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As a child growing up in rural Zimbabwe, crafting puppets out of clay and sketching the native birds and animals, Jeremy Railton couldn’t have imagined that one day he would be creating the world’s largest animatronic creatures — in the form of a pair of 90-ft dancing cranes — the star performers in a themed attraction that took flight in the winter of 2010 at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, or designing the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Railton has made a career out of creating many of the “biggest” and “firsts” — all in the pursuit of WOW- the moment when the audience experiences a sense of astonishment and wonder. Educated in fine art, Railton has brought his design talents and limitless imagination to some of the most significant artists, events, and productions over the last three decades. With four Emmy Awards, four TEA Awards (Themed Entertainment Assoc.), and numerous other industry accolades, Railton undoubtedly has the most diverse resume in the entertainment design business.
His career spans legitimate theater, dance, film, TV award shows, live concerts for pop icons, spectacles of Olympian proportions, themed attractions, and unforgettable retail entertainment and architectural projects. Railton began his career in British film production while still a student and was quickly “discovered” and brought to Los Angeles to design a production at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum, where he made history by creating the first giant screen projection backdrop ever seen on the stage.
Following his early stage successes, he moved into film and television — once again leaving his mark. On the big screen, he won acclaim as a production designer for recreating post-World War II Los Angeles in The Two Jakes, the sequel to Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson. He brought the world of Pee-Wee Herman to life on television in Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, winning his first Emmy for art direction, and went on to snare additional Emmys for the art direction of the 57th Annual Academy Awards and set and costume design for the children’s series Zoobilee Zoo. Among his hundreds of TV credits are landmark specials including the concerts for 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Inaugural Ball for President Clinton.
In the realm of popular music, Railton’s credits in live staging, television, concert specials and music videos include projects for Barbra Streisand, Phil Collins, Cher, Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, MTV Music Awards, and the Experience Music Project Opening Concert.
For the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Railton created the first-ever staged performances, for which he received an Emmy and the Art Director’s Guild Award.
Visitors delight in his unique blend of artistry and cutting-edge technology at major retail, amusement, resort and casino venues such as the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Panasonic Pavilion at Universal Studios, the GM Showroom Theatre at Epcot Center, and Lake of Dreams at Resorts World Sentosa. A pioneer in digital culture, Railton designed the two largest video screens in the world- the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas and the Sky Screen at The Place in Beijing. With the Fremont Street Experience, which towers 90 feet above the ground and spans the length of five footballs fields, Railton created a novel entertainment experience capturing the oversized glitz and glamour of Vegas. “I’ve had the great fortune to embrace all genres of entertainment design, but whatever the project, what I’m really doing is crafting a story that I hope will engage people on an emotional level” said Railton.