One year after winning his first Emmy Award, Kapalua resident Jess Craven was nominated for his second.
Affectionately titled "Craven Composite," his nominated work includes shows from Oceanic Time Warner Cable's OC16 and a music video for Maui singer and songwriter Anuhea. He was nominated in the Photographer-Program (Non-News) category last week for the 42nd Northern California Area Emmy Awards in San Francisco.
"It was a big honor to get nominated again," he said in phone call last week. "I didn't expect it. It was a really big honor to get recognized by my peers."
Kapalua resident Jess Craven was nominated for his second Emmy Award last week for the 42nd Northern California Area Emmy Awards in San Francisco. His work includes shows from Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s OC16 and a music video for Maui singer and songwriter Anuhea.
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Jess Craven (right) and host Lynnea Barry review a take while shooting the OC16 show “Golfing Thru . . . Hawaii.”
Hosts Barry and Olivier Saquet are filmed, while producer Matthew Robinson holds a light reflector.
Craven, 32, filmed and edited two shows for the cable network, primarily on Maui. He was previously honored for the cable shows' first season, and the nominated work includes new material from the two shows.
"Self Made in Hawaii" was almost exclusively shot on the island and includes interviews of small-business owners and self-made entrepreneurs. Segments also included financial advice from Trevor Tokishi, executive vice president at the Valley Isle Community Federal Credit Union, and a search for the best job in Hawaii.
Although the show was hosted by Maui resident Gerilyn Snow Emata, Craven was the director, producer, cameraman and editor of all the shows.
"It was basically me and my camera," he said of the half-hour shows that ran for two seasons from 2010 to 2012. "If we were lucky we'd have an assistant and two cameras, but it was mostly just me and the host."
In "Golfing Thru . . . Hawaii," he worked as the cinematographer with producers and fellow Maui residents Matthew Robinson and Olivier Saquet. Hosted by Saquet and Lynnea Barry, the half-hour show travels across the state to highlight golf courses, resorts and other tourist activities.
The show was recently picked up by an international distribution company and may be shown worldwide, Craven said.
"It's almost like a travel show-slash-golf show," he said. "I really learned a lot about the technical job behind the production."
After graduating from Whittier College in Southern California with a focus in business, he moved to Maui in 2003 with limited experience in television and media production.
"I never really cared about the production," he said. "I was really into the business. It was later that I really fell in love with the filming aspect. . . . I never imagined I'd do such a thing.
"I always loved photography, but there was so much more to it: the preplanning, the shot listing, etc.," he said.
The two shows won Craven an Emmy award last year in the same category, but the music video was "completely different," he said. The video is included as part of the nominated material this year.
"That was probably the most fun I've had on set ever," he said of the filming for Anuhea's music video "Higher Than the Clouds."
Anuhea "brought a whole bunch of people from Oahu, and we filmed from Haleakala to Paia," he said. "There was a beach scene. We were filming out of a car above the road in Hookipa. We had a party scene at Paia Inn. . . . It was basically a love story shot on Maui."
While Craven was responsible for nearly everything on the OC16 shows, the music video project was different. For it, he served as director alongside several producers, associate producers and cameramen. He even had a team of makeup and wardrobe workers.
"Things go so much faster when you have so many people," he said. "It was awesome."
Since the conclusion of his work on the two shows and music video, the Northern California native has embarked on a new venture, co-founding an interactive media company with Maui entrepreneur Arben Kryeziu in January.
NoKaOi Lifestyle uses digital interactive media for businesses to market themselves to the public, Craven said.
"We want to make these videos and get them to the people," he said. "We really want to do something special on the production side and utilize rich media for businesses."
Kryeziu, founder of Bump Networks, a technology company specializing in Web and mobile design and development, has an office in Kahului, and Craven said they are looking to add another office for their latest company.
"The amount of talent on Maui is amazing," he said. "The producers are so talented and have taught me so much. Honestly, you don't necessarily think that Maui has the opportunities to work on the island, so it's amazing to see the level of talent."
The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held June 15 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
* Chris Sugidono can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.