HOLLYWOOD STUDIO VOWS TO KEEP PRODUCTION IN CALIFORNIA

Charlize Theron behind the scenes on "Prometheus"

Charlize Theron behind the scenes on “Prometheus”

(Burbank, CA):  Television and feature film production has been defecting from their traditional roots in California to other states in order to take advantage of attractive tax credits and other incentives.  This has caused a slowdown in all levels of businesses associated with production; from camera operators to caterers.

Star Wars Speeder Bike on Loyal Studios Burbank green screen.

Star Wars Speeder Bike on Loyal Studios Burbank green screen.

Producer and studio owner, Bob Bekian, has just finished an extensive re-modeling of his Loyal Studios location in Burbank, incorporating the latest technical tools into his facility in order to provide a reduced cost to producers.  “We are a leader in Green Screen technology, and have installed one of the most advanced 360 degree lighting systems in our industry,” Bekian says.  This allows for very quick set-ups in our studio, saving an average of 20% on preparation time, which leads to more shots completed during the day.

Jaeger suits from "Prometheus."

Jaeger suits from “Prometheus.”

Another important feature the studio has developed is a fully-integrated control room with the studio.  This allows for editors and file managers to work in tandem with the camera operators to assemble and edit footage immediately during a day in the studio, allowing for immediate revisions and notes.  “We have incorporated the latest HD storage and file management technology into our facilities so that producers can reduce costs and keep production value high.”  The strategy is paying off with several of the big studios turning to Loyal Studios to augment their production slates, recently Pacific Rim, Movie 43, and Prometheus have all shot sequences at Loyal Studios.

For more information about Loyal Studios, visit loyalstudios.tv

For more information on Bob Bekian, visit his website here.

LOYAL STUDIOS PRODUCES SEQUENCES FOR LEGENDARY PICTURES’ “PACIFIC RIM”

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Legendary Pictures
“Pacific Rim” is scheduled
for release summer 2013

(Burbank, CA) : Legendary Pictures summer blockbuster, Pacific Rim, will tell the story of humanity fighting against an alien attack that threatens Earth’s existence.  “Giant robots piloted by Humans are deployed to fight off the menace.” – (IMDB)

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Behind the scenes with the spacesuits from “Pacific Rim”

It is an epic production that utilizes hundreds of visual effects shots in order to create the giant monsters and environments in the story.  Warner Brothers and Legendary called on Bob Bekian’s high tech Digital HD studios in Burbank to provide the production elements for several sequences. The shots called for the use of Bekian’s pre-lit green screens with specialized lighting and monitoring in order to do pre-visualization of how the sequence will look after post production.

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Loyal Studios HD Engineer Hector Luken with Guillermo Del Toro at the Burbank
High-Tech Facility

“We have designed our facilities to use the latest technology in order to produce incredible images that tell compelling stories,” Bekian said.  The sequences shot at Loyal Studios employ the ARRI Alexa camera system.  The studio’s integrated control room that feeds the HD files into an array of technology does everything from immediately replacing the green screen background with various sample digital “plates,” to uploading the files to off-site Producers via a high speed internet connection.

Guillermo del Toro directed the sequences, including one with renowned NFL quarterback, Terry Bradshaw. “We love working with Legendary Pictures and especially Guillermo Del Toro,” Bekian adds.  “He is a visionary director, and Legendary Pictures continues to produce incredible films that continually push the industry’s bar of excellence.”

For more information about “Pacific rim,” click the link.

Legendary pictures, visit Legendary Pictures

For info about Bob Bekian and Loyal Studios, visit www.bobbekian.com

LOYAL STUDIOS PRODUCES GERARD BUTLER IN “MOVIE 43”

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Gerard Butler Behind the scenes at Loyal Studios in Santa Monica

(Santa Monica, CA): The Farrelly Brothers’ long anticipated comedy, “Movie 43” (a.k.a “Truth or Dare”) is being released nationwide on January 25th after a 24 month production schedule.  The movie is “a series of interconnected short films following three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world.” –IMDB

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An edited version of Gerard Butler’s character complete with visual effects

Relativity Media claims the honor of releasing this collected master piece featuring the largest ensemble cast in film history.  The movie consists of 12 different story lines directed by 12 different directors such as Steven Brill, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, and Elizabeth Banks.

Gerard Butler plays an angry, foul-mouthed Leprechaun in a hilarious sequence directed by Brett Ratner.

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Director Brett Ratner and Gerard Butler behind the scenes at Loyal Studios

“The project lets us see a different side to Gerard Butler that we don’t normally see in his leading man roles,” says Loyal Studios Producer, Bob Bekian.

With make-up provided by Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead“), Butler was transformed into a character that is strikingly believable.

“We shot the sequences of Gerard Butler in our high definition green screen stage in Santa Monica using the Panavision Genesis system co-developed by Sony,” Bekian added.  “The camera records the highest quality HD files electronically and as a result, is very close to the look of  film.”

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An edited scene of Gerard Butler from “Movie 43” released by Relativity Media

Bekian has high tech studios in Santa Monica and Burbank, and uses the facilities to produce television, commercials, and feature films, as well as web projects, and music videos.

For more information about “Movie 43,” visit IMDB

For more on Loyal Studios, visit www.loyalstudios.tv

For more information on Bob Bekian’s projects visit www.bobbekian.com

NOAH BLAKE CAST IN NEW CRIME DRAMA

Noah Blake to play lead male role in "Venice 13."

Noah Blake to play lead male role in “Venice 13.”

(Hollywood, CA): Noah Blake has been cast for the leading male role in the new L.A. crime drama entitled “Venice 13.”  The show is about the highly successful undercover unit known as Precinct 13 in Los Angeles, which is responsible for numerous successful operations .

Blake, who is the son of controversial Television icon Robert Blake, has made a name

Noah Blake appearing in "Venice 13."

Noah Blake appearing in “Venice 13.”

for himself in Hollywood on his own starring in television and films including JAG, General Hospital and The Office.  “Noah Blake brings an incredible depth to the project,” says Bob Bekian, Executive Producer.  “In addition to being a fine actor himself, Noah is a respected acting teacher with lots of experience and ideas.”

venice-poster-3“Venice 13″ is an ambitious project as it deals with the underground trade happening in L.A. based on the 2000 shipping containers that enter the port each day. Many of these containers transport chemicals and weapons which threaten national security. “The gangs and syndicates that distribute contraband from the port of L.A. are real and very dangerous,” added JoJo Ryder, also executive producer of the project.

Blake plays ‘Commander Giamala,’ the former CIA intelligence officer who joined the NTAS after 9/11.

“Precinct 13 in Venice is a legendary unit in the world of law enforcement” added Bekian.

DODGE TO PROVIDE ALL VEHICLES FOR TELEVISION PILOT

venice-poster-3(Burbank, CA)Chrysler Dodge has jumped into the highly anticipated show, “Venice 13,” and agreed to provide vehicles in many aspects of the show. The one-hour crime drama, currently shooting in Los Angeles, CA, tells the true story of the highly successful undercover precinct 13 in Venice California.  “We are very enthusiastic about the integration of Dodge and Chrysler into the show,” notes Executive Producer Bob Bekian. “Dodge has a brand that is very popular in the demographic that the show speaks to, and the vehicles being incorporated into the show are exciting.”

The Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT8 will both be featured as prominent “Hero Cars” and the Dodge sprinter van is converted into a high-tech mobile crime lab. “We modified the performance on the Challenger to increase the horsepower and add some Hollywood tricks,” Bekian adds.

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

Based on a true story, Precinct 13 in Venice has been very successful in bringing down several criminal operations in L.A. including  a well publicized infiltration and apprehension of an Al-Qaeda cell which was planning on shooting down airplanes at LAX. The Precinct is a division of the National Terrorism Advisory System and is integrated with most of the major United States law enforcement agencies.

Mobile crime lab in a Dodge Sprinter van

Mobile crime lab in a Dodge Sprinter van

 

Precinct 13 is known as very effective, and  highly secretive unit consisting of agents work deep undercover often for several months before apprehending their target. “The fact the Dodge is willing to provide the vehicles in the show  helps to legitimize the project, and we are very happy about the co-branding agreement,” added JoJo Ryder, Co -Executive Producer.

CANON UNVEILS THE NEW C-500 CAMERA

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Body paint demonstration shot in time-lapse with the Canon C-300 at Loyal Studios

Burbank (CA):  On September 24th, Canon’s latest high definitioncamera, the Canon C-500, made a special appearance at Loyal Studios in Burbank, California.   Producer, Bob Bekian, hosted a “Mini NAB” at Loyal’s high tech studios, bringing together Canon, Band Pro, Pro HD Rentals, Loyal Studios, Edgewise Media, Comtel Pro Media, Codex, and Lacie  collaborating together to help showcase Canon’s line of cinema production equipment.

The new Canon C-500 system set-up for a hands-on demo at Loyal Studios

The new Canon C-500 system set-up for a hands-on demo at Loyal Studios

The event was attended by over 400 production professionals who were eager to try out the Canon C-500 Camera system which was on display for a hands on demonstration along with Canon’s top people as well as support teams from all the Companiesinvolved.

“We are on the front line of professional production, and Canon cameras and lenses are one of the most frequently used tools in our pre-lit studios and HD rental company,” said Bob Bekian, President and CEO of Loyal Studios and Pro HD Rentals.  “Canon has really revolutionized HD quality production by developing a line of products which offer cinema quality at a price that is affordable.”

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Bob Bekian being interviewed about Canon HD Video equipment and the virtual sets available at Loyal Studios

The Canon C-500 follows in the path of the C-300, which offers a film-quality sensor, and the ability to attach the popular canon EF lenses to their systems. The popular DSLR Canon cameras like the 5D mk III  were the, “start of a revolution,” Bekian noted.

Stephanie Franz, Canon Regional Account Manager  was excited to be a part of the evening.  “This was a fantastic event which demonstrates what can happen when we bring people together in a professional and fun environment.”

Loyal Studios has been a favorite location for these types of events as it is able to combine their pre-lit studio and control room with multiple hands-on demonstration areas so industry Pros can become involved with the equipment and test it in various situations.

Incredibly, Bekian was able to produce a Pepsi Max commercial with Snoop Dogg in his Santa Monica Studios with the $1700 Canon 7D.  The new C-500 and Canon’s new Cinema Lenses are designed to compete with the popular REDcamera, which has an electronic image that achieves a quality very close to film.  “By bringing together the best technology with the best people, we are working to keep production in California” which is a theme Bekian often promotes. “We have the history, the people, and the technology to keep professional production in our state, and we want to do our part to keep our industry and people in the state working.”

Canon C-300 Camera system with Canon a Cinema lens

Canon C-300 Camera system with Canon Cinema lens system at the Canon EOS demo at Loyal Studios

For more information about the participating companies in this event, please visit their home pages

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Bob Bekian

Canon

Codex

Comtel Pro Media

Edgewise Media

Lacie

Loyal Studios

Pro HD Rentals

PRODUCER BOB BEKIAN HOSTING CINEMA EVENTS AT HIS BURBANK STUDIOS

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Snoop Dogg at Loyal Studios. Snoop has produced multiple projects with Loyal Studios and is a big supporter of the effort to keep production in California.

(Burbank, CA)  Producer Bob Bekian –who owns  Loyal Studios in Burbank and Santa Monica– has been bringing together California production people with a series of events to showcase new high definition technology, and stimulate production in the state.

The first event was co- sponsored by Band Pro, SONY, Edgewise Media, and Bekian’s rental companies  Pro HD Rentals.com and Loyal Studios.

Featuring over $3 Million worth of the latest cameras, cranes, and lenses, the event  showcased live demonstrations  of the SONY F65 camera system –which offers incredible resolution and is widely used on feature films and television.  Over 300 industry professionals attended and were introduced to the latest technology while networking with each other.

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Loyal Studios President Bob Bekian and his son Bryce giving away prizes at One of Bekian’s industry events.

“We want to keep production in California and keep good people working,” Bekian says.  “The best talent and the major studios are all here, but we keep losing projects to other states because of more favorable tax incentives.  We have created an environment where production value stays high and costs stay reasonable.”

Bekian has developed what he calls a “one stop production shop” which incorporates his pre-lit studios, 75 HD cameras, top technical people with an in-house control room and edit suite.

“We are excited about our newest expansion,” Bekian adds, “which incorporates a Newtek  Tricaster system into the control room of Loyal Studios and is connected to their pre-lit greenscreen with multiple HD cameras. What this system does is create dozens of virtual sets as well as offers over 1000 digital back-plates for the greenscreen.  Clients can now shoot in hundreds of realistic digital environments all within our studios without having to incur the cost of shooting on-location.”

Johnny Depp at Loyal Studios in Burbank California.

Johnny Depp at Loyal Studios in Burbank California.

Bekian is continuing to put together events in his studios, with the next one sponsored by Canon and featuring the new Canon cinema cameras and lenses including the C-500 model.

Bekian’s Loyal Studios have been a favorite of A-List celebrities including The Black Eyed Peas, Gerard Butler, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Del Toro, Johnny Depp, and Snoop Dogg.

For more information about Loyal Studios or Upcoming events, Please visit www.bobbekian.com   And www.loyalstudios.tv

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