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Setting the Mood ~ James Pierce Connelly

Setting the Mood ~ James Pierce Connelly

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James Pierce Connelly joins us on the red carpet at the Emmy®Creative Arts Awards. He works production design on The Voice seen on NBC. Each year brings on new aesthetics for the set design on The Voice.

Working together with the directors, crew while keeping the audience and contestants in mind they develop a set that provides the sensory experience.

The anxiousness, nerves, and competition felt in the set design. His focus with the set design is taking the story and style of the environment to experience. This draws the audience, crew, and more into the full feeling.

Connelly’s background provides him with the visual aesthetics on stage to convey the feelings, beauty, and functionality. His parents were architect and art teacher. He participated in theater in High School and graduated from college with a fine art degree.

He faces new challenges with every new season on the set. He sees behavior is the result of environment plus personality. He sees the artists’ personality journeying through the hallways and The Voice brand as the environment. There are real stories with each artist. The set creates the feelings and storytelling. This is how he focuses the set design each season.

The new set takes a team effort, without changing the spinning chairs. He is grateful for the team he is working with on the show. He has served on the Peer Group at the Television Academy since 2008 and is on the Academy Governor’s Board. His talent and insight to aesthetics bring this Emmy winner to the Creative Arts Awards again.

The Voice took home 2 Emmys at The Emmys® for Outstanding Lighting Design Lighting Direction For a Variety Series and Outstanding Reality Competition Program.

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69th Emmys® Awards Nominations ~ Congratulations

69th Emmys® Awards Nominations ~ Congratulations

69th Emmys® announce this year’s nominees. It is a year filled with a huge expansion in television.  “It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth,” said Washington. “The Emmy® Awards competition experienced a 15 percent increase in submissions for this year’s initial nomination round of online voting.”

This year there are a few surprises, snubs, and record-breaking nominations. The streaming channels and originals shows are demonstrating strong talent against traditional televisions. HBO tops the nominations with 111 nominations. Westworldfirst season on HBO, has 22 nominations. Netflix has a total of 91 nominations.

Some of the unexpected nominations include Saturday Night Live, receiving 22 nominations, including 9 nominations for acting. Big Little Lies (HBO series after a bidding war with Netflix) with Reese Witherspoon 16 nominations. Best Drama Series 5 of the 7 nominations are first-timers: Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things,  and This Is Us.

A few other surprises are:

  • Best Drama Actress Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
  • Best Drama Supporting Actress Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Drama Supporting Actor  David Harbour, Stranger Things

The year did have is snubs. Games of Thrones, receiving 38 Emmys® in the past, did not qualify for the nominations this season. Lena Dunham did not receive a nomination for her last year on Girls. 

Congrats to just a few of our favorite shows:

RuPaul Emmys® Creative Arts Red Carpet
RuPaul Emmys® Creative Arts Red Carpet

RuPaul’s Drag Race 8 nominations

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Emmy's Creative Arts 2017 Red Carpet 4Chion LIfestyle
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet

Project Runway 5 nominations

Carrie Ann Inaba Emmy's Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet 4chion Lifestyle
Carrie Ann Inaba Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet

Dancing With The Stars 7 nominations

The Chef’s Table 2 nominations

Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet
Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet

Archer 1 nomination

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Lance Lim School of Rock Nickelodeon Emmys®

School of Rock 1 Nomination 

Anthony Bourdain Emmy's Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet 4Chion Lifestyle
Anthony Bourdain Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown 5 nominations

Rachel Bloom Emmys Red Carpet 4Chion Lifestyle
Rachel Bloom Emmys® Red Carpet

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1 nomination

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Lily Tomlin Emmys® Red Carpet

Grace and Frankie 3 nominations

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson Emmys@ Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet 4Chion Lifestyle
Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson Emmys@ Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet

Bill Nye 2 nominations

Neil deGrasse Tyson 1 nomination

What are your favorite television shows or binge-watching series? Leave your comment here.

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Carrie Preston ~ Grateful and Humbled

Carrie Preston ~ Grateful and Humbled

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Carrie Preston joins us on the red carpet at The Emmys® Creative Arts Awards. She is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series as Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife. This is her second nomination. She was awarded an Emmys® for her role as Elsbeth Tascioni in 2013.

Elsbeth is her favorite character to date. She says, “She allowed for me to be creative. She is not like anyone else on television, a character that is unexpected. She is the joker in the deck. When I saw her on the page I saw how I could make it work. It was a creative challenge.”

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Preston and her husband Michael Emerson, also an actor, are pretty down to earth as a couple. She said, “This is what we do, we are artists, remaining grateful and humble for the opportunities we get in this industry. We don’t see ourselves as any different from others. He is very sweet and supportive. He made me breakfast this morning and brought me flowers.”

Her key to a successful day for her is meditating and walking my dog. This allows for her to envision the day in her mind. She has a rescue poodle mix that is adorable.

Preston’s wore a gown designed by Rani Zakhem, earrings by Maxior and styling by Production Show Room. She is voted best dressed at the Emmys® Creative Arts day 1 by our staff.

The Good Wife Emmys® nominations are Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series, Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, and Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series.

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Robert Duncan ~ Improvising

Robert Duncan ~ Improvising

 

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Robert Duncan joins us on the red carpet at The Emmys® Creative Arts Awards. He is the composer for The Whispers main title. This is his fourth Emmys® nomination.

Duncan became interested in television themes while taking piano lessons at a young age. He would try to figure out the themes during his practice time. He enjoyed learning music by ear. His ear training leads to figuring out what the chords were for the theme songs of his favorite shows.

His teacher would ask, “Duncan did you practice your lessons?” He would respond, “no, but you can teach me to improvise.” Many of his piano lessons included improvising.

Improvising provides insight into working in the studio when composing music for television shows for Duncan. “The picture is the roadmap,” he says. The process is watching a scene or two from the show. He said, “I work through the score by sorting through what is good and throwing away the rest. I never know what it is going to sound like when starting the music composition. There is a lot of editing.”

Music, he goes on, to explain is the psychological connection for visual media. He looks for that common denominator when creating music for mass audiences. Music can make people feel certain emotions. Musical acupuncture notes and tones help with scoring music for specific scenes, themes, and moments.

He has composed for many series: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Vanished, and Castle. He is honored for the nomination in this category. It goes back to his childhood and the days of piano practicing and lessons.

Duncan just welcomed a baby 14 days ago. This is his sixth child. He success each day is sleep and a bit of panic to get going for the day. He loves being locked in his studio with Facebook off.

Duncan looks dapper in a Tom Ford tuxedo.

The Whispers nomination is 1 Emmys® for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

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Never Worked a Day In My Life ~ Johnny Simmons

Never Worked a Day In My Life ~ Johnny Simmons

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Johnny Simmons joins us on the red carpet at The Emmy® Creative Arts Awards. He nomination is for Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series for Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn on Nickelodeon.

He loves working on set with the crew. The show is fun. It is about quadrupled with nothing in common and often get into trouble. He loves telling a story that this lasting and brings laughter. simmons says, “It is a lot of fun to get behind the camera to create the story.”

Simmons started with still photography, moved to music videos, documentaries, commercials, long-form television, and now multi-camera shows. He said, “the best advice to anyone starting out start with still photography.” His work includes: Richard Prior Here and Now, Selma, Lord Selma, and The Tracy Morgan Show.

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He makes each day successful by not going to work. Simmons said, “It has always been fun. The collaboration with the crew, cast, and team members involved is like one big happy family. They moving towards one goal to entertain people, how it looks, and how the story is told. It is a wonderful opportunity.”

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn awarded one Emmy® for Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series. Congratulations Johnny Simmons on your Emmy.

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My Name Is ~ Diane Warren

My Name Is ~ Diane Warren

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Lady Gaga is preparing for the biggest show in sports, the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The practices and song list not released to the press at this time. This classically trained musician will present a top performance. The stakes for any performance are high. There is nothing comparing to Lady Gaga and Diane Warren’s 2016 Oscars performance ‘Til It Happens to You.

This song was the theme song,  The Hunting Ground, a film about multiple students who allegedly sexually assaulted at college campuses, and there claims ignored or required to navigate a complex academic bureaucracy addressing their claims. This collaboration nominated for an 88th Oscars MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. We meet Diane Warren, at the Creative Arts Emmys®.

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Diane Warren’s award-winning music writing started early in life. One of her first songs was Solitaire and Hot Night, for Ghostbusters. She has worked for decades creating award-winning music.

She states, “this song became something more than ever expected. Listening to the stories of these victims compelled me to write the song. I want this song to be the inspiration to all going through a difficult time.”  We talked about the moment at the Oscars® when the victims filled the stage. The emotion that filled the room as they stood to share their message of being a victim written on their arms. She said, “It was a moment to listen and feel.”

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Backstage Emmys® Creative Arts Awards Diane Warren

Diane Warren is the recipient of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, at The Emmys®.  She said, “I am a bit overwhelmed at this moment.” This song has carried this message to many sexual assault victims and many more.

“‘Til it happens to you, you won’t know
It won’t be real (how could you know?)
No it won’t be real (how could you know?)
Won’t know how it feels.” (‘Til It Happens To You)

The statistics, “Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.” (RANN).

“If nothing changes, more than 100,000 college students will be sexually assaulted in the upcoming school year.” (Kilpatrick, Resnick, Ruggiero, Conoscenti, McCauley (2007) The Hunting Ground)

Resources:

National Sexual Assault Line 1-800-656-Hope

notalone.gov

seeactstop.org

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Time Behind The Scenes ~ Gary Kordan

Time Behind The Scenes ~ Gary Kordan

Gary Kordan and his wife, Justine Ungaro, join us on the red carpet at the Emmy® Creative Arts Awards. Kordan provides production design on Key & Peele on Comedy Central.

Kordan and his wife wear matching colors (black) and leather for their red carpet looks. They are a successful busy creative couple. They manage their busy lives very well. Ungaro is a professional photographer just returning from Lake Tahoe to attend The Emmy Creative Arts. She states, “It is easy for us to match our entire closet is black including the closet itself.” She is excited about the evening events and thrilled for her husband’s nomination.

Kordan started his career working at CBS. He got the positions while attending college for visual arts in New York City. He saw a flyer on a bulletin board at school. It stated that CBS was looking for an intern. He took the flyer because he wanted to be the only one applying. He interviewed and is hired for the Joan Rivers’ Show.

The show needed visuals about two weeks into the internship, Joan Rivers said, “Make the art student intern do that.” That was his first credit in production on television. Kordan states, “Joan Rivers was so supportive. She was someone to look up to and admire. She was there for you. If an up and coming artist needed food, cab fare, or scarf she was right there.” Kordan learned a lot from the experience.

This was 25 years ago. He uses those lessons to help many shows with his creativity. He enjoys the intensity on Key & Peele. Kordan breaks down the set requests, design, get approvals, find locations, and research for each set. There are two sets designed each day totaling 10 designs a week. The team travels all over the LA area to set up the designs and film the series.

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Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet Gary Kordan and his wife.

His success for every day is wearing black, #wewearblack. He must dress the part for ruffling feathers, being demanding, and self-confident. Kordan states, “I wear black like my role model, Johnny Cash. This is Kordan’s first Emmy nomination.

Key & Peele nominated for 7 Emmys this year. They include: Outstanding Art Direction For Variety or Music Program, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Outstanding hairstylist For Multi-Camera Series or Special, Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Editing For Variety Programming, Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series, and Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

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