Local Festival Screens CCJ

February 25th, 2009

The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) running February 26th to March 7th, is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing festivals in the country with an anticipated 10,000 attendees for this year.  GIFF will also be partnering with the Global Film Initiative to host “Global Lens 2009” a traveling film series.  GFI a leader in funding & distribution of world cinema will be promoting cross-cultural diversity by presenting world feature films in over forty major U.S. cities.  Click Clack Jack will be shown at the venue, Channelside 4 on Sunday, March 1st at 1:30 p.m.  Because we are a local production, the screening will be free, so join us & show your support!

January Strong for CCJ

January 20th, 2009

Additionally CCJ has been chosen as a finalist in the 2008 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival which runs from January 8th to the 10th.  CCJ will be showing on Thursday the 8th under the category ‘Fun with Trains’ which will also showcase a small film from Peyton Thomas, who played Ronnie in CCJ & is the son of Keith Thomas, aka Click Clack.  His film is ‘A Journey of Hope’.  The films will screen from 9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Continuing Festivals for CCJ

December 31st, 2008

Click Clack Jack was chosen as an Official Selection in the Kid’s First Festival for the age range of 5–12.  In its ninth year, the Kid’s First Festival is part of The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.  The CQCM was founded in 1991 with a mission to teach children critical viewing skills & to increase the visibility & availability of quality children’s media. The Coalition is a voluntary collaboration comprising more than 10,000 media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents & families nationwide. 

Click Clack Jack was selected & screened at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival in Hollywood, CA.  The festival begins on Dec. 4th & continued on through the week.  CCJ screened on Tuesday, December 9th at 8:00pm at the Laemmle Sunset 5.  

The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) was founded in 1993 & has become one of the largest independent film festivals in the world.  They are recognized by the film & entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit.  NYIIFVF is known as ‘the voice for independent film’, receives extensive coverage in all major media & attracts entries from around the globe.

Congratulations to CCJ

November 24th, 2008

After a widely successfu run, Click Clack Jack was presented with two prestigious awards from the 2008 WYSIWYG Film Festival in San Francisco.  The film won Best Production Value and Film of the Year!  Illum wishes Click Clack Jack continued success as the film has been submitted to over forty festivals nationwide.

Festival Viewings for CCJ

November 24th, 2008

 At the end of October, Click Clack Jack, A Rail Legend, made its festival debut at the Florida Media Market.  Keith and Ryan and Britton were on hand to pitch the film to industry executives which went very well.  CCJ was not only an “Official” selection but also as a finalist in the category of TV programming which speaks volumes for the independent faith based film.

 The Florida Media Market is a membership-based organization whose goal is to educate and build a platform where independent film & media makers meet with international buyers, distributors and production companies to buy, sell and network. We aim to create an annual market for film, documentary, television and media deal-making that will fortify our industry both internationally and in Florida, the action state.

Click Clack Jack was also accepted and screened at the WYSIWYG Film Festival in San Francisco, on November 7th.  Mike Muscat, who played the railroad museum guide, assisted in securing a perfect time slot for CCJ’s viewing.  The team appreciated Mike’s efforts on the film’s behalf.

Illum Awarded Design Contract

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

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

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

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

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.