Background Info On The 2021 Production Design Emmy Nominees

The Outstanding Production Design nominations for the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards have been announced. We are thrilled that Rosco Backdrops played a role in so many of the projects nominated for 2021 Production Design Emmy Awards. The list below highlights the filmmakers that worked with our Rosco Digital Imaging team to create the background imagery for their projects.

NOTE: If you click on the image, you can see a wide-width version of one of the backdrop image files created for each of the 2021 Production Design nominees.


2021 Production Design Emmy nominee - Halston.
HALSTON

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program

Production Designer: Mark Ricker
Art Director: Nithya Shrinivasan

The production design team used a 200’ long Custom Day/Night SoftDrop to re-create 1980s Midtown Manhattan for this period limited series on Netflix.

If you’d like to learn more about this project, please read our Rosco Spectrum Blog article.


2021 Production Design Emmy nominee - Perry Mason.
PERRY MASON

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program

Production Designer: John Goldsmith
Art Director: Chris Farmer

Three Custom Day/Night SoftDrops were used on this set. Two of them created the front and back yard for a rural, 1930s, residential setting.

If you’d like to learn more about Production Designer John Goldsmith’s 1930s Los Angeles set design, you can read this article in Variety


2021 Production Design Emmy nominee - Mare of Easttown.
MARE OF EASTTOWN

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program

Production Designer: Keith P. Cunningham
Art Director: James F. Truesdale

The filmmakers used three Custom SoftDrops and a selection of Rental Backdrops to create the suburban and the working-class commercial areas needed for their Easttown set design.

To learn more about how the production design team created the look of Mare of Easttown, read this Below The Line Magazine interview with Production Designer Keith Cunningham.


2021 Production Design Emmy nominee - The Flight Attendant.
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program

Production Designer: Sara K White
Art Director: Christine Foley

This series about a globe-trotting flight attendant used Several Custom SoftDrops to establish their locations. The filmmakers used them to re-create Bangkok, Rome, and the exterior of Cassie’s NYC apartment on their soundstage.

If you’d like to learn more about this set design, you can read this ProductionHub interview with Production Designer Sara K White.


2021 Production Design Emmy nominee - The Handmaid's Tale
THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program

Production Designer: Elisabeth Williams
Art Director: Martha Sparrow

For season four of the popular Hulu series, the filmmakers used three Custom Day/Night SoftDrops to create the backgrounds for their upscale, Gilead set designs. Two of the drops used the same background image, but we worked with the production design team to digitally alter the image in order to create both a summer and winter setting.

Rosco also supplied a Gilead SoftDrop for their season three set design, which you can read about in this Rosco Spectrum Blog article.


THE UNDOING

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program

Production Designer: Lester Cohen
Art Director: Doug Huszti

Two Custom SoftDrops were used to create New York City outside of the windows of their set designs. Make sure you click the image to see how one of the drops helped establish the Central Park location for the Frazer townhouse.

You can read this interview in Below the Line Magazine to learn more about the set design for The Undoing.


HACKS

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (Half-Hour)

Production Designer: Jon Carlos
Art Director: James Bolenbaugh

The production design team rented four Rosco Backdrops to create the background imagery for this HBO series.

Click on the text links below to learn more about each of the Rosco Rental Backdrops they used:

BACKDROP #L0148
Lake With Palm Trees & Arches (Shown)

BACKDROP #S0126
Las Vegas Strip

BACKDROP #L0211
Desert Canyons

BACKDROP #L0164
Salt Flats With Mountains


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Joel Svendsen

About Joel Svendsen

Content Marketing Manager: Joel's Rosco career began in Rosco's Hollywood office in 1999 – first in sales covering the Western US and the Los Angeles Film & Television market, and then as Product Manager for Rosco's Film & Television Products. Joel's knowledge about Rosco's products and how they're used in each of our different marketplaces makes him well suited for bringing the stories in Spectrum to life.