Indian engineer awarded Sci-Tech Oscar Award

Feb 16, 2018 16:01 IST
Indian engineer awarded Sci-Tech Oscar Award

Vikas Sathaye, a Pune-born Indian engineer was recently honoured with the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award at the Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards 2018 at Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California.

Sathaye received the award along with his team for their contribution towards the conceptualisation, design, engineering and the implementation of the 'Shotover K1 Camera System' during his stint at Shotover Camera Systems in Queenstown, New Zealand.

About Shotover K1 Camera System

The Shotover K1 Camera System is a camera mount that is used for aerial filming.

The six-axis stabilised aerial camera mount can be attached to the base of a helicopter, which carries the camera and lens.


The primary function of the camera mount is ensuring a steady footage by eliminating any vibration from reaching the camera.

The innovative creation, with its enhanced ability to frame shots while looking straight down, enables greater creative freedom and results in clear, unwavering photography and videography.

About the Makers

The developers of the innovation include Sathaye, John Coyle, Brad Hurndell and Shane Buckham as the lead electrical and software engineer.

The Shotover Camera Systems Ltd was founded by entrepreneur Coyle, and Sathaye worked in a close-knit team.

Coyle envisioned a device in which cinema cameras could be mounted and used to capture challenging aerial shots.

Together, the technologists developed an elaborate system that positively impacted the evolution of motion pictures.

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About Sci-Tech Oscar Awards

• The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honour individuals and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed significantly to motion pictures.

• The awards were first presented at the 4th Academy Awards ceremony in November 1931.

• The Scientific and technical achievement awards are conferred on three levels:

- Technical Achievement Award (certificate)

- Scientific and Engineering Award (bronze tablet)

- Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statuette)

• The recent recipients of Scientific and Technical Oscars include IMAX, for its method of filming and exhibiting large-format, wide-angle motion pictures; Avid Technology, for its non-linear editing system and Horst Burbulla, for his invention and development of the Technocrane telescoping camera crane.

• The presentations of each year’s honors are made at a formal dinner held prior to the Oscar ceremony.

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