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Willsboro Point resident plays role in winning an Oscar

WILLSBORO While much of the entertainment worlds attention was focused on the movie stars at the Oscars this past weekend, a week before the industry highlighted the contributions of the people behind the scenes including a part-time Willsboro Point resident. Jim Friday, a long-time summer resident of Willsboro Point was in Hollywood for the Scientific and Technical Oscar Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb 9. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded the Eastman Kodak Company an Oscar statuette for the development of photographic emulsion technologies incorporated into the Kodak VISION2 family of seven color negative films. The Kodak team won the Oscar and I was fortunate enough to represent their efforts, said Friday. He was recognized during the ceremony as the lead design chemist and a contributor to the larger team that developed and commercialized the VISION2 films. I had a great time, it was a dream job for a chemist - my job was to formulate the film to manufacture the film, said Friday. Different films were designed to match the needs of different shooting conditions. Friday holds patents on some of the technologies that went into the new films. The new film stocks are the predominant choice of cinematographers and are used to photograph the original movie. The award demonstrates Kodaks commitment to the movie industry and its willingness to spend research money on conventional film to continue to innovate meet the changing needs of cinematographers, said Friday. CEO Antonio Perez accepted the award on behalf of Kodak scientists at the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards. Friday was one of four members of the scientific team to receive the honor of attending the ceremony. Friday recently retired after 34 years with the Eastman Kodak Company. He said hed been surprised and honored to be invited to attend the ceremony. The award and recognition was really unexpected. (It was) nice to be recognized even though I retired from the company in June 2004, said Friday. While much of the world is going digital, movies are still primarily shot on film. Friday said that was because film is a great long-term storage device to preserve images for future generations. All five motion picture films nominated for an Oscar as best picture of this year were shot on Kodak film. The VISION2 films incorporate novel technologies which produce a significant improvement in image quality, resulting in smoother, crisper images across a wide range of lighting conditions. Movie making is a highly technical business, Friday said, pointing out the hundreds of peoples names listed at the end of films. It takes hundreds of highly skilled technical geeks to make motion picture production happen. The Technical Awards were initiated to recognize all those hundreds of individuals standing behind the camera that make a movie possible, said Friday. Friday said the entire ceremony it was very posh his team stayed at the Renaissance Hotel next to the Kodak Theater and the awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Limos, tuxedos, evening gowns, great dinner, the corporate jet, the whole nine yards. The Oscar Committee and Hollywood really know how to throw a good party, said Friday. These days, Friday is an active Adirondack landscape photographer and frequently displays his work at several local art galleries. He and his wife, the former Cary MacDougal of Essex, reside in Rochester but spend most of their summers in the North Country.

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