Lake Highlands resident and LHHS 1977 grad Brad Walker will receive an Academy Award in February – his second in five years. Walker is part of a team of current and former Texas Instrument employees who will be honored as the inventors of the digital cinema projector using DLP technology. Walker and wife, Linda, will attend the technical awards presentation dinner in Hollywood on February 7th. There will be a brief mention of technical awards during the Academy Awards show Sunday, February 22 at 6 p.m. on ABC.
When Advocate interviewed Walker in 2010, he said his team’s projector “basically allows movie production companies to get an accurate look at what the finished film will look like; this cuts out extra days’ worth of printing and fixing color…especially for producers of special effects movies in which the color is very important…this way, they can see what they have and fix it right there.”
The new technology, he said, was first used in movies like “The Aviator” and “Spiderman” and revolutionized the film-making game. Clearly, Hollywood agrees.