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ACADEMY TO HONOR BILL TAYLOR WITH BONNER MEDAL

20130108Visual effects supervisor and director of photography Bill Taylor has been voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The award – a medallion – will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Saturday, February 9, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Taylor is the co-founder of Illusion Arts, where he worked on the visual effects of more than 200 films. His visual effects supervisor credits include “Lawless,” “Public Enemies,” “Milk” and “Bruce Almighty.” He has co-authored, with Petro Vlahos, chapters on bluescreen and greenscreen compositing in both the American Cinematographer Manual and The VES Handbook of Visual Effects.

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ACADEMY’S TECH COUNCIL ADDS EIGHT NEW MEMBERS

Doug Cooper, Paul Debevec, Ray Feeney, Josh Pines, David Stump, Steve Sullivan, Bill Taylor and Beverly Wood have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2012–2013 membership roster to 25.

Doug Cooper is a visual effects supervisor at DreamWorks Animation whose credits include “Shrek Forever After,” “Bee Movie” and “Shark Tale.” He has been a member of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch since 2008.

Paul Debevec is currently the associate director for graphics research at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, a research professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Computer Science, and the chief scientific consultant at Light Stage, LLC. In 2009 he received a Scientific and Engineering Award for the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based rendering system for character relighting. Debevec, whose work has been seen in such films as “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” has been a member of the Visual Effects Branch since 2010.

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