The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will bestow an Honorary Membership to George Lucas in recognition of his use of new technologies for the purpose of “motion picture production and exhibition.” It is the highest honor awarded by the Society.
Here is a statement from the SMPTE regarding the significant contributions George Lucas has made to the industry:
George Lucas is best known as a writer, director, and producer responsible for iconic American films, but Lucas is also a pioneer in the adoption of new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition. Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1975, and it has gone on to produce visual effects (VFX) for nearly 300 films. Among many other innovations, ILM invented the OpenEXR file format in 2000 to support high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. The animation studio Pixar was founded as the Graphix Group of Lucasfilm in 1979. In 1981, Lucas co-founded the sound company THX to advance the quality of theatrical sound systems. In 2002, “Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones” was the first major Hollywood feature to be captured digitally, on 24p high-definition (HD) video cameras. In his determination to push the medium of cinema with new technologies and techniques, Lucas encountered both support and skepticism. It is now clear that his perseverance and vision were key factors in the eventual widespread adoption of digital cinematography in motion picture production.
The Honorary Membership will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony in Hollywood, CA.
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