EDMUND M. DiGIULIO DIES Multiple Academy Award winning film technology innovator Edmund M. DiGiulio died June 4 of congestive heart failure at his home in Malibu CA. He was 76. A 1950 Columbia University graduate, DiGiulio began his long career of revolutionizing movie-making technology at Mitchell Camera Corp., where he developed a reflex viewing system for the Mitchell BNC camera (for which he received an Engineering and Scientific Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences). He also developed the System-35 Mark II camera with video assist and camera control unit for DP Ozzie Morris’ three-camera filming of Stop the World I Want to Get Off.
DiGiulio founded Cinema Products in 1968, where he developed the highly successful CP16 and CP16-R TV newsfilm cameras. Working with inventor Garrett Brown he also developed the Steadicam stabilization system for which he–along with Brown and Cinema Products’ engineering staff–won an Oscar in 1978. Other DiGiulio innovations at Cinema Products included collaborations with director Stanley Kubrick on such technologies as ultra high-speed lenses to photograph candlelit scenes in Barry Lyndon.
Edmund M. DiGiulio was a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a Fellow of the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS), a long-time member, and five-time chairman, of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Committee and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). He received the Gordon E. Sawyer Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2001, and an Emmy Award.</i>