquartered ARRI has been recognized for over a century for designing and manufacturing cameras including its Alexa digital cinematography line, lenses, lighting systems and other production equipment. ARRI Rental services and equipment provides camera, lighting and grip packages to professional products here and abroad.
“Earlier this year the Academy formed a Science & Technology Peer Group representing members involved in the strategy and development of technologies that enable or improve the storytelling process for the television industry,” said committee chairman John Leverence. “Under the leadership of the new team of governors and co-chairs Wendy Aylsworth and Barry Zegel, this year’s newly formed Engineering Emmy Awards Committee honors a wide range of innovative solutions to what once seemed unsolvable technical problems.:
Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal thoughts) will host the ceremony on September 28.