When 18-year-old director Nick Shaw learned from his mom that he won the regional student Emmy award on June 11 for his film “The Muffin Man,” he was shocked.
“Won what?” Shaw said.
Angela Shaw, watching the ceremony on TV, was the first to learn her son’s film had won and called him with the results. Shaw and the rest of the members of cast and crew were thrilled when they learned of their award because they were unable to attend the ceremony near Seattle.
Shaw attends the Vancouver School of the Arts and Academics. He was nominated for the High School Award of Excellence given by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science.
Competing against one other team in his category, Shaw, who normally is confident about his films, admits he was worried about the stiff competition. He said he saw some of the other teams films calling them “decent.”
“Muffin Man” is a comedy about a man, played by student Alex Gavlick, who can turn any food into a muffin, but when he misuses his powers, things go wrong.
Shaw wrote and edited the film as well as directing it. He hoped competing would give his name exposure in film circles.
This is the second award Shaw has received for this film. It also took first place in the George Fox University scholarship competition.
Shaw will be attending George Fox in Newberg, Ore., in the fall to pursue film production.
In the meantime, he’ll be entering a film in the Young People’s Film Festival put on by the nwFilmCenter and hopes to continue entering competitions.
“(I’ll) definitely do more if other ones come up,” Shaw said.