2016 Academy Awards shines a light on BC's talented film industry
January 18, 2016
Four BC film industry professionals were nominated for Oscars this year for their work on the epic survival feature film, "The Revenant."

David McIntosh, Steve Marshall Smith, Mike Branham and Mike Kirilenko of Aircover Inflatables of North Vancouver were also recognized by the Academy garnering a Technical and Scientific Achievement Award for their development of the Air Wall.

The Revenant, which was partially filmed in BC, topped the Academy Awards and BC's film industry shared in its success with four of our talented film industry professionals receiving nominations for their work.


  1. Cameron Waldbauer was nominated in visual effects.
    He shares this nominee with Richard McBride, Matt Shumway and Jason Smith.
  2. Chris Duesterdiek was nominated in sound mixing.
  3. Robert Pandini was nominated in makeup and hairstyling.
  4. Hamish Purdy was nominated in production design.
Below: (left to right) Robert Pandini, Hamish Purdy
Chris Duesterdiek, Cameron Waldbauer at work on The Revenant.


David McIntosh, Steve Marshall Smith, Mike Branham and Mike Kirilenko of Aircover Inflatables, in North Vancouver, were also recognized and will receive a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award for the engineering and development of the Air Wall.

The Air Wall was developed as a safer and more environmental alternative to a conventional green screen, can be deflated and inflated in minutes and is also easily transportable in specially adapted trailers. This system of modular inflatable panels can be erected on location, at lengths reaching hundreds of feet, with exceptional speed and safety. When used to support blue or green screens, the Airwall permits composite shots of unprecedented scale.

The Air Wall has been used in many films including the X-Men Apocalypse, Godzilla, Tomorrowland and Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

For more information visit: http://aircover.ca/

The Revenant courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. Nominee Images: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox and Chris Duesterdiek.

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