Adrian Fulle is Executive Producer at Poya Pictures. This is his blog.
Happy New Year everyone! And what a great year it's already been! So much has happened since the last blog entry 6 months ago. It's increasingly harder and harder for me to find the time to write an entry. I need to hire a team just to do my blog for me. Ugh! Sorry for the delay in getting you the latest and greatest news from Poya.
We ended 2014 with a bang... literally. We did a job for a client that involved some awesome pyro and blowing up stunt guys. We filmed on the same set as AMERICAN SNIPER (Blue Cloud Movie Ranch) and got to blow up a bunch of people. If you ever need a good FX / pyro guy who is about as crazy as they come, let us know. We have them in spades now.
Our work for Paramount Pictures Global ended with a ton of promos for their new movie SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER and we're super psyched to have worked with music video director, Robby Starbuck on a special video for the film.
Speaking of Robby Starbuck, we also just worked with him on a promo for Sony's ANNIE and got to surprise an audience watching the movie with super star, Jamie Foxx and his daughter who led the Gospel choir, RAISE, into the theater and led a sing along with the audience. Totally awesome. Check it out here.
Okay, so some great news for Chicago! George Lucas' huge collection of art and Hollywood memorabilia has found a home in Chicago, beating out San Francisco and winning the bid for a future Museum. As a long-time Star Wars fan and Chicago native I can't even begin to explain how over the moon I am about this.
Lucas wanted a place to house his massive collection of "Star Wars" and Hollywood movie memorabilia, not to mention his amazing art collection by American masters. Lucas said in a written statement that he hopes to open the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in 2018.
"I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts," the statement said.
The decision was a surprise, given Lucas' affiliation with California. He is a native of the state, Lucasfilm's visual effects division is based in San Francisco and the headquarters for Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound is across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.
But Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed hard for his city. And Chicago was always given a good chance at the Lucas museum, mostly because Lucas' wife, Mellody Hobson, a prominent businesswoman, is from Chicago and the city closed down Promontory Point along the Lake Michigan shore so the couple could host a star-studded party to celebrate after the couple's California wedding.
For the Lucas museum, Chicago offered up a slice of real estate along the lakefront that is near other attractions, including the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
For Chicago and all of us in the media and film business this is just another achievement in a recent list of others that continues to push Chicago to the forefront as a serious location. I look forward as a fan and artist to the future endeavors and opportunities this exciting prospect will bring to our city. Check out the first look at what it might look like in the pic below.
We have some other Poya surprises in the hopper and I promise to update this blog more frequently this year!