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Me & My Emmy
March 29, 2014

Me and My Emmy: Steven Silver

Admiring his father's work with film as a child sparked a love for motion picture with cinematographer Steven Silver – and 3 trips to the Primetime Emmys winners stage.

  • Steven Silver

    Steven Silver

Primetime Emmy Tally: Three

How He Got the Gold: In 2007, 2011 and 2012, for outstanding cinematography for a multi-camera series, for CBS’s Two and a Half Men.

Now for the Noms: Five more cinematography noms for Two and a Half Men, 2004–06, 2010 and 2013.

Right Light: “Since we are illuminating so many positions for our actors in a limited space, light tends to spill over and wash out the romantic moodiness of our beautifully designed sets. Our challenge is to keep the actors looking rich while shooting from multiple angles.”

Just Beachy: “I’ve lived most of my life in Malibu and have a really good sense of what that is. When I found out the show was set in Malibu, I made sure to bring in a similar quality of light and embraced the world that I know to drive the look of the show.”

Life’s Love: “My love for cinematography began when I was a young boy. My father was a radiologist and used Kodak X-ray film in his work. Each year Kodak’s rep would show up with a box of Super 8 film and a new movie camera and projector. I took advantage of that perk and began to shoot my own movies.”

Emmy Memory: “The win in 2012 was even more meaningful when my 7-year-old son accompanied me to accept the award. On stage I asked him if he would ever bring me on stage with him if he won a big award. He said no, to the amusement of the audience.”

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