Yellowknifer nets Emmy nomination for Ice Road camera work
A Yellowknife-based cameraman may be bringing an Emmy trophy north from Hollywood next week, as part of a camera crew nominated for its work on the U.S. hit TV show Ice Road Truckers.
Terry Woolf is the only northerner on the team that shot the History Channel series, now in its second season.
"I started looking [at the invitation], and I realized, well, it's nominated for cinematography. I was part of the team that did that," Woolf said Friday in an interview with CBC News.
"So, I started to think about it more and more and realized that maybe I should go."
The Ice Road Truckers team is up against cinematographers from HBO, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Showtime in the outstanding cinematography for non-fiction programming category.
That award will be presented Sept. 13 at the Emmys' creative arts ceremony.
Since its debut last year, Ice Road Truckers has followed truck drivers hauling big industrial loads on the fragile winter ice roads of the Northwest Territories.
The show's first season was filmed in Yellowknife while the second season was done from Inuvik, N.W.T.
As the lone person from northern Canada on the show's camera crew, Woolf said he gave his Los Angeles-based colleagues some notes on how to survive the frigid winters in Canada's North.
"I think the first week that they were shooting, a bunch of them came over for supper, and we were sitting there, and they all said, 'Those notes were right on.' So that was kind of nice, you know, to know that I've learned one thing or two up here," Woolf said.
"They shot some really good stuff, and there's some pretty pictures in it — really pretty pictures shot under, by their standards, pretty strenuous circumstances."
Woolf said he had originally intended not to attend the Emmy ceremony in Los Angeles, given the expensive airfare from Yellowknife. But the territorial government has offered to help pay his airfare, as he represents the Northwest Territories.
"The one thing I will say about the Ice Road show, it's done more to promote Yellowknife and the North than just about anything, any other initiative I've seen," he said.
"You can go anywhere in the world. People go to Jamaica, and they say they've run into people who say, 'Oh, you're from Yellowknife? Ice Road Truckers!' So it's good to help promote that kind of thing, I guess."