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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,, for a few weeks in February with some additional shows added to the request of Sarasota’s community.

It’s a Wrap! (First week that is…)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Our creative director, Jerry, after designing the set to the specifications of the film’s genre with the help of Annette Breazeale, art director of Banyan Theatre Group, he stepped in as the film’s Assistant Director working closely with Steve Tatone, director & the camera team of John GoodBrad (DP) & Sean McCarty (DIT) to work out the intricate & creative shots for the film.

Jerry said that he & the camera team would show up at least half an hour early to the set with shot list in hand & walk through the days scenes; working out each shot, camera angle & movement & lighting (with Ralpf Barnette, lighting & sound tech), & then present their ideas to Steve when he arrived on set.  “Steve had shots in his mind on how he wanted to see them; we simply expanded on his vision & added to them to evoke the emotion we felt the script was asking for from both the actors & the environment.”
The footage will be edited into a trailer that will be used for continued marketing & investment opportunities.  Watch the website for information on the trailer party coming soon.

cast & crew wiped out!

cast & crew wiped out!





Music on the AM

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Jerry joined director Steve Tatone to promote the film Beautiful Noise in an interview with local AM Radio station 1280 WTMY, “Geekin Out” with Skippy & the Dude.  The show ran last Sunday, the 22nd from 5pm to 6 pm.

Along with Jerry & Steve were Danielle White who plays Dez in the film & Roger Hughes of Top Secret Studios.  The group had a great time with the Dude & Toad who was filling in for Skippy due to his birthday celebration.  Happy Birthday Skippy!  The team spoke about the projects humble beginnings, the original music that was written for the film, each person’s participation on the production & how they were brought on with Steve & their various backgrounds.

Production started the next day in Myakka City.  Good luck with the first week’s shoot.

B E A Utiful Noise

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Illum Productions Creative Director has agreed to work with Midnight Pass Productions as their Production Designer on their first main production, a Sarasota based film titled Beautiful Noise.  Midnight Pass Productions is the brainchild of Steve Tatone, a 30 year vetern in music & television production.  Steve’s intent is to produce films in Sarasota as a way to ignite the city’s appeal to main stream Hollywood’ film community & make Sarasota his primary base of operations.  Steve’s first attempt at screenwriting spawned a $25 million Hollywood Production.  Principal photography will start the 23rd of August.

Jerry will be assisting Steve in coordination of locations & creating the look & feel of his vision.  “We are very excited about this production & what it could mean for our community.” Jerry stated.  “Sarasota has the artistic means, the creative vibe & extremely talented people.  “With the marketability of this film, the backing of an amazing Film Commissioner (Jeanne Corcoran) & the determination of a top notch production crew, we could see some exciting infusion to Sarasota from the Film Community.” 

When asked how Jerry got involved with this production, Illum’s Executive Producer stated, “Jerry was a guest speaker for the EDC & the Film Commission a few months ago on the Business of Filmmaking in Sarasota.  Steve was at the breakfast & approached Jerry afterwards to ask him if he would consider becoming a part of his production.”  “We are looking forward to assisting Steve & his production company bring attention to our city.”

To learn more about the production, please visit their website  Steve constantly updates the Directors Blog to keep everyone updated to the production’s progress.