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A Night to Remember
The Magellan 65 receives Technical & Scientific Achievement Award
The 88th Annual Awards Ceremony and Bernard Happé Lecture, London, UK

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Mark Lyndon, LondonDate: 20.02.2018
Tommy Madsen accepting the Technical & Scientific Achievement Award for his Magellan 65 large format camera. On stage at The Regent Street Cinema, in London at the 88th Annual Awards Ceremony and Bernard Happé Lecture in London, Tuesday evening, February 19. Picture by Bill Lawrence,

Just three years younger than the over hyped Oscars and blissfully free of sobbing thespians, the 88th International Moving Image Society Awards took place on February 19th in the very birthplace of cinema in the UK - The Regent Street Cinema. Beautifully restored to its former glory, this magnificent Cinema was a fitting venue for an important ceremony.

The two categories of most interest to 70mm enthusiasts were the Technical & Scientific Award and the top Category - The Lifetime Achievement Award. The Magellan 65mm Camera, the most significant development in cinematography for some years, richly deserved the Technical & Scientific Award. It was heartening to see Tommy Madsen, the man behind the camera, for its very creation, receive the Award in person; having travelled from Denmark, specifically for the Ceremony. He gave an excellent acceptance speech, which was well received by the high powered audience.

Christopher Nolan, who received a CBE in the New Years Honours List, after he was selected for the IMIS Lifetime Achievement Award, nota bene, is now recognised as the World Champion of 70mm film production and exhibition. Having given the world “Interstellar” and "Dunkirk" and a brand new print of "2OO1: A Space Odyssey"; Christopher Nolan is now busy on a new project. He was clearly delighted to receive the Award and his acceptance speech was read out by his namesake Sir Christopher Frayling the world renowned Cultural Historian and highly distinguished Academic. It was a night to remember.
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Tommy Madsen with the Technical & Scientific Achievement Award, helped by Orla Nielsen

PS: Hoyte van Hoytema the fabled Director of Photography of "Interstellar" and "Dunkirk" is a very enthusiastic champion of - you've guessed it - The Magellan 65mm Camera.

Tommy's Talk:

It's with great honour and pride that I stand before you here today receiving this award for our Magellan 65mm camera. It all started out in a much smaller format called Super 8 almost ten years ago with the creation of our pin registered Chatham S-8 camera which at the time was the first new Super 8 camera in 30 years. In 2016 we sold our 8mm intellectual property rights to Kodak and decided to pursue 65mm as that format had been under served for years.

We set out to create the lightest and most advanced film camera with today’s technology called the Magellan. With a weight of only 13kg and a size smaller than anything else available we can support both drone and steady cam operation without breaking anyone's back. Today we are witnessing a resurgence of film and I hope that we will only see more movies made on film in the future - preferably shot on the Magellan in 65mm, of cause ;-)

I would like to thank I-M-I-S for this award and my colleagues Orla, Rodolfo and Lasse as well as friends and family who believed in us throughout this journey.


Danish camera designer Tommy Madsen accepted the Technical & Scientific Achievement Award for his Magellan 65 large format film camera. The prestigious event took place at the historic Regent Street Cinema, near Oxford Circus in Central London (UK) on Tuesday February 19, 2019.

Logmar Camera Solutions have been chosen by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) [formely known as BKSTS] for the "Technical and Scientific Achievement Award" for the 88th Annual Awards Ceremony. This award is given for an outstanding invention, development or innovation that has contributed to the advancement of the moving image industry. The board of directors felt that the Magellan 65mm film camera is a monumental step towards an ergonomic, light-weight and handheld 65mm camera and we are pleased to recognise this development for our Technical and Scientific Achievement Award. The IMIS industry awards are an opportunity for our membership to acknowledge and recognise the accomplishments of individuals in the moving image industry across the world.

All Awards at the 88th Annual Awards Ceremony:
• ChEFF Award
• Technical and Scientific Achievement Award
• Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
• President's Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award
• The Lady Doris and Sir Sydney Samuelson Award
• The John Tompkins Natural History Award
• Fellowships
• Honorary Fellowships
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Updated 25-02-19