Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Emmy Post 3

Today’s Creative Arts categories will be Directing for Nonfiction Programming, Hairstyling, Interactive Television, Lighting Design, Main Title Design, Makeup, Music, and Nonfiction.

Directing for Nonfiction Programming.

Directing for Nonfiction Programming


  • Gasland, HBO
  • American Masters – “A Letter To Elia/Reflecting On Kazan”, PBS
  • The Amazing Race – “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win”, CBS
  • Top Chef – “Give Me Your Huddled Masses”, Bravo
  • Becoming Chaz, OWN

My Vote: Top Chef. I actually saw this episode.

Hairstyling. There are three subcategories for Hairstyling: Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series, Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special, and Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie

Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series


  • Boardwalk Empire, “Boardwalk Empire (Pilot)”
  • Mad Men, “Hands And Knees”
  • Glee, “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle”
  • Game Of Thrones, “A Golden Crown”
  • Mad Men, “Christmas Comes But Once A Year”

My Vote: Mad Men or Game Of Thrones. I will lean towards Mad Men because of the style and personality requirements needed for the decade and the show.

Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special


  • America’s Got Talent, “Episode 529”
  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Anne Hathway”
  • The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway
  • Dancing With The Stars, “Episode 1106”
  • iCarly, “iStart A Fan War”

My Vote: Interesting nominees. I would give it to SNL or Dancing With The Stars. But now I wonder what the Pee-Wee show entailed…

Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie


  • Mildred Pierce
  • The Kennedys
  • Cinema Verite
  • The Pillars Of The Earth

My Vote: The Pillars Of The Earth. I think doing convincing hairstyles for this period in addition to different social class levels would be difficult.

Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. I’m not really sure what this is. I’m assuming it’s dealing with websites of the shows. However, I don’t participate in any voting shows (except for a couple of times on Biggest Loser).

Creative Achievement in Interactive Media


  • Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy Sync
  • Fringe: Division
  • Oscar Digital Experience
  • Conan O’Brien Presents: Team Coco

My Vote: Fringe. I bet the website is as awesome as the show.

Lighting Design. There are two subcategories for Lighting Design: Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series and Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. I think Lighting Design is a crucial element to any televised media; however, I will admit that I have not developed an educated eye for it. As such, take the following opinion as a novice’s view.

Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series


  • American Idol, “Finale”
  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Justin Timberlake”
  • Dancing With The Stars, “Episode 1204A”
  • Conan, “Love Gets Liposuctioned”
  • So You Think You Can Dance, “Season 7 Finale (Part 2)”
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live, “Michel Gondry Directs”

My Vote: I can understand the difficulty of lighting multiple moving objects in the cases of DWTS and SYTYCD, but I can’t bring myself to award dancing shows. It seems horrible to me, just awful that we would reward something so worthless. So, SNL it is.

Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special


  • Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden
  • 83rd Annual Academy Awards
  • The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

My Vote: No. We are not giving out awards to other awards shows. That’s stupid, nepotistic, and incestuous. Congratulations, Lady GaGa.

Main Title Design. Yes! What a wonderful category. The main title design and sequence can be the very first thing a viewer will see, orienting them and introducing them to an entire world, and thus has to be done expertly. I strongly encourage you to check out The Art of the Title Sequence, a great blog that dissects the main title sequence and offers insightful interviews with the designers. Check out some of the opening sequences.

Main Title Design


My Vote: Rubicon. A lot of you probably don’t know what Rubicon is. Rubicon was an AMC show that aired for one season earlier this year that was about a national security think tank. Instead of focusing on the more adventurous outings of a secret agent, this series took the point of view of an analyst who slowly uncovers a conspiracy. The show had a slow start, but ended with a strong finish and should have been given a second season. Alas, the ratings did not agree. I only wish Rubicon had gotten its second season instead of The Killing. Honorable mention is Any Human Heart which seems to share the same aesthetic as the Catch Me If You Can sequence with a dash of Saul Bass.

Makeup. Kind of self-explanatory. There a four subcategories below.

Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic)


  • Mildred Pierce
  • The Kennedys
  • Cinema Verite
  • The Pillars Of The Earth

My Vote: The Kennedys.

Makeup for Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)


  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Jon Hamm”
  • The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway
  • iCarly, “iStart A Fan War”
  • Dancing With The Stars, “Episode 1205”
  • How I Met Your Mother, “Bad News”

My Vote: Ok, this is the second nomination for Pee-Wee Herman. I’m going to have to check this out. Anyway, HIMYM gets it.

Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)


  • Boardwalk Empire, “Boardwalk Empire (Pilot)”
  • True Blood, “9 Crimes”
  • Mad Men, “The Rejected”
  • Glee, “The Rocky Horror Glee Show”
  • Game Of Thrones, “Winter Is Coming (Pilot)”

My Vote: Hmm. There are a lot of good nominees here. I don’t know. I don’t remember seeing True Blood anywhere else, let’s throw something their way.

Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Prosthetic)


  • Glee, “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle”
  • The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye”
  • The Cape, “Razer”
  • Grey’s Anatomy, “Superfreak”
  • Game Of Thrones, “A Golden Crown”

My Vote: Clearly, the prosthetic award has to go the zombies of The Walking Dead, but I think it would be hilarious if The Cape actually won an Emmy award considering how ridiculously bad the show was.

Music. Also kind of self-explanatory. There are blank subcategories

Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score)


  • Mildred Pierce, “Part Five”
  • The Pillars Of The Earth, “Anarchy”
  • Any Human Heart (Masterpiece), “Part 2”
  • Sherlock: A Study In Pink (Masterpiece)
  • Thurgood

My Vote: Sherlock. This was a fun episode and the music added a lot to it.

Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)


  • Family Guy, “Road To The North Pole”
  • American Masters, “John Muir In The New World”
  • The Simpsons, “Treehouse Of Horror XXI”
  • Family Guy, “And Then There Were Fewer”
  • 30 Rock, “100”

My Vote: 30 Rock…just because.

Music Direction


  • 83rd Annual Academy Awards
  • Hitman Returns: David Foster And Friends (Great Performances)
  • The Kennedy Center Honors
  • An Evening Of Stars: Tribute To Chaka Khan
  • Harry Connick, Jr., In Concert On Broadway (Great Performances)
  • 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

My Vote: I actually record the Great Performances off PBS and the Harry Connick concert was pretty good. Let’s give it to him. (Do we really need a tribute to Chaka Khan? Really?)

Original Main Title Theme Music


My Vote: I think The Borgias and Camelot themes sound similar not only to each other but to better themes I’ve heard before. The Kennedys is boring and sounds like a poor man’s Born On The Fourth Of July theme. Mildred Pierce’s theme is more introspective and mature. However, Episodes theme is performed by trombone. Episodes wins.

Original Music and Lyrics


  • Family Guy, “Road To The North Pole” (Song Title: Christmas Is Killing Us)
  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Jeff Bridges” (Song Title: I Just Had Sex)
  • Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced, (Song Title: An American Prayer – Hymn II?)
  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Justin Timberlake” (Song Title: Justin Timberlake Monologue)
  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Tina Fey” (Song Title: Jack Sparrow)
  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Justin Timberlake” (Song Title: 3-Way (The Golden Rule))

My Vote: I really like I Just Had Sex and Jack Sparrow, but I will have to give it to Jack Sparrow for Michael Bolton poking fun at himself and dressing in those disturbing costumes.

Nonfiction. There are two subcategories; Nonfiction Series and Nonfiction Special

Nonfiction Series


  • Moguls & Movie Stars
  • Biography
  • American Masters
  • 30 For 30
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
  • Pioneers Of Television

My Vote: Um, I’m at a loss here. So, let’s spin the wheel…ok. 30 For 30 it is!

Nonfiction Special


  • Jaws: The Inside Story
  • His Way
  • Becoming Chaz
  • Stand Up To Cancer
  • Gettysburg

My Vote: History Channel usually does a good job. Congratulations, Gettysburg!

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