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Today's Road to the Emmys focus at Variety takes us to the Creative Arts awards, with the following preview stories:

– How visual effects artists are doing more with less.

– The emphasis that new dramas put on composers, orchestra and score.

The complicated dance of technical directors and their crews on live shows.

Cinematographers making use of color palettes to convey time and place.

– A look at some of the period costume designs in the past season of TV, and the same for production design.

The TV Academy rule that served to limit NBC's "Smash" to two entries in the original song competition.

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