Who: Cottalango Leon
What: Selected for 2016 Technical Achievement Award
When: 22 January 2016
Cottalango Leon, a person of Indian origin, was on 22 January 2016 selected for the 2016 Technical Achievement Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Leon won the award under the Scientific and Technical Achievements category for the design, engineering and continuous development ofSony Pictures Imageworks Itview along with his two team members J Robert Ray and Sam Richards. It is a tool used only within Sony Imageworks.
Dubbed as itview, the software makes review of movie segments by artists at various levels a lot easier during film making.
He joined another person of Indian origin Rahul Thakkar who also was named as one of the winners of Scientific and Technical Awards 2016 of Academy Awards.
About Cottalango Leon
• Born in Thoothukudi, Leon grew up in Coimbatore and did his schooling from there itself.
• He did BE at PSG College of Technology during 1988 to 1992 and got his Master’s degree at Arizona State University in 1996.
• He began to work on Sony Pictures Imageworks Itview as his first project in 1996.
• Cottalango has several hit films to his credit including names like Spiderman’ series, Men In Black series, Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, Cloudy With The Chance of Meatballs, Open Season and Stuart Little.
About the Technical Achievement Awards
Technical Achievement Awards are given annually for accomplishments that contribute to the progress of the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The academy presents 10 scientific and technical achievements every year. The winners get a printed certificate detailing the achievement and listing the names of all of the individuals who contributed to its development at an annual award ceremony.