One More Time! We’ve produced another Ad Spot for Yelp.com! This is an approx. 60 second Ad Spot for Ironwood Restaurant
We’re at it again! producing another Ad Spot for Yelp.com! This is an approx. 60 second Ad Spot for Rico’s Ristorante and this time we wrapped in about two hours.
We’ve produced another Ad Spot commercial for Yelp.com! This time we produced a 60 second spot for Taste of Thai Express and this time we wrapped in proximately two and a half hours.
We’ve picked up our first Ad Spot for the web site and mobile app Yelp! Following the strict format guidelines of Yelp for web and App content, we produced a 60 second Ad Spot for the Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse. We shot just as they opened and easily wrapped in approximately 90 minutes.
This ad spot is for the Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse location in Liverpool, NY. Please visit their web page Here Also, please visit the Ichiban Yelp page here for more information and reviews. They have a wonderful restaurant and fantastic dishes. I would definitely recommend that you make a reservation for yourself or the whole family and enjoy a great meal and entertaining dining experience.
ViRTUAL INTERACTiVE Inc. has begun it’s pre-production for
Path to Salvation. This film is a suspenseful crime drama that pushes the morality of choices we all make on a daily basis. We are currently scouting locations and looking at various actors to fill the lead roles. The official website is live and we’ll be completing the site with all the production info, cast and crew calls, including a press release. We look forward to producing our first in-house feature length production and we hope you come along for the journey.
Although, morbid, the intent was to demonstrate a headshot effect for those looking to have one in their film. Believe me when I say it comes up a lot.
This was originally a Video Copilot Tutorial (#13) that I decided to expand upon. The original video had NO audio whatsoever. The audio was a mix of audio assets to bring this clip to life. I used After Effects, Premiere Pro and Audition CS5.5 for this particular effect.
The downside was this video is from an OLD tutorial that utilized older DV footage. Still a good effect but, of course newer HD video will allow for a more hi-res VFX to be shown. If time allows, or I create this effect on one of the upcoming project for ViRTUAL INTERACTiVE, Inc. I’ll definitely post it here.
For several weeks, White Lightning Productions took over the Redwood Motel in Stephens City, VA. Writer & Director, Jonathan Straiton, was in town filming his third feature film.
Writer & Director – Jonathan Straiton
Executive Producer & Director of Photography – Ron Bonk
Executive Producer – Kirk LaSalle
Producer – Brie Straiton
Line Producer – Brett Janeski
As a small child living in Virginia, Jonathan Straiton always wanted to tell stories. After high school graduation, Straiton attended the New York Film Academy to study in Paris, France. While there, he filmed three 16 mm films and confirmed his passion for filmmaking. He then perfected his screenwriting skills at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA.
When Jonathan was ready to start his first major film, he couldn’t think of a better place than his hometown of Middlesex, VA. The feature film, “Big Fish in Middlesex”, premiered in March of 2006 and went on to win nine Film Festival Awards, including Best Picture. “Big Fish in Middlesex” – set against life in a prejudiced small country town; with hilarious street-smart humor, the rules are clear – there are no rules. This was White Lightning Production’s first major release by a studio.
My number one question to Jonathan was, “Why here?” He had a vision of what he wanted the motel to look like and after looking up movie locations along the East Coast on the Internet, he came across two he liked. The first was in New York; however, using that one for filming fell through. So, he moved on to his second choice, the Redwood Motel. He came out to location and met with the owner, Art, and looked over the place as well as snapped a few photos. After the initial inspection, he realized it was the perfect place.
The owner of Redwood had just recently put the motel up for sale. It was said the motel had been in the family for years and having a movie filmed there would be their grand farewell.
All of the filming had been done at night. I spent a week with the crew watching them work tirelessly into the wee morning hours. Needing some serious Zzzzs, the entire cast and crew continuously pushed themselves with a common goal…to make a great movie.
The actors casted in this movie came from all over: New York, Vermont, Illinois and even California. There were also a few who lived somewhat close, such as actress Toni Gambale (Carrie), living in the nearby county of Fauquier.
After spending so much time “behind the scenes” with the film crew, I can honestly say this…I will never again complain about the cost to see a movie! The amount of work involved is indescribable. Hours and hours spent shooting one scene to only wind up as two or three minutes on the big screen. Constantly adjusting lines, lights, sound and cameras to filming the same scene from four and five different angles. In the meantime, everyone else sits and waits. Patience is a definite must in this industry. The time it takes to shoot a scene doesn’t even include the numerous re-takes because a car will drive by and honk the horn or a police siren can be heard in the distance.
I will have to admit, they hired a great group of young actors to star in the movie. They all have loads of talent and no matter what is asked of them, they do it with enthusiasm and perfection. They should all be very proud and I wish them the best in their careers. Spending the week with them and getting to know each and every one personally, I feel as if I have gained new friends and I will miss them all when they leave.
To Jonathan, Ron, Kirk, Brett, Jim, Buddy and especially Brie: Thank you so very much for allowing me to be a part of something I will never forget. All of you welcomed me with open arms and spoke to me openly about your lives and experiences. I wish you great success and I look forward to seeing all of you again at the Premiere. I wouldn’t miss it!
After the filming at Redwood Motel, they still had two other locations to shoot. Jonathan hopes to finish filming and editing by the end of 2011. The big Premiere will be held in Richmond, VA sometime in 2012 and will be in theaters nationwide shortly thereafter.
Ron Bonk is from Syracuse, NY and has a background longer than my arm as an Executive Producer, Writer and Director. He originally went to college for Accounting and then Criminal Justice, but something was missing and he wasn’t satisfied. So, he left all that behind and tried a year of film classes. That’s all she wrote! He himself is an outstanding Director in the horror scene, having directed and produced dozens of films such as “Clay” and “Ms Cannibal Holocaust”. For the past 12 years, Ron also runs a Film Festival in NY, originally called B-Movie Film Festival but is now known as the Syracuse Independent Horror Science Fiction Fantasy Film Festival.
Executive Producer Kirk LaSalle is no rookie in the film industry either. He comes from a very talented family of artists and is also a master in Martial Arts. Currently he resides in Syracuse, NY and most of his time is spent acting. He has appeared in a number of commercials and movies but he also enjoys producing movies and being on the other side of the camera. He has several projects lined up for when he finishes working on “Night of Something Strange”. He is the Executive Producer and Director for “Bad Cookie”. This will be Kirk’s debut as a Director. He will also be a staring actor in the movie “Path to Salvation” (working title). Once those are finished, he will be producing and acting in “Van Man”.
When it came to the make-up and special effects, Jonathan called in the “Master of Make-up” Jim Choate. Jim has over 25 years of experience in the film & television industry. Jim’s work brings him in contact with some of the most famous actors to grace the screen. Actors such as Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones…and that’s just to name a few. One of the last major films he worked on was “Salt”, starring Angelina Jolie. Jim also has a long list of Independent films, documentaries and television movies he has done. In fact, Jim received Prime Time Emmy Nominations in 2004 and 2007 for Best Make-up for a Television Movie. One being “The Revolution” on A&E’s History Channel.
Watching Brie Straiton in action makes me want to take a nap. Not only is Brie a Producer for the film, she is so much more. She is the blood that keeps the heart beating. Brie handles all the paperwork: shooting schedules, insurance forms, tax records, receipts, release forms, confidentiality forms…enough paperwork to give us normal people a headache. She plays “mom” to the actors: organizes car rentals, flight schedules, meals for the actors and crew, finance and budgeting, wardrobe, payroll, running lines with the cast…and it doesn’t stop there! Brie is also a nurse and a full time mom to two beautiful children. If Brie were to ever star in her own movie, it would be titled Wonder Woman! Oh… and did I mention? She is also married to Jonathan.
Warning: This film is not for the faint of heart and has not yet been rated.
Contains: Violence, Language, Nudity, and Sexual Content
Story & photos by: Joanne Gaudet
© Copyright 2011 White Lightning Productions, Janet Mayson & Joanne Gaudet. All Rights Reserved.
ViRTUAL INTERACTiVE is working in association with WLPFilms and SRSCinema to produce “Night of Something Strange“. Principal photography begins Saturday Aug. 6th and will continue into into September with pickup dates to follow. This is the fourth feature film by Writer / Director Jonathon Straiton (BigFish in Middlesex, The Two Plates, and Lights, Camera Dead). He is also joined by Co-writer and Executive Producer / DP Ron Bonk (Clay, Ms. Cannibal Holocaust, and Strawberry Estates) and Actor / Executive Producer newcomer Kirk LaSalle (Mind Traveler, Dodging Blinds, Path to Salvation). The cast includes: Trey Harrison, Rebecca C. Kasek, Wes Reid (“Clay”) and Nicola Fiore. There is even a cameo from legendary scream queen Brinke Stevens
Night of Something Strange
The story takes place when four kids decide journey to the beach and find themselves sidetracked at the creepiest of Motels. Unknown to the foursome is the impending attack of zombies with a different kind of lust for blood. Two more people are added to the party and the hero of all hero’s emerge. With fantastic directing and wonderfully gory FX, the movie has made some of the scariest moments both gory and funny. This one is not to be missed. Expected release is mid to late 2012.
A new short film written and Directed by Max Davis and Wilson Tse. This short was shot on 16mm film in Syracuse, NY. This is the story of a photographer and his realization about going blind. As he prepares for an upcoming photo exhibition, he receives a call confirming his greatest fear. How he overcomes this and prepares for the worst is also what enlightens him. It’s from this tragic experience that he learns how his art and passion as a photographer can continue.
This short film was shot in association with ViRTUAL INTERACTiVE. A special thanks to Max Davis and Wilson Tse. for thier professionalism and kindness.
The short film is now an Official Selection at the Finger Lakes Film Festival. We look forward to the film doing well at this festival and all future festivals.
Good Job Guys!
Dodging Blinds Directed by Max Davis and Wilson Tse. Shot on 16mm film.
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Executive producer Thomas Bresadola from Simplified Entertainment, in association with ViRTUAL INTERACTiVE, Inc. to produce a new TV pilot for PBS, being named
“Mind Traveler”. Shot and edited by ViRTUAL INTERACTiVE, Inc. this pilot was accepted by PBS for airing. The regular season is currently being developed. Keep on the lookout for this show!
Thomas Bresadola is a nationally recognized hypnotist with numerous awards and accomplishments. His latest endeavor is to demonstrate the power of hypnosis and how it can help change lives. We will follow him as he helps individuals solve life issues through hypnosis. Finding new ways to deal with, phobias, addictions, personal trauma and even how to handle physical pain that would otherwise become debilitating.
In the pilot episode Thomas Bresadola meets with a man (Tress Chapin) who is left with a crippling pain after a horrible motorcycle accident crushed his leg and literally spun it around backwards. After multiple surgeries to insert pins and rods down the entire length of his shattered bones, and several years of therapy, Tress seeks out the help of Master Hypnotist Thomas Bresadola in hopes of finding some relief.
Mind Traveler Pilot Episode TV Promo