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University for the Creative Arts graduate Scott Dawkins from Whitstable celebrates Oscars success for special effects in Gravity

03 March 2014
by Jamie Bullen

A former Kent student has paid tribute to his lecturers after his firm won an Oscar for best visual effects on space thriller Gravity last night.

Scott Dawkins, who grew up in Whitstable, worked alongside colleagues at Framestore to help create the film's stunning special effects.

He says he woke up today to discover his phone "lit up like a Christmas tree" as congratulations on his Hollywood success flooded in.

Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock

Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock

The award was one of seven for director Alfonso Cuaron's picture starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

The 26-year-old graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in 2008 with a degree in CG Arts and Animation and says the course inspired him to achieve success.

Scott said: "We knew it was going to be big, interesting we had that feeling. To find out we had the VFX Oscar was a big thing. We will be celebrating throughout the day.

"That's where everything started. That CGI and arts course had some brilliant lectures and still has brilliant lecturers on the course.

"They inspired me to keep going and want it more and more."

Scott Dawkins, from Whitstable, works at Framestore

Scott Dawkins, from Whitstable, works at Framestore

Scott, who is head of paint and roto at Framestore, also says he owes a debt of gratitude to his parents who kept believing in him.

He added: "My family knew how tough it can be coming from a seaside town to try and make it in the big city and even when I doubted myself they kept me going.

"If you have the drive to do what you want especially in a creative industry keep that at the forefront of your mind and surround yourself with people who want you to succeed."

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