Sigurjón Friðrik Garðarsson received an Emmy award last weekend as a member of a team from Stormborn Studios. The team won the award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode for their work on the miniseries Five Days at Memorial on Apple TV+.
The team was chosen from a pool of nominees including popular shows like Wednesday, Ted Lasso and The Umbrella Academy. Sigurjón did not attend the ceremony himself, but watched from home, Vísir reports. “This project came to us two and a half years ago or thereabouts,” Sigurjón said. “It’s about the few days at Memorial hospital in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit and the city flooded. Our job was to make the city look submerged.”
Teamwork key to the success
A number of Icelanders have received Emmy recognition in the past, including composers Hildur Guðnadóttir and Ólafur Arnalds. Sigurjón’s role in Stormborn Studios’ team was that of a compositing supervisor. “My job is to make the image look believable, both technically and artistically,” he explained. “I’m sort of a link to the visual effects supervisor who in turn is in contact with the director and producer.”
Sigurjón said that a project of this scale requires teamwork and that many people were involved. “We’re a fairly small studio compared to many others in the field so it’s very fun that the little guy gets recognised as well,” he said, adding that he hasn’t quite taken in the honour yet. “But it’s a great recognition of what we’ve been doing and our work as a team.”