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.

Flo Rida and JayKay in a Co-Produced Video with Bob Bekian and Loyal Studios

JayKay and Bob Bekian

JayKay and Bob Bekian

The phenomenal talents of Flo Rida and JayKay came together at Loyal Studios in Burbank, CA this past summer filming the video for their collaborative song entitled “What The Girls Like.”

On set filming "What the Girls Want"

Jesse Brunt and Cristian Ubilla On set filming "What The Girls Want" at http://www.loyalstudios.tv

With the state-of-the-art studios owned by Bob Bekian, and the director expertise of Claudio Zagarini in Italy, the two co-produced the video from both sides of the globe in real time.  “This was really an international collaboration,” noted Bekian.  “We had Claudio skype-directing from Europe, and our team at Loyal Studios with JayKay performing the content.”  This method of directing became favorable for long distance review after Peter Jackson utilized it to direct the musical score of the third Lord of the Rings movie on location in New Zealand. “Our Director of Photography was Jesse Brunt, who is a master at making Digital HD footage look like film” Bekian added.

Dancers touching up Make-up for "What The Girls Want" at www.loyalstudios.tv

Dancers touching up Make-up for "What The Girls Want" at http://www.loyalstudios.tv

The shoot utilized a combination of high definition  cameras along with Kino Flo lighting systems on a greenscreen to produce the raw content.  The final cut was produced in Italy as the files traveled digitally across the internet.  Any changes that needed to be made could be set into motion, shot, and sent back to Italy for review. “We specialize in using technology to produce high quality content while keeping costs under control” Bekian noted.

Loyal Studios and Bekian specialize in the latest high definition equipment, technical support, and state-of-the-art digital studios in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Santa Monica, CA.

For more on JayKay, please visit Here.

To view the video of “What the Girls Like,” please click here.

To learn more about Loyal Studios, visit loyalstudios.tv

To contact Bob Bekian , please visit bobbekian.com

For behind the scenes videos visit www.realhd.tv  or view it on Youtube.

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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LOYAL STUDIOS TEAMS UP TO OPEN “AMERICAN IDOL”

 

male model for the American Idol introduction

Model for American Idol at Loyal Studios, Burbank

Loyal Studios in Burbank has partnered up with Aerodrome Pictures –also known for producing the introduction of TMZ–  to create an incredible opening for the #1 rated show in America, “American Idol.”

Aerodrome pictures is known for their incredible visual effects on shows like “Fox Sports“, “Swift Justice“, “The Ellen Show“, “America’s Got Talent” , and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“We are very honored to have Aerodrome as a client in our pre-lit studios, as they have a reputation in the industry as one of the best visual effects houses in Hollywood,” states Bob Bekian –owner of loyal Studios.

Female model for the American Idol introduction

Female model for the American Idol at Loyal Studios, Burbank

American Idol has set up in the Loyal Studios Burbank stage in the past, filming the talented Katharine McPhee for the most recent episode of “American Idol Rewind.”  The team was impressed by Loyal Studios enough that they contacted Bob Bekian when the need arose for professional green screen that is pre-lit and has the technical features for special effects and compositing. “We have engineered the studio with several important features like an overcove which allows for seamless low angle shots” Bekian adds.

Finished product for American Idol opening sequence

Finished product for American Idol opening sequence

Loyal Studios specializes in providing high definition digital chroma key studios, which are popular for compositing, and special effects.
“We take pride in our ability to fully service a production, including a pre-lit digital studio, the latest  HD cameras and equipment, and a top technical support crew.” says Bekian .

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

To learn about Aerodrome and the works they are involved with, check out www.aerodrome.com

Check out www.americanidol.com for links, photos, and clips of all 10 seasons

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