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Introduce New Business Identity Package

Business Identity Package

Business Identity Package

This month, we would like to announce a very special news, especially to business owners. We are glad to introduce the new “Business Identity Package” which includes most of our services. Now, you can take advantage of this special package with very special rate to have your business take off successfully.

In business, branding is very important. Let us help you create your significantly unique and impressive image for your business with these following tools:

  • Business logo
  • Business card & letterhead
  • Brochure/Flyer
  • Up to 5-page website
  • 30-second promotional video

You can customize this package to fit your best needs by choosing 3 out of those 5 services.

CALL US at 832.657.1433 for more details.

‘The Other Side’ – a short film by Brilliart Films

Brilliart is proud to present its very first short film The Other Side which will be coming to a computer near you. It is now released on Brilliart Films Channel on Youtube. And for those who haven’t heard of it. The Other Side is a story of a teenage  girl’s attempt to do good for her mother. However, right wrongs in a very bad way.  Her choices will have consequences and the things she lost can’t never be retrieved. She will go to the edge and over, emotionally and physically. So  go on the journey with Sam in this gritty drama if you dare!  And see where the yellow brick road takes her. While you’re on our site on Youtube kick back and check out our other videos. From Skits to Shorts, you’re guaranteed to have some fun.

 

-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

Virgin Holidays Commercial

When Tengah called me in her office and told me we would be pursuing a Virgin Holiday commercial and the the subject matter would be burlesque. I was thrilled, I had just been introduced to burlesque a year ago and I have become a great admirer of it. I  liked the style and the classic look it has. It truly is beautiful form of art.  The creative process for the Virgin Holidays commercial was A little challenging to come up with at first. But  it was our mission to make it original, smart, and, unique  and not raunchy or cheap, this commercial had to be done right and Brilliart was up to the test. So it took a few days but we finally had a outline for the shoot and Tengah did a superb job  hiring the talent, all the ideas were tying together and something awesome was forming.

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Combining  all these ideas and seeing them involve into something real, was very special. The lighting had to be perfect, we wanted to project an exotic illuminating feel to compliment the model’s choreography. The model gave a titillating performance and really lost herself in the shoot with Brilliart capturing it all on camera. The music was a very major part of the commercial, we thought to ourselves, should we go modern or should we go with a classic touch? When it comes to burlesque we believed a more slower tempo and a more relaxed sound would accentuate the commercial we didn’t want to make this look like a music video . With the help of an patriotic hat and a wooden frame we bent the borders of reality and turned it into fantasy with fantastic results.

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With great enthusiasm and an opened mind, Brilliart took this Virgin Holidays commercial and had fun with it, we did what we knew was good. Going with our killer sense of style and savvy know how. The  commercial looked good, it sounded good, and are vision for the commercial was an  all around success.  In the end all the determination and hard work paid off with Virgin Mobile selecting the commercial for their online ad.

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-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

The Music Box – Love Notes Blog

As I walked into the building I saw Tengah and Van diligently working on the decorations for tonight Music Box show. Van was practicing her lyrics and helping Ben revise the script. Brilliart was setting up the decorations for the live show and it was going splendid. At the end the set looked really great with music notes and hearts all over the place. The team started setting up the camera’s,lights, and audio. Cause as we all know that is key. So everything was on it’s way. Then the nerves started kicking in for Van and Ben They both could be seen rehearsing, Van her singing and Ben his monologue then Scott showed up and Ben and Van caught him up on certain song changes he adapted pleasantly quick  They started to get a rhythm, a rhyme, and they started  feeling real fine.

Then you heard  a voice in the distance say  three two one and the show had kicked off Ben at first was a little shaky even a little robotic. I talked to him later after the show and he said that the notes he had were holding him back. It was good to have an outline but to follow every word verbatim was unnatural to him. He had to use the information mix in his own special brand of awesomeness and create something special. In the middle of the show he said he ditched the dummy card and had fun with it.

Van and Scott were really good together. They really do complement each other. Van overcame her nerves and scott should be called iceberg because he was as cool as ever. They got through the music catalog  beautifully. Ben ended the show Scott played a song to take us home and then silence. It kind of was hauntingly beautiful in those couple of seconds It’s kind of soothing and unnerving your mind races on everything that just transpired. We had shot our second show in a row and wrapped it with a big red bow. A special thanks to the crew and the guys behind the camera because without them the show could not be possible.

-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

Ninja Baby Commercial

As the day began to wind down, the actors arrived. The girl that would be playing the ninja was getting coached on how to use the sword properly and the male lead was getting what wardrobe  he needed for the shoot, and then we were off to the races.

We arrived at the location which was a gorgeous park just down the street. We set the lights up and began to place the actors in position. We had a couple onlookers wondering what a 4 foot ninja was doing wielding a samurai sword? But all went well until the male lead had to shave.  That was an entirely different story because the gas station razor did not live up to the hype. Literally, it would have been more sufficient to give the actor a rock to shave with.

Van went to get a real razor and came back with razor and shaving cream in hand. At first, the shaving cream was stuck but with a little can-do attitude, the can was fully operational.  The actor shaved and we were ready to rock. However, as the actor started looking for a towel to dry his face, there was none to be found. Some one really dropped the ball on that one.  So the actor had to use one of the camera operators’ sleeves, After a few minutes, we got the last shot that we so desperately needed. Ben said to see words and scenes he wrote come to life before his very eyes was something truly special.

-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

Yoplait Commercial Blog: Springtime is the Right Time

We started off the day by  getting all the equipment together two cameras, batteries, sd cards, etc… The actress arrived, her mother was getting her dress and her hair ready for the Yoplait commercial. Julia was very busy transforming Van from a young lady to a life sized bunny with awesome results.

Then, Tengah asked Ben to get the white gloves out of the prop box to complete Van’s costume. Ben looked all over with the whole Brilliart Family and the gloves were nowhere to be found. It was as if the gloves grew little legs and ran away. Ben had contemplated there had been a theft and Van was his top suspect. It  was later disclosed that the gloves along with an entire costume had been left at a recent shoot. Van was cleared of all charges. The whole Brilliart family packed everything and got Motivated for the commercial.

The sun was shining,  the birds were singing a symphony of songs, and  the cast and crew were ready to lay this commercial down.  It was an awesome day for a shoot, so we set up  and began at once. Tengah and Brad looked around the set for the best well lit shots with lots of greenery, and Julia was touching up Van’s makeup. We positioned the strawberries, limes, and blue berries, very strategically in the wooded areas even making it look like limes were growing of a tree. The little actress did a fine job even with the grass being uncooperative and capturing her shoe a couple of times. She was very professional and a pleasure to work with. Justin pointed out some fantastic areas that were very helpful and vital to the shoot. After everything was said and done, Brilliart successfully completed another shoot.

-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

MSD Dog Commercial

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It was a relaxed day even though the Building was filled to the brim with cats and dogs. The animals were supplied by Van and Julia. There was restless Skipper, the cat that wasn’t too keen on the big bright lights of show business and what Hollywood had to offer. Kenzo was all over the place scampering and scurrying. And Mai was hesitant at first but with a little coaching from Van she was ready to rock and roll.

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We set up the lighting and a single idea had progressed and evolved and was becoming animated before my very eyes. We were shooting two commercials today. A champion rises and the the original MSD commercial. It really is a different experience when shooting animal. You turned the camera on and put a light in their face and they  looked at you like “ What do you want from me”? I forgot their animals were not trained actors. Both shoots took a little time and a lot of patience. Brad, Tengah and Van did a Fantastic job handling the animals.To me those three have a superior amount of patience. And  in the very end we got all the footage that was needed. The fun part was giving the animals voices and a kind of personality. Watching how the voices and the animals incorporated together is something really awesome.

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1P5A9363-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

Finders Keepers blog – Puppy Love/ pilot

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Friday there was much preparation to be done on the upcoming Finder’s Keeper’s webisode. From Makeup, to wardrobe, to all the important film equipment that was vital in the webisode’s success. The Brilliart crew made sure to have all the proper equipment and checked that all the lights, cameras, and batteries were accounted for. Everyone arrived at the shooting location which was on a massive amount of land and perfect for what we were looking for to succeed delivering this shoot; furthermore, It was a gorgeous day perfect for shooting.

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The set became quiet as the first scene was being shot. In the beginning there were some mishaps such as a slip and a fall, a broken prop, but determination and a conquering spirit drove the Brilliart production to greatness.

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The extras were prompt and ready to work, as the scenes were shot with great detail. Although some shots were already premeditated, others were conjured up by a moments inspiration and proving innovation, heart, and ambition. “It is better to have all the imagination in the world and a couple of dollars in your pocket, than an unlimited fund of money and not a single original idea in your head”.

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As the sun was setting and the day was winding down and the episode wrapped up, I saw the cast and crew talking and laughing amongst themselves and I knew this was a great day–a great shoot, and a moment in time i would never forget. A very special thank you to the cast, crew, and everybody that contributed to making this webisode possible. Lastly, a special thank you to Kenzo, the hardest working little pomeranian in show business today.

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-Written by Bentura Mendoza-

“The Other Side” – Blog #2

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So I came to a startling realization…our DP, Brad Nguyen, looks SUSPICIOUSLY like Psy. You know. The guy that does that Gangnam Style song.

The similarities are so close, it's bizarre.

That’s him with his awesome wife, Julia. What’s funny is that our director, Tengah, actually that it was Brad pictured on the right. Now, every time any of us see Psy on tv somewhere, like on Ellen or the VMAs, we always tell Tengah “Oh my god, did you see Brad on Ellen last night?!??” Okay, it’s not that funny. You know what is, though?

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Anyway, we just wrapped up the third day of shooting. One thing I’ve noticed about filmmaking is that it’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait. Oops sorry, we used that term a lot in the military. What I mean is, you rush rush rush around, trying to grab everything you need for the day on set, get out there and set up, and then…you sit around. And wait for sound and lighting to get settled. And then SHOOT! And shoot more! And then wait for makeup to fix and retouch. And then MOAR shooting! And then wait for something else. It’s a good thing all of us working on this project are such good friends, though. We never run out of things to talk about.

Pictured: Stimulating conversation.

One thing of note: when shooting a movie where you have actresses and actors dressed up in questionable attire on a questionable street, take care not to alarm the neighbors so they call the police. This cop pulls up on the street we were filming on. Doesn’t say anything. Just. Sits there. He’s there for like a minute, and then he turns around and heads off. Later, when I left to go pick up food for the cast and crew, I see him sitting around the corner. Just. Watching. Very creepy. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that we were minorities.

No officer, we're waiting for the bus.

Thanks to Heather, our make up artist (pictured above, left), for stepping up! One of our extras cancelled last minute, so Heather volunteered (actually, more like volun-told, but she was a super good sport about it) to fill in for us. Of course, she didn’t bring any clothes with her, but Natalie, our lead, and Melissa, one of the other girls, ransacked their wardrobe and actually came up with a really nice outfit. Yay for girls that are the same size! Check out Heather and her work at HA! Make Up & Hair Art.

Seriously. They're rad. (photo by Janet Quirarte)

“The Other Side” – Blog #1

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What a crazy month its been! Four weeks filled with long days of script writing/rewriting/complete overhaul, discussions turned debates, meetings upon meetings, location scouting, and casting have FINALLY worked themselves out enough to begin shooting.

Wait, what?

Oh yeah. We here at Brilliart Films are working on our first short film! It’s called “The Other Side”. We are planning to submit it to a major upcoming film festival (can’t say which one because of rules and whatnot, but trust me, its pretty major!). All in all, though it’s been a lot of long hours and some frustrations, we are having fun AND learning a lot about how different the film medium can be. To be honest, before this, I personally had NO clue how hard or involved the whole process was. A lot of times on set, I just stared slack jawed while my more infinitely more experienced co-workers would throw out all these different technical terms and whatnot.

So our film is about a young girl who’s desire to prove she can be of help to her family sends her treading the uncertain line between right and wrong. Eventually, she learns she can’t buy happiness and reevaluates what is truly important in life.

Like corgi puppies. (image courtesy of tumblr)

And I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, it’s not a SUPER original story or anything, but with a few exceptions, what film really is anymore? It’s a classic for a reason; the story of how things can quickly spiral out of control due to the choices we make and the importance we place on certain things in life is something we all can relate to.

I remember when Brad (co-founder of Brilliart Films and the Director of Photography of TOS) approached us about doing this film. Everyone was super excited to finally get to the meat and potatoes of what we all wanted to do, which is film. Justin (editor extraordinaire of Brilliart Films and my co-writer for the script) and I sat down and immediately began to try to hash out a good story to tell. Almost everyday, he and I would have lengthy discussions on how to make the script better.

A typical discussion Justin and I would have in our office for about two weeks straight. (image courtesy of google)

Eventually, we finally came together on a story we could both get behind. It had changed drastically from what we originally came up with (in a good way). Then it was off to scout locations, casting our roles, find crew, prep all the equipment, and get the necessary paperwork done. We did all of this in the span of about two weeks or so. We were so excited to able to get all that done in such a short amount of time that we rewarded ourselves with a little party.

Artist's rendition of the rousing party at the Brilliart Films office. (image courtesy of owlchelsea.files.wordpress.com)

Day one of shooting was grueling. I think we were there for what, eight and a half hours? Luckily, everyone in front of and behind the cameras were super professional, although there were many silly moments. Part of working with fun loving people, I suppose.

I think we were trying to figure out who farted.

We are really excited to continue work on this project. If you have a chance, please check out our Kickstarter page and help us by donating a few bucks or sharing it on social media. Stay tuned for more updates and ridiculousness to come!