- Associated Press - Friday, January 7, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The co-founder of a company that rents cameras and other gear to filmmakers will be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the academy said Friday.

Denny Clairmont, co-founder of Clairmont Camera, will be awarded the John A. Bonner medal at next month’s scientific and technical award ceremony.

The Academy said Clairmont Camera has fostered the exchange of ideas between camera users and manufacturers.

The medallion is named in honor of the late director of special projects at Warner Hollywood Studios and is awarded for “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards” of the Academy.

Among the 22 other scientific and technical award recipients also announced were Mark Noel and John Frazier for developing a winch system that allows cars and other heavy props to be flown on wires, and Eric Tabellion and Arnauld Lamorlette for the creation of a computer-generated illumination technique that was first used in “Shrek 2.”

Clairmont and the other winners will be toasted at the Feb. 12 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Portions of the show will be incorporated into the 83rd annual Oscar ceremony at the Kodak Theatre on Feb. 27.




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