Dusty Springfield Drama Set to Premiere at the L.A Shorts Film Festival

Soul of Blue Eye Set in 1970, “The Soul of Blue Eye” tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s decision to record her Platinum selling hit Son of a Preacher Man for Atlantic Records, and the struggles she had as a white gay woman singing black soul music during the tumultuous 1960’s.

Besides having a hit show, “It Must Be Dusty” in England, Dusty was influential in the discovery of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, and produced dozens of Billboard top 100 hits in her career.

Written and Directed by Jesse Brunt, the film has put a lot of effort into the authenticity of the scenes as well as the tense interaction between Dusty and one particular interviewer who breaks an agreement, and demands to know about her sexual preferences.  “I wanted to tell part of the story about this amazing artist,” says Brunt, who also shot and edited much of the project.  “she created music that has sustained the test of time and she broke new ground for an entire genre which came to be known as Blue Eyed Soul.”

Producer Bob Bekian noted that the tag line, “You know my music, but you don’t know me” really gave insight into the story.  “She was an amazingly talented musical artist who had a genuine desire to help others –which is a refreshing story in today’s world of ‘everyone-out-for-themselves.'”

Producers Bekian and Brunt have a feature length script that they are looking to produce with Nicole Kidman as their first choice to play Dusty Springfield, and have made this short to give people a glimpse into the full story they hope to make. LASHORTSFEST_Highres_Logo_jpg

“The Soul of Blue Eye” stars Paige Segal as Dusty Springfield, and will be shown at the Laemmle NOHO 7 Theater in North Hollywood on Saturday, July 26th 2014 at 3:15pm.   For more information, email bob@loyalstudios.tv.

For more information about the festival, visit LA Short Fest

To know more about Loyal Studios, visit the Loyal Studios website

“Soul of Blue Eye”

Soul of Blue Eye

Soul of Blue Eye

Set in 1970’s Los Angeles, the film “Soul of Blue Eye” explores Dusty Springfield’s life at the pivotal moment where the term ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ become known through her album “Dusty in Memphis.”  Its focus is on the struggle she faced daily that came to a head at one interview with Atlantic Records.

Her road was not an easy one.  Dusty fought a constant battle between her love for her girlfriend, and keeping up appearances in the public eye.  Her relationship suffered under the suffocating stress of living in a society plagued with rampant homophobia.   Coming out in that time period would likely promise a lifetime of social bullying for both her and her lover.

“I find Dusty Springfield’s story compelling and underrated,” says Jesse Brunt, Director.  “Her achievements are rarely recognized, and her contributions to music almost never spoken of.  I made this film to help fix that.  Her life has much to contribute to a contemporary audience.”

“Son of a Preacher Man” is one of the most recognizable songs in soul music today.  It’s played on thousands of shop radios, kept alive in classic rock/soul stations, and the smooth, smoky-edge timber of Dusty’s voice influences artists of all ages today.  The song, originally offered to Aretha Franklin, cemented Dusty Springfield’s career into the heart of American music history despite her blond-haired, blue-eyed British origins.  She once commented that if people only knew her by her music, they would think she was a black woman.

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On the set of “Soul of blue Eye”

Producer, Bob Bekian, saw the potential of this movie, and was happy to offer up his studio, equipment, and knowledge to the project.  “What interested me most about the Dusty Springfield story was the relationship she had with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, who are two of my favorite artists.  She recognized their incredible talent and helped launch both of their careers in the late 60’s.”

The music industry owes much to her efforts and powerful charisma, not just because of her voice, but of what she accomplished behind the scenes.  Were it not for her influence, the world may have never known the legendary rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, or marked the 60’s with the guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix.   She is responsible for convincing the agents at her label to listen to Led Zepplin’s music, and ultimately sign them.  The death of Jimi Hendrix, hit her hard.  She lost an amazing colleague, and a long-time friend.

“Soul of Blue Eye” stars Paige Segal (“The Day the Music Died”), who gives a spark of life, attitude, and vulnerability to the persona of one of the worlds most famous soul singers.

BURBANK STUDIO CHOSEN FOR LAUNCH OF NEW HISPANIC CHANNEL

Soraya Menchaca

Soraya Menchaca

(Burbank, CA)  Loyal Studios has entered into an agreement with Compralux –the new Luxury home shopping channel for the Hispanic market – to produce all of their broadcast content.  Compralux is a new on-air shopping channel targeted to the growing under-served Spanish speaking population.  Steven Zale of Compralux noted that, “Loyal Studios was chosen because of the technological advantages the studio has over others we considered.”  Loyal Studios has invested greatly in high definition virtual stages and backgrounds which create a realistic set such as you would see on Sports Center or CNN.  Compralux offers a specially selected group of products such as jewelry, skin care, and other popular catagories—which are carefully selected for this market.

Loyal Studios has developed a complete in-house production factory for Compralux, which takes each show from the creative start through production into finishing and finally uploading the shows to their ultimate destinations.  Bob Bekian, president of Loyal Studios, says, “The technology we invested in over the last year is now being utilized by our clients, enabling them to be much for efficient, as well as save thousands of dollars.”

Onsen

Onsen Skin Products

Many think the time has come for this type of channel to emerge, as the fastest growing demographic in the United States gains increasing buying power and influence.  Designer jewelry from Swarovski, Rolex watches, and skin care products from Onsen are all featured in Compralux shows.  Mexican television host and fashion expert Soraya Menchaca has been cast as the anchor for the show, and will include special guests in her segments.

Compralux can be reached at www.compralux.com, and Loyal Studios can be reached at www.loyalstudios.tv.

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PRODUCER BOB BEKIAN HOSTING CINEMA EVENTS AT HIS BURBANK STUDIOS

Snoop Dogg at Loyal Studios. Snoop has produced multiple projects with Loyal Studios and is a big supporter of the effort to keep production in California.

(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.

The first event was co- sponsored by Band Pro, SONY, Edgewise Media, and Bekian’s rental companies  Pro HD Rentals.com and Loyal Studios.

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.

Loyal Studios President Bob Bekian and his son, Bryce, giving away prizes at one of Bekian’s industry events.

“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.”

Johnny Depp at Loyal Studios in Burbank California.

Johnny Depp at Loyal Studios in Burbank California.

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.

Bekian’s Loyal Studios have been a favorite of A-List celebrities including The Black Eyed Peas, Gerard Butler, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Del Toro, Johnny Depp, and Snoop Dogg.

For more information about Loyal Studios or Upcoming events, Please visit www.bobbekian.com   And www.loyalstudios.tv

R&B LEGEND KEITH SWEAT PARTNERS WITH TV/FILM PRODUCER JOJO RYDER OF UNTOUCHABLE J PRODUCTIONS

JoJo Ryder and Keith Sweat

JoJo Ryder and Keith Sweat on the set of Ryder’s documentary about Keith’s life.

The Harlem-born R&B singer, and the CEO of Untouchable J Productions, JoJo Ryder, have entered into a strategic partnership to create content for television that includes a documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of Keith’s career from the 80’s and 90’s to present day.  TM Mann Entertainment saw the formidable charge these two could bring, and brought them together.

“I feel really good about how my company and UJP are working together,” Sweat said today.  “I am aware of JoJo’s success, and his understanding of the demographic of the 18-34 age group.  I can’t wait for everyone to see the content that we create, baby.”

Keith Sweat and JoJo Ryder

JoJo Ryder directing Keith Sweat on set at Loyal Studios in Burbank.

Loyal Studios in Burbank, CA, was used for the initial interviews.  “Having these two great talents collaborating in our studios is amazing,” said Bob Bekian, CEO of Loyal Studios.  “Keith Sweat has an incredible body of work, and JoJo Ryder is one the hottest television and film producers in Hollywood right now.”

Ryder has multiple projects in process as well as television and development deals that several major studios are involved in.

“It’s a thrill to be working with a living legend of Keith’s caliber,” Jojo said. “There are so many layers to Keith that viewers will find fascinating when the content comes out.”

It seems as if the pairing of UJT and Keith Sweat is truly an ‘untouchable’ partnership.
Keith Sweat has a book entitled “Make It Last Forever” coming out February 14th, 2013.

For more on Keith Sweat, visit The Sweat Hotel

For Producer JoJo Ryder, visit IMDB

For Bob Bekian and Loyal Studios, visit Loyal Studios.TV

BOB BEKIAN, REALTVFILMS.COM PLATINUM SPONSOR FOR THE 2012 L.A. FILM FESTIVAL

LA Film Festival

2012 LA Film Festival

LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2012) –The time has come once again for independent filmmakers and well-known industry professionals to rub elbows at one of the biggest film festivals in the nation.  The 8th annual 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks-off today, June 14th, for a 10 day run of screenings that include the cinematic accomplishments of over 30 countries, including music videos, short films, and feature lengths. If you want more than screenings, the LA Film Festival offers exclusive programs like Poolside chats, Coffee Talks, the Filmmaker Retreat, musical events and more.  Inside the Festival Village, excited cinemaphiles, as well as Film Independent members will be able to connect with award-winning, critically acclaimed filmmakers and producers as they showcase their best work to the world.

On June 13th, the LA Film Festival –presented by Film Independent and Host Venue, Regal Cinemas LA LIVE Stadium 14—released its list of sponsors for this world-renowned event.  Among those greeted with providing media coverage for the festival is RealTVFilms, with head producer Gordon Vasquez.  “RealTVfilms is excited to be an official accredited media company providing coverage for its large industry fan base,” says Vasquez.  “RealTVFilms Platinum Sponsor for 2012 is Producer Bob Bekian, CEO of Loyal Studios and Pro HD Rentals. Bob Bekian can provide everything you need for your film, television, and web productions.”

Bob Bekian and Samantha Gutstadt

Bob Bekian and Samantha Gutstadt from “Filth to Ashes. Flesh to Dust.”

RealTVFilms has a long, successful history with Loyal Studios, and both share a deep, passionate love for the movies and appreciate what Film means for millions of people.

“The Los Angeles Film Festival is one of the most important places to find cutting-edge films,” says Bekian.  “The variety of films and the overall organization of the event combine to create an excellent festival.”

The Festival will run from June 14th to June 24th.  Most of the screenings will take place at the Regal Cinema LA LIVE Stadium 14.  Boasting an expansive seating compliment of over 800 at the Regal Premiere House, the stadium also features a high quality digital projection 70 foot wide screen.

Passes and tickets are currently on sale to Film Independent members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the Filmmaker Lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com

Please continue to read the official Press Release on the LA Film Festival sponsors at RealTVFilms.com.

To learn more about Loyal Studios, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

RIDLEY SCOTT’S “PROMETHEUS” USES RED EPIC CAMERAS

Charlize Theron on the set of "Prometheus" with the RED EPIC camera system.

Charlize Theron on the set of “Prometheus” with the RED EPIC camera system.

(Burbank,CA June 2012)   “Prometheus” is a 2012 Science Fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Damon Lindelof.  Starring Charlize TheronNoomi Rapace and Guy Pearce, the story takes place late in the 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map left by an ancient civilization. The crew seeks out the origins of humanity, but discover a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race.

The film was originally in development in the early 2000’s as the 5th Alien franchise, with both Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Kingdom of Heaven”) and powerhouse director, James Cameron (“Titanic,” “Avatar,” “Terminator”) developing ideas for a prequel to Scott’s 1979 classic film “Alien.”

Production began in April 2010 with extensive production design , creating the aspects of the shots needed to produce a realistic future world.

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RED EPIC cameras configured with an 3ality Technica 3D system

Principal photography began in March 2011 with an estimated budget of $120 million. Filming took place almost entirely on practical sets on location in London, Iceland, Spain, and Scotland– including the James Bond 007 set at the world famous Pinewood studios.

The HD cameras used exclusively on the shoot were the RED EPIC systems, which are capable of extremely high 5k resolution.  The cameras were set up on specialized 3D rigs and were paired with Zeiss Ultra Primes and Angenieux Optimo Lenses.

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Behind the scenes production image from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”

“Cinematographer, Dariusz Wolski, has an incredible eye, and produced truly amazing sequences with these cameras,” noted Bob Bekian, president of Pro HD Rentals — who supplied several types of High Definition equipment for the production.  “ The 3ality Technica 3D systems are really the state-of-the-art configurations, and offer the most advanced type of 3d integration possible to manage the incredible amount of digital information two RED EPIC cameras can produce,” Bekian adds.

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RED EPIC system provided by http://www.prohdrentals.com

20th Century Fox’s “Prometheus” opens June 8th  and will add to the list of 2012 large scale productions slated for release this summer, including the already successful “Avengers,” “Men in Black III,” and the soon to be released “Amazing Spiderman.”
For more information about “Prometheus,” visit foxmovies.com.

For more information on high definition cameras and pre- lit vfx studios visit www.prohdrentals.com and www.loyalstudios.tv

PRO HD RENTALS MOVES FORWARD INTO NEW CANON 5D MARK III PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

5D mark III

5D Mark III

(Burbank, CA) (May 31st, 2012)  Pro HD Rentals, a leader in high definition production services, is launching a new program to support the growing demands of film, television, and commercial production.  Founded in 2005, the company has embraced the newer high definition camera systems and accessories, and combined that equipment with top level service and technical support.

One of the newest items the company is now carrying is the Canon 5D Mark III DSLRcamera.  This new camera follows the incredible success of the Canon 5D Mark II and has several notable improvements; including noise reduction processing, and an uninterrupted (up to 30 minutes) recording time.  Besides these advances, the Canon 5D mark III does intra frame compression, which enhances the editorial workflow as well as opens up the camera to provide content to networks requiring intra frame compression.

Avengers

Avengers

“We have had great success with the Canon 5D Mark II, providing cameras and technical support for Marvel’s ‘The Avengers,’ as well as ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” says Pro HD Rentals president, Bob Bekian.  “The camera system is very robust, compact, and produces an incredible image.”  The addition to the Pro HD Rentals fleet of the improved canon 5D Mark III’s will give Pro HD Rentals an increased footprint in the production world.

The company also partnered with Loyal Studios in order to provide a complete, professional full service production facility that includes a pre-lit HD studio, camera and audio equipment, award winning crew, grip, and lighting packages.  “Our reputation for supporting professional production with a comprehensive set of resources has simplified the process and reduced costs,” Bekian adds.

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Behind the scenes for “Avengers”

Producers are taking note, booking the 3 Loyal Studios facilities (two in Santa Monica and one in Burbank) almost full time on a consistent basis.

For more information regarding Pro HD Rentals, visit www.prohdrentals.com

For information on complete production service and support please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

To learn more about the Canon 5D Mark III, please vist www.usa.canon.com

PRODUCER BOB BEKIAN LAUNCHES A HIGH-TECH AD AGENCY TARGETING BRANDED CONTENT FOR THE INTERNET

Producer Bob Bekian shooting a commercial at his Burbank studio

(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.

Snoop Dogg shooting an HD commercial at Loyal Studios in Santa Monica California

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.”

Bob Bekian in his post production facility which offers clients a complete start to finish commercial production service.

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.

Loyal Studios Commercial production facilities include the most sophisticated camera systems and pre-lit greenscreen studios

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

For more information about Loyal Studios, check out www.loyalstudios.tv

To see RealHD.tv, please click www.realhd.tv

Loyal Studios Co-Producing Pilot for “Loiters Squad” with Odd Future

OFWGKTA

If you know what “OFWGKTA” stands for, you either know an avid texter, or you live for the thrill of soul-pumping beats.  The lengthy acronym belongs to the eclectic, alternative Hip Hop group called, “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All” from Los Angeles.  Their sound joins the ranks of groups defining the music of a generation.

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Tyler: The Creator, OFWGKTA

Lead by Tyler: The Creator, the group took off in 2007, but it’s not just one band.  Odd Future is compiled of different subgroups like “The Jet Age of Tomorrow,” and “MellowHype.”  Odd Future shows off the talents of ten eclectic artists from Los Angeles, including Syd the Kyd, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Left Brain, Jasper Loc, Mike G, and Matt Martian.  The group’s success grew exponentially over the last five years with their internet fan base spilling over into crowded venues like London’s “The Drop,” Southern California’s “The House of Blues,” and the annual master-bands weekend, Coachella.

OFWGKTA lands this year in the cities of London, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester for their 2012 tour.  Tickets pre-sold-out last year.
 
Odd Future

Odd Future "OFWGKTA"

Loyal Studios and their production crews shot the pilot episode of Loiters Squad in the pre-lit HD greenscreen studio in Burbank California, combining SONY HD camera systems with the 1000 watt playback system that is built into the studio.

(Quote) “Odd Future is on the cutting edge of creativity and free expression. Their talents go beyond Hip Hop into a multilevel entertainment brand. We expect their success to continue to grow as they expand their reach into comedy and television on adult swim.” Says producer Bob Bekian who is also the CEO of Loyal Studios and founder of REALHD.TV.

Odd Future

Odd Future

True to feeding the voracious viewers with slightly weird, unique, and unconventional animated or live action entertainment, Adult Swim will add Odd Future to the mix with “Loiter’s Squad.”  The show will feature sketch comedies, pranks, and skits all calling Shenanigans that fans of Adult Swim have come to love.

“Loiter’s Squad” will air March 25th, 2012
For more information on OFWGKTA, visit their site HERE.
To learn more about Loyal Studios, go to www.loyalstudios.tv
For Bob Bekian’s projects, see www.bobbekian.com