Takuo Miyagishima

Takuo Miyagishima (March 15, 1928 – August 4, 2011) was a Japanese-American design engineer who worked for Panavision. He was responsible for many of the company's innovations in motion picture photography and projection.[1]

In 2005, Miyagishima received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his achievements and successful career at the 77th Academy Awards.

Takuo Miyagishima
BornMarch 15, 1928
DiedAugust 4, 2011 (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesTak Miyagishima
OccupationDesign engineer
Years active1954–2009

Early years

Miyagishima was born in Gardena, California in 1928. He had one brother and two sisters. His parents had immigrated from Shizuoka in Japan.[2]

Miyagishima grew up in Long Beach and Terminal Island. He was attending junior high school in 1941 when World War II began, and was able to avoid the Japanese American internment by moving to Utah to live with relatives. He graduated from Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah.[2]


He worked for Panavision from 1954 until his retirement in 2009, by which time he was Senior Vice-President of Engineering.[1]

His first project was the Super Panatar projection lens in 1955.[3] He helped develop Panavision's Primo Series of lenses, used for films including Empire of the Sun; these lenses received Academy and Emmy awards.[1][4] He received the Fuji Gold Medal in 1991 for his single autofocusing anamorphic camera lens.[4] He also worked on Panavision's Panaflex Motion Picture Camera System and Auto Panatar anamorphic photographic lens.[4] With Albert Saiki, he developed an award-winning Eyepiece Leveler.[4]

Miyagishima died in 2011, aged 83. Panavision's T-series line of anamorphic lenses, introduced in 2016, are named in his honor.[5]


He received the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from AMPAS in 1999, and the Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on February 12, 2005.[2] In 1999 he also received the American Society of Cinematographers' President's Award, shared with Albert Mayer.[4] He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.


  1. ^ a b c Giardina, Carolyn (August 5, 2011). "Takuo "Tak" Miyagishima Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ a b c Wakamoto, Carl. "Takuo Miyagishima: An Oscar Recipient's Legacy". UCLA International Institute. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Panavision Mourns the Loss of Takuo Miyagishima, One of its First Employees". TV Technology. August 10, 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Baisley, Sarah (December 29, 2004). "Takuo Miyagishima to Receive First Oscar in 2005". Animation World Network. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. ^ Fauer, Jon. "Dan Sasaki: Panavision VP of Optical Engineering". Film & Digital Times. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
84th Academy Awards

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Davis High School (Utah)

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Gordon E. Sawyer Award

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John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation upon the recommendation of its Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. The medal is awarded with a citation reading "in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy." The inaugural Medal of Commendation was given at the 50th Academy Awards, in April 1978, and is given irregularly.

List of Asian Academy Award winners and nominees

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This list is current as of the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards which were announced on January 24, 2017.


Miyagishima is a Japanese surname.


Takuo (written: 卓雄, 拓央 or 択生) is a masculine Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:

Takuo Godō (伍堂 卓雄, 1877–1956), Japanese naval architect, Imperial Japanese Navy admiral and government minister

Takuo Kawamura (川村 拓央), Japanese voice actor

Takuo Kojima (小島 卓雄), Japanese astronomer

Takuo Miyagishima (died 2011), design engineer

Takuo Ōkubo (大久保 択生, born 1989), Japanese footballer

Takuo Yuasa (湯浅 卓雄, born 1949), Japanese conductor

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