An Indian born Vikas Sathaye has been honoured with the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award at the Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards 2018 at Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California last Saturday. 

The four-member team was honoured at the Beverly Hills ceremony “for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the Shotover K1 Camera System”, which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences describes as a “six-axis stabilised aerial camera mount” that has an “enhanced ability to frame shots while looking straight down”. 

Sathaye said, “In 2009 he joined a new company called Shotover Camera Systems in Queenstown, New Zealand, which is where he worked on the aerial mount. One of the reasons to start this company in Queenstown was the natural beauty and stunning scenery which attract a lot of film producers and directors”. 

The Shotover K1 Camera System is a camera mount that is used in aerial filming. The camera mount gets attached to the base of a helicopter, which carries the camera and lens. 

The team that developed the camera system consists of four members- Sathaye, John Coyle, Brad Hurndell and Shane Buckham as the lead electrical and software engineer. 

Together, the technologists developed an elaborate system that positively impacted the evolution of motion pictures. 

Shotover K1 Camera System has been used in films like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sully, Inferno, Captain America: Civil War among many others. Bollywood film D-Day, directed by Nikkhil Advani also used this camera system. 

Sathaye was born in Pune and grew up in Mumbai, and after his schooling, he completed a diploma in instrumentation. He later graduated with a BE in electronics and an MTech in instrumentation. He was a teacher at Pune’s Cummins College of Engineering for women where he got a chance to visit Italy. His experience abroad motivated him into the field of embedded software technology.