It wasn’t easy to keep up with the amount of great television content that aired over the past year, and this week’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards showcased the level of quality seen across broadcast, cable, and streaming services. Voters had a tough job with shows like Breaking Bad, True Detective, and Game of Thrones sharing multiple categories, and following the event we were proud to see that 20 Full Sail graduates participated in the production of these and seven other winning projects.
Among their involvement, two alumni from the Recording Arts program received individual Creative Arts Emmys. Nathan Nance (2005) won a statue in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), which honored his role as re-recording mixer on House of Cards. Brett Voss (2003) was recognized for his role as Foley mixer on the Bravo series Black Sails, which took Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.
Brett was also Foley mixer for Game of Thrones, winner of Outstanding Costumes for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects, Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single Camera), and Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or Special.
AMC’s Breaking Bad finished its final season on a high note, scoring Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and three of the four major dramatic acting awards. On hand for the show’s New Mexico shoot was 2010 Film graduate Seth Rems, production assistant for the locations department.
The debut season of True Detective won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and featured four Film alumni on crew – Joe Hagg (production secretary), Harry Limauro (assistant production coordinator), Kristin Peterman (production assistant), and 2010 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee Steve Cainas (production coordinator).
Speaking about his time on the HBO series, Steve explained, “True Detective was the best and most memorable 100 filming days in my career. Unlike episodic television, we had one director lead the vision from start to finish, allowing it to flow like a great film.”
The third season of the popular FX series American Horror Story was another notable winner, with Jessica Lange honored as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, and Kathy Bates receiving Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. 2006 Recording Arts graduate Judah Getz worked as ADR mixer on the anthology, and talked about his audio work when we caught him during the show’s previous season.
Blacklist received a nod for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie, and its shoot included Ricky Moson (Film and Entertainment Business graduate) as props assistant. In the animation world, The Simpsons won for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, with 1990 Recording Arts graduate David Betancourt as production mixer on its audio team.
Notable live events were also recognized with Emmys, including the 2014 Winter Olympics: Opening Ceremony, which won Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special. Nine alumni worked in different roles to help deliver its global broadcast. Finally, Film grad Sean Englert was a production assistant on the 67th Tony Awards, winner of Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Special Class Program, and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
The hours of programming these projects represent make you wish for more time in the day, and we’d like to congratulate the Full Sail alumni whose work went into producing both the winners and nominees at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys. With a fresh television season about to start, it might be a good time to start clearing some room on your DVR for the next round of new series and returning favorites.