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Ed Catmull to receive AMPAS' Gordon E. Sawyer Award


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  • Ed Catmull to receive AMPAS' Gordon E. Sawyer Award

    2008 Gordon E. Sawyer Award Recipient

    Ed Catmull

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    Gordon E. Sawyer Award Recipient Ed Catmull | Science and Technology Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    81st annual Academy Awards 2/22
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Ed Catmull to receive AMPAS' Gordon E. Sawyer Award

    That's great! I remember the first and only time I met Ed... maybe it was 9 years ago now. But, I really didn't know what he did until now. It's pretty amazing.

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      Re: Ed Catmull to receive AMPAS' Gordon E. Sawyer Award

      He was easily the most impressive person I spoke to while covering the 'POTC 3' premiere at DL. He was so genuinely passionate and positive when I asked him about the the then-upcoming 'Ratatouille' it was almost disconcerting! Disney is so very fortunate to have him on their side.
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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        Re: Ed Catmull to receive AMPAS' Gordon E. Sawyer Award

        Ed Catmull receives Sci Tech Award

        Founded Pixar, developed RenderMan technology

        By Carolyn Giardina
        The Holywood Reporter
        Feb 8, 2009, 12:21 AM ET

        Ed Catmull, Richard Edlund and Jessica Biel (Getty Images photo)

        Pixar president Ed Catmull received two standing ovations as he was presented the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards.

        The award, in the form of an Oscar statuette, recognized his lifetime of technical contributions to the motion picture industry.

        "It's been a great adventure, discovering new tools that have helped filmmaking and inspiring creativity with all the invention," said Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and respected computer scientist. "We don't just make a movie look good, we make each other look good."

        The Academy handed out five other awards during the SciTech ceremony Saturday at the Beverly Wilshire: three Scientific and Engineering Awards, a Technical Achievement Award and the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation, to computer scientist and motion picture technologist Mark Kimball, for his service and dedication to AMPAS.

        Accepting the Sawyer honor from host Jessica Biel, Catmull saluted colleagues past and present, including George Lucas, saying "he had the foresight to reach out and use technology at a time when it wasn't obvious to do that; he helped invigorate filmmaking." He also praised Apple CEO and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs for his "loyalty and intelligence and the belief that something good was going to happen" and Pixar's John Lasseter for his "larger-than-life creativity and generosity."

        He called Pixar "a family of technical and creative production people who are open and very smart" and Disney his "original inspiration, where the inventive spirit is still strong."

        Catmull founded three leading computer-graphics research centers -- Pixar, the computer division of Lucasfilm and the computer-graphics laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology -- and is one of the architects of Pixar's RenderMan, a groundbreaking rendering software that helped usher in the age of computer graphics in filmmaking.

        RenderMan has contributed to all of Pixar's CG feature titles and countless animated and VFX-driven films, including "The Abyss," "Jurassic Park" and "Titanic."

        In 2000, Catmull, Rob Cook and Loren Carpenter received an Academy Award of Merit -- an Oscar statuette -- for its development.
        Ed Catmull receives Sci Tech Award
        "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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