Washington couple scores big on films

Published 8:06 pm Sunday, August 31, 2008

By Staff
STRS Productions Inc. has received 18 film awards
Newsroom Manager
They keep collecting awards for their work.
Emily and Blake Scott of Washington have only made three nature films; but, they have garnered 18 international awards for their blossoming work.
They do their work in a painstakingly patient manner — they sit and wait for the animals to show them what the animals do in their everyday lives.
He said it took a year and a half to film their first film. Altogether, he said they amassed 36 hours of video during that time.
The Scotts’ technique of filming is quite interesting.
He said they do not bait areas to lure animals to a place for filming. He said they do not hide from animals nor do they sneak up on them.
Their first two films, “A Winter Day — Lake Mattamuskeet,” copyrighted in 2006, and “A Winter Day — Pungo Lake,” copyrighted in 2008, got them really going, they said.
Blake Scott knows his music — his career has revolved around music. The couple own and operate a recording studio and have recorded stars like the late Wolfman Jack, all on location in Washington.
The award winning exploded after each films’ release and the Scotts’ company, STRS Productions Inc. is already up for five awards just after the recent release of “Refuge — Mattamuskeet,” their third film, which was filmed on location at Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County.
The Scotts say they love their work.
In their first film, their filming was primarily on the east side of Mattamuskeet Lake. In their second film, their filming was primarily on the Pungo Lake unit of the Pocosin Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
But, in their third film, they filmed throughout most of the area in and around Lake Mattamuskeet.
They have won Telly Awards, Vidographer Awards, DV Awards and AEGIS Awards.
And, they are not just winning one or two, they are winning several from these major award agencies.
That is how they got started, she said.
But, when she did, she did not find anything.
They are thankful to Bruce Freske, manager of the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.
They said Lewis Forrest at the Mattamuskeet Foundation and Howard Phillips, who is associated with Pocosin Lakes, have been very helpful also.
To see more of what they do, their Web site can be found at www.refugewildlife.com
The Scotts and Ernest Marshall write their scripts.
They are going to do a Refuge series. They are working on “Refuge — Pocosin Lakes” now.
The Refuge series has a narrator, Denise Kelly.
Their DVD hardcopies have a still photographer, Amber Scott, their daughter.