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

BURBANK STUDIO CHOSEN FOR LAUNCH OF NEW HISPANIC CHANNEL

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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

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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.

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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
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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.

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

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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.”

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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

PRO HD RENTALS LAUNCHES MEDIA RENTAL DIVISION

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Sony SR Memory Card

Burbank, CA (June 14th, 2012) –Building on a 5 year reputation of providing high definition equipment rentals to the entertainment and production industry, Pro HD Rentals has opened a new division which focuses on tapeless media rentals.  Most of the content shot in today’s production world involves recording onto reusable media devices; such as cards, drives, and discs.   In the past, content was recorded onto magnetic tape, and those tapes served as “Masters” which an editor used to work with in the post production process.

The newer technology—particularly from Sony and Panasonic  —involves reusable media cards, which can hold up to 64gb of information on a card about the size of a credit card.  Pro HD Rentals –founded in 2005—has 75 HD camera systems as well as 3 high tech sound stages, and a full array of production equipment for rental to the professional production community.  Recently, the company added a full-service post production facility, and is able to completely provide all production services to clients; including creative development and execution of finished content.

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Panasonic 64G P2 card

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Sony SxS 64gb Media Card

“We are always looking forward at technology to stay in pace with the rapid changes in our business,” says Bob Bekian, CEO of Pro HD Rentals.  “As tapeless camera systems have gone by the wayside in our production facilities, and the newer systems require reusable media, we have developed a program to provide thousands of terabytes of storage to feature films, television, branded content, and cable clients.”

The newest tapeless technology is known as the Sony SR high definition format, which stores the highest resolution of HD information onto the media.  Sony has launched a memory cartridge to coincide with the new camera systems associated with this format.

“We see a growing market for reusable media rentals, and we have the inventory and business model to meet that growing demand,” Bekian adds.

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CF 64gb Card

Another very popular media format is the CF (Compact Flash) card, which are about the size of a Wheat Thin cracker.  These cards can hold up to 64gb of High Definition content, and are widely used with the Canon 5D DSLR systems.  Pro HD Rentals has developed online technical charts which allow anyone to preview the cards recording capabilities and functionalities to assist in determining which cards are appropriate for any given project.

Pro HD Rentals also carries an extensive line of these popular DSLR cameras as well as the lenses, monitors and other accessories this new breed of high performance cameras requires.

For more information, please visit ProHDRentals.com

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

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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.”

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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