Visual Effects Whiz Jonathan Erland to Receive Academy’s John A. Bonner Medal

Visual effects technologist Jonathan Erland will receive the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation at the Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards, to be held Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The award, voted by the Academy’s board of governors, is named in honor of the late director of special projects at Warner Hollywood Studios and is awarded for "outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

Erland began his professional training in the entertainment industry studying theater at the Central School in England and film at the London Film School. In one of his earliest jobs, he was part of the team building the audio-animatronic puppet theaters for the I.B.M. Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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