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Long wins coveted Oscar

Imaging team honored for film products

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Kodak VISION 2 Team honored with Academy Award. From left to right are Mike Ryan, Pat Jeffries, Antonio Perez, Jim Friday and RIT’s David Long.

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David Long, program chair of the digital cinema degree in RIT’s School of Film and Animation, is an Academy Award winner.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Long, a former imaging scientist at Eastman Kodak Co., and three other Kodak employees for their work on Kodak’s VISION 2 family of color negative films, the current standard in the movie industry.

Kodak chairman and CEO Antonio Perez accepted the Oscar on behalf of the entire team, which was in attendance in Hollywood for the Feb. 9 ceremony. Actress Jessica Alba was the mistress of ceremonies. A taped portion of the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony will air during the Feb. 24 live telecast of the Academy Awards.

“To be recognized by the Academy for this work is an incredible honor,” says Long. “So many fantastic technologies and so many impressive engineers and scientists have been a part of this tradition. It’s very humbling to think that something I helped create would be considered so meaningful to the growth and vitality of our industry. And to be able to share it with my very good friends from Kodak made for a memorable evening, one I’ll definitely never forget.”

Long’s roles as an imaging scientist on VISION 2 were understanding the physics of such components as color reproduction, light capture and image aesthetics and designing the photographic behaviors of the films so that images are reproduced the way a cinematographer wants.

Long, who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in materials science, had come to love working in the motion-picture industry and wanted to steer his career toward academia.

“My grandfather was a chemist who worked in poultry science and researched food-borne pathogens and diseases for Campbell’s Soup Co. and others for many years. When he retired, he began working with the poultry science department at the University of Arkansas. He loved the academic environment and his enthusiasm really inspired me to pursue a career in academia myself, but I hadn’t found that niche until this opportunity at RIT came along.”

The B.S. degree program in digital cinema is in its infancy, with 16 students enrolled in the program. Students immerse themselves in three core areas: the fundamentals of filmmaking, the fundamentals of imaging science and the technologies of motion picture that bring them all together.

“It’s essentially an engineering degree, but for those people who are creatively inclined, it’s the perfect combination of engineering courses with film and animation fine-arts courses. The curriculum collaboration with RIT’s Center for Imaging Science makes this degree truly unique.”

For more information about the degree program, visit http://cias.rit.edu/~sofa/undergrad.

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Kelly Downs

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