(Burbank, CA): Television and feature film production has been defecting from their traditional roots in California to other states in order to take advantage of attractive tax credits and other incentives. This has caused a slowdown in all levels of businesses associated with production; from camera operators to caterers.
Producer and studio owner, Bob Bekian, has just finished an extensive re-modeling of his Loyal Studios location in Burbank, incorporating the latest technical tools into his facility in order to provide a reduced cost to producers. “We are a leader in Green Screen technology, and have installed one of the most advanced 360 degree lighting systems in our industry,” Bekian says. This allows for very quick set-ups in our studio, saving an average of 20% on preparation time, which leads to more shots completed during the day.
Another important feature the studio has developed is a fully-integrated control room with the studio. This allows for editors and file managers to work in tandem with the camera operators to assemble and edit footage immediately during a day in the studio, allowing for immediate revisions and notes. “We have incorporated the latest HD storage and file management technology into our facilities so that producers can reduce costs and keep production value high.” The strategy is paying off with several of the big studios turning to Loyal Studios to augment their production slates, recently Pacific Rim, Movie 43, and Prometheus have all shot sequences at Loyal Studios.
For more information about Loyal Studios, visit loyalstudios.tv
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(Santa Monica, CA): The Farrelly Brothers’ long anticipated comedy, “Movie 43” (a.k.a “Truth or Dare”) is being released nationwide on January 25th after a 24 month production schedule. The movie is “a series of interconnected short films following three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world.” –IMDB
Relativity Media claims the honor of releasing this collected master piece featuring the largest ensemble cast in film history. The movie consists of 12 different story lines directed by 12 different directors such as Steven Brill, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, and Elizabeth Banks.
“The project lets us see a different side to Gerard Butler that we don’t normally see in his leading man roles,” says Loyal Studios Producer, Bob Bekian.
“We shot the sequences of Gerard Butler in our high definition green screen stage in Santa Monica using the Panavision Genesis system co-developed by Sony,” Bekian added. “The camera records the highest quality HD files electronically and as a result, is very close to the look of film.”
Bekian has high tech studios in Santa Monica and Burbank, and uses the facilities to produce television, commercials, and feature films, as well as web projects, and music videos.
For more information about “Movie 43,” visit IMDB
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(Burbank, CA) Producer Bob Bekian –who owns Loyal Studios in Burbank and Santa Monica– has been bringing together California production people with a series of events to showcase new high definition technology, and stimulate production in the state.
Featuring over $3 Million worth of the latest cameras, cranes, and lenses, the event showcased live demonstrations of the SONY F65 camera system –which offers incredible resolution and is widely used on feature films and television. Over 300 industry professionals attended and were introduced to the latest technology while networking with each other.
“We want to keep production in California and keep good people working,” Bekian says. “The best talent and the major studios are all here, but we keep losing projects to other states because of more favorable tax incentives. We have created an environment where production value stays high and costs stay reasonable.”
Bekian has developed what he calls a “one stop production shop” which incorporates his pre-lit studios, 75 HD cameras, top technical people with an in-house control room and edit suite.
“We are excited about our newest expansion,” Bekian adds, “which incorporates a Newtek Tricaster system into the control room of Loyal Studios and is connected to their pre-lit greenscreen with multiple HD cameras. What this system does is create dozens of virtual sets as well as offers over 1000 digital back-plates for the greenscreen. Clients can now shoot in hundreds of realistic digital environments all within our studios without having to incur the cost of shooting on-location.”
Bekian is continuing to put together events in his studios, with the next one sponsored by Canon and featuring the new Canon cinema cameras and lenses including the C-500 model.
(Santa Monica, CA) – Producer and Media Entrepreneur, Bob Bekian, has always thought outside the box. The former professional skateboarder from Venice, California, built a group of innovative media companies that leverage technology and creativity together to deliver high quality production services to thousands of clients.
Beginning with distributing blank professional media stock, Bekian partnered with the founder of Computer Discount Warehouse (CDW) and grew that company to the largest Sony and Panasonic professional media distributor in the world. Bekian then created Pro HD Rentals, Greenscreenla.com, and Loyal Studios in the entertainment community before starting his own web channel known as RealHD.TV.
Bekian has produced over 800 commercials and music videos, reality show sequences, features, and internet projects in his high tech studios, and has worked with and directed some of the biggest stars in the entertainment business, including Gerard Butler, Billy Crystal, Heidi Klum, and Don Cheadle.
“We were the first to develop a turn-key production solution,” Bekian says. He was disappointed to see production leaving California because of the high cost and red tape that evolved after 100 years as the production capitol of the world. In response, Bekian began consolidating the production process into one service rather than a fragmented group of steps producers traditionally deal with.
“Bob Bekian never accepts the status quo,” noted producer Brian Grazer. “I think his combination of go-for-it skateboarding roots, and incredible creativity allowed him to see over the trees rather than getting bogged down with what people say can’t be done.”
Bekian’s Loyal Studios has become a self contained “production factory” providing a place where projects can be conceptualized, shot, edited, and then distributed very quickly and at a very reasonable cost. Clients can view progress via the internet all over the world.
“I found that with many traditional ad agencies, there are a lot of egos and fear of making a decision,” Bekian adds. “Often I would see the client on the sidelines while 10 people were debating about how to produce a commercial. That is not the way we run our creative process.” Loyal Studios uploads clients videos to dozens of web channels simultaneously, creating measurable web traffic and brand awareness for their product.
Citing the collaborative approach his teams bring to each project combined with a one stop shop compiling the latest technologies, Bekian and his studios are on the move. The new commercial division of Loyal Studios specializes in fully produced short form branded content and commercials. Clients already include Snapple, Freeway Insurance, Jimmy Dean Breakfast Foods, Prius, Chevron and One Hour Energy products. “We intent to keep production in California by producing quality ads that are affordable and effective,” adds Bekian.
For more information about Bob Bekian, visit www.bobbekian.com
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What could be better than the Wolfman and Frankenstein terrorizing the cold starless nights?
How about these famous fiends striking fear into our hearts… and getting paid for it, too! In a twist on life around the creatures of old Hollywood, renowned special FX make-up artists, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger (of KNB FX Group) give the famous 1950’s Universal Monsters a different role as employees of The United Monster Talent Agency (UMTA). The chilling personae of Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolfman, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon lurk in wait for horror movie work with the headline “We’ll have our people scare your people!.”
AMC posted the eight-minute short just before Halloween, which features guest appearances by “Hostel” director Eli Roth, Dana Gould, “Machete” co-director Robert Rodriguez, and “The Walking Dead’s” own executive producer and director, Frank Darabont (who fittingly plays a director).
The short premiered in Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, late 2010.
After working with Loyal Studios president, Bob Bekian, on the hilarious, star-studded Farley Brothers comedy sketch, “Happy Birthday” (featuring Gerard Butler as a perverse leprechaun), Brett Ratner knew Loyal Studios could be an ideal partner to help film the promo for this “Monster” of a short film. Bekian, –a life-long fan of the Universal Monsters and classic horror memorabilia collector—jumped at the chance to be the co-producer for UMTA, especially with spectacular make-up only KNB FX studios can provide.
Nicotero has worked in Loyal Studios several times in the past, and his artistic genius has been applied to the casts of all of Quentin Tarantino’s, and Robert Rodriquez’ films. He was noted on the hit make-up reality show, “Face Off”, and more recently as the special effects make-up designer for the graphic novel-inspired zombie series, “The Walking Dead.”
movie posters and lobby cards, toys, and props from the classic Universal horror library. I am also excited to be producing an exclusive interview with Julie Adams, the female Lead in “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”, in our Santa Monica stage in May. The opportunity to work with a legend like Greg Nicotero—whom I‘ve admired in all of his work, combined with the concept for this project—was an honor, and incredibly fun to be involved with. “
KNB FX is the force behind some of Hollywood’s most memorable special effects and movies. Greg Nicotero opened KNB FX in 1988 with long time friend, Howard Berger. Since then, he has marked his expertise on “Dances with Wolves,” “Sin City,” Transformers” and “Serenity”, “Spawn”, “The Green Mile,” “Inglorious Bastards,” “Predators,” “Splice,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and more than 200 credits in both make-up and special effects.
Working in the popular venue of 3D has been a challenge that Greg Nicotero was eager to undertake, as is shown on the incredibly detailed “Final Desintation 3D” and “Pirahna 3D.” Creating “The United Monster Talent Agency” let Greg go back to the Universal Monsters that inspired him in his youth to bring to life creatures from our darkest imaginations, and to throw you headfirst into the fray of explosive science fiction features.
For more information about Loyal Studios, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv
For more information about Bob Bekian, please visit www.bobbekian.com
Bob Bekian and Loyal Studios Co-Produce Gerard Butler as a ‘Perverse Leprechaun’ in New Peter Farrelly Sketch
Of all the roles Gerard Butler has done, this one seemed to be one of the more entertaining both for him, and for the crew. Peter Farrelly has gathered together a group of A-List actors including Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, and Gerard Butler for his newest sketch-comedy film. The film entitled “Happy Birthday” was co-Produced by Bob Bekian of Loyal Studios.
Butler donned a green screen shirt, leaving only his head visible with wild hair and make-up applications in order to play the role of a leprechaun. “I play the most perverse, disturbing, disgusting, foul-mouthed leprechaun you could ever imagine,” Butler comments. For the ripped star of “300” and “Gamer“, getting into the role meant getting into the body of someone else –literally. The greenscreen technology utilized for “Benjamin Button” was applied in this shoot in order to place Butler’s head onto the body of a very talented little person.
Butler remained on set for the entire multi-hour shoot and was a consummate professional, keeping up the spirits of the cast and crew by cracking jokes and having a good time. “Gerard Butler is a real pro,” says Bekian, “and this project brought together an incredible cast and crew.” With Greg Nicotero of KNB effects working his magic with make-up, and Brett Ratner directing, the creativity in the studio was unbelievable.”
The production at Loyal Studios was shot with the Panavision Genesis system.
“The genesis is a system developed Between Panavision and SONY to record onto the SONY HDSR tape, which we recorded through a set up with a live greenscreen composite system,” Bekian adds. The cameras and technical support were provided by Pro HD Rentals of Burbank, CA, which set up the entire technical configuration in conjunction with Loyal Studios pre-lit facilities in Santa Monica.
Loyal has specialized high definition pre-lit studios in Santa Monica and Burbank, California, and produces commercials, features, television and music videos. For more information, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv