Star Trek: Discovery wins 2021 Creative Arts Emmy for visual effects in "Su'Kal"
SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 - Congratulations are in order for the visual effects team of Star Trek: Discovery, who took home a Creative Arts Emmy during this past weekend’s award ceremony honoring technical and artistic achievement in television production. The Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Single Episode was awarded for the episode “Su’Kal,” which took the crew of the Discovery deep into a visually striking holographic world in search of answers to a galactic mystery.
The Emmy Awards website listed all the members of Discovery’s effects team who were credited in the win, headed up by lead VFX supervisor Jason Michael Zimmerman:
Jason Michael Zimmerman, Supervising Producer/Lead VFX Supervisor
Ante Dekovic, VFX Supervisor
Aleksandra Kochoska, VFX Producer
Charles Collyer, Lead VFX Artist
Alexander Wood, On Set VFX Supervisor
Ivan Kondrup Jensen, VFX Supervisor Ghost VFX
Kristen Prahl, VFX Producer Ghost VFX
Toni Pykalaniemi, VFX Supervisor DNEG
Leslie Chung, VFX Supervisor Crafty Apes
Cast, crew, and fans of Star Trek: Discovery were vocal on social media in their praise of the VFX team, with Anthony Rapp putting it simply and succinctly on Twitter: ”You guys kick such ass all the time. I’m so glad your team’s efforts were recognized in this way.”
One Discovery VFX team member, Shawn Ewashko, had pointed out in a tweet that the effects for this episode were accomplished during quarantine, making the victory that much more meaningful.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be broadcast Saturday, September 18th at 8pm. Tune in and celebrate with the Star Trek: Discovery team!