August 18, 2008


Most recently, the company provided custom image processing services for the live action 3D film, Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Demos received the 2006 Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime technical achievement from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He was a leader in computer-generated images in the early 1970s, and began working on the processing and compression of high-resolution images by the late 1980s.
A graduate of the California Institute of Technology, Demos began his career in 1972 when he created computer-generated images for a television program called Search. From 1974-81 he was a scientist for Information International, where he contributed to the development of high-speed film scanners and recorders that were used during the production of Futureworld, Looker and Tron.
Demos and John Whitney, Jr., organized Digital Productions in 1981, where they pioneered the use of a Cray supercomputer for creating digital visual effects on such projects as The Last Starfighter and 2010. In 1988, Demos founded DemoGraFX and began working on high-resolution digital image compression for moving images, and image processing and formats for high definition and beyond.
Demos and his colleagues earned Technical Achievement Awards from the Academy in 1985 for breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery; in 1995 for pioneering work with digital film scanning; and in 1996 for advancements in digital film compositing systems. He has been working as an independent scientist on personal and government projects since 2004, developing new codec technology.