Four of the five Emmy nominees for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a TV Series were for projects produced in BC. "Stargate Universe" received two nominations in the visual effects category, while "V" and "Caprica" also received nominations. Another Vancouver-made pilot, "Virtuality", was nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For a Miniseries, Movie or Special.
The Stargate Universe team led by visual-effects supervisor Mark Savela was nominated twice for two of their first-season episodes. Stargate has its own in-house visual-effects unit, and also contracts work out to Vancouver companies Atmosphere Visual Effects, Darkroom Digital and Image Engine.
According to Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Savela, "for a show like Season 1 of Stargate Universe, we averaged 100 shots per episode. That's like doing 2,000 shots over the course of 10 months. It's kind of like doing a mini-feature every couple of weeks." For Savela, "these nominations bring attention to the quality of work that is done here. The talent pool of digital artists here is phenomenal. I wouldn't want to work anywhere else."
Also among the technical Emmy nominations, which were awarded in Los Angeles on August 21st, was Vancouver stunt co-ordinator Dean Choe, nominated for his work on the action-comedy TV series "Human Target". As well, Vancouver-based makeup artist Todd Masters was nominated for his work in the Louisiana-filmed TV series "True Blood". The BC Film Commission would like to congratulate all of this year's BC Emmy Award nominees.