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 Oscar Technical Achievement Award

February 17, 2021 Olaf Schirm

At this years (2021) Oscar Technical Achievement Awards my idea and development of a facial motion tracking device: the FaceTracker was honored. Too bad they did not award my idea, which was the foundation of the whole process of head mounted optical facetracking, but the Academy gave the price to the company Standard Deviation which took my idea and developed it further.
Standard Deviation worked in the same studio as I did at that time, at a company called Mr. Film, run by Chris Walker. Chris was a technology driven producer, but always short in money. So, instead of buying one of my FaceTrackers, he asked Standard Deviation to copy it. Of course they improved it further. I never received any royalties. Anyway, I sold about 100 of my units to other mayor movie and 3D anmiation companies such as Disney Imagineering, Sony Picture Imageworks and Warner Brothers.
Standard Deviations grew with their Facetracker sales and still are in business. Their founder was so fair to mention my name in his list of thanks during the award presentation.
Thanky you Babak, anyway.

Here is a full report in visual effects magazine “fxguide”

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