(PRWEB) April 29, 2004
Jane Tuesday World Broadcast Premiere - Chatsby Films Westchesters only full service media and production company is excited about this creative collaboration with Sesame Workshop that brings an exciting new live action character to the audiences of the Multi Emmy Winning television show Sesame Street. Writer,Director,Producer Adam Matalon developed the character as a strong female role model.
Jane Tuesday stars Kyla Taub in this ongoing series of shorts about a seven-year old private investigator. Her decidedly wry take on life would make Sam Spade proud. Also starring alongside her is Taylor Matalon as Billy Tuesday her wily and mischievous brother. Jane Tuesday solves the everyday mysteries that surround children and investigates some most perplexing riddles -- but why is her brother always near the scene of the mystery?
After a five-year association with Sesame Street as a member of the Directors Guild unit Adam Matalon pitched his concept for Jane Tuesday to Carol Lynne Parente senior producer of the show. ÂI wanted to create a really intelligent and edgy female role model who could not only have some fun but inform. I have two small kids of my own and I see the thought progressions developing all the time. It only takes being a parent for a couple of minutes to realize that kids are really smart and we often take for granted and underestimate their knowledge and their powers of evaluation and deduction. ThatÂs where the germ of the idea came from. I wanted to create a female Sam Spade in the body of a seven year old! I found Kyla Taub who is an extraordinary young actress. She completely enveloped herself in the role practicing the speech patterns for at least two weeks before we actually shot the pieces.Â
Also on board the production team was Emmy Nominated Director of Photography Kevin Burke who also co-produced, Jim Meek a veteran of childrenÂs television programming handled production sound. Music and sound effects by Emmy Winning Mike Renzi and Dick Maitland respectively, both have been providing the sound tracks for our childrenÂs lives for many years.
Kevin had some substantial limitations with the budget and the films were shot on location and not in a studio. ÂAlthough we were shooting in color, we took what I coined a Ânoir-ish approach and decided that we would de-saturate the colors in post-production. We controlled the lighting as much as possible and used slashes of light to accent her backgrounds. We got some great support from Bob Zahn at BVR who not only provided the gear but had his awesome engineers create some settings in the Sony DSR500 that would best suit our needs.Â
Matalon added, ÂIt was very much a learning experience this time around as we were not only shooting pilot episodes but we were learning not only about what works both for the character of Jane, but also about the very definite boundaries of simplicity and clarity that arise when creating programming for children. We are really excited about the next go round and are already discussing some great new ideas for Jane.Â
Additional air dates: Check your local listings.
Jane Tuesday Number 3: Show# 4077: May 3rd/July 1st/Aug6th
Jane Tuesday Letter L: Show# 4068: May 26th/June8th/July14th
Chatsby Films Creative:
Chatsby Films is an ambitious, full service independent production company based in Westchester in Peekskill's historic downtown arts district, led by DirectorÂs Guild Director Adam Matalon, and Emmy Nominated Cinematographer Kevin Burke. Combined they have over thirty-five years of professional production experience in live Theatre, Television, Film and other recorded media. Chatsby Films and Chatsby Media specialize in development and production of both corporate/industrial and creative media. Collaborators include Mike Zandlo (Editor-cameraman-compression specialist), Mike Pantuso (award winning graphic artist-animation genius), Jennifer Read (Producer-Fashion /Photographic and Corporate Specialist) Vivian Taub (Production Co-coordinator), Aaron Medick (Emmy Nominated cinematography and steadi-cam operator) and Sarah Matalon-Levy, who is currently undertaking the early stages of a new development arm Chatsby Films Paris.
Chatsby Films currently has That Pet Show! in development with a major cable network. The Forest For The Trees, a short feature is slated to complete shooting in April of 2004. Our recent co-production with Coleman Productions ÂMaking Relationships MatterÂ is currently on sale and we are developing several upcoming projects, including a Reality Show, a Music/Dating Show, and ÂPilates For Real PeopleÂ, a new video with Jacqueline Crawford. Concurrently, we own the rights to three feature scripts. Seasons in the Valley (formerly known as A Final Season), a feature documentary about the apple farmers of the Hudson Valley - already in production since March 2002, has international distribution, has completed its photography and is entering post-production. Chatsby Films is also in the early stages of a documentary about Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to ever win the congressional Medal of Honor in combat for her services during the civil war.
For further information about the company or to view the online portfolio and streaming video clips please visit the website.
Adam Matalon / Kevin Burke
Chatsby Films, Phone: 1.914.736.6400, Fax: 1.914.736.6700
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