Self-described "scruffy Australian" Raoul Marks can now call himself an Emmy winner.
Fremantle-raised Marks picked up a gong for outstanding main title design for his work on the haunting opening credits of HBO drama True Detective at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles yesterday.
The 31-year-old was part of a duo that created the opening sequence for the hit TV series that stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
The sequence was Marks' and director Patrick Clair's first pitch to Hollywood, with the duo beating four experienced US-based firms.
They designed the sequence out of their small Sydney studio where Marks has been based for the past three years.
Marks, who will also attend the main ceremony next week, told AAA the experience had been surreal.
"I'm beyond amazed," Marks said from LA. "Tuxedo shopping in Beverly Hills seems a very long way from beers and loud music at Mojos."
He said the win was not just for them but for the wider Australian design community.
"Such an amazing feeling being honored by the Academy," Marks said.
"We feel very lucky to have had the chance to work on such a great show. This is a huge win for us but also for the wider Australian design community.
"It shows that good work can be made anywhere and we aren't limited by our distance. It'd be great to see more and more quality motion design coming out of Australia."