Filipinos honored at the Creative Arts Emmys

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Sep 12 2011 04:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 13 2011 12:34 AM

LOS ANGELES, California - Filipino-American choreographer Napoleon D'umo with wife Tabitha won at the Creative Emmys for their outstanding work on TV dance contest "So You Think You Can Dance."

Napoleon credited the Filipino side of his family for his love of dancing.

"You know last time, I remember interviewing with you and I was just so excited. I was like, 'We're nominated. I'm so excited. I can't believe it.' Then I remember you asked, ‘Do you care if you win?' I don't care if we win, I'm just so happy to be nominated. But when we sat down last time, I grabbed her hand and I said, 'I think I wanna win,'" Napoleon said.

"Growing up, going to parties, karaoke and back up dances - it's working for us."

The Creative Arts Awards Night spotlights the best in technical achievements in television, and is held a week before TV's biggest night, the Primetime Emmys.

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Filipino-American Anthony Ocampo says he is elated over Creative Arts Emmys nomination.

University of the Philippines graduate Anthony Ocampo was nominated for his work as the lead visual effects animator in the TV series "The Walking Dead.”

"Ginawa ko 'yung mga 3D zombies for ‘Walking Dead', especially the gory stuff, the guts, the entrails and the walking zombies. I also did the action for the zombies where they did the motion capture," shared Ocampo.

Ocampo immigrated to the US in 2000, not expecting to be an overnight success.

"When I got here, instantly they put me on big shows where I had to do photo-realistic 3D. I was blown away. I had to hit the ground running," he said.

Ocampo has already won a visual effects society award and continues to work on popular shows like "Pan Am" and "Grey's Anatomy," where he got his first Emmy nod in 2007.

Though he didn't win, Ocampo is thankful for the chance to continue thriving in a field that he loves.

He said he owes much of his success to the training he got in the Philippines.

"We just love art a lot and we also don't take anything for granted. We push ourselves really hard," he said.

Ocampo said growing up, he had no idea that one day he will get to walk the red carpet with Hollywood celebrities.

Though the Creative Arts Emmys focuses on technical categories, stars attend because acting awards are also given during the ceremony.

One of the nominees, "Glee" guest star Dot-Marie Jones, was happy to get a chance to thank her many Filipino fans who reach out to her on Twitter.

"To the Philippines, thank you so much for your support. Your words mean more than you can imagine," Jones said.

In recent years, the Creative Arts Emmys have honored other Filipinos working behind the scenes like visual artist Meliza Fermin, animators Joe Mateo and Jess Espanola, proving how great the Filipinos are doing in Hollywood.