Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

Illum back on the “9 to 5” schedule

Friday, June 21st, 2013

As the old saying goes, “life imitates art”, Illum relived past artistic endeavors this past winter season by agreeing to create motion graphics for 9 to 5, the musical, for the Players Theatre.  Our Creative Director, Jerry is friends & neighbors with the Artistic Director of the Player’s Theatre, Jeffery Kin.  Jeffery knowing that Illum had created the Snow White Day Dream sequence for the Broadway show, asked Jerry if he would consider repeating that for the Player’s show.

Jerry states, “I agreed because I know that community theatre doesn’t get to explore the same type of artistic license that a larger Broadway theatre can.”  Upon our first pre-production meeting with the crew & director Jared Walker, Jerry quickly realized that the show was in greater need than just the Snow White sequence.  “I felt that the 2d animation was going to stick out like a sore thumb against the remainder of the show which was simply going to be still photographs.  The show needed an infusion of motion graphics throughout in order for the show to flow seamlessly & with a stronger emphasis on continuity so I decided that we were going to design the whole show’s backdrop in collaboration with Ken Mooney who was the set designer.” Jerry said. players9to5

Illum repurposed the animation for the day dream sequence along with creating 30+ other animated scenic graphics.  Due to the amount of complexity of the scenes along with the lighting scenarios created by Mike Wood, Qlab was brought in to sync & run the show’s audio, visuals & lighting to secure the show running smoothly.   The show ran, at Players, www.theplayers.org, for a few weeks in February with some additional shows added to the request of Sarasota’s community.

Discussion Panel with Front Row Tampa Bay during the RNC

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota, in cooperation with Front Row Tampa Bay, has asked our VP/Creative Director, Jerry Chambless to be part of a panel discussion during the Republican National Convention (RNC).  The panel’s purpose is to give an up-front & personal account of having their businesses operating in Sarasota, relations with local businesses & educational organizations such as Ringling College & what type of economic impact it has with business, lifestyle, culture, etc., in this region as well as all of SW Florida.

The segment, titled Sarasota Innovation Panel, will feature Dr. Larry Thompson of Ringling College, Pat Redmond, CEO of Tervis Tumbler, Jeff Hazelton, President of Lucid Global & Jerry Chambless, VP & Creative Director of Illum.   Innovation & key partnerships will be the topic as well as decisions to head quarter the unique businesses out of Sarasota County & what opportunities that may hold for the businesses.  Jerry stated that he was honored to have been asked to represent Sarasota’s businesses & looked forward to expanding awareness to all that Sarasota has to offer.

Front Row Tampa Bay is built around the Republican National Convention, to promote regional & Florida businesses while giving business leaders prime meeting & networking opportunities around this unique event.  The four day programming event will be live-streamed to targeted influencers & business interests across the nation.  Programming will include focus on the key business sectors & leaders from Florida & Tampa Bay, commentary from top political leaders & a look at life in Tampa Bay and Florida.

The Sarasota Innovation Panel segment will be airing on Thursday the 30th, at 10:30 am.  To view these streaming panel interviews & discussions, visit http://frontrowtampabay.com/ daily.

Perfect Platform for a Premiere

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Jerry blocking out a scene with Doug Frasure

Jerry blocking out a scene with Doug Frasure

Our independent feature film, Beautiful Noise, has been accepted into the Sarasota Film Festival for its world premiere.  The rough cut impressed the panel of judges & the festival’s artistic director, Tom Hall who with the festival’s programmers has scheduled Beautiful Noise to be showcased an unprecedented 6 times over the 12 day event.  This means that if every show & every seat gets filled, we will have set a festival box office record of over 1,500 viewers.

Artistic director Hall informed our director, Steve Tatone, that the committee is prepared to add additional screenings if the demand is present.  The team is really excited over the news & feels honored to be represented by their home town in such a fashion.

The premiere of Beautiful Noise’s first screening at the festival is April 9th at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Sarasota at the Hollywood 20 theatres.  After the first viewing, Steve Tatone will conduct a Q & A session for those who would like to stay after & learn about our film.  For more information about Beautiful Noise & the Sarasota Film Festival, please visit www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.  Tickets officially go on sale on March 18th.

Jerry, our creative director & the film’s production designer & first assistant director had this to say about the honor, “I am, as well as my crewmates & the actors, very humbled & excited about the festival’s warm reception to our film.  I hope that this aides in the recognition of Sarasota’s film community to the rest of the industry that we have a great deal to offer here.”  If you would like to learn more about the film, visit www.beautifulnoisethemovie.com.

The Boys in the Big Apple

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Joe Merideth, animation director & I toyed with going to New York to see our animation in the Broadway musical, 9 to 5.  Conflicting schedules, costs, ho hum, etc.  Then I received an email from Andrew Bauer, Peter Nigrini’s right hand man, who asked, “Hey I have some tickets, would you like to come see the show?”  “Well yes we would!” I replied & a couple of phone calls later, we were planning a trip to the Big Apple to see our work on a Broadway stage.

Sadly Michelle could not join us but Jada, Joe’s wife accompanied us & we had a great time.  Met up with Peter & Andrew for drinks & discussion about the show & the technical aspects of how our work was interlaced with the live action sets, orchestra & actors.  Then we walked over to the Marquis Theatre & met many of the production staff who gave us great compliments on our work.

The show was real funny, had some great numbers & I tell you if you close your eyes & just listened to Megan Hilty’s version of Dolly Parton, you would think Dolly herself was on stage.  Allison Janney owned her part & Stephanie Block made the naive divorcee cliché stand on its end.  Marc Kudisch was so much like Mr. Hart that the audience could feel women’s lib flying out the window.  The best, in my opinion was Roz’s solo act.  If you get a chance to be in New York, check out the show.