Archive for October, 2008

Illum Awarded Design Contract

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Illum’s Graphics Division has picked up a corporate design contract for The Zenbu Center, located in Dahlonega, Georgia.  The center is part of the Blaize Foundation; a domestic charitable trust is creating a new opportunity in Dahlonega for constituents who strive to better themselves physically, mentally & spiritually.  An eastern philosophy fitness center & spa is being created as part of a non-profit charitable institute to bring a much needed alternative outlet and lifestyle to a rural college, manufacturing & agricultural town.

This facility will offer Japanese discipline classes through sword arts as well as other self development & enhancement courses such as yoga, aerobics & dance.  This facility will feature a world class martial arts training facility, large strolling Japanese gardens, a gymnasium & will house a fully equipped spa center with all the proper amenities.

Illum Design Group will be creating the corporate identity as well as company stationary packages, collateral material & will also serve as a consultant on the Foundation’s future marketing endeavors.

9to5, the Musical

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Illum Productions has been awarded an animation project collaborating with Peter Nigrini Design Studios, out of New York, for the Broadway production “9 to 5 the Musical” based off of the 80’s movie.

Peter’s body of work covers a number of disciplines in the theatre.  A few of his video designs include: Jean Genet’s Elle produced as the inaugural production of The Art Party starring Alan Cumming, the Tony award nominated, Say Goodnight Gracie at the Helen Hayes Theatre & the World Premier of Charles Wuorinen’s Adaptation of the Salman Rushdie novella, Haroun and the Sea of Stories.  In addition to his work as a video designer, Peter occasionally designs in other media for the theatre such as scenery for the Lincoln Center Theater/Lincoln Center Festival Production of Chen Shi-Zheng’s Orphan of Zhao.

We will be animating the fantasy sequence of Violet Newstead, played by Allison Janney of West Wing, whom day-dreams that she is Snow White singing to the bluebirds & demolishing the dark castle of her boss, the evil Franklin Hart Jr.

Joe Merideth, our animation director stated, “This was a true collaboration and a great opportunity to explore a different kind of venue for animation.  I haven’t seen too many live performances with an animation element so it was an exciting and welcomed challenge.”

We were asked to create a style related to old Disney movies of the 40’s as well as feel of animation reminiscent of early Looney Toon cartoons.  The castle was created in CG but textured to match that of the concept hand painted art so it had a 2D hand painted feel to the final rendered frames.  Jerry, our Creative Director, said, “We went for a Chuck Jones style animation to the castle, so instead of dramatically shattering the castle upon destruction, we simply popped a couple components off of it to simulate the same approach that Franklin Hart was going through in the play.  A male stroked elimination of his personal ego in a comical way.”

The theatre performances will open in California at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles before heading to New York, April 23, 2009, at the Marriott Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).

Megan Hilty, Allison Janney and Stephanie J. Block


Don’t miss this new musical comedy based on the classic hit movie! 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL features a brand-new score by seven-time Grammy Award® winner DOLLY PARTON that includes the blockbuster title song, plus a book by original screenwriter PATRICIA RESNICK and direction by two-time Tony Award®-winner JOE MANTELLO (directing his first new musical since Wicked). Emmy Award®-winner and Tony Award® nominee ALLISON JANNEY stars as Violet Newstead, the super-efficient office manager who joins her fellow co-workers – frazzled divorcée Judy Bernly (STEPHANIE J. BLOCK) and sexy secretary Doralee Rhodes (MEGAN HILTY) – to turn the tables on their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot” of a boss, Franklin Hart Jr. (Tony Award nominee MARC KUDISCH).

Illum goes East with AnFala

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

 Illum’s Design Group has been presented an opportunity to create a full corporate marketing push for AnFala, a company created by Dr. Ruan Jin Zhao, a professor of Chinese Medicine Cellular Biology & Immunology & specialist in Herbal Therapy.  Dr. Zhao is also a member & scientific advisor to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, publishing several papers on cancer treatments utilizing Chinese herbal & acupuncture solutions.  AnFala is Dr. Zhao’s own Chinese pharmaceutical organization.  They research, develop, & manufacture health solution-oriented herbal medicines based on clinically proven proprietary formulas targeting specific diseases.  AnFala distinguishes itself in all phases of high quality medicine manufacturing, including but not limited to herb planting, harvesting, selecting, processing & packaging. Currently, AnFala operates two high standard manufacturing facilities in Sichuan & Henan Provinces in China.

Illum will be re-designing AnFala’s identity & stationary package as well as designing specifically targeted brochures highlighting their top herbal solutions, craft prescription bottle labels, periodical advertisements & creating a six piece trade show display.

Our Creative Director, Jerry states, “We are excited to be considered for this project.  Dr. Zhao is a very humble man who wants to help those who have had limited success with other medical treatments.  What is real appealing about AnFala’s project is that their Board is real open to the creative process & has really opened the platform for us to mix mediums & meld the two cultures into the work.”

Ringling’s Next Step Career Conference

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Jerry Chambless, Illum’s Animation & Creative Director, has been asked to speak at Ringling College of Art & Design’s Next Step Career Conference.  The conference is held every two years & gives the students an opportunity to meet industry professionals & discuss with them the rigors of working in various artistic industries & what they need to prepare themselves for their future careers.

Being alumni of Ringling, Jerry was excited to take part in the weekends’ events.  He will be speaking on an Alumni Panel, discussing his career & various projects he has worked on.  Jerry will also be a guest critic on the Portfolio Review Board where students get to have their work critiqued & discuss ways to enhance their presentations.

On the last day, Jerry will team up with cinematographer & director, Mark Parry to discuss “The Versatility of Film” in a series of Round Table discussions designed to enlighten the students to the intricacies of the industry & enhance their perception of the career they are working towards.

Jerry states, “I am pleased to be a part of this conference & share with the students’ experiences I have had & skills I have learned while in this industry.  Furthermore it helps me give back to my college; my experience there was phenomenal & I met many great artists who share the same passions that I have.”

Outa here! CCJ is completed

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Click Clack Jack is in the can!  It has been a long haul for post production, but the animation, visual effects & editing have all paid off. The film looks great.  Adrenaline Films in Orlando will assist in dumping out a high def BluRay version complete with a 5:1 surround sound version.

Sound Designer signs on to CCJ

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Jerry, Ryan Bodie, and Keith Thomas have traveled to Colorado to meet with composer John Doryk to work through the finishing touches on Click Clack Jack’s soundtrack.

John William Doryk is an award winning television/film composer, who has been creating original music and sound design for over 24 years. His music has been showcased on The Discovery Channel, PBS, FOX Network, for Focus on the Family, Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, Coral Ridge Media, and many independent feature films.  John is the recipient of over 5 Addy and 4 Tesla awards for best music/sound design.  He currently resides in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children.

Jerry says the score fits the scope & theme of the film effortlessly.  We are all very excited that Click Clack’s pilot is almost complete.

Click Clack goes Post

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

After spending a month in principal photography in California, we are back in the studio and excited about the Click Clack Jack pilot.  “We have some amazing footage in the can and the actors were inspiring; we could not have chosen a better cast.” stated Jerry our Creative Director.  “The way the Florida and California crews worked together; everyone is expecting huge things from this production.”

Additionally,” Ryan Bodie, the director, states, “Our client really felt like we understood his vision; we were able to accommodate all the productions needs because we were servicing it through the cohesive talents of our sibling studios.”

Click Clack Jack

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
Illum Productions has agreed to produce the Christian film series pilot, Click Clack Jack.  Principal photography will be shot in California in Sacramento, James Town and Los Angles at Paramount Ranch.

Illum Productions will also produce all the visual effects and direct the distribution channels.  “We are very excited about this production,” Michelle Chambless, our Executive Producer says, “This is the type of project we believe in because of the values of the family unit are so strong and directly tie in with what Illum is working on for our children series.”

It is the dream of Keith Thomas, whom up until now, has been traveling to churches, schools and theatres telling the story of a train engineer from the 1870’s who helps out unfortunate and lost souls and through generosity, kindness and selflessness, helps these people find faith and purpose in their lives.  Click Clack’s stories are told to children through a train museum guide who has a kinship to Click Clack.

The series is driven towards children, families and the Christian faith.  Ryan Bodie, owner of Studio 26 Productions, will be co-writing and directing the film.


Festival Viewings for The Black Shield

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Director Martin Hudson’s short film “The Black Shield” has been accepted into the Hollywood Black Film Festival and is screening Wednesday, June 6th, at 2 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.  The Black Shield has also been accepted into the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Sunday, June 10th, at 7:10 p.m. at the Artaud Theatre in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival runs from June 5-10 & the San Francisco Black Film Festival will run June 7-10 & 14-17, 2007.

FLIFF Awards

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Illum, along with Studio 26 Productions, is awarded a silver FLIFF for their visual effects and edgy graphics work on Gold’s Gym Sarasota national commercial spot. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has been recognizing films and the artists that create them for over twenty years.

FLIFF reels out over 200 films from around the globe including a World Premiere; several National Premieres and over fifty Florida Premieres yearly.