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Me & My Emmy
May 17, 2016

Me and My Emmy: Jeffrey Jur

  • Corey Nickols

How He Got the Gold: For outstanding cinematography for a miniseries or movie, for HBO's Bessie (2015), and for cinematography on a single-camera series, for HBO's Carnivale (2004)

Now for the Noms: Another for cinematography for Carnivale (2005)

At First Glance: "A film class in high school gave me a real voice, a way to express myself that was so clear. It's been a pretty straight line from there to here."

Big-Top Stop: "Carnivale was an epic experience — to be on those amazing sets, with so much depth and so many elements to work with. It felt like all my skill and technique came into play on that show."

Jazz Pizzazz: "We wanted to show how the music in Bessie [Smith's] difficult life was her salvation, something beautiful but real, not slick or produced. It was about energy and authenticity, and a raw, colorful feel."

Total Recall: "It's important to stay true to the vision you first saw when you read the scripts, and to understand what each crewperson can offer you and how to get what you need done for each setup. I like to be open to everyone's good ideas. And to remember what I liked as a fan, sitting in a theater or at home — except now I get to make the images I want to see."

Emmy Memory: "I thought my head was going to explode when I heard my name called the first time! Mostly I was thrilled because my father was at the ceremony. I was so touched that I could share that with him."

Golden Glow: "The Emmys do make me smile — it's lovely after 30 years in Hollywood. Yet I still feel I have to continue to prove my worth."

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