Oscars joy for Josh after stint on hit sci-fi film

Josh with two of the Oscar statues given to the visual effects team
Josh with two of the Oscar statues given to the visual effects team
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A CREATIVE techno whizz-kid has swapped the Old Town for the Oscars after he was recognised for his work on one of last year’s hit films.

Josh Lawson may not have made it to the Hollywood ceremony – yet – but the former Grove and St Paul’s pupil was able to pose with the famous statues his team won for their work on sci-fi thriller Inception.

Having also won a BAFTA, last Sunday’s best visual effects Academy Award capped a remarkable few weeks for visual effects editor Josh and his colleagues at Double Negative, and he told the Observer this week that it is still sinking in.

“It has been a little bit weird,” he admitted. “Working on Inception was amazing but it was really hush hush so I wasn’t allowed to say anything to anyone about it. There was about two months of real lock down when we were just getting sent shots with no sound. But I think as it went on we realised it might be something special. I remember working for hours on the Paris folding scene - that took an enormous amount of time and was really heavy.

“It was trial by fire really,” he admits.

Josh has just finished working on the Simon Pegg film, Paul, and is now concentrating on a new project which he is not allowed to discuss. But he is hoping the Inception team will have a big party to celebrate their Oscars success, and admits his journey from Vicarage Road to the cutting edge of the British film industry has been a rollercoaster.

“It is strange but it proves that if you have a passion and work really hard then anything is possible.

“There is actually a few people from Hastings who work at the company - I was shocked there were so many.”

His mum Patricia and stepdad Jason Kind are over-the-moon with his triumph. Mrs Lawson said: “We are so proud of him – I remember when he first said he wanted to do graphics and we thought ‘What are you going to do with that?’

“It just shows if you work hard then you can get to the top and I hope it inspires other kids in Hastings as well.”