Tuesday, November 28, 2023


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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has added new members to its Science and Technology Council. Dominic Glynn, Rob Legato, Nancy Richardson, Deborah Scott, Tom Sito, and Sharon Smith Holley have accepted invitations to join the science and technology branch of the Academy. 

The Academy’s Science and Technology Council focuses on the science and technology of motion pictures – preserving its history, assessing industry standards, advising on content, and providing forums for the exchange of information and ideas.

Glynn’s work as an imaging and audio specialist for Pixar includes binding yet-to-emerge technologies with the creative process of storytelling.  He helped to launch the world’s first cinema release in Dolby ATMOS (“Brave”) and the worldwide premiere of the first DCI Next Generation HDR cinema releases (“Lightyear,” “Elemental”).  An Academy member since 2023, Glynn is a part of the Production and Technology Branch.

Legato’s visual effects credits include “Apollo 13,” “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Lion King,” as well as “Titanic,” “Hugo” and “The Jungle Book,” for which he won Academy Awards®.  Legato received nominations for his work on “Apollo 13” and “The Lion King.”  He most recently served as visual effects supervisor and second unit director on “Emancipation.”  An Academy member since 1996, he is a part of the Visual Effects Branch.

Richardson’s film editing credits include “Stand and Deliver,” “To Sleep with Anger,” “Selena,” “Thirteen,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Twilight,” “Fighting with My Family,” “Love and Monsters” and more.  She has been a tenured professor at UCLA for nineteen years, having mentored numerous filmmakers.  An Academy member since 2005, she currently serves as a Film Editors Branch governor.

Scott’s costume design credits include “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Never Cry Wolf,” “Back to the Future,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Heat,” “The Patriot,” “Minority Report,” “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Titanic,” for which she received an Academy Award®.  Earlier this year, she was the Costume Design Guild's Career Achievement Award recipient and was selected as designer-in-residence for the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television/David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design program.  An Academy member since 1994, Scott is a part of the Costume Designers Branch.

Sito’s film animation credits include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “The Prince of Egypt,” “Shrek” and “Osmosis Jones.”  He currently teaches animation at the University of Southern California and is an author of several books.  An Academy member since 1990, Sito previously served as a Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor.

Smith Holley’s visual effects credits include “Aladdin,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Mulan,” “Stuart Little,” “The Expendables,” “Men in Black 3,” “Gemini Man,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Fast X.”  She also has been instrumental in preserving the history of motion picture post-production by launching “The Legacy Collection” oral history project in 2007.  An Academy member since 2019, she is a part of the Production and Technology Branch as well as an Academy Gold mentor.

The Council co-chairs for 2023-2024 are newly appointed Bill Baggelaar of the Production and Technology Branch and returning Visual Effects Branch governor Paul Debevec.

The Council’s other returning members are Linda Borgeson, Visual Effects Branch governor Brooke Breton, Lois Burwell, Cinematographers Branch governor Paul Cameron, Teri E. Dorman, Theo Gluck, Buzz Hays, Colette Mullenhoff, Ujwal Nirgudkar, Helena Packer, David Pierce, Arjun Ramamurthy, Rachel Rose, David Schnuelle, Jeffrey Taylor, Amy Vincent and Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor Marlon West.


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