Imaginaut Entertainment is constantly looking for news ways to push the boundaries of storytelling, to encourage new thoughts and to invite our audience to see things a little differently.
We are happy to announce that our website has been redesigned into a sleek and more interactive experience. New features include a flickr feed, an RSS feed, and an expanded reel of our most recent projects. Special thanks to Sekahng Oh who created the new website. Check it out!
Our biggest news: Imaginaut Entertainment has completed Skum ROCKS!
The unbelievable true story of the band that gained East Coast popularity in the late1980s despite having a complete lack of musical talent and ambition. A powerful PR machine built their fame, and soon their primary objective was to invent new and creative ways to get kicked off stage without actually playing. Narrated by hall of famer Alice Cooper, Skum ROCKS!, is a genre-bending film described by some as a true-life 'This is Spinal Tap', and by others as an independent 'Rock of Ages'. Skum ROCKS! chronicles the rise, fall, and return of this infamous band.
|Producer||Michael Walker, Clay Westervelt|
|Director of Photography||Clay Westervelt|
|Writer||Hart Baur, Clay Westervelt|
|Add'l Photography||Erix Mercedes, Regina Russell|
|Editor||Zack Delman, Brooks Larson, Wendy Nomiyama, Sekahng Oh, Alex Twu|
Imaginaut was hired by Oscar-winning filmmaker Mark Harris to produce a short documentary on the theme of autism, and director Clay Westervelt was lucky enough to meet an impressive young man who became the perfect subject. Brian Tolley inadvertently discovered a unique form of art therapy for himself - he creates sculptures and figures from grocery store twist-ties!
This five-minute doc has received generous reviews in Documentary Magazine after playing in multiple film festivals, and will soon be available through www.interactingwithautism.com.
* Santa Barbara International Film Festival
* Sun Valley International Film Festival
* Newport Beach International Film Festival
* Dances With Films Festival
|Editor/Graphic Artist||Sekahng Oh|
Imaginaut co-produced this unique documentary with a New Zealand-based production company, and the culmination of this four-year cooperation is an innovative and intriguing film.
The new generation of video game designers aren't chasing greater photorealism in blood splatters; they're treating this as a new art form, seeking to create a gaming experience that is more cerebral, emotional, or artistic. Shot on location across the US and Europe, this engrossing film premiered at Dances With Films in June 2013 and is currently available for distribution.
|Supervising Producer/Cinematographer||Clay Westervelt|
Imaginaut has become increasingly involved with the conception and creation of online viral videos, and we're finding this fertile ground for our imaginative minds!
Featured on FunnyorDie.com and available at the iTunes App Store! It's like "Yelp"... for Public Toilets. A new app aims high by hitting low. Never sit on an undeserving toilet again.
|In Association With||Mad Dog Studios|
Imaginaut had the pleasure of producing four longer-form online spots to showcase Sheba Catfood's new "Feed Your Passion" campaign with spokesperson Eva Longoria. We're very proud of the look and feel of these feline features!
|Cinematographer||Darryl E. Smith, John Ealer, Lisa Stacilauskas|
|Production Audio||Jim Siler|
Birdseye set about making veggies fun, and hired Clay Westervelt to direct a series of online videos inviting kids to try new vegetable pairings and recipes. Fueled by an improvisational RAP by iCarly star Jennette McCurdy, the series was tremendously successful, demonstrating a 33% spike in sales!
|Cinematographer||Darryl E. Smith|
|Production Audio||Doug Ball|
After shooting elements with Heidi Klum last year for their "Clear" campaign, we were happy to be recruited for a series of styling videos from Suave Professionals, showcasing top stylists Theodore Leaf and Jenny Cho. This one was so much fun, we're considering opening the Imaginaut Salon!
|Director of Photography||Lisa Stacilauskas|
|Camera Operator||Tim Morrish|
|Editor||Alex Twu, Mark Belko, Andy Chinn|
|Production Audio||Jim Siler|
Yes, you may have found us on Twitter with our new @ImaginautKids handle as we've been talking about all things kid-friendly, like our work with MashPlant and the new upcoming Storyline Online programs we've produced for the BookPALS program sponsored by Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
The idea behind Storyline is for any child with access to the internet to be provided the opportunity to have an adult they recognize reading to them. We supplement the talented performances with original music (courtesy Lee Sanders) and light animation that holds the viewer's interest without becoming a cartoon. The intent is, of course, to promote literacy after all. These and other stories available at www.storylineonlinenet.
Look for this tale of tolerance about three mice that learn their differences are smaller than their similarities, voiced with enthusiasm by Katie LeClerc and Vanessa Marano. For the first time, we produced this one with American Sign Language integration!
We have recently completed production and post-production of the new promo for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. It was shot on a stage generously donated by Panavision with visual effects provided by Mark Intravartolo of Prime Focus.
Watch as Jobeth Williams guides us on a tour of the various programs and benefits that the SAG Foundation provides for actors.
|Director / DP||Clay Westervelt|
|Camera Operator||Lisa Stacilauskas|
|Sound Operator||Sekahng Oh|
|Key Grip||Stu Brumbaugh|
|Production Assistants||Christian Balka, Joe Ghang, Alex Twu|
|Post Production Supervisor||Markus Lodewyk|
|Inferno Artist||Mark Intravartolo|
|Produced in association with Small Pond Pictures|
We also saw the launch of the latest episode of Storyline Online on May 7th. Written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Graham, Harry the Dirty Dog has delighted readers for over five decades.
Now a new generation can experience it for the first time on the Storyline Online website as it is read by Betty White.
|Director of Photography||James Conant|
|Sound Operator||Tom Echlin|
|Production Assistant||Christian Balka|
|Post Production Supervisor||Markus Lodewyk|
We’ve also continued our work with the SAG Foundation to document their actor access program, Conversations, shooting and editing dialogues with:
|Thomas Gibson||Kim Raver||Peggy McCay||Laura Harring|
|Melissa Leo||Jenifer Lewis||Donna Mills||Laraine Newman|
|Robert Osborne||CCH Pounder||Andy Richter||Christian Slater|
|Bill Smitrovich||Simon Baker||Richard Dreyfuss||Johnny Galecki|
|Robert Hays||Tim DeKay||Michael Emerson||Michael C Hall|
|Producers||Clay Westervelt, Markus Lodewyk, John Younger, Sekahng Oh, Noris Bentivegna, Karen Higgins|
|Camera Operators||Lisa Stacilauskas, Markus Lodewyk, Christian Balka, Peter Schmitt, Gregg Furuoka, Joseph Ghang, James Conant, John Boyd, Sean Hayes, Larry Diamond|
|Sound Operators||Sekahng Oh, Doug Ball, Tom Echlin, Mike Sakaniwa, Jim Siler|
|Editors||Markus Lodewyk, Sekahng Oh, Alex Twu, Joseph Ghang, Gregg Furuoka, Soken Sai, Audrey Weller, Brian Bolander, Zack Delman, Daniel Grzeskowiak|
Filmed on-set at the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital, our crew braved all-nighters at the supposedly haunted location to create three special feature segments for Paramount Digital’s Circle of Eight.
The intriguing backdrops used for the interviews were created by the clever use of a light placed on a dolly as it was pulled down a dark corridor towards the camera. You have to see it to believe it. Circle of Eight launched on Myspace.com and is currently available on DVD.
Be sure to look for Circle of Eight at your local BlockBuster store!
|Camera Operators||Clay Westervelt, Markus Lodewyk, Christian Balka|
|Production Assistants||Justin Willett, Jess Bickhart|
|Editors||Markus Lodewyk, Sekahng Oh, Gregg Furuoka|
Traditional media like books and magazines are becoming increasingly promoted on the web with short videos that introduce the book and the author to a new generation of Internet users. Recently we have produced projects for publishers like Sterling Publishing, Beacon Press and Random House, Inc.
You can watch the book video for Family Sentence featuring its author Jeanine Cornillot as for the first time she watches an 8mm film reel given to her by her Cuban-Revolutionary father.
Click here to purchase the book from Beacon Press.
|Cinematographer||John Boyd, Daniel Grzeskowiak|
Another example is the book video for Teaching Hope, the latest book by Erin Gruwell, the bestselling author of The Freedom Writers Diary.
Click here to purchase the book from Random House, Inc.
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