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Academy’s Science and Technology Council Adds New Members

The Council focuses on the science and technology of motion pictures, including preservation of its history, education, and industry standards; new members include industry veterans Paul Cameron, Paul Debevec, Tom Duffield, and Marlon West.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the addition of Paul Cameron, Paul Debevec, Tom Duffield, and Marlon West to the Science and Technology Council. The new members join the Council, which focuses on the science and technology of motion pictures - preserving its history, developing educational programs, driving industry standards, and providing forums for exchanging information and ideas.

Cameron’s cinematography credits include Reminiscence; 21 Bridges; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; Collateral; Man on Fire; Swordfish; and Gone in Sixty Seconds. An Academy member since 2006, he currently serves as a Cinematographers Branch governor.

Debevec returns to the Council as co-chair after serving from 2012-2018, with three of those years as co-chair. He is the director of research for production innovation at Netflix, overseeing R&D in new technologies in computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning with applications in visual effects, virtual production, and animation. An Academy member since 2010, Debevec currently serves as a Visual Effects Branch governor.

Duffield’s production design credits include Patriots Day, Hell or High Water, Lone Survivor, and Ed Wood; his credits as art director include Men in Black, The Birdcage, and Batman Returns. In addition, he has lectured at AFI, Chapman, and Loyola universities and various other educational institutions around the United States. Duffield, an Academy member since 1989, currently serves as a governor of the Production Design Branch.

West is head of effects animation and a visual effects supervisor at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios. He has worked on hand-drawn and computer-generated projects; his credits include Encanto; Frozen II; Moana; Frozen; Winnie the Pooh; The Princess and the Frog; Atlantis: The Lost Empire; Fantasia 2000; Tarzan; Hercules; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Pocahontas; and The Lion King. West currently serves as VFX supervisor on Iwájú for Disney+. An Academy member since 2015, he is a Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor.

The Council co-chairs for 2022–2023 are Lois Burwell and Paul Debevec.

The Council’s other returning members are Bill Baggelaar; Linda Borgeson; Visual Effects Branch governor Brooke Breton; Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor Bill Corso; Sound Branch governor Teri E. Dorman; Theo Gluck; Buzz Hays; Greg Hedgepath; Leslie Iwerks; Andrea Kalas; Colette Mullenhoff; Ujwal Nirgudkar; Helena Packer; David Pierce; David Schnuelle; Andy Serkis; Leon Silverman; Amy Vincent; and Jeffrey White.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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