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”

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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.”

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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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HOLLYWOOD STUDIO VOWS TO KEEP PRODUCTION IN CALIFORNIA

Charlize Theron behind the scenes on "Prometheus"

Charlize Theron behind the scenes on “Prometheus”

(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.

Star Wars Speeder Bike on Loyal Studios Burbank green screen.

Star Wars Speeder Bike on Loyal Studios Burbank green screen.

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.

Jaeger suits from "Prometheus."

Jaeger suits from “Prometheus.”

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

For more information on Bob Bekian, visit his website here.

LOYAL STUDIOS PRODUCES SEQUENCES FOR LEGENDARY PICTURES’ “PACIFIC RIM”

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Legendary Pictures
“Pacific Rim” is scheduled
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(Burbank, CA) : Legendary Pictures summer blockbuster, Pacific Rim, will tell the story of humanity fighting against an alien attack that threatens Earth’s existence.  “Giant robots piloted by Humans are deployed to fight off the menace.” – (IMDB)

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Behind the scenes with the spacesuits from “Pacific Rim”

It is an epic production that utilizes hundreds of visual effects shots in order to create the giant monsters and environments in the story.  Warner Brothers and Legendary called on Bob Bekian’s high tech Digital HD studios in Burbank to provide the production elements for several sequences. The shots called for the use of Bekian’s pre-lit green screens with specialized lighting and monitoring in order to do pre-visualization of how the sequence will look after post production.

“We have designed our facilities to use the latest technology in order to produce incredible images that tell compelling stories,” Bekian said.  The sequences shot at Loyal Studios employ the ARRI Alexa camera system.  The studio’s integrated control room that feeds the HD files into an array of technology does everything from immediately replacing the green screen background with various sample digital “plates,” to uploading the files to off-site Producers via a high speed internet connection.

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Loyal Studios HD Engineer Hector Luken with Guillermo Del Toro at the Burbank
High-Tech Facility

Guillermo del Toro directed the sequences, including one with renowned NFL quarterback, Terry Bradshaw. “We love working with Legendary Pictures and especially Guillermo Del Toro,” Bekian adds.  “He is a visionary director, and Legendary Pictures continues to produce incredible films that continually push the industry’s bar of excellence.”

For more information about “Pacific rim,” click the link.

Legendary pictures, visit Legendary Pictures

For info about Bob Bekian and Loyal Studios, visit www.bobbekian.com

LOYAL STUDIOS PRODUCES GERARD BUTLER IN “MOVIE 43”

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Gerard Butler Behind the scenes at Loyal Studios in Santa Monica

(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

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An edited version of Gerard Butler’s character complete with visual effects

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.

Gerard Butler plays an angry, foul-mouthed Leprechaun in a hilarious sequence directed by Brett Ratner.

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Director Brett Ratner and Gerard Butler behind the scenes at Loyal Studios

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.

With make-up provided by Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead“), Butler was transformed into a character that is strikingly believable.

“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.”

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An edited scene of Gerard Butler from “Movie 43″ released by Relativity Media

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

For more on Loyal Studios, visit www.loyalstudios.tv

For more information on Bob Bekian’s projects visit www.bobbekian.com

NOAH BLAKE CAST IN NEW CRIME DRAMA

Noah Blake to play lead male role in "Venice 13."

Noah Blake to play lead male role in “Venice 13.”

Noah Blake appearing in "Venice 13."

Noah Blake appearing in “Venice 13.”

(Hollywood, CA): Noah Blake has been cast for the leading male role in the new L.A. crime drama entitled “Venice 13.”  The show is about the highly successful undercover unit known as Precinct 13 in Los Angeles, which is responsible for numerous successful operations .

Blake, who is the son of controversial Television icon Robert Blake, has made a name for himself in Hollywood on his own starring in television and films including JAG, General Hospital and The Office.  “Noah Blake brings an incredible depth to the project,” says Bob Bekian, Executive Producer.  “In addition to being a fine actor himself, Noah is a respected acting teacher with lots of experience and ideas.”

venice-poster-3“Venice 13” is an ambitious project as it deals with the underground trade happening in L.A. based on the 2000 shipping containers that enter the port each day. Many of these containers transport chemicals and weapons which threaten national security. “The gangs and syndicates that distribute contraband from the port of L.A. are real and very dangerous,” added JoJo Ryder, also executive producer of the project.

Blake plays ‘Commander Giamala,’ the former CIA intelligence officer who joined the NTAS after 9/11.

“Precinct 13 in Venice is a legendary unit in the world of law enforcement” added Bekian.

DODGE TO PROVIDE ALL VEHICLES FOR TELEVISION PILOT

venice-poster-3(Burbank, CA)Chrysler Dodge has jumped into the highly anticipated show, “Venice 13,” and agreed to provide vehicles in many aspects of the show. The one-hour crime drama, currently shooting in Los Angeles, CA, tells the true story of the highly successful undercover precinct 13 in Venice California.  “We are very enthusiastic about the integration of Dodge and Chrysler into the show,” notes Executive Producer Bob Bekian. “Dodge has a brand that is very popular in the demographic that the show speaks to, and the vehicles being incorporated into the show are exciting.”

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Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT8 will both be featured as prominent “Hero Cars”

and the Dodge sprinter van is converted into a high-tech mobile crime lab. “We modified the performance on the Challenger to increase the horsepower and add some Hollywood tricks,” Bekian adds.

Mobile crime lab in a Dodge Sprinter van

Mobile crime lab in a Dodge Sprinter van

Based on a true story, Precinct 13 in Venice has been very successful in bringing down several criminal operations in L.A. including  a well publicized infiltration and apprehension of an Al-Qaeda cell which was planning on shooting down airplanes at LAX. The Precinct is a division of the National Terrorism Advisory System and is integrated with most of the major United States law enforcement agencies. Precinct 13 is known as very effective, and  highly secretive unit consisting of agents work deep undercover often for several months before apprehending their target. “The fact the Dodge is willing to provide the vehicles in the show  helps to legitimize the project, and we are very happy about the co-branding agreement,” added JoJo Ryder, Co -Executive Producer.

 

 

YOLANDA PECORARO CAST AS LEAD IN “VENICE 13”

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Yolanda Pecoraro will play the lead in “Venice 13” Produced by Loyal Studios

Hollywood (CA):  The Producers of Venice 13, the controversial true story of an undercover unit in Los Angeles, have cast Yolanda Pecoraro in the lead role. Pecoraro will play Vanessa Rodriguez, the notorious agent who broke up an arms smuggling ring distributing weapons to Al-Qaeda cells in the L.A. area.

Executive Producers Bob Bekian of Loyal Studios, and JoJo Ryder of Untouchable J Productions went through an exhaustive casting process in order to find Pecoraro. “The character of Vanessa has to have a very complex set of skills and Yolanda Pecoraro can definitely fill that role.”  Noted Bob Bekian.

“She has athleticism, incredible acting skills and a realistic attitude about the character”

Venice 13 posterThe story follows Precinct 13 in Venice California which is a joint task force created to battle the 40,000 gang members distributing various types of contraband coming in through the port of Los Angeles.

Pecoraro is no stranger to contention herself, being recently linked to Tom Cruise after his breakup with Katie Holmes.

Venice 13 will also include Noah Blake (son of actor, Robert Blake) as Commander Chris Giamala who is the coordinator of the task force and is credited with saving the city of L.A. from a major terrorist attack.

Other notable additions to the project include a partnership with Dodge/ Chrysler which is providing many vehicles for the show including the “Hero Car,” a customized Challenger as well as a high- tech mobile crime van.

The highly anticipated series has been in pre-production and will begin shooting the pilot December 20th.

For more information on Bob Bekian’s projects, visit bobbekian.com

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