ACS Introduces Technical Achievement Award in Honor of Bob Miller
“The man who invented the fluid action head, Bob Miller prided himself on his abilities to develop ground-breaking solutions and to problem solve,” says Mark Clementson, Managing Director, Miller Camera Support Equipment. “Together with his father Eric, who patented the fluid head and provided necessary financial support, Bob revolutionised the film and television industry with his invention, allowing operators the freedom to shoot creatively and to achieve shots once deemed unobtainable. This prestigious, new award is a fitting tribute to the memory of Bob and a great reward for the recipient, who will have contributed to the advancement of technology in cinematography as Bob himself once did with his inventive camera support solutions.”
The Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award will come with $1,000 cash, a $2,000 Miller product prize and a framed certificate. The winner will also have his or her name engraved onto one of Miller’s LP ’54 Classic tripods, which will reside permanently on display at the ACS National Headquarters in Sydney, Australia. In honor of its 60th anniversary, Miller has only produced 40 of these LP ’54 Classic tripods for worldwide distribution through donation. The LP ‘54s were built by hand, as they were when first introduced, from remaining components left after the last production run of the Light Professional (LP).
Speaking at the July 31 unveiling will be renowned Oscar®-winning cinematographer Russell Boyd, ACS, ASC, who was inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame in 1998. A cinematographer who has had an exceptional career, Boyd’s merits include winning the Oscar for Cinematography at the 2004 Academy Awards for the Peter Weir feature, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, among other achievements. Additionally, he has also won two ACS Milli Awards. The ACS Milli Award is awarded to the Australian Cinematographer of the Year and is the highest award that an Australian Cinematographer can receive from the ACS.
“The ACS is honoured to have helped create this award with Miller, as we believe that it will carry enormous credibility within the greater community of esteemed cinematographers worldwide, such as Russell Boyd,” says Ron Johanson, OAM ACS, National President of the ACS. “Bob Miller was a man constantly on the cusp of technological innovation, much like our industry members. We look forward to awarding an ACS member with the Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award as a testament to that member’s pursuit of excellence in cinematic development.”
The Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award will be presented to an industry pioneer for the first time at the 2015 ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart, Australia. Miller has been supporting the ACS as a Gold Sponsor since the organisation’s inauguration in 1958.
About Miller Camera Support Equipment
Founded in 1954, Miller Camera Support Equipment designs, manufactures and delivers professional fluid heads and tripods to the film and television industry, providing support for the world’s leading camera operators. Celebrating sixty years in the industry, Miller is a longtime, global leader in the field of contemporary camera support and holds the first patent for fluid head design for film cameras, which it obtained in 1946. Today, Miller’s tripod and camera support systems are frequently used during electronic news gatherings (ENG), electronic field production (EFP), and digital video applications by the world’s leading networks, production houses, corporate, educational and government institutions in more than 65 countries.