Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations!

We’d like to congratulate all nominees for this year’s Art Directors Guild Awards. We’d especially like to congratulate all of the nominated productions we’ve worked with in the past year; Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Gotham, The Knick, True Detective, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Fargo, House of Lies, Modern Family, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

To see a complete list of nominees, click here.

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2014

ONE-HOUR Period or Fantasy
SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Episode: Golden Days for Boys and Girls
Production Designer: Bill Groom
Set Decorator: Carol Silverman
GAME OF THRONES
Episodes: The Laws of Gods and Men, The Mountain and the Viper
Production Designer: Deborah Riley
Set Decorator: Robert Cameron
GOTHAM
Episodes: Pilot, Selina Kyle, Arkham
Production Designer: Doug Kraner
Set Decorators: Regina Graves
Andrew Baseman
MAD MEN
Episode: Time Zones
Production Designer: Dan Bishop
Set Decorator: Claudette Didul
THE KNICK
Episodes: Method and Madness, Working Late A Lot
Production Designer: Howard Cummings
Set Decorator: Regina Graves

 

ONE-HOUR CONTEMPORARY
SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES
HOMELAND
Episode: The Drone Queen
Production Designer: John D Kretschmer
Set Decorator: Andrew McCarthy
HOUSE OF CARDS
Episode: Chapter 18
Production Designer: Steve Arnold
Set Decorator: Tiffany Zappulla
JUSTIFIED
Episodes: A Murder of Crowes, Wrong Roads, The Toll
Production Designer: Dave Blass
Set Decorator: Shauna Aronson
THE NEWSROOM
Episodes: Boston, Main Justice, Contempt
Production Designer: Karen Steward
Set Decorator: Sandy Struth
TRUE DETECTIVE
Episodes: Pilot, Selina Kyle, Arkham
Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando
Set Decorator: Cynthia Anne Slagter

 

TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Freak Show
Episode: Massacres and Matinees
Production Designer: Mark Worthington
Set Decorator: Cynthia Anne Slagter
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY
Episode: Unafraid of the Dark
Production Designer: Seth Reed
Set Decorators: NONE CREDITED
FARGO
Episode: The Crocodiles Dilemma
Production Designer: John Blackie
Set Decorator: Paul Healy
HOUDINI
Episodes: part 1, Part 2
Production Designer: Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Set Decorator: Melanie Baker
SHERLOCK
Episode: His Last Vow
Production Designer: Arwel W Jones
Set Decorator: Hannah Nicholson

 

HALF-HOUR SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES
CALIFORNIFICATION
Episodes: Faith, Hope, Love; Like Father Like Son: Kickoff
Production Designer: Ray Yamagata
Set Decorator: Tim Stepeck
HOUSE OF LIES
Episode: Wreckage, Middlegame, Zha-Moreng
Production Designer: Ray Yamagata
Set Decorator: Tim Stepeck
MODERN FAMILY
Episodes: Halloween 3: Awesomeland, Marco Polo, Won’t You Be Our Neighbor
Production Designer: Claire Bennett
Set Decorator: Michael Voelker
SILICON VALLEY
Episodes: Articles of Incorporation, Signaling Risk, Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency
Production Designer: Richard Toyon
Set Decorator: Cindy Slagter
VEEP
Episodes: Clovis, Special Relationship, Debate
Production Designer: Jim Gloster
Set Decorator: Jennifer Engel

MULTI-CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Episode: How Your Mother Met Me
Production Designer: Steve Olson
Set Decorator: Susan Eschelbach
MIKE & MOLLY
Episodes: Mike & Molly’s Excellent Adventure, The Dice Lady Cometh
Production Designer: John Shaffner
Set Decorator: Lynda Burbank
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Episodes: The Locomotive Manipulation, The Convention Conundrum, The Status Quo Combustion
Production Designer: John Shaffner
Set Decorator: Ann Shea
THE MILLERS
Episodes: You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings, Man; ConTroversy, Papa Was a Rolling Bone
Production Designer: Glenda Rovello
Set Decorator: Bryan John Venegas
UNDATABLE
Episode: Pilot
Production Designer: Cabot McMullen
Set Decorator: Amber Haley

100 Brains Go Missing From University of Texas

Yesterday making headlines there was a story proclaiming 100 brains mysteriously went missing from the University of Texas at Austin. These specimens were stored in the basement of the Animal Resources Center. Rumors were pranksters had stolen the brains over the years, as they had been in storage since the 1990s.

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Real brains, from the book “Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital,” showing the kind of specimens missing from the University of Texas at Austin. (New York Times)

Interested in brains? Buy some from Dapper Cadaver! We make a life-size prop brain which looks just like the real thing. We’ve also got budget brains and if you’re looking for something ultra realistic we sell sheep brains in specimen jars.

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Lifesize Brain, Foam Rubber $55

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Brain Prop, Medium $10.50

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Specimen Jar, 32oz, Sheep Brain $35

Today the New York Times released an article stating the brains had been disposed of in 2002. Some are still skeptical and “the university will investigate why some of the specimens were disposed of and how all of them had been handled since the university received the collection” (New York Times).

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/us/university-texas-austin-brains-missing.html?_r=0

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Congratulations to the 2014 Emmy Winners!

We would like to congratulate all of the Emmy Winners and Nominees in the field of Art Direction!

A very special congratulations goes out to those who we’ve worked with in the past year; Boardwalk Empire, House of Lies, True Blood, True Detective, American Horror Story: Coven, Masters of Sex, The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family.

Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series :

Game Of Thrones-WINNER
Deborah Riley, Production Designer
Paul Ghirardani, Art Director
Rob Cameron, Set Decorator

House Of Cards
Steve Arnold, Production Designer
Halina Gebarowicz, Art Director
Tiffany Zappulla, Set Decorator

Justified
Dave Blass, Production Designer
Oana Bogdan, Art Director
Shauna Aronson, Set Decorator

True Blood
Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer
Cat Smith, Art Director
Ron V. Franco, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

True Detective
Alex DiGerlando, Production Designer
Mara LePere-Schloop, Art Director
Tim Beach, Art Director
Cynthia Slagter, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A Period Series, Miniseries Or A Movie:

American Horror Story: Coven
Mark Worthington, Production Designer
Andrew Murdock, Art Director
Ellen Brill, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

Boardwalk Empire-WINNER
Bill Groom, Production Designer
Adam Scher, Art Director
Carol Silverman, Set Decorator

Downton Abbey
Donal Woods, Production Designer
Mark Kebby, Art Director
Gina Cromwell, Set Decorator

Mad Men
Dan Bishop, Production Designer
Shanna Starzyk, Art Director
Claudette Didul, Set Decorator

Masters Of Sex
Andrew Jackness, Production Designer
Kevin Rupnik, Art Director
Ellen Christiansen, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Program:

The Big Bang Theory
John Shaffner, Production Designer
Francoise Cherry-Cohen, Art Director
Ann Shea, Set Decorator

House Of Lies-WINNER
Ray Yamagata, Production Designer
Chikako Suzuki, Art Director
Tim Stepeck, Set Decorator

Modern Family
Claire Bennett, Production Designer
Sam Kramer, Art Director
Brian Kasch, Set Decorator

Silicon Valley
Richard Toyon, Production Designer
L.J. Houdyshell, Art Director
Cynthia Slagter, Set Decorator

Veep
Jim Gloster, Production Designer
Sharon Davis, Art Director
Jennifer Engel, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program:

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Seth Reed, Production Designer
Johnny Jos, Art Director

The Oscars-WINNER
Derek McLane, Production Designer
Joe Celli, Art Director
Gloria Lamb, Art Director

Portlandia
Tyler Robinson, Production Designer
Schuyler Telleen, Art Director
Katherine Isom, Set Decorator

Saturday Night Live
Eugene Lee, Production Designer
Akira Yoshimura, Production Designer
Keith Ian Raywood, Production Designer
N. Joseph DeTullio, Production Designer

Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening
Ceremony
George Tsypin, Production Designer
Rob Bissinger, Art Director

The Voice
Anton Goss, Production Designer
James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer
Zeya Maurer, Art Director
Lydia Smyth, Art Director
Kristen O’Malley, Set Decorator

Complete List of Nominees and Winners

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Odd News: Revisiting a Voodoo Hex

Here at Dapper Cadaver, we tend to catch ourselves talking about some odd topics. Today’s topic was Voodoo.

Found on the blog Report From the Florida Zone an article states that back in 1998 a woman was arrested in Florida for some questionable Voodoo practices. How did this play out? First, a hand washes up on the shore of the Manatee River. Police successfully fingerprint the hand belonging to a long dead and supposedly buried individual who had died months before. Upon exhumation authorities discovered that all of the organs in the body had been replaced with Voodoo dolls and crumpled notes. Even freakier? Each doll had a name of a funeral home in the area etched on it and one with a name of a man. Written on the note was, “be gone and may you rot in your grave…Curse him as I curse him, spoil him as I spoil him, by the fire at night.” Detectives discovered the only funeral home not mentioned was that of an individual named Paula Green-Albritton, an unlicensed embalmer and Voodoo queen. The man on the other note, her ex-husband.

A little more research unveiled this documentary about the case. It is seriously worth the watch. Warning: there are real police images of bodies and body parts.

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Mummified Alchemy Hand $60

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Mystic Hand $18

The practices in question were called “Helping Hand” and according to the documentary relates to the symbolism of the hand in many religions. If you’re interested in more things odd we’ve got some curiosities at the shop suited just for that.

Green was arrested and charged with one year in prison however she never served her sentence. Why? Well, a news article from the time states the officer questioning her was taped stating she wouldn’t be charged if the rituals in question were performed for a religious purpose and therefore all video of her confession had to be dismissed.

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Deluxe Shrunken Head $120

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Taxidermy Monkey Paw $20

What do you think of this? Have any other stories worth a share? Let us know in the comments below!