14 May 2014


(May 15th 2014, Munich)
– Johannes Steurer, ARRI’s Principal Research and Development Engineer, has been awarded the Oskar Messter Medal by the FKTG, the German television and cinema technology society, for developing the ARRILASER film recorder. The Messter Medal is Germany’s highest honor in the field; it is awarded every two years to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to cinematographic technology.

Introduced in 1998, the ARRILASER was capable of 4K from its introduction and quickly became the industry standard for film recording. It bridged the gap between analog and digital technologies, and paved the way for the digital intermediate, or DI. More than 280 units were installed at some 170 facilities worldwide, where they changed the landscape of digital postproduction forever.

Oskar Messter (21 November, 1866 – 6 December, 1943) was a German inventor and entrepreneur in the early years of cinema, involved in film manufacturing, production and distribution. On 23 November, 1926 the Deutsche Kinotechnische Gesellschaft (now the FKTG) honored Messter by establishing the Oskar Messter Medal; Messter himself was made the recipient of the first medal on his 60th birthday.

Johannes Steurer became the 36th recipient of the Oskar Messter Medal at a presentation during the 26th FKTG symposium of television and cinema technology, which took place between 5 May and 8 May, 2014 in Cologne. The motto of this year’s symposium was, “The Media World of Tomorrow – Bigger, Better, Anywhere, Anytime.”

Steurer, who has a doctorate in electrical and information engineering, has been with ARRI for 20 years. He is responsible for research collaborations and innovations in the field of future recording techniques and has been a key contributor to ARRI’s successful transition into the digital era. He led the ARRILASER project, and in 2012 was presented – alongside colleagues Franz Kraus and Wolfgang Riedel – with the Academy Award of Merit® (Oscar Statuette®) for the design and development of the ARRILASER, during the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards.
At the Messter Medal presentation, Steurer commented, “The ARRILASER project gave ARRI the competence and confidence to develop electronic devices in the emerging digital age, and eventually to build digital cameras. I am proud to have won this very special award and extremely grateful to the board of the FKTG for such a great honor. It is overwhelming to think of my name being added to the list of outstanding previous winners. I owe thanks to the many people who have encouraged my skills and supported my ideas, especially Franz Kraus at ARRI.”

About ARRI:

With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries and partners that covers every facet of the film industry, including worldwide camera, grip and lighting equipment rental through ARRI Rental; turnkey lighting solutions through the ARRI System Group; lab services, postproduction and visual effects through ARRI Film & TV; and film distribution through ARRI Worldsales. Manufactured products include the ALEXA camera system and AMIRA documentary-style camera; Master Anamorphic lenses; L-Series LED and M-Series HMI lights; Pro Camera Accessories; and ARRISCAN archive technologies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.
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ARRI Messter Medal Press Release 150514 4 (pdf, 74 K)
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