Star Wars Uncut — Emmy Winner

When a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences called 26-year-old Web developer Casey Pugh five months ago and told him he should apply for an Emmy award, Pugh wasn’t sure what to make of it.

“At the time I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ It didn’t seem possible,” said Pugh, the creator of Star Wars Uncut, an online project that invited “Star Wars” fans to submit their own versions of 15-second scenes from the movie and then pieced the scenes together again.

But despite his initial disbelief, Pugh now has a golden statuette, won this weekend at the creative arts portion of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Attending the awards ceremony was a surreal experience, even if it wasn’t the big Primetime Emmys show, Pugh said. In addition to thanking a few people during his brief acceptance speech, “I said something … like ‘I guess the Force was with us,’” he said.

The Star Wars Uncut team was allowed to apply because the end result of the project is a film, “so technically it’s made for broadcast,” Pugh said.

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