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Former Moose Javian, Tyler Weiss, is nominated with Zoic Studios for the outstanding special and visual effects Emmy Award for their work on television show, The 100. Photo submitted by Tyler Weiss. 

"I found out through my email. I had people congratulating me before I even found out," said Weiss. 

, a post-apocalytic drama series that airs on The CW. 

On July 10, Zoic Studios was nominated for outstanding special and visual effects, putting them up against Game of Thrones,COSMOS: A SpaceTime OdysseyAlmost Human, and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

"This nomination means that our team has been recognized in the industry for our hard work this past season. It puts a spotlight on the studio and the crew. It's definitely a big deal for us," said Weiss. 

The 100 takes place 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization and a spaceship housing humanity sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in an attempt to re-populate the planet. Weiss along with his team were responsible for helping create this dystopian world. 

"The world had been well developed in the mind of the show creator, Jason Rothenberg, and we collaborated with him to make that vision a reality," said Weiss. "The work was challenging but our team was up for it. Creating creatures including a two-headed deer, a mutant panther and radioactive butterflies and elaborate spacecraft, made the experience rewarding."

Weiss didn't start off his career as a visual effects producer. 

He was born and bred in Moose Jaw and went to the University of Saskatchewan to study music. then to Toronto to study sound design. 

In 2007, he moved to Vancouver because he wanted a change and to start a new career in film. 

After seven short years, he turned his dream into reality and has an Emmy nomination to prove it. 

"It's working out pretty nicely," he said.

Although he hasn't been home recently, he still considers Moose Jaw his home. 

"I haven't been back in a while but I grew up in Moose Jaw, so I guess every day I'm inspired by it in some kind of way.". 

Up next for Weiss is his continued work with Zoic Studios. 

"Thanks to the fans, I am currently working on season two of The 100. Going for the Emmy again, of course."

For this year's nomination he would like to thank Zoic Studios and his parents who still live in Moose Jaw. 

"I would also like to thank my wife and seven month old daughter for putting up with my long days."

The 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards takes place on Aug. 16 and the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards takes place on Aug. 25. 

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes. 

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