And the Winner Was…

Michael Applebaum, his wife Carolyn, and Emmy

Michael Applebaum, his wife Carolyn, and Emmy

Michael Applebaum, a 1990 Washington and Lee alum, won an Emmy Award last weekend when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored the creative arts in a ceremony in Hollywood. Applebaum is a veteran cinematographer who has been behind the camera for seven seasons of The Survivor and had previously been an Emmy nominee for that series. The Emmy came for Michael’s work on a reality style series on The Discovery Channel called “Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment.” In an interview with the New Orleans Time Picayune, his home town newspaper, Michael said that he began the filming by slipping off a rock, saving the camera from disaster but breaking a rib. But he stayed the course and shot the entire series in freezing cold. The Alaska shoot, Michael told the Times Picayune, is more grueling than the tropical Survivor shoot: “I’d rather be in a warm environment than that freezing cold. You can always take off a layer (in the jungle or on a tropical island) on ‘Survivor.’ In Alaska, you can never get warm.” If you missed The Alaska Experiment when it appeared on Discovery, you can catch Michael’s work on the Web site clips here. You can also catch Michael’s camera-work when CBS begins airing this season of Survivor: Samoa on Thursday night. Once he got back to New Orleans with the Emmy safely in hand, Michael talked again with the Times Picayune about the experience, including sending the Emmy through the airport X-ray machine on the way home.



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