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Emmy Watch: Bridgerton Costume Designers Ellen Mirojnick and John W. Glaser III

August 2021
Emmy Watch: <em>Bridgerton</em> Costume Designers Ellen Mirojnick and John W. Glaser III

It surprised absolutely no one that the Netflix sensation Bridgerton snagged 12 Emmy nominations, but if – in some alternate universe we don’t want to visit — it had received only one nomination, it would have been for Outstanding Period Costumes. Right? Right.  The show’s costumes popped visually on screen and complemented the personalities... »

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Posted in Costume Design, Featured, Television |

The Nevers: Scanline VFX Supervisor Justin Mitchell on his Emmy-Nominated Visual Effects

August 2021
<em>The Nevers</em>: Scanline VFX Supervisor Justin Mitchell on his Emmy-Nominated Visual Effects

The Nevers is complicated, complex and fantastical, with aliens blessing/cursing “touched” ladies in Victorian London with kickass powers. Only, the men don’t welcome the freshly empowered women. In fact, they hunt them down. Enter a touched, butt-kicking tandem, Amalia (Laura Donnelly) and Penance (Ann Skelly), who defend and shelter the gifted but endangered “orphans.” ... »

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Posted in Featured, Interviews, Television, Visual FX |

Making the Scene: VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet on The Boys’ Episode 203 Speedboat Chase

June 2021
Making the Scene: VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet on <em>The Boys</em>’ Episode 203 Speedboat Chase

Season Two of The Boys was packed to the gills with holy-sh-t moments. Fans went particularly bonkers for a sequence in Episode Three, “Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men.” In it, the Boys — Billy (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), Frenchie (Tomer Capone), Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), and Mother’s Milk (Laz... »

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Posted in Featured, Making the Scene, Television, Visual FX |

Emmy Watch: Yellowstone Stunt Coordinator Jason Rodriguez

June 2021
Emmy Watch: <em>Yellowstone</em> Stunt Coordinator Jason Rodriguez

Cows, cars, buffalo, horses, boats, bulls, and more, Jason Rodriguez juggles them all – safely and to great effect, as Stunt Coordinator on the Paramount Network series Yellowstone. Taylor Sheridan created the contemporary Western, has written and produced all 30 episodes to date, and directed nine of them, while Kevin Costner heads up the... »

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Posted in Emmy Watch, Featured, Interviews, Stunts, Television |

Contender Profile: Costume Designer Laura Jean Shannon on The Boys‘ Super Outfits

June 2021
Contender Profile: Costume Designer Laura Jean Shannon on <em>The Boys</em>‘ Super Outfits

“I think I’ve always been inspired to do what I do,” explains Laura Jean Shannon, who goes by “LJ” and is a Costume Designer who counts among her credits Requiem for a Dream, Iron Man, Black Lightning, Stargirl, Doom Patrol, and The Boys. “And then, when it appeared to me that what I do... »

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Posted in Costume Design, Crafts, Featured, For Your Consideration, Interviews, Television |

Emmy Watch: The Boys VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet on Giving The Seven Their Powers

June 2021
Emmy Watch: <em>The Boys</em> VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet on Giving The Seven Their Powers

Stephan Fleet is living the dream, just a different dream than he initially anticipated. Fleet serves as Visual Effects Supervisor on The Boys, and counts among his prior credits Timeless, Iron Fist, Daredevil, Under the Dome, Big Love, No Ordinary Family, House, and his first-ever VFX gig, the 2008 reboot of Knight Rider.  But... »

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Posted in Contender Portfolios, Emmy Watch, Featured, Television, Visual FX |

The Underground Railroad Editor Joi McMillon on Creating History with Barry Jenkins

June 2021
<em>The Underground Railroad</em> Editor Joi McMillon on Creating History with Barry Jenkins

“I feel like there’s just so many elements to the job of being an editor,” says Joi McMillon. “I think the thing that really encompasses what an editor’s job is, is to be a storyteller, and for us to curate the experience for the audience, so not only are they engaged in the story... »

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Posted in Contender Portfolios, Editing, Emmy Watch, Featured, Television |

Emmy Watch: Production Designer John Blackie on The Good Lord Bird

June 2021
Emmy Watch: Production Designer John Blackie on <em>The Good Lord Bird</em>

“When I was a kid, my mission was to go out and find a great place in the woods and build a fort,” says veteran film and television Production Designer John Blackie. “I’d go and get all the kids in the neighborhood interested in it, tell them what to do, and build the fort.... »

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