Marketing agency teamed with Frame 48 and Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts to premiere inaugural short film about CHOC Children’s Hospital
Project was produced by Chapman alumni Tom Teller and Julian Conner, winners of the 2017 Coca-Cola and Regal Films Competition
Published on November 20, 2017
Amusement Park of Santa Ana has completed the first of what it hopes will be a series of collaborations with leaders in the creative industry to tell the stories behind local nonprofit groups.
Working through its Amusement Park Films division, the integrated marketing agency has announced the premiere for “Patched,” a short film written by the agency and celebrating the work of CHOC (CHOC Children’s) as told through the story of Ashley McNamara Blalock, who was born 27 weeks premature as a triplet and moved to CHOC Children’s in 1982. She returned to CHOC Children’s in 2007 to join the staff as a Child Life Specialist, supporting children as they receive treatment for life-threatening illnesses, and then gave birth to her own premature daughter in 2015 who also received life-saving care at CHOC.
The film, representing a first-ever collaboration between AP, Frame 48, the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University and CHOC Children’s, will see its world premiere during a VIP screening and director’s Q&A reception on Dec. 8, 2017, at the Folino Theater in Dodge College’s Marion Knott Studios, 283 N. Cypress in Orange.
“’Patched’ represents a groundbreaking collaborative effort between the local creative, education and nonprofit communities – in this case to tell one of the dozens of life-affirming stories unfolding every day at the region’s premier children’s hospital serving two million children in Southern California,” says Ed Collins, president and partner of Amusement Park and a faculty lecturer at Dodge College.
The project grew out an inaugural Chapman class developed by Collins earlier this year to stimulate creative community involvement with Dodge College students. To coordinate the production of the film, Collins reached out to Frame 48 founders and Dodge alumni Tom Teller and Julian Conner who had just won the 2017 Coca-Cola and Regal Films Competition, which saw entries submitted by students at more than 20 top film schools.
“It was an honor to be a part of this project,” says Teller, who directed “Patched.” “Having the opportunity to tell Ashley and Kennedy’s story was both humbling and powerful. We hope to focus Frame 48 on projects such as this moving forward, as they have the power to truly make a difference.”
Teller and Conner also recruited other local firms and individuals to donate time between April and October to complete the project. They also donated the majority of the company’s work force to the CHOC Children’s project.
“We have countless stories to share at CHOC Children’s. It’s an honor to tell one of these stories, where generations of the same family have experienced CHOC, through the eyes of one of our own child life specialists,” said Jan Lansing, vice president of marketing and communications for CHOC Children’s.
The success of the collaboration has AP looking to work with other creatives throughout the country to champion the next social cause or uncover the next nonprofit hero. “AP has several other scripts about CHOC Children’s waiting in the wings – but we’re open to other creative partnerships that illuminate the amazing work of Southern California’s cause-related organizations. One of our core values is using our platform in film, marketing and the creative arts to tell life’s most important stories.”
The “Patched” premiere is Dec. 8, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; however, attendees are asked to RSVP by Dec. 1, 2017, at email@example.com. An invitation-only reception starts at 6:30 p.m.
Collins will lead a post-screening panel discussion featuring Frame 48’s Teller and Conner, Blalock, Dodge College Dean Robert Bassett, CHOC Children’s and members of the Amusement Park creative team responsible for the project. Participants will talk about the film and their involvement in the unique collaborative project and take questions from the audience. Collins will also discuss future potential projects involving AP and Amusement Park Films.
About Frame 48
Founded by Coca-Cola and Regal Films winners Tom Teller and Julian Conner, Frame 48 is a production company focused on engaging, educating, and impacting people around the world through cinematic content. With work ranging from narrative films to branded content, Frame 48 collaborates with talented new voices and up and coming filmmakers to explore the ever-changing world of content production. Visit www.frame48.com for more information.
About CHOC Children's
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018) and a 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.
CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.
About Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University
One of the premier film schools in the country, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers students the unique opportunity to learn film-making in a hands-on environment modeled on a working studio. The college is comprised of the Sodaro-Pankey Undergraduate School of Film and Media Arts, offering degrees in film production, film studies, screenwriting, creative producing, news and documentary, television writing and production, public relations and advertising, screen acting and digital arts; and the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures, offering M.F.A. degrees in film production, film and television producing, production design, and screenwriting, and an M.A. in film studies. Two joint M.F.A. degrees in producing are also offered in conjunction with the business (M.F.A./M.B.A.) and law (M.F.A./J.D.) schools. Dodge College is housed in Marion Knott Studios, a state-of-the-art, 76,000-square-foot studio and classroom building that provides students with 24-hour access to sound stages, edit bays, Dolby surround mixing, a motion capture stage and more. With an Oscar and Emmy-award winning full-time faculty that boasts more feature film credits than any other film school, Dodge College is where students learn the entertainment business from the inside out.
About Amusement Park
Amusement Park companies are manufacturers of pioneering content and entertainment, tech and unique products, business models and branded relationships, as well as old-school, ground- breaking advertising. For information, go to www.amusementparkinc.com or visit the Amusement Park Facebook page.
An Amusement Park Film
Creative Directors – Steve Harbour and Jim Riddle (AP)
Script – Dion Watkins (AP)
Story/Concept – Yael Egnal, Madisen Dewey, Sabina Hahn, Scott Rohwer, Tia Ruszkowska (Dodge Film School)
Director - Tom Teller
Producer - Julian Conner
Director of Photography - Nico Aguilar
Music - Samuel Naff
Production Designer - Corinne Delouise
Sound Designer - Gerry Vasquez
Casting Director - Stephanie Kerbis
Unit Production Manager - Sho Schrock
1st Assistant Director - Nicole Jordan-Webber
2nd Assistant Director - Will Levinger
BTS Photographer - Alice Tsui
Production Assistants - Sabina Hahn, Piper Tompkins, Kimberly Vela
1st Assistant Camera - Jacob Ryan Perry
2nd Assistant Camera - Brodin Plett
Steadicam Operator - Jaron Tauch
Key Grip - Chris Purdy
Gaffer - Tommy Oceanak
Dolly Grip - Ryan Haskins
Grip - Oliver Kompst
Production Writer - Andrew Guastaferro
Hair and Makeup Artist - Dre Lamparello
Production Sound Mixer - Helena McGill
Colorist - Bryan Smaller
Ashley - Katie Freeman
Young Ashley - Faith Graham
Leighann - Varda Appleton
Kennedy - Caitlyn Friedlander
Baby Kennedy - JJ Macsalka
Adam - Travis Sosa
Tim - Jim Jepson
Leonardo - Leonardo Scheuble-ISIP
Leonardo’s Mother - Mignon Farmani
Leonardo’s Father - Carlos E Zelaya
Doctor 1 - Nancy Nazari
Doctor 2 - Ozy Reigns
Doctor 3 - Ashley McNamara
Nurse - Aurora Maria Lopez
Birthday Kids - Brandon Grace, Saxon Humphre, Allison Yeo Chen