SMPTE to Honor Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship Winners

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Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:11 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced that the Society's 2014 Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship will be presented October 23 during the SMPTE 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony, supported by IMAX. The ceremony will mark the conclusion of the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California.

The Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship is designed to help students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology. The 2014 scholarship will be awarded to two students: Victoria K. McGowen and Matthew Ross Donato, both students at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Each student will receive $1,500 in scholarship funds, and both will be attending SMPTE 2014 to accept their awards.

"The dedication of our two award winners to the motion-imaging field and their remarkable enthusiasm for the field make it a pleasure to recognize Victoria and Matthew with this year's Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship," said Wendy Aylsworth, SMPTE president and senior vice president of technology at Warner Bros. Technical Operations. "While it is wonderful that this scholarship will support both students' further advancement toward very promising careers, it is equally fabulous that it brings Victoria and Matthew to SMPTE 2014 to join their colleagues in examining and discussing the technologies shaping the motion-picture industries."

McGowen was recognized by the selection committee for her drive and initiative early in her academic career. By the end of her sophomore year at RIT, McGowen already had gained experience working in multiple laboratories, as well as high marks in graduate-level courses. In addition to serving as a lab manager for an RIT lab supporting scientific work on technologies related to the motion-imaging sciences, she has taken on projects including development of a pipeline for real-time character animation using motion capture; development of an apparatus that can measure the latency of various displays with extreme precision; and creation of an anatomically accurate model of the human eye in Blender (an open-source 3D animation suite) with parameterized visual features that may be adjusted through a "home-brew" Python interface.

Donato was recognized by the selection committee for his genuine interest in the SMPTE process and standards creation, as well as his ability to master both the art and science of filmmaking. Over the summer of 2013, Donato put his RIT motion picture science studies to work, serving in a television post-production internship at NBC. He later earned a 2014 summer internship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Science & Technology Council, where he built ACES color transforms for digital cameras, calibrated and validated test equipment, and preformed psychophysical experiments. As part of his senior project work at RIT, he participated in SMPTE standards work.