On this episode I speak with Production Designer Brain Stonestreet. Brian’s career is jammed packed with huge live programs. Brian designs the sets for the perfomances for live events such as The Grammy’s, The Golden Globe Awards, The Soul Train Awards, The BET Hip-Hop Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, The Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. He also has Production Designed The Kennedy Center Honors, Al Pacino and George Clooney An American Cinematheque Tributes, and more. He has Won 3 Primetime Emmy Awards, 2 Art Directors Guild Awards and another 26 nominations!. So I knew that he did these shows but when I really looked at sets for the performances he has designed.. It’s incredible. Moving parts and coordinating the artist and the lighting… and it’s live! Just some ….SOME of the amazing performances he has designed for Luciano Pavarotti, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Elton John, Madonna - multiple times, Alicia Keys, U2, Prince and Beyoncé, The White Stripes, Adele, Foo Fighters, Sting, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Amy Winehouse, John Fogerty, John Legend, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand. And that’s just the ones I like! The design of his Kennedy Center Honors class include Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, and Brian Wilson, Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney, and Oprah Winfrey.
This is a fascinating interview at least it was for me, I really learned a lot from this. We talk about designing challenges for these live shows in the age of Coronavirus. In fact, the BET awards are this Sunday, June 28th.
Tune in to see his designs!