‘Legend’ Begg named latest recipient of BAFTA Scotland craft award

AN award celebrating ‘craft’ in television and filmmaking in Scotland has named a visual effects supervisor as its latest recipient.

Steven Begg is to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Craft Award run by the Scottish division of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which was set up in memory of the late Robert McCann, a make-up artist from Glasgow.

Says BAFTA, in its announcement, Begg, “bridges the digital and practical work of visual effects”, not least by “shooting miniatures, then enhancing with CG in post-production”.

The award comes ahead of a main BAFTA Scotland ceremony, taking place in Glasgow on Sunday.

The BAFTA announcement quotes Alan de Pellette, acting director, BAFTA Scotland, as saying: “BAFTA Scotland is delighted to present the Outstanding Contribution to Craft Award to Steven Begg who has worked in the industry for 27 years. His experience is unparalleled and as VFX supervisor he has worked on titles such as Skyfall, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Red Dwarf and Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

“Steven is a ‘legend’ among colleagues from the ‘old school era’ of effects production and he is hugely valued by filmmakers across the globe. BAFTA Scotland is proud to be able to honour Steven for the incredible career he has had to date.”