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 must be felt in the set design. His focus with set design is taking the story and style from environment to experience. This draws the audience, crew, and more into the full feeling.
Connelly’s background provides him with the vision 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 personality of the artists journeying through 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 brings this Emmy winner to the Creative Arts Awards again.
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