Emmys: 5 Contenders to Watch in Crafts Categories
See what it takes to create a throne made of swords or replicate hairstyles from the 1960s.
Production designer, Game of Thrones (HBO)
"How do you do a throne that doesn't look like every other throne? We wanted to give it that kind of primordial feeling, nevermind medieval. It was made up of all these armaments, and it had been breathed on by the dragon. We had a huge pile of individual swords that we wove and put together, and it just sort of grew in prop maker Gavin Jones' prop room."
Costume designer, The Borgias (Showtime)
"For me, the inspiration is always the paintings of the era. Luckily, in the Renaissance, we have a lot of iconography. I look heavily at painters' books, sketchings and drawings and choose fabrics and garnishments that match. The toughest part was when I first arrived in Budapest to start making all the costumes. The best part was when we finally started shooting and I could see the result. Then I calmed down."
Hairdresser, Mad Men (AMC)
"Matt Weiner is very strict about everyone cutting their hair regularly -- for the men, once a week. Joan's hair is the most elaborate of all the characters, but we put the most thought into Peggy's. Her styles have evolved the most. The hardest part is finding hairdressers who can do hair from that period. It's hard to do clean, nice work -- and quickly. It takes awhile to get into the rhythm."
Choreographer, Glee (Fox)
"It's tricky. We have some great dancers -- and we, of course, have some not-great dancers. When Ryan Murphy said, 'The football team is doing "Single Ladies," ' I was like, 'Oh, shit, that's a really hard dance routine.' And [actor] Mark Salling walked in, and it was like: 'Hey, Mark, good to meet you. You're doing "Single Ladies." ' And he was like, 'No I'm not.' There was a bit of resistance. But once we brought all the dancers in, he got the joke, and he did it."
Casting director, Shameless (Showtime)
"I didn't watch the British series at all; I wanted it to feel fresh and American. John Wells was also clear that there needed to be a believable roughness to everybody. Between N.Y., L.A. and Chicago, we saw 500 actors for the kids. And Emmy Rossum pursued us; she wanted this part. She auditioned on tape. She is beautiful but so willing to have no vanity whatsoever."