Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator trilogy), cinematographer John Bailey (As Good As It Gets, Ordinary People), Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer John Knoll (Oscar winner Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) and editor Michael Tronick (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 2 Guns) are joining the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the group’s 2014–2015 membership to 25. The Sci-Tech Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures. The group was first formed in 2003.
Hurd has been a member of the AMPAS producers branch since 1987. Bailey, who has four and half decades behind the camera, joined the Academy in 1981 and is currently a governor representing the cinematographers branch. He was elected to a VP post this year. Knoll, a member since 1997, is currently a governor repping the VFX branch of AMPAS. Tronick, a 35-year AMPAS member, currently serves as a governor of the film editors branch.
Co-Chairs of the 2014-15 Sci-Tech Council are also members of the VFX branch: Craig Barron, an Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and former Academy governor; and Paul Debevec, chief visual officer at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and a lead developer of Light Stage. The Sci-Tech council’s 19 other members include Wendy Aylsworth, Rob Bredow, Lisa Churgin, Elizabeth Cohen, Academy governor Richard Edlund, Doug Greenfield, Don Hall, John Hora, Jim Houston, Rob Hummel, Randal Kleiser, Bev Pasterczyk, Josh Pines, Rick Sayre, Milt Shefter, Dave Stump, Steve Sullivan, Academy governor Bill Taylor and Beverly Wood.