Special effects guru’s Emmy honour for TV work

Graham Stott, from Long Crendon, with his Emmy award
Graham Stott, from Long Crendon, with his Emmy award

A special effects guru has picked up an Emmy award for his work on a special History Channel programme, ‘World War II from Space’.

Graham Stott, of Long Crendon, travelled to New York with colleagues after the show was nominated in the ‘Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction’ category and to their delight they were announced as the winners.

Father-of-three Mr Stott has done visual effects for award-winning shows before, but this was the first time he has been named as part of the winning team and been able to take home the prize.

The 38 year old said: “When we got the nomination that was a massive shock.

“You hope for these things but you never think it’s going to happen.

“As we sat there at the ceremony it all unfolded in front of us and it was one of those rather bizarre moments.

“We all went up on stage and it was a very strange sort of feeling.”

The team were up until the early hours celebrating but Mr Stott says it has taken a while for their success to sink in.

The Emmy is taking pride of place on Mr Stott’s mantelpiece and he says it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

The show itself told the story of the Second World War from a unique perspective, using special effects created by Mr Stott and his team to give viewers insight on some of America’s key moments in the conflict.

In his role as visual effects supervisor, Mr Stott was given around 70 minutes of narration to produce images for.

He said: “The volume of shots we had to do was the real difficulty.

“Seventy minutes of CG is a heck of a task with hundreds of shots.

“It was all tailored to what the director wanted and took about eight months to do.

“You can’t put your finger on which jobs will give you anything back (in terms of awards). It’s one of those things you can’t predict.”

Mr Stott has previously worked on programmes including the BBC’s Battlefield Britain and the company he now works for, Prime Focus, is set to work on a ‘gold standard’ natural history programme.

Mr Stott has been in the industry for more than 10 years, starting off working on 2D projects before moving onto 3D work.

He said: “I was studying video production and I couldn’t get a job in that.

“I was doing 3D design and graphics at home and started doing some freelance work and before I knew it I was in the visual effects industry.”