SMPTE honors ARRI’s Dr. Johannes Steurer

The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) awards its 2016 Technicolor-Herbert T. Kalmus Medal Award to ARRI Principal Engineer Dr. Johannes Steurer.

Established in 1956, the Technicolor-Herbert T. Kalmus Medal Award recognizes outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture postproduction and distribution services.

Dr. Johannes Steurer, Principal Engineer of Research & Development at ARRI, was selected for this year’s award in recognition of his work developing technology such as the ARRILASER film recorder. This tool, along with the ARRISCAN film scanner, became ubiquitous during the rise of the digital intermediate (DI) and both are still used for this purpose today, as well as for film archiving and restoration. SMPTE’s citation notes that, “Steurer was a key contributor to ARRI’s successful transition into the digital era, and he continues to innovate in 3D acquisition and depth sensing technologies.”

The honor was conferred in late October during the Society’s Honors & Awards Ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California. “I would like to thank ARRI for giving me the chance to work on outstanding projects such as the ARRILASER and ARRISCAN, and for trusting my plans. This was not a given,” said Dr. Steurer during his acceptance speech. In addition he expressed thanks to his colleagues, partners and customers, and to SMPTE: “I am proud to be part of the Society and very honored that you have shown this appreciation for my work.”

Dr. Steurer has worked for ARRI since 1994. Together with ARRI Executive Board member Franz Kraus and Wolfgang Riedel of Fraunhofer IPM, he was presented with an Academy Award of Merit Oscar statuette in 2012 for the design and development of the ARRILASER. The Award of Merit is the highest Scientific and Technical Award bestowed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.