Pune lensman Vikas Sathaye who is now based in Australia had his proud moment in Oscars 2018. The 51-year old shutterbug has helped to develop the camera technology popularly known as Shotover K1.
This technology has been extensively used in shooting of films like Spectre, Dunkirk and The Hobbit. Vikas who is an embedded systems engineer from Pune has been part of the 5-member team who has invented this camera technology. The team bagged the award at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences [AMPAS] Scientific Technical Awards in Oscars.
Along with Sathaye, the award was also given to Brad Hurdnell, John Coyle, and Shane Buckham who helped to conceptualize and design the gadget. When Sathaye joined Shotover which is based in New Zealand, he developed the software during his three-year tenure there.
The company’s founder Coyle and Sathaye worked as a close-knit team; the entire concept was envisioned by Coyle who wanted a device where cinema cameras can be mounted and can be used to capture the most difficult aerial shots. In its current format, the gimbal as the device is known can easily accommodate multiple camera and lens combinations. K1 is extremely compact, mobile and the weight of the device is below 100 kgs which means that it can be carried easily from one place to the other.
Together the technologists have created an elaborate system which has created a positive impact on the evolution of motion pictures. This technology has been effectively used for various movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Captain America: Civil War, Inferno, Sully and even a Bollywood film like D-Day.