Laser F/X On-line Newsletter - Special Reports
Sunday, May 30 1999
1999 Brewster Awards
A capacity audience of 70 people filled the Halton A & B halls for the 1999 Brewster Awards. After cocktails, the guests partook of an excellent buffet dinner with a wine service sponsored by Cambridge Technology. After the dinner, the tables were moved aside so laserists could watch the show theatre style and ballots were distributed (the Brewster Awards are voted on by the people present in the room).
The graphics portion of the competition featured six entries from AB Obscura Magica - Sweden, Green Rose Laser - USA, Laser Spectacles - USA, MediaLas - Germany and New Wave - Canada. Competition was fierce with very high quality images and animations displayed in all the entries. One of the entries was an all-raster module of the trailer for the upcoming "Austin Powers" movie.
In the beam category there were five entries from MediaLas - Germany, Laser Spectacles - USA, Laser Entertainment S.R.L. - Italy, FFP Lasers - Canada and Matt&Matt - USA. The beam modules featured exceptional use of colour and split second choreography of the beam effects with the music.
ballots were being counted, New Method Lasers set up the new Cambridge 6210
galvos and gave a demonstration of the new high speed scanning system using
the LCN graphics system as the source. The combination of the LCN controller
and 6210's are said to do 60k and higher images, because of the software
tweakable velocity compensation and interpolation parameters.
After the scanner demo, the winners were announced and those present in person collected their Brewster awards and gave short speeches.
After the Brewster Awards, the hall was cleared and laserists were re-admitted at their own risk to the "Scorchathon". The laser's power was increased to about 0.8 watts per fibre head and a selection of beam shows was played back. Additional shows from Laser Spectacles and LOBO were presented, as well as some of the winners and entries from the Brewster Awards.
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