A Celebration of Tak Miyagishima


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council is presenting “A Celebration of Takuo ‘Tak’ Miyagishima” on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine St., Hollywood.

Miyagishima, one of the most esteemed design engineers in the motion picture industry, passed away on Aug. 4 at the age of 83. He made his first mechanical drawing for Panavision in 1954, and worked there continuously for over 50 years, retiring in 2009 as senior vice president of engineering.

During Miyagishima’s tenure, Panavision and its employees received more than 20 scientific and technical awards from the Academy for the design and manufacture of motion picture equipment, especially advanced camera systems and lenses.

The event, which was planned long before Miyagishima’s passing, is sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins.

Hosted by Rob Hummel, the evening will include a discussion with Miyagishima’s friends and colleagues, followed by a screening of Steven Spielberg’s historical drama “Empire of the Sun” (1987), one of the first feature films to use Panavision’s Primo Series of spherical prime lenses. Miyagishima, Iain Neil and Panavision received a Technical Achievement Award in 1990 for these lenses.

The film, which stars Christian Bale as a young British plane enthusiast whose life is torn apart when he is separated from his parents after the Japanese invasion of Shanghai during World War II, earned six Academy Award nominations, including one for cinematography.

For more information, go to www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/calendar/index.html and click the appropriate date.


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