We are thrilled to announce that DNEG was recognised last night at the 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards with the award for ‘Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role’ for our work on the critically acclaimed series ‘Chernobyl’ for HBO/Sky.
DNEG VFX Supervisor Max Dennison and VFX Producer Clare Cheetham were amongst DNEG’s Emmy Award winners, which included Laura Bethencourt Montes, Steven Godfrey, Luke Letkey, Christian Waite and William Foulser. Also recognised with the award were Overall VFX Producer Lindsay McFarlane and Special Effects Supervisor Claudius Christian Rauch.
‘Chernobyl’, the five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatises the events of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, vividly retelling the story of the sacrifices made to save Europe and its people from unimaginable disaster.
DNEG’s TV VFX team delivered around 550 visual effects shots for the series that included creating the RBMK-type nuclear reactor building inside and out, developing complex destruction and smoke simulations, and researching and designing never-before-seen shots, such as the look down into the burning reactor core. Many of the VFX shots had live-action plate integration, but there were also full CG shots which had to seamlessly match the tone, style and feel of the surrounding drama shots.
The ‘Chernobyl’ crew was competing against our own ‘Catch-22’ team, ‘Deadwood: The Movie’, ‘Escape at Dannemora’ and ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’.
In addition to the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role’, ‘Chernobyl’ won another six awards last night for ‘Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Series Or Movie’, ‘Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score)’, ‘Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special’, ‘Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Limited Series Or Movie’, ‘Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More)’, and ‘Outstanding Cinematography For A Limited Series Or Movie’.