After months of careful deliberation, DreamVision Motion Pictures and Animation CEO and chairman Rick Silanskas has finally confirmed that his film and animation production company is relocating from its former headquarters in Florida and South Africa to Dallas, Texas. Silanskas revealed the exciting piece of information at the Christian Media Association (CMA Dallas) on Sept. 22, 2011. A press conference is planned within the next couple of months to make a formal announcement.
“I feel that there is a gathering in Dallas,” says the multi-talented film producer, musician and author to an audience of like-minded filmmakers. “It’s time to take back what was stolen from our children.”
DreamVision’s raison d’être is to bring back wholesome entertainment where families and children can feel safe. If this dream turns to reality, this will no doubt redefine the concept of global family entertainment.
Silanskas, whose goal is to fill the industry with feel good, positive high quality entertainment, expressed his deep desire to go back “to the heart and soul” of the late Walt Disney, his childhood inspiration. Significantly, Silanskas’ announcement comes a few months after Disney publicly declared that it would stop producing fairy tale and princess movies.
What’s more, DreamVision packs a punch with two very important offerings — Disney legend and former Disney Executive VP for Entertainment Ron Logan and his classic Disney team, and a proprietary emotionally-driven CGI animation process that is set to change the course of animated feature films.
DreamVision CEO Ron Logan, is also the founder and first president of Disney Theatrical, which produced “Beauty and the Beast: A New Musical” on Broadway.
The film company takes pride in its emotionally-driven CGI animation process that would give Disney and Pixar a run for their money. This new technology will enable the characters to show more emotion and to express “hope” in their eyes…and hope is something Silanskas desires to portray in his films.
This early, DreamVision already has a full production slate, which includes the animated musical film, “Anna;” a live action mystery drama titled “Unshakable;” a worldwide syndicated animated children’s television series titled “Anna and Friends” to introduce the Anna character, and a Ron Logan-produced Broadway musical version of “Anna”. A theme park and resort complex is also said to be in the works.
Currently creating a stir in the industry is the animated short film “Hooked,” for its classic, simple values and emotional basics. The film has gained international recognition and was honored at several film competitions, including the Golden Panda Festival China 2011 and South Africa’s version of the Oscars, Imbongi.
Also being promoted under DreamVision is Silanskas’ true-life inspirational documentary of the search for his adopted daughter, “Nadia’s Story.” This story will be the basis of DreamVision’s first theatrical and stage productions.
Silanskas, who turned down a promising job at Disney as a teen to pursue his own dreams, has always lived by his Dad’s advice: “If you share from your heart, lives will be changed.” This has led him through the best and worst of times. As an award-winning composer, he wrote movie scores as well as original pyrotechnic symphonies that were never heard again outside of the one-time performances. He had as many as 50,000 in attendance at many outdoor spectaculars hosting more than 5,000,000 people over several years. After 9-11, he somehow lost the ability to create music. But learning to “let go and let God,” he composed a symphonic suite recorded with members of the Nashville Symphony that has since then been used in the Pentagon’s Bereavement Program to comfort people who lost family in the war and was presented to President Bush in a special White House ceremony in early 2002. “The American Freedom Suite” was also presented as a television special for our troops around the world.
Industry insiders are now waiting with bated breath at how DreamVision will make an impact in this highly competitive field. Silanskas is not worried though. This inspiring visionary follows one simple, fail-safe rule: “Tell the story and let God do the rest.”
To read a personal account of the CMA Dallas meeting where Silanskas made his announcement, read Cheryl Wicker’s ChristianMovieConnect.com blog here.