ReelChicago chats with SEED director Kristina Perreault

What’s up with SEED director Kristina Perrault ?

Chicago director Kristina Perreault is not afraid of things going wrong on the set, especially if they happen overseas.

“When traveling, sometimes stuff happens and you have to make it work,” she explains. “I like that challenge of constantly being on your toes.”

Besides being an accomplished travel documentarian, the latest addition to SEED’s roster also wields bona fide credentials as a show host and chef instructor. The experiences help her bring calm to non-actors dealing with on-camera jitters.

“I’m good at training people on location and getting them comfortable,” she explains. “A lot of time, it’s just their mental focus. We clear the room. We do breathing and we do voice exercises. Or I’ll just talk to them. I shift their focus to be more motivated and confident with the camera.”

Perreault says that her unique skillset began with an intense singular focus when she was in grade school.

Perreault (center) and crew in Dubai

Perreault (center) and crew in Dubai

“My parents were throwing away a video camera and I just started filming my friends and making films” she remembers. “I became obsessed with it.”

Although she grew up to become a world-savvy director, recently completed a project in Dubai and lists the Cyclades among her favorite locations, she says that SEED founder and executive producer Roy Skillicorn offers something that she has not found anywhere else.

“I feel that he genuinely has my back and my well being in my professional career,” she explains. “He’s a good guide. I’ve done business with other people. He goes that extra mile. That alone was kind of a big thing for me, to be able to have that kind of a relationship.”

Perreault also notes that she “gets along with Roy’s family well.” This hints at another driving force in her career. Born and raised in Minnesota, she chose to settle in Chicago partly because “it’s a little closer to home.”

So far, there’s at least one celebrity who’s happy she’s here.

“I was asked to come on to a set because a rapper was having a breakdown,” she explains. “Apparently he partied too hard the day before and didn’t want to be on camera.”

Felix Colgrave’s animated “Double King” racks up a million+ views

Double King

 

6 Point Media animation director Felix Colgrave dropped his new short on YouTube over the April 1 weekend and it’s gone viral !, amassing a million views in just over a week.

 

Director Tim Abshire reunites with Roy Skillicorn at SEED

 

Award winning humor, celebrity and storytelling director, Tim Abshire has teamed up with long-time friend, former EP, marketing trendsetter, and owner of SEED, Roy Skillicorn.

Roy Skillicorn is elated that Tim Abshire has come aboard. “Tim’s ability to generate stories that give rise to everything from a smile to riotous laugh-out-loud humor, combined with his jovial, collaborative disposition, and his commitment to excellence is exactly what I was seeking for SEED. What’s more, his work now expands us into the humor genre, which has always been an integral part of my personal brand, ” says Skillicorn.

Tim adds “The first time I met Roy I was blown away. Roy’s superpower is the ability to effortlessly light up a room, but his real talent is sharing that light and making everyone else shine.”

Roy and Tim developed a strong personal bond while working together at Backyard Productions, a company Skillicorn founded. It was there that they developed a successful business relationship that proved highly prosperous and congenial.

Tim is known as the quintessential actors’ director. The innocence and honesty he captures from an actor’s performance, combined with his exquisite timing, allows the resulting humor to be globally relatable, yet specifically fine-tuned and tailored to the client’s demographic needs.

“His strength as a writer enables him to fully articulate his vision in treatments, maintaining an instinctive understanding of the essential goals of a project” adds Seed’s Head of Sales, Jessica Rae Connell. “He’s quick and decisive on set, providing an environment, rich in spontaneity and passion. His timing often relies on hanging on to an engaging awkward pause in the action to catch the viewing audience off guard fostering a hilarious response.”

Traveling the world to hone his craft, Tim has created and directed content for numerous blue chip brands, including Google, Jeep, ESPN, Walmart, PlayStation, Febreze, Volkswagen, Coca Cola and jetBlue, with top agencies domestically and internationally, such as Grey Worldwide, Wieden & Kennedy, Ogilvy & Mather, David&Goliath, and Leo Burnett.

Tim has worked with celebrities as diverse as Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock, Derek Jeter, Ben Stiller, Jeff Goldblum, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Alice Cooper, Triple H and Sheryl Crow. Tim is a highly decorated director with over 30 top industry awards, including 3 Gold Lions, an MTV Moonman Award, Gold Pencils, and numerous Gold winners from Promax, and the Clios.

Alpert + O’Neill Between “The Rock” and a Hard Place on HBO

Working with longtime collaborators HBO and producing in tandem with film star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, director/producers Jon Alpert + Matt O’Neill debut their new documentary ROCK & A HARD PLACE  Monday March 27th at 10pm.

Jon + Matt are available for spot + branded content work at NYC’s Rascal Films.

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Incarcerated young people enter the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program in search of a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start. In this harsh, 16-week camp, drill instructors push inmates to their limit, but those who complete it can become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison. The program reports a recidivism rate under 15%, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70%.

Inspired by Dwayne Johnson’s own experiences with the law as a youth, ROCK AND A HARD PLACE is a passion project for Dwayne Johnson, who calls it one of the most important films he’s been associated with. “By the time I was 16, I had been arrested multiple times for a variety of things, and can relate to what these kids are going through,” he says.

Johnson executive produces along with Dany Garcia, his producing partner and co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions, and Rasha Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Productions, the Emmy®-nominated executive producer behind “Lockup,” the longest-running prison series. Oscar® nominees and multiple Emmy® winners Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert produce and direct.

The film opens with Johnson’s visit to the boot camp, where he observes the induction of a group of 38 young offenders, convicted of crimes ranging from assault to armed robbery, who are on the brink of lengthy prison terms. Once the chaos has subsided, he tells the young men why he wants the world to see this program and emphasizes why he believes this may be their last chance.

ROCK AND A HARD PLACE follows the inmates through each phase of the camp, beginning with the brutal first weeks, which are marked by constant verbal confrontation, physical training and strict military-style discipline. Several cadets can’t or won’t comply with the rules, and the ranks are thinned to 35 after a month. Those who remain resolve to follow their instructor’s extreme demands, although tears and moments of resistance sometimes surface.

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As the weeks go by, cadets attend anger-management classes, learn vocational skills and are surprised by “protocol tests” that measure their progress and patience. In what guards call “a test of discipline,” some of the more promising men are selected to leave the prison as part of a mobile work crew. Two of them decide to escape during one such session, but are soon recaptured after a manhunt that makes the evening news, and now face even longer prison sentences. The incident rattles camp guards and management, who warn the other prisoners that escape attempts will only undermine the legitimacy of the entire program.

Cadets finally arrive at graduation day, where family members beam as they march past in precise formations before being released to their loved ones. Johnson gives emotional remarks as he congratulates the young men at a post-graduation courtroom reception.

Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill note, “As our nation wrestles with a prison system that has become the largest in the world, ROCK AND A HARD PLACE highlights an alternative incarceration program that provides a pathway to hope and positive change.”

6 Point Media re-animates Moana for Disney’s latest “As Told by Emoji”

After a bit of a break, Disney’s As Told By Emoji series is back, this time taking on the hit animated film Moana.

The fabulous animators at LA’s 6 POINT MEDIA take the helm and make this version extra seaworthy !

This particular installment is already getting praise from those involved with the film — director John Musker says, “Moana as Told By Emoji is a funny, playful and entertaining way of telling our story, but distilled down to its essence, finding clever ways of communicating certain ideas, whether it’s a boat sinking or whatever it might be. In a way, it’s like seeing an alternate reality version of our movie.” But you don’t have to take his word for it; check it out for yourself !

Shine’s “Outsiders” in Contention for Best Title Design at SXSW 2017

Shine is honored to be included as finalists in the Excellence in Title Design screening at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas for the main title sequence for WGN’s Outsiders.

Shine designed, edited and animated the main title sequence. In 45 seconds, the sequence visually establishes the world of the Farrels. The process of making moonshine is a visual story thread woven throughout the sequence.

A struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of modern-day Appalachia, Outsiders tells the story of the Farrels – a family clan who’ve been in rural Kentucky since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they’ll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary.

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The process of making moonshine was the visual story woven throughout the sequence.

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Still photography of the locations were intended to visually establish the world of the Farrels.

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Shine created and animated copper coils used to make moonshine.

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The boiling cauldron of moonshine ingredients is a visual element integrated throughout the sequence.