Picture perfect: Hamline alum wins MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects

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While he didn't quite grab the attention Miley Cyrus did with her racy performance antics, a graduate of Hamline University still came away a big winner at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Hamline announced on Twitter that Derek Johnson, a 2003 Theatre graduate took the VMA for Best Visual Effects for the "Safe and Sound" music video by the pop group Capital Cities.

Johnson, who won the award with his collaborators Grady Hall and Jonathan Wu, told Hamline online that it was his job "to find the people who were going to make the video happen," because when he started, the only people attached to work on it were the director and creative director.

The "Safe and Sound" video features more than 70 dancers, and the visual effects work included head replacement and complex representations of different eras of dancers.

Hamline said the team that worked on the visual effects included designers, animators, compositors, among many others.

The Hollywood Reporter has a complete list of the winners of the 2013 VMAs.

See Capital Cities' video for "Safe and Sound" below.

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