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 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

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

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

BOB BEKIAN DIRECTS DAN AYKROYD

Dan Aykroyd poses with his product, Crystal skull Vodka

Dan Aykroyd for Crystal Head Vodka

Loyal Studios in Santa Monica was the location as Bob Bekian produced and directed Dan Aykroyd in two commercials for the American Heart Association, and Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka brand.  Bekian produced the spots from start to finish, including developing the script, overseeing the crews and post production, and final delivery of the finished content on the project.

This is the 3rd time Bekian and Aykroyd have worked together in Bekian’s Loyal studios which operates in Santa Monica and Burbank California.

The AHA commercial was done with Aykroyd in character as Elwood Blues, complete with sunglasses and handcuffs.  “We were trying to emphasize the importance of the work being done by the American Heart Association, but also letting Dan have fun with one of the most iconic characters of our generation” Bekian says.

Crystal Head Vodka is a premium brand vodka which is dispensed in a unique crystal skull

Dana and Dan Aykroyd on the New York set at Loyal Studios, Santa Monica.

Dana and Dan Aykroyd on the New York set at Loyal Studios, Santa Monica.

decanter. “As a vodka drinker myself, Crystal Head has a dual appeal as its really smooth to drink  and also has a fantastic decanter ” Bekian added. “Its great to work on a project that you endorse, and Dan’s enthusiasm about his Crystal Head is genuine and fun” Bekian said.

Bob Bekian is a producer, and founder of Loyal Studios in Burbank and Santa Monica, which specializes in full service production facilities including HD camera equipment, technical support crew , and editorial services. The studio is unique in that combines high definition technology with specially configured studios which are digitally engineered to work with the latest editing systems.

Dan Aykroyd prepairs to speak as Elwood Blues

Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues

The project was shot with The SONY EX3 HD system and edited on Apple Final Cut Pro. The final delivery was backed up on G-raid hard drives and delivered digitally to the clients throughout the United States.

For more information on Crystal Head Vodka visit www.crystalheadvodka.com

For information about the American Heart Association, please visit their site.

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BOB BEKIAN AND LOYAL STUDIOS CO-PRODUCE PARIS HILTON IN “MY BFF”

Shane and Paris Hilton on set at Loyal Studios, Santa Monica

Shane and Paris Hilton on set

Lionsgate Television needed a professional studio to produce and distribute Paris Hilton‘s show, “My BFF“, and Loyal Studioswas proud to have been that venue.  For season two, they sought Loyal out to produce the high definition segments of her show at the Santa Monica stage.  “We are very happy to work with Paris and Lionsgate on this project,” Bekian says.  “The technical requirements were not too demanding, and Paris is always fun to work with.  The trickiest part of this shoot was lighting Paris’ blond hair on the green screen,” Bekian states.  Blond hair tends to pick up the green screen colors, so there is a special technique applied to light the set in order to counteract that issue.

Bob Bekian sitting in for Paris Hilton on set at Loyal Studios, Santa Monica

Bob Bekian sitting in for Paris Hilton

Loyal Studios and Bob Bekian have produced over 850 commercials, music videos, television episodes, and other projects in Bekian’s facilities.

“We are revolutionizing production, working to keep production in California by putting together all components of a shoot into a one stop, professional shop,”  Bekian says.  For the new show, “My BFF,” Loyal studios was able to hit the mark to make the high definition components a success.

For more information on Lionsgate’s “My BFF”, please visit www.mtv.com/shows/parisbff/season_2/series.jhtml

Loyal Studios information can be found at www.loyalstudios.tv

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BOB BEKIAN AND MICHAEL TOBIAS PRODUCE “THE STATE OF THE EARTH”

Michael Tobias, head of Dancing Star Foundation

Michael Tobias of Dancing Star Foundation

Loyal Studios has worked extensively in the past with foundations and groups involved in various causes –from the American Heart Association, to UNEP.  The Dancing Star foundation came to Bob Bekian, understanding that Loyal Studios is willing to collaborate on projects aiming to better the welfare of Humanity and our planet.  Alexandra Paul and Peter Kreitler of “Earthtalk Today” are in partnership with Dancing Star Foundation to create this 90 minute three-part special.

Dancing Star’s goal is “helping Humankind protect the natural world.  [They hope to] sensitize people throughout the world to the critical importance of biodiversity, animal protection and conservation; and to instill a respect for all life, which can be demonstrated by even the most modest gestures of kindness, compassion and love in our everyday lives.”  Michael Tobias wanted to bring the best scientists on the globe to discuss the state of the Earth.

Bob Bekian on the RED One camear

Bob Bekian on the RED One

He approached Bob Bekian and Loyal Studios about the special, and developed the details together at Bekian’s Santa Monica studios.

“We believe in the work that Michael Tobias and Dancing Star Foundation is doing,” Bekian states, “so we worked in tandem to produce this project, which brought together some of the world’s top scientists.”  The production focused on population, eco-system changes, and the importance of understanding where we need to target our efforts on the planet in order to prevent species from disappearing, or reducing our natural habitats as well as climate changes and *biodiversity hotspots.

*A “biodiversity hotspot” is defined as an area  that contains at least 1,500 species of vascular plants, and has lost at least 70% of its native habitat.  (See environmentforbeginners.com for a article detailing the “hotspot” definition.)

For more information about Dancing Star Foundation, please visit www.dancingstarfoundation.org.

For information regarding Loyal Studios non-profit participation, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

Loyal strives to keep production in California, offering a comprehensive, one stop professional shop for production companies and Green organizations.

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SPONSORING LAUGHS AT THE 2011 L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

Los Angeles Comedy Shorts festival

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The LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival is back in town for a weekend of laughs and hopefully production deals for the many talented and funny   It will showcase new comedic talent, show off the shorts of the hottest comedians, and bring the world of comedy right to your face.  Those lucky enough to be stared down by the judges and win will be poised the write their own deals as “Funny”= “Money”.

It is a Celebrity-filled event that has had famous faces as guests, panelists, and judges for both past and now present events.  Some Notables from iconic, and comedic movies and shows include “Futurama,” “Family Guy,” Boondocks,” “Modern Family,” “SNL,” “Star Wars,” “MAD TV,” “Breaking Bad,” “Reno 911,” “Glee,” “Austin Powers,” “The Office,” and “Robot Chicken”–plus and many many more.    Their mission objective is, “…dedicated to introducing the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry, and helping them make the connections they need to take their careers to the next level.”  –from lacomedyshorts.com.

The festival began way back in the bygone days of 2009 when men were men, and women let them believe it.

Gary Anthony Williams, creator of the LACS

Gary Anthony Williams

It is the brainchild of famous comedian/actor, Gary Anthony Williams of “Boston Legal” and the voice of ‘Uncle Ruckus’ on Adult Swim’sBoondocks”.  Gary provided an interview to RealTV Films during the 2009 festival, joking about what he hoped people would get out of the festival.  “I hope people will go home with their own cars, because under each seat, we’ve put car keys, they can go out to any car and drive away.”  But seriously, he speaks about the LACS, saying, “It’s been amazing.  The sponsors have really helped us out.  ….. they’ve all come through more than I ever hoped they would.”  Then humorously adds, “Mark Hamill owes me $0.58.”

If you look on the “Sponsors” page, you’ll notice a familiar black and gray fist under ‘Festival Patrons.’  Loyal Studios is standing right alongside some of the many respected companies supporting the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival.  We do it because we love comedy, and we love the comedians that split our sides. “I am co-producing one of the projects with Snehal Patel, and we are happy to help make the event happen” says Bob Bekian, producer and owner of Loyal Studios.

The festival will run from April 7th—10th 2011.  To get your tickets, go Here.  The Venue:  The Downtown Independent Theater.

For all information regarding the festival, visit LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival

Like the Loyal fist on the Sponsors page?  Get the shirt here.  And if you like us, find out about what we do at www.loyalstudios.tv

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MICHAEL MADSON SHOOTS BOB BEKIAN IN “MADOFF: MADE OFF WITH AMERICA”

Madoff: Made Off With America movie poster

Madoff: Made Off With America movie poster

Loyal Studios makes it a priority to take part in every aspect of the creative process to provide a professional, smooth production experience behind the camera.  Occasionally, the crew is asked to participate creatively in front of the camera as well.

Such was the case with Edmund Druilhet’s latest movie about the sinister “Satan of Wall Street”, Bernie Madoff, entitled “Made Off With America.”  Bob Bekian –producer and owner of Loyal Studios– was given the opportunity to trade in his production hat for a chance to fire a an actual MP5 automatic machine gun (with live blanks) with Michael Madsenand get then “shot” with live squibs propelling stage blood from his torso.

Bob rehearsing for his scene in "Madeoff: Made Off With America"

Bob rehearsing for his scene

“I jumped at the opportunity to be in the film when Edmund ask me to,” Bekian says.  “And as a big fan of Michael Madsen, it was an experiance I’ll always remember.  The easy part was firing the 9mm automatic machine guns, the tough part was getting shot.”  He says.  “The fake blood packets (squibs) are taped to your chest with mini explosive charges backed by a steel plate. In order to look realistic, you have to recoil back based on where the bullet is supposed to hit, then fall dead.

After practicing this fall 25 times, I gained a new appreciation for stunt work!” Bekian reported. “Working with talent like Michael Madsen reminds me of some of Hollywood’s legendary leading men.  “I think a comparison to Robert Mitchum would be appropriate (and I don’t think Michael would object)” added Bekian.

Michael Madson with producers

Michael Madson with producers

Madsen and Bekian hit it off immediately, as they both collect vintage original movie posters of similar genres.  Loyal studios in Santa Monica and Burbank are known for their valuable framed original movie poster collections Bekian has assembled which are always popular with guests.

“Made Off With America” is based on the real-life story of Bernie Madoff, who defrauded thousands in the world largest and most infamous Ponzi scheme.

Michael Madson and Bob Bekian outside Loyal Studios, Santa Monica

Michael Madson and Bob Bekian

Shot at Loyal Studios in Santa Monica, Druilhet combines his vision with the talents of Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan”), Michael Madson (“Kill Bill”), Rachel Hunter (“The Bench Warmers”), and introducing Paul Cohen as “Bernie Madoff.”

For more information about Loyal Studios, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

BOB BEKIAN AND COCA COLA “OPEN HAPPINESS”

 

Janelle, Cee-Lo Green, and their co-star, a zebra at Loyal Studios on the set of "Open Happiness" for Coca Cola.

Janelle, Cee-Lo Green, and their co-star, a zebra at Loyal Studios.

Loyal Studios‘ Santa Monica location was the venue when Coca Cola shot a music video for the “Open Happiness” campaign on Loyal’s specialized greenscreen stage.  Using Loyal’s high definition crew, Coca Cola brought “Open City” to life in a special effects extravaganza of color and wonder.

Loyal Studios was chosen for this project  because of the specialized pre-lit digital stage that was engineered for high definition composting.  “This project has been very interesting because of the talent involved as well as the live zebra!”  Bob Bekian, co-producer, states, “It was a marathon seventeen hour shoot, but the end result was fantastic.”  Bekian adds, “And working with a brand like Coca Colaand their teams is an incredible experience.”

Travis McCoy of "Gym Class Heroes" and Brendan Urie of "Panic at the Disco"

Travis McCoy and Brendan Urie

Loyal Studios has been host to artists such as LMFAO, Young Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Booda, as they’ve made some great music videos on our pre-lit green screen stages.  “We are continuing to keep the love for incredible music mixed with creativity alive in our studios” Bekian states, “And we are proud of our technical accomplishments and growing reputation in the digital compositing  world” Bekian adds.

“Open Happiness” is music video featuring the amazing talents of Cee-Lo Green, Travis McCoy of ‘Gym Class Heroes’, the beautiful Janelle Monae, Brendon Urie of ‘Panic at the Disco’ and Patrick Stump of ‘Fall Out Boy’.  These talented artists have teamed up to work with Coca Cola to create a project that was not only fun to watch, but life on the set was just as enjoyable to be a part of.

Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes dancing with his back-up crew on the set of "Open Happiness" for Coca Cola.

Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes dancing with his back-up crew

It was directed by award winning director, Alan Ferguson.  The song was co-written by Cee-Lo Green with production credits shared with Polow Da Don.

Loyal Studios aims to keep production in California by offering all components of a shoot so they can come together to create a professional product. Loyal studios is unique in that they own 75 HD camera systems and have specialized crews which are focused on producing professional HD digital content .

You can watch the full video at
http://www.radioplanet.tv/open-happiness-video/

To find out more about Loyal Studios pre-lit digital studios, visit www.loyalstudios.tv

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