Photonics specialist picks up film gong

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Opsira’s  Volker Schumacher has been chosen to receive the Scientific and Engineering Award, from Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), for the optical development of the ARRIMAX 18/12 HMI.

He has been chosen to receive the award together with the project partners Erwin Melzner and Timo Mueller, staff members of the ARRI company in Germany. Not since 2004 has an AMPAS Scientific and Technical award been given for advancement in lighting equipment.

The ARRIMAX combines the variable beam spread of a Fresnel and the light output of a PAR, and uses a reflector concept for beam control that eliminates the need for spread lenses. The device is being used in professional movie lighting for feature films, commercials and television.

The award in the form of an Academy Plaque will be officially presented to the three honorees during a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, on 7 February 2009.