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A taste of the NSA experience

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy welcomed the Jpixx crew back to school to shoot interviews of staff, faculty and students for a series of videos about the NSA mission and history using their personal experiences with the school. “Honor Above All” was a phrase we heard often during our visit at NSA, which is also the school’s motto.

It took our crew two long shoot long days to cover both campuses but we got to see the Upper School Ceremony, Friday Night Football and the 3D Printing Lab in action – along with scores of after-school activities that highlighted the NSA experience. Check out some BTS photos of our memorable time with the Saints!


The kids were enamored with Jon’s camera and immediately flocked to him to see what he was doing. I think we have some future photographers on our hands!


The kids are simulating plate tectonics using graham crackers and chocolate.


Things got yummy and messy at the same time lol

LCD action!


Chandler unintentionally (or intentionally?) striking a male model pose while holding the movi, we should secretly submit him to Americas Next Top Model. Right?

Patrick Whelan (NSA Alum and Dean of Students) Gettin’ powdered up. Sometimes you gotta do it for the cam lol


Jon loving what he does…so obvi!


These two (Karen Schompert and Kristine Bryne) having fun in the field.

To top it off we even met a student (Violet Johnston) at NSA who we found out is in a family of budding actors. Well, after one phone call and audition, her sister Olivia landed a starring role in our newest short film Carried Away, which premiered at Filmily Fest in December.

Now back to the regularly scheduled program – without further ado please sit back and prepared to be dazzled with one of our finished videos! And if you are in need of some of this magical video branding dazzle please give us a shout here to see how we can help you #shamelessplug 🙂

If you are interested in enrolling your child at NSA, be sure to attend their open house to learn more.

Open house dates:
Main Campus – January 8, 2017 to register click here
Harbour View Campus – January 22, 2017 to register click here

To learn more about Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, please check out their website.

Cox 11 Studios Takeover

We recently teamed up with Cox 11 Studios for a photography session in order to create posters for the station’s TV shows. Cox 11, which is programmed and operated by Cox Communications, is known for being Hampton Roads’ only truly, local community station. According to Program and Production Manager Will Rodriguez, Cox 11 is, “for Hampton Roads, by Hampton Roads, about Hampton Roads.”

We had a great time taking over their studio for a day where we were able to shoot a variety of looks, from white and green screen to studio space. The Jpixx crew captured some super fun images of talent from:

Check out the Jpixx crew (aka the coolest kids on the planet) behind-the-scenes with Alexis and the cast of A Las 11 Por El 11 below!

Cox 11
Top-right photo courtesy of Patricia Avila

Of course, we couldn’t help pulling out our handy-dandy 360-camera! We wrapped up our A Las 11 Por El 11 shoot with a 360-shot that you can interact with below.

360 Green screen #photoshoot in progress at Cox11 with the “A las 11 por el 11” cast in #Chesapeake, VA #jpixx #studio #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Jpixx has a great history and relationship with Cox 11. Our previous projects have included producing Hot Ticket featurettes, like last year’s Charles Dickens’ Christmas Towne. The station was also a proud sponsor of our sold-out Filmily Fest. We look forward to future collaborations with the gracious team and talent over at Cox 11!

If you’re looking to gain exposure for your short film, web series, music video or short documentary, great news! Short Film Showcase is currently accepting entries. Reach out to Cox 11 and be sure to include “Short Film Showcase” in the subject line. Good luck! 

Jpixx/In Captivity receives full feature spread in “The Beacon”

Today’s edition of the “Virginia Pilot’s Beacon” featured a full-page color article on Jpixx founders Jon and Teviya Abrahams. The article, which can be found here, goes into the creative process of their award winning film “In Captivity” and introduces further insight on future developments. You can also read the text below:

By Sandra J. Pennecke
Virginian-Pilot correspondent
© August 1, 2012

Teviya and Jon Abrahams love to tell stories.

Their latest story, “In Captivity,” is a six-minute film that was named the winner of the 48-Hour Film Project.

The competition this year had more than 3,500 teams from 100 cities around the world submit films.

Participants are given a character (Tim or Tammie), a prop (playing cards), a line of dialogue (“There’s not enough time”) and a genre (superhero).

Then they have 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and score their film. Jon’s high school friend from Kansas City, Jim McCullough, joined with them on the project as one of the writers and special effects specialists.

Scenes shot across Hampton Roads – including the beach, Mount Trashmore and a parking garage in Norfolk – are seen throughout the film.

“It was a huge collaborative effort,” Jon said about the brainstorming, writing, acting and more.

“The 48 hours is like a double-edged sword because it forces you to get things done and make decisions, but it also forces you to make decisions as quickly as you can,” said Jon.

“In Captivity” was selected as the International Grand Prize winner at the Filmapalooza in New Mexico in March.

“I think one of the reasons we won was because it’s a very touching film and it really grabs you,” Teviya said. The film has a plot twist near the conclusion that deals with autism.

The film won Best Film, Honorable Mention for Directing, Best Editing and Best Special Effects.

At the end of May several members of the team – including McCullough, and Jon and Teviya Abrahams – traveled to the Cannes Film Festival.

Dressed in black tie and gown, the couple briefly walked the red carpet, attended screenings, met filmmakers from around the world, stayed in a villa in a nearby town, and soaked in the celebration.

“It’s an amazing feeling of validity that something I’m passionate about is recognized by people in the industry,” Jon said.

The couple met while both were attending the University of Missouri.

“We’ve always been a great team,” said Teviya, noting Jon plays the piano while she sings.

Teviya, 32, studied art education and Jon, 31, majored in photojournalism. They graduated in 2002 and it’s been a whirlwind of delving into the field, entering competitions and becoming parents to their son, Nova, who is now 14 months old. Jon works on video and photography with Jpixx Films.

This is not the first time they have entered the 48-Hour Film Project. They won for their film, “Passion Fruit,” in 2010.

Jon is busy working on his next big idea and said a feature film is in his future. They also plan to enter the Sundance Film Festival.

“We are on some kind of wave, a momentum,” Teviya said.

“What does this mean for our future, if this is something we can do in 48 hours?” Jon said.

2011 Filmapalooza in New Mexico

“Photos from our trip to New Mexico – included stops in Santa Fe, Abiqui, Ojo Caliente and Taos, where we participated in the 2011 Filmapalooza (and won 🙂 with our 48-hour film “In Captivity””

From Filmapalooza, NM, posted by Jon Abrahams on 3/10/2012 (128 items)

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