Stargate Atlantis Visual Effects Rick Shick Gets Emmy Nod

Rick Shick, the Grand Blanc-bred film and TV special effects artist, is going Saturday night to, he quips, “where the non-pretty people go.”

That is, he and his wife, Meg, are headed to the Emmys, but not the glitzy show that honors prime-time TV. Saturday’s big night is the Creative Arts Emmys, at which technical and other behind-the-scenes achievements are honored in Los Angeles.

One of those honored achievements is Shick’s. He’s one of eight members of the effects team from the Fox show “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” outstanding special visual effects for a series. The competition includes teams from the SciFi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” and “Stargate Atlantis,” NBC’s ” Heroes,” the CBS show “Jericho” and the Discovery Channel documentary “Human Body: Pushing the Limits.”

If there’s one thing you can be sure of at an Emmy show, it’s that there are a lot of nominees to be announced and statuettes to be handed out, but Shick is proud of the honor – whether he’ll win or not – anyway.

“There’s no more of a self-congratulatory group of people than those in the entertainment industry,” he said this week via phone, “but for something to do on a Saturday night, it (attending the ceremony) should be fun.”

Highlights of Saturday’s Emmy event will air Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. on E! The 60th annual Primetime Emmys air live Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Among the 39-year-old Shick’s recent credits are the films “I Am Legend,” “Superman Returns” and “Speed Racer” and the TV series “CSI: Las Vegas.”