9 Scientific And Technical Areas Under Investigation For 2019

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that nine distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for 2019.

These investigations are made public so that individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has started investigations into the following areas:

  • Professional desktop monitors with self-calibration
  • Head-mounted facial acquisition systems
  • Wireless video transmission systems used in motion picture production
  • Frameworks enabling high-performance ray-geometry intersections
  • Hair simulation toolsets
  • Audio repair and restoration software for motion pictures
  • Automatic dialog post-synchronization systems
  • Costume, prop, hair and makeup tracking and inventory communication tools for physical production
  • Post-production tracking and scheduling systems

“The science and technology of filmmaking is constantly evolving and advancing. Each year, the Academy researches technology that has had a significant impact on the motion picture arts. This year, we are examining a distinct group of technologies, which includes hair simulation, facial capture and audio repair,” said Doug Roble, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. The current awards cycle will commence with a series of exhaustive investigations, conducted by a committee made up of industry experts with a diversity of expertise, and culminate with the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony in June.”

The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, September 17, at 5 p.m. PT. For more information on the Scientific and Technical Awards or to submit a similar technology, click here.

After thorough investigations are conducted in each of the technology categories, the committee will meet in the spring to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make the final awards decisions.

The Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020.


Boxing’s Quiet Superstar Live On SuperSport

everal years ago, local boxer Ryno Liebenberg remarked that Vasiliy Lomachenko was the best fighter he had ever seen.

“He’s got it all, he’s impossible to beat,” said the former SA champion.

Lomachenko has come on since, winning a world championship in the fewest professional fights (three) and becoming a three-weight champion in his 12thfight. All but one of his bouts has been for a championship.

The two-time Olympic champion, who had 396 amateur fights with a single defeat, this weekend faces 2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell for the WBA “super”, WBC and WBO lightweight belts in London.

The action will be broadcast live on SuperSport 5 from 21:00 on Saturday.

It’s a stacked card overall, also featuring Alexander Povetkin vs Hughie Fury, Charlie Edwards vs Julio Cesar Martinez for Edwards’ WBC flyweight title, plus Joshua Buatsi vs Ryan Ford.

Lomachenko-Campbell is likely Loma’s most intriguing match at the weight given that Campbell is taller and has a greater reach.

The Ukrainian agrees that Campbell represents a big challenge.

“Guys are bigger than me, they have a bigger reach, they are taller. It is harder. I don’t think about knockouts. I just get in the ring and do my boxing. If I can, I will take it.

“I can’t speak English easily so I can’t open my personality in English. I can’t be a superstar but I can be the best boxer in history — this is my goal.”


kykNET Is Joining The Bok Squad In Japan

The Rugby World Cup is (literally) kicking off on 20 September.

The Rugby World Cup is (literally) kicking off on 20 September and the Bok squad is leaving soon for Japan to compete against some of the best rugby teams in the world for the title of rugby world champions. There is so much more excitement than just the Rugby World Cup that awaits viewers – kykNET is sending a team to Japan to show viewers the excitement in the country during the Rugby World Cup.

In the show, In Japan, Ja!, the two presenters, Vanes-Mari du Toit and Hamilton Wessels, follow the Bok squad to Japan in their search for a third World Cup title. For 10 weeks, these two will travel around Japan, visit some of the country’s most popular tourist attractions and experience the spirit of the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Vanes-Mari, a former Protea netball player, is known as one of Kwêla’s field presenters and will also be seen early in 2020 as the presenter of kykNET’s reality show, Hoor my, Sien my, Soen my. “In Japan, Ja! is a combination of comedy, lifestyle and travel. I look forward to showing viewers what happens in Japan during the World Cup from a fan and supporter’s view,” she says.

Hamilton Wessels, or, as his friends call him, Hammie, is singer Robbie Wessels’ brother. He is one of the Virseker Beker presenters and has played a role in movies, such as Poena is Koning, 100m Leeuloop and Durban Poison. “To watch a Bok game is special. To watch it live at a stadium is next level. To tour with the Bok squad in Japan is an experience I can’t describe in words. I’m beyond excited and will make sure that the Bok squad brings the Cup home, even if it means I must go onto the field and play myself. Japan, I hope you are ready for the guy with the moustache.”

Fun and games await these two – Hamilton is excited to taste Japanese wasabi and meet a real ninja. They have undertaken to try new dishes – who of the two will be brave enough? And Hamilton, who loves to play pranks, might have a few surprises up his sleeve…

Sumo wrestling, the Tsukiji Fish Market, Harajuku girls, real ninjas, the Bok fan zones and the excitement of the Rugby World Cup – viewers can forward to this, and so much more, in In Japan, Ja!

In Japan, Ja! consists of 10 episodes and will be broadcast Saturdays 18:30 from 14 September on kykNET (DStv 144). Proudly sponsored by Nedbank Travel Card.

Die Rugby Wêreldbeker skop af op 20 September en die Springbok-span, wat pas aangekondig is, vertrek binnekort Japan toe om teen die beste rugbyspanne vir die gesogte titel van wêreldkampioenne mee te ding. Daar wag egter veel meer opwinding as net die Rugby Wêreldbeker op kykers – kykNET stuur ‘n span saam Japan toe om vir kykers ‘n blik van die opwinding in dié land tydens die Wêreldbeker te gee.

In die program, In Japan, Ja! gaan die twee aanbieders, Vanes-Mari du Toit en Hamilton Wessels, die Bokke volg op hul soektog na ‘n derde Wêreldbekertitel. Vir tien weke gaan dié twee saam in Japan kuier, van die land se gewildste toeristebestemmings besoek en die gees van die Rugbywêreldbeker 2019 beleef.

Vanes-Mari, ‘n voormalige Protea-netbalspeler, is veral bekend as een van Kwêla se veldaanbieders en sal vroeg in 2020 gesien word as aanbieder van die kykNET realiteitsprogram, Hoor my, Sien my, Soen my. “In Japan, Ja! is ‘n lekker kombinasie van komedie, leefstyl en reis. Boonop kry kykers die geleentheid om saam met ons die Bokke beter te leer ken op hul missie om die Wêreldbeker te wen. Ek sien ook vreeslik uit daarna om vir kykers ‘n blik te gee van wat in Japan tydens die Wêreldbeker gebeur, vanuit ‘n fan en ondersteuner se oogpunt,” meen sy.

Hamilton Wessels, of soos vriende hom noem, Hammie, is die sanger Robbie Wessels se broer. Hy is een van Virseker Beker se aanbieders en het ook al sy lyf akteur gehou in flieks soos Poena is Koning, 100m Leeuloop en Durban Poison. “Om ‘n Bok-wedstryd te kyk, is spesiaal. Om dit op ‘n stadion te kyk is next level. Om saam die Bokke vir die Wêreld Beker in Japan te toer is ‘n ervaring wat ek nie in woorde kan beskryf nie. Ek is uit my vel van opgewondenheid en gaan seker maak die Bokke bring daardie Beker huis toe, al moet ek tokse aantrek en self op draf. Japan, ek hoop julle is gereed vir die ou met die snor.”

Groot pret wag op dié twee – Hamilton is opgewonde om Japannese wasabi te proe en ‘n regte ninja te ontmoet! Hulle het ook onderneem om nuwe disse te probeer – watter een van die twee gaan braaf genoeg wees? En grapjas Hamilton het dalk ook ‘n paar verrassings wat hy beplan…

Sumo-stoeigevegte, die Tsukiji-vismark, Harajuku-meisies, regte ninja’s, die Bokke fan zones en natuurlik die opwinding van die Rugby Wêreldbeker – dit alles, en nog baie meer, kan kykers van In Japan, Ja! verwag.

In Japan, Ja! bestaan uit 10 episodes en word Saterdae om 18:30 vanaf 14 September op kykNET DStv kanaal 144 uitgesaai. Met trots geborg deur Nedbank Travel Card.


Tydelik Terminaal

Tydelik Terminaal is a 13-episode light drama about 22-year-old honours student, Kittie Claasen, who must redefine her life after she is diagnosed with cancer.

It’s “the best kind of cancer you could possibly get”, Doctor Pillay assures her. In short, it will be six months of total agony, and then… life as usual. The only problem is that it’s her honours year and this speedbump, as she sees it, in her academic career will mean that all her dreams of Pulitzer Prize winning journalism will have to be postponed because of Hodgkin and his untimely disease.

The series revolves around the six months she receives chemo, during which she makes friends in unusual places, tries to finish her studies, and picks up unexpected life experience and knowledge along the way.

Kittie and her two best friends, Mandy and Fanie, find themselves in the crazy in between phase of life before stepping into adulthood. It’s a time of leaving their childhood behind, but still having fun; planning for their future, but uncertain of what this future will look like.

Tydelik Terminaal is inspired by the creator of the series, Elanie Rupping’s own battle with cancer. “I’ve learnt that life’s challenges can sometimes be its greatest gifts, because it creates a sense of empathy through which we can connect with people. The best way I can do this, is through the stories I tell. That is why I used one of the most difficult things that has happened in my life as a vehicle to, hopefully, make people feel that they aren’t alone.”

Etienne Fourie is director the series. “It was a difficult yet fulfilling experience. Tydelik Terminaal is an important and honest story with characters most of us will recognize. It looks at various serious issues, with empathy and humor.”

Carla Smith, who portrays the role of Kittie, is a well-known theatre actress, who has been part of plays, such as Die maan val bewusteloos, Sewe Deugde, nee minder and Fiela se kind. She’s also played a guest roll in the soapie, Binnelanders.

Eve Nthabiseng Rasimeni and Hendrik Nieuwoudt is seen as Kittie’s best friends, Mandy and Fanie. Eve is known for her roles in Isibaya, Rhythm City, Dwaalster and Suidooster. Hendrik’s theatre roles include Made you look, Raponsie and Hoekom is die badkamer vloer nat. He also played a role in the shortfilm, Kloof.

South African legends, Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Frank Opperman, also play a role in Tydelik Terminaal – Julie and Uncle Len. Uncle Len has prostate cancer – Julie, his busy body wife, supports him (and later Kittie) in his battle with cancer.

Almar Müller portrays the role of Joubert, an ex-love who wants to support Kittie; Arno Greef is Drikus, the handsome young law student who challenges Mandy constantly and Ruan Blum is Louis, Fanie’s boyfriend.

Also look out for appearances by Anel Alexander, Zane Meas, Stiaan Smith, Francois Jacobs, Tiffany Barbuzano, Jack Devnarain, Reginah Dube, David Reese and Henriëtta Gryffenberg.

Nouvanaand Films are the producers of Tydelik Terminaal. “We are excited to have the opportunity to once again produce a light drama for kykNET. Tydelik Terminaal takes the viewer along on Kittie’s chemo journey, with a fresh approach to student life and uncomfortable identity questions.”

Tydelik Terminaal will be broadcast on Wednesday at 20:00 from 30 October 2019 on kykNET (DStv channel 144).


Okavango: River Of Dreams

Okavango: River of Dreams, the definitive series on the mystical Okavango premieres on National Geographic Wild this September

An insider’s view of one of the greatest river systems on the planet, produced by multi award-winning South African film makers Beverly and Dereck Joubert.

The Okavango is a river that starts inland and ends inland. It is the only one in the world that goes from nowhere, to nowhere…. but what a journey. One of the last remaining wild places on Earth, the Okavango Delta in Southern Africa was named by UNESCO as the 1 000th World Heritage Site. Okavango, River of Dreams, a three part series which presents the amazing landscapes and wildlife of the Upper Okavango river, will premiere on National Geographic Wild on 5 September 2019 at 18:00 CAT.

Like all wild ecosystems, the Okavango thrives on change and everything is connected to everything else. Lions chase elephants, who chase hippos, who chase crocodiles, who chase barbell fish, who chase insects driven up the grass stalks by rising waters. These circles of life are the real stories that tell the larger story of this river. The river is just the connecting tissue. Okavango, River of Dreams presents an inspiring exploration of the exceptional life in this unique wilderness, which provides refuge to vast populations of wildlife.

This unique series also tells the story of Fekeetsa, a lioness, and her life in this watery world. Fekeetsa, meaning “overcoming challenges”, became a talisman for Beverly Joubert as they shared a parallel journey. At the time of shooting Okavango, River of Dreams, Beverly was recovering from a brutal Buffalo attack. She describes Feeketsa as “a source of strength and perseverance, who inspired me to keep on, as she too was recovering from the same injury. Her resilience and tenacity were incredible to see.”

“This series is based on the premise that someone’s paradise is someone else’s hell. And it is. A lioness hunts in the swamp and turns a lechwe antelope’s life upside down, as her baby is killed. However, the lioness carries this kill back to her own cubs and saves their lives. This series is designed to be a poetic balance of adoration for the magic of the Okavango and an understanding of the science it presents us to unravel” said Dereck Joubert.

Okavango, River of Dreams is produced by National Geographic explorers-in-residence, Beverly and Dereck Joubert. They have lived in the Okavango for 35 years, a place that has given them nine Emmy Awards, a Peabody and a range of others, as well as a few scrapes and bruises, 21 scorpion stings, three snake bites, four elephant attacks, a nearly deadly buffalo attack, malaria, and airplane crashes. “The result is a die-hard understanding of what this magical, but harsh place, is all about and our quest to reveal the real Okavango” continued Joubert.

“We are extremely fortunate to have one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas right here in Southern Africa. The Okavango has captured the imagination of wildlife enthusiasts for decades, as the more exploration is done, the more intrigue it presents. We look forward to another magnificent production by Beverly and Dereck Joubert” said Evert Van Der Veer, for Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Join National Geographic Wild on this magical journey of the Okavango and understand why it is sometimes referred to as the place of the ‘Untamed Spirit’. Perhaps it will speak to your own wild side, on 5, 6 and 7 September 2019 at 18:00.