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Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen, and Michael Fecik Honored with Scientific and Technical Academy Award® of Commendation

Recognized for efforts in developing infrared-reducing dye-based filters for digital cameras, the honorees received the Academy’s Special Plaque during the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Michael Fecik (left), Steven Tiffen (center), and Jeff Cohen (right).

Michael Fecik (left), Steven Tiffen (center), and Jeff Cohen (right).

Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen, and Michael Fecik of The Tiffen Company were honored with the Scientific and Technical Academy Award of Commendation during the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on February 7. Portions of the evening’s event will be included in the Oscars telecast on Sunday, February 22. Steve Tiffen, Jeff Cohen, and Michael Fecik were recognized for their efforts in developing dye-based filters that reduce infrared contamination when neutral density filters are used with digital cameras.

The Tiffen Company identified the problem and rapidly engineered a series of absorptive filters that ameliorated infrared artifacts with lenses of all focal lengths,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cited in its official press release. “These widely adopted filters allow cinematographers to work as they have done with film-based technology.”

The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards acknowledge industry experts whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to motion pictures. Tiffen pioneers Steve Tiffen, Jeff Cohen, and Michael Fecik are the only recipients of this year’s Academy Award® of Commendation.

“We sincerely thank the members of the Academy for bestowing this tremendous honor upon us,” says Steve Tiffen. “We stand committed to continuing to support this industry that we love, and we find it so wonderfully pleasing that in this world of digital technology, Tiffen optical filters are recognized as a staple for professional imagemakers across the globe.”

The Academy honored 21 scientific and technical achievements in total at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. The full list of honorees can be viewed at http://www.oscars.org/news/21-scientific-and-technical-achievements-be-honored-academy-awardsr.

Tiffen Neutral Density Filters
Tiffen neutral density filters are instrumental in reducing the amount of light passing through a camera’s lens without changing the color of the scene. Designed with brightly lit conditions in mind, these filters help prevent overexposure during tricky shots. They also allow for proper exposure at a wider lens opening, reducing the depth-of-field to highlight a key subject while keeping the foreground and/or background out of focus.

February 19, 2015