Long Island, New York
|Occupation||Artist / Director / Producer|
Daniel Flannery (born 1952) is an American artist, creative producer, theatre director, scenographer, film/television director, director of photography and lighting designer.
Illusion was a grand opera scale live production show in Changzhou, China. Flannery was commissioned in 2013 to create this show incorporating 3D stereoscopic scenography as a featured element of the show. The stage and house was wrapped with LED walls upon which 3D stereoscopic CGI completed the scenography. The audience wore active 3D glasses and the effect was true immersion. The production featured an international cast of 100 performers.
Flannery directed Xayron in 2010, which was filmed in Budapest.
Overseas Chinese Town Limited engaged Flannery in 2009 to create a western style production show. The show was "E" Elements Show. The production featured a variety of dancers, acrobats, synchronized swimmers, singers, musicians, magicians, and puppets. The show ran for five years at the Huaxia Art Centre in Shenzhen, China.
Flannery collaborated with Oscar Winner, Production Designer Eugenio Zanetti. Together they created Movistar Magica in 2005 which toured throughout Colombia. The tour kicked off with a live broadcast on network television from Bogotá, Colombia. The show was presented in parks and stadiums, featuring 500 performers on a stage that filled a football field.
Maryland celebrated the 350th anniversary of their statehood in 1985. The Department of Tourism for the City of Baltimore commissioned Flannery to collaborate with them to create a theatrical experience on Rash Field at the Inner Harbor for this celebration. Flannery and his team conceived and designed a food and beverage area that consisted of facades based on Maryland's early architecture. The main attraction was a 1200-seat theatre, inspired by tall ships, presenting an original stage production. The show was directed by Flannery and written by Cindy Flannery. The show featured actors portraying the ship's crew with historical paintings and photographs from the Peale Museum projected onto the sails and theatrical illusions.
3D stereoscopic dome films
Majid and the Secret of Life is a 3D stereoscopic film presented several times a day in the Dana Dome, a purpose-built theatre at Kahramaa Awareness Centre. Conceived and directed by Flannery the film explores the origins of water on our planet through a young boy's dream journey.
World Fairs and World Expos
For the Osaka 1990 World Expo (the international Garden and Greenery Exposition), Flannery created Water Fantasium, the main attraction in the Dairinkai Pavilion. An original theatrical experience with a robotic conductor and an orchestra of water and scenography, it was voted by the Japanese media as the Fair's leading attraction.
Television and film
In 1978, Flannery relocated to Los Angeles, California and joined the ABC Television Network as Lighting Director. While at ABC he received his first Prime-time Emmy Nomination for his lighting direction of CBS's TV Special Goldie & Liza Together.
Flannery served as Director of Photography on the popular television series Roseanne. His innovative lighting design for the show revolutionized sitcoms and earned him the International Monitor Award, LDI Lighting Designer of the Year, and three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lighting Direction.
|2003||Road to Slamball||Cinematographer||Reality-TV|
|1998||Reunited||Cinematographer||TV Series||3 episodes|
|1988–1996||Roseanne||Cinematographer and Lighting Designer||TV Series||196 episodes, 4 Emmy nominations, LDI Award, International Monitor Award|
|1994–1995||All-American Girl||Cinematographer||TV Series||18 episodes|
|1994–1995||Me and the Boys||Cinematographer||TV Series||8 episodes|
|1993–1994||Grace Under Fire||Cinematographer||TV Series||18 episodes|
|1994||Forrest Gump||Theatrical Lighting Consultant||Feature Film|
|1994||Someone Like Me||Cinematographer||TV Series|
|1993||Joe's Life||Cinematographer||TV Series||11 episodes|
|1992–1993||Down the Shore||Cinematographer||TV Series||25 episodes|
|1992–1993||Shaky Ground||Cinematographer||TV Series||7 episodes|
|1991–1992||Davis Rules||Cinematographer and Lighting Director||TV Series||25 episodes|
|1992||Death Becomes Her||Theatrical Lighting Consultant||Film|
|1992||Noises Off...||Lighting Design Consultant||Film|
|1992||Woops!||Cinematographer and Lighting Designer||TV Series|
|1991||The Man in the Family||Cinematographer||TV Series||7 episodes|
|1991||Baby Talk||Cinematographer||TV Series||12 episodes|
|1990||Carol & Company||Cinematographer||TV Series||4 episodes|
|1989||Chicken Soup||Cinematographer||TV Series|
|1987||The Rescue of Pops Ghostly||Lighting Designer||Video Game|
|1984||Los Angeles 1984: Games of the XXIII Olympiad||Special Effects Director||TV Special|
|1980||Goldie and Liza Together||Lighting Director||TV Special||Emmy nominated|
|1980||Omnibus||Cinematographer||TV Series||2 episodes|
|1980||Mr. and Mrs. Dracula||Cinematographer||TV Series|
|1978–1980||Family Feud||Lighting Director||TV Series||3 episodes|
|1977–1978||The Way It Was||Lighting Director||TV Series||12 episodes|
|1971||The Ed Sullivan Show||Lighting Trainee||TV Series||3 episodes|
For Universal Studios Hollywood, Flannery served as lighting designer, conceptualist and scenographer for Universal Studios on such attractions as E.T. Adventure, Kongfrontation, The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular, and Back to the Future: The Ride. For Universal Studios Florida, he was scenographer and/or lighting designer on E.T. Adventure, King Kong, and Jaws. Flannery was the principal architectural site lighting designer for Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
Cosmic Symphony was an attraction Flannery created for Geopolis at the Tokyo Dome. The attraction ran from 1995 to 2007. In 1996, he was principal designer for Adventure Slots in the Hollywood Casino which won the THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Themed Entertainment.
|2000||Dome Cinema||Kangwon Land||Producer|
|1999-||Islands of Adventure||Orlando, Florida||Principal Architectural Site Lighting Designer|
|1998||Son et Lumiere||Philadelphia Historic District||Conceptualist|
|1997-||Halloween Horror Nights||Universal Studios Hollywood||Conceived and Directed first original|
|1996||Adventure Slots||Hollywood Casino||Principal Designer||THEA Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Themed Entertainment
|1995–2007||Cosmic Symphony||Tokyo Dome, Geopolis||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director|
|1993–2007||Back to the Future:The Ride||Universal Studios Hollywood||Conceptualist|
|1991–2003||E.T. Adventure||Universal Studios Hollywood||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Lighting Designer|
|1990-||E.T. Adventure||Universal Studios Florida||Scenographer and Lighting Designer|
|1990-||Universal Studios Florida||Orlando, Florida||Principal Architectural Site Lighting Designer||1991 Night Beautiful Award for
Imaginative Nighttime Lighting Design
|1990–2012||Jaws||Universal Studios Florida||Scenographer and Lighting Designer|
|1990–2002||King Kong||Universal Studios Florida||Scenographer and Lighting Designer|
|1987||Atlantis||Singapore||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Creative Producer|
|1986–2008||Kongfrontation||Universal Studios Hollywood||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Lighting Designer|
|1983–1993||The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular||Universal Studios Hollywood||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Lighting Designer|
|1982-||The American Adventure||Epcot||Scenographer and Lighting Design Consultant|
|1982–1984||Kitchen Kabaret||Epcot||Scenographer and Lighting Design Consultant|
|1985||Peppermint Park||Singapore||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Creative Producer|
|1985||Ice Tunnel||Universal Studios Hollywood||Scenographer and Lighting Designer|
In 1977 Flannery was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create the original Star Wars Concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Flannery designed and directed the concert incorporating theatrical lighting, lasers, pyrotechnics and effects. The concert was a landmark event and Flannery began his journey of pioneering "Visual Symphonies", an entirely new concert genre. Flannery collaborated for decades with Maestro Erich Kunzel. Their first endeavor was The Great Symphonic Visual Fantasy in 1978 with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Centre. Together they created Symphantasy – a visual symphony series that was presented annually at the Riverbend Music Center with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
|1989||Symphantasy II||Riverbend Music Center||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the Cincinnati Pops and Erich Kunzel|
|1988||Symphantasy I||Riverbend Music Center||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the Cincinnati Pops and Erich Kunzel|
|1988||Great American Concert||Hollywood Bowl||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the LA Philharmonic and Erich Kiunzel|
|1982||E.T. in Concert||Hollywood Bowl||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the LA Philharmonic and John Williams|
|1978||Great Symphonic Visual Fantasy||Blossom Music Center||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the Cleveland Orchestra and Erich Kunzel|
|1978||Stellar Fantasy||San Francisco Civic Center||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the San Jose Symphony and George Cleve|
|1977||Star Wars Concert||Hollywood Bowl||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the LA Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta|
|Great Laser & Music Image Concert||Hollywood Bowl||Conceptualist, Scenographer, and Director||with the LA Philharmonic and Michael Tilson Thomas|
|1988||Cincinnati Pops||Carnegie Hall||Guest Artist (Scenographer)||with Erich Kunzel|
The LAOOC contracted Flannery as a conceptualist working directly with David Wolper and Tommy Walker on the Closing Ceremonies of the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics. Once the ceremonies were conceived the LAOOC contracted Flannery to direct and his firm to supervise the special effects and special lighting of the Closing Ceremonies. This included designing the infamous spaceship and alien.
In Universal Studios' bid to produce the ceremonies for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Flannery served as conceptualist and Artistic Director.
Flannery was the lighting designer for The Sonny & Cher Concerts, their final years together 1977–1979. He continued to work with Cher as lighting designer on her Black Rose show in 1980.
Flannery was lighting designer for the Hollywood Bowl Summer 1992 season.
Flannery directed In the House of Ethel, a 2007 Winter Solstice celebration at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden in New York City. The concert featured magicians Raja & Jarret and poet Harry Smith.
In 1979 the New Orleans police went on-strike and Mardi Gras was cancelled. City officials worked with State Marshalls which had jurisdiction over the Superdome and working with presenter Blaine Kern and Flannery as director and designer, staged Bacchus Mardi Gras in the Superdome. He returned to the Superdome in 1986 with his associate John Truscott to conceive the 1986 NFL Super Bowl XX Halftime Show.
In the early 1970s Flannery began his career as a lighting designer in New York City working on and off Broadway. Credits included Augusta and original plays presented by the Chelsea Theater Centre, Ice Age and The Family Parts 1-4. Flannery also freelanced with Jules Fisher & Assoc.
Victorian Arts Centre (Melbourne Arts Centre)
From 1980 to 1982 Flannery relocated to Australia to collaborate with two-time Oscar-winning production designer John Truscott as lighting design consultant for the design and building of the Victorian Arts Centre (now the Arts Centre Melbourne).
Flannery taught at the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design, and State University of New York and the University of California Santa Barbara.
As an active member of numerous guilds, unions and trade organizations, Flannery maintains membership with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, International Cinematographers Guild, International Entertainment Buyers Association and United States Institute of Theatre Technology. He served on the Executive Committee of the Motion Picture and Television Fund for the Golden Boot Awards from 2000 to 2007. He served as President of the Manhattan chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Association from 1972 to 1976.
Awards and nominations
1979–1980 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction, Goldie and Liza Together, CBS
1989 International Monitor Award for Best Lighting Director, Entertainment Series, Roseanne "Nightmare on Elm Street", ABC
1989–1990 Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction, Roseanne "Boo", ABC
1990 Lighting Dimensions International (LDI), Lighting Designer of the Year
1991 Night Beautiful Best of Show, Specialty Lighting, Universal Studios Florida, Imaginative Nighttime lighting Design
1992–1993 Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction, Roseanne, ABC
1993–1994 Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction, Roseanne "White Trash Christmas", ABC
1998 THEA Awards Gala, Award for Outstanding Achievement, Excellence on a Limited Budget, Adventure Slots, Hollywood Casino, Tunica Mississippi
Flannery was raised on Long Island, New York. He has resided in New York City, Melbourne, Australia and Los Angeles.
Flannery was born to Joan and Bartholomew Flannery and has three siblings.
Flannery married Cindy Lawrence in 1980 and together have three children: Devin, Sean-Michael and Danny (deceased).
In 1992, Flannery married Sharon Takase and together have two children: Nicolette and Cameron.
While attending a New York high school Flannery began interning with Lighting Director, William Greenfield, at CBS Television on The Ed Sullivan Show from 1968 to 1970.
Flannery is a graduate of the designers' program at Lester Polakov's Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City. He attended the Studio on a full scholarship. The school promoted the idea of conceptual-based designing. All the teachers in the school were working professionals and courses included scenic design, scene painting, still-life sketching, mask making, script analysis, costume design and lighting design.
In 1974, he continued his education at Columbia University in the Film Program. There he studied with filmmaker Scott Bartlett. He furthered his theatre studies at HB Studio with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen.
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