Posts Tagged ‘Animation’

A Purposeful Christian Movement

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Illum Productions was approached by first time documentary director, Shara Pradhan, to assist her in spreading the word of her worthy cause of attempting to reduce suffering in third world countries by helping feed one million malnourished children.  The film follow’s the Baker family & their legacy as their grandfather missioned in China to the current movement of the family through Mozambique & has been in production over the last two years & Iris Global Films is in the last stretches of their mission.

Jerry, our creative director, has agreed to assist Iris Global with their film by creating a minute long animated sequence for one of the more sensitive parts of the film.  The scene will be stylized in a graphic novel style, minimalized by design.  “The director really wanted a stylized look to emulate the despair seen in these regions.  I am hoping to drive the illustrations by the documentary’s audible message in order to set the tone necessary to drive home their intent.” Jerry stated.

The filming of Compelled by Love: the Legacy of Iris continues in Pemba during the month of July & will be in post production until the beginning of the year.  Shara plans on holding the first film premiere in Bethel Church, Redding, California the first week of January.  Illum will be donating $4,500.00 worth of time & animation to this production.

Bitcoin to the Rescue…

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Illum has been contracted by Anthony Gallippi, owner of Bit-Pay, to produce a 60 second animated commercial spot for their venture into Bit Coins.  Bit-Pay was founded last year by Anthony & his partner Stephen in hopes of enabling online merchants to accept bitcoins as easily as accepting credit cards or paypal payments.  Bitcoins are a form of digital currency that companies can use for purchasing anything they can imagine.  Bitcoin usage can eleminate identity theft, chargebacks & fraud & since there are no bank fees associated with Bitcoins, they are considerably less to utilize.

Jerry, our creative director, explains the process Illum took with this production.  “Bit-Pay wanted a simplistic approach to the design & movement of the production.  After going through several design ideas, we created  an over-lapping construction paper cutout design with a stop motion style of movement.  The look is very organic as though someone cut, by hand, several pieces of colored paper & glued them to one another.  The effect would be this stacked style of art that has depth to it.  Then we animated the sequences at 12 fps to get a choppy feel to the animation as if we were shooting it 1 frame at a time with a still camera.  Depending on the complexity of the shot, each scene could have 30 to 300 assets per shot so even though the final result seems very simplistic, the fact is the production was very complex.”

The commercial will be airing on several commerce sites as well as an independent website created just for the spot.  You can check it out on Bit-Pay’s created site, http://screwbanks.net, Youtube under “Screw Banks” or at illum’s vimeo company page:
http://vimeo.com/illumproductions/videos.

Presentation for Saudi Arabia & Mile

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Mile, a non-profit organization in Saudi Arabi,a has asked Illum to partake in designing a new look & visual style to their successful corporate entrepreneurship seminars titled PALM. The company wants to expand their cooperative reach into multiplemarkets & feel that a fresh style would enhance their market demographic.

The Madinah Institute for Leadership & Entrepreneurship (MILE) is a leading CorporateSocial Responsibility Program dedicated to enhancing leadership capacity & entrepreneurial excellence in the Middle East, North Africa, & Asia. Strategically located in the Madinah Knowledge Economic City of Saudi Arabia;MILE is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Savola Group that has grown into a collaborative initiative attracting participation from global busines sschools, academic professors, management consulting organizations & professional associations.

Should the project be accepted, Illum would spearhead the organization’s complete video marketing endeavors. This would include all video presentations for the corporation,their conference programs, media center libraries & possibly promote live switching into their events expanding their internet reach both to the East & the West. “This would be a wonderful collaboration between our companies & our resources, stated Jerry, our creative director. The Middle East is growing exponentially & we would be honored to be able to assist in Mile’s expansion.”

The Wedding Book

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Illum is partnering up with Studio 26 Weddings to produce a commercial for the Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival.

The commercial will consist of animated elements that create a wedding flip book. The flip book will house multiple images of various wedding festivities, cakes, couples & outdoor fun while informing the viewer of the 4th Annual Festival.

The commercial will air over several local cable channels across Southwest Florida.

Suncoast Polytechnical High School Job Shadowing Program

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Illum’s Animation & Creative Director, has been asked to speak at Suncoast Polytechnical High School during their Job Shadowing program.  Suncoast Polytechnical High School is a technology magnet high school for students throughout Sarasota County. The school’s college-preparatory curriculum is integrated within an economics & business core.  SPHS students study subjects as diverse as Architectural Drafting, Practical Nursing & Commercial Foods and Culinary Art.  Other programs, such as Biomedical Science, Game Art and Animation, & Geographic Information Systems Technology, are offered exclusively to SPHS students in addition to the standard Florida high school curriculum.

Jerry will be speaking to the Game Art & Animation students which will be comprised of 10th & 11th grade students.  Jerry had been involved with the high school since its inception & had a hand at assisting in the original curriculum.  Since the school had opened its doors, Jerry worked closely with Cathie Janssen who teaches the program.  “Cathie first approached me & my company for a real world approach to complement the existing syllabus.  We worked through basic animation principles, exercises & how the software could compliment them.”  states Jerry. “Now I have been asked to come address the students, which is exciting to me because I will get to see how they have grown in the program & how I had an indirect hand in their education.”

Jerry plans on showing the class a variety of real world examples from Illum’s portfolio, discuss with the class more in-depth animation principles & the benefit of reference material.  “If these students are as excited about animation as my colleagues & I was during college, the interaction will be beneficial & a lot of fun.” says Jerry.

89 Locations & Growing

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Gas America Services Incorporated is teaming up with Illum Productions to expand their commercial broadcast initiative.

Gas America is family owned & has been operating in the Indiana & Ohio core since 1916 with 89 locations.  They are looking to expand even further into their demographic & through a series of broadcast commercials they hope to achieve their goal.  Illum was asked to put a fresh spin onto their identity by converting it to 3d & animating the identity for their multimedia branding throughout their broadcast & web production initiatives.

The company hopes to release their commercials by the end of the year.

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.