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#1 Sue Smith

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 04:08 PM

Three Kodak technologists were honored for their achievements in motion picture science and research by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) at the organization's annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on October 29.

Drake Michno, a research fellow for Kodak’s motion picture Media Design Division, received one of the Society’s highest honors: the Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Gold Medal. This distinguished technical award, which dates back to 1956, recognizes Michno for his work on the creation of advanced silver halide-based imaging elements used for image capture in the motion picture and television industry. An author of 23 separate patents, Michno is currently engaged in design and integration efforts directed toward increasing the performance and utility of future generations of Kodak color negative films.

Kodak’s Nestor Rodriguez, a senior technical associate, and Richard Wheeler, a senior principal scientist, were awarded a SMPTE Journal Certificate of Merit in recognition of their most recent article titled “Integrated Calibration and Management of Color, Tone, and Image Structure in a Digital Intermediate System.” This piece describes a system and method for automatically creating calibration functions that convert color, tone, and image structure into a common exchange space, providing features that allow the user to accurately preserve the imaging attributes of existing motion picture film images, or to create custom renderings that are faithfully reproduced when the images are displayed on film or digital devices.

Rodriguez’s most recent work in R&D for Kodak’s Entertainment Division has been leading several technical teams in developing new digital product technology and workflows for motion picture and TV related to both film and digitally originated images. Wheeler is also with the R&D group of Kodak’s Entertainment Division where his current work is focused on optimizing the design of digital intermediate systems and digital workflows for motion picture and television applications.

“I am always thrilled when an esteemed industry organization such as SMPTE recognizes the excellence of Kodak’s technical community,” said Gary Einhaus, vice president and chief technology officer of Kodak’s motion picture division. “Through the years, Kodak technologists have collaborated with our customers to bring great innovations to the motion picture industry – including color film, sound, and digital intermediate systems. We have continually improved the quality of our products to create a rich and flexible palette for our customers to use to tell their stories.”
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