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Band & Brush: Notebook Entertainment
Posted by Rockford Buzz
Posted on April 9, 2017
You have all heard of The Deadersons, right? If not, it is Rockford’s own sitcom, and it is gaining in popularity every single day. In fact, they just had a DVD release party on Saturday at The Nordlof. You can find the episodes HERE.
The creative minds behind The Deadersons and other major works are a part of the local business Notebook Entertainment. I would call them a production company, but that is only one of the many things that they do. Notebook Entertainment is the umbrella brand that covers a whole bunch of creative endeavors.
Wyatt Elliott started Notebook Entertainment 10 years ago this June, June 1, 2007. Growing up, he always wanted to make his own films. He read a lot of books, but always had more love for the art of film. He started telling stories and writing screenplays, but he thought he could never get into film because he hadn’t gone to school for it. Thankfully, technology caught up. With YouTube being as big of a resource as it is for creators, he was able to bring his vision and passion to the screen.
They started with a short called John Rainbow. It ended up going viral, granted it was a lot easier to go viral back in the day. It ended up on Yahoo’s front page and gained 60-70 thousand views in one day. He has never looked back since.
Enter Kris Williamson, co-owner (or as she prefers, Empress) and writer. Once she joined the team, everything started to really take off and become something serious. Wyatt always treated Notebook as more of a hobby, but with a business partner and fellow creative mind, they charged forward. They started hiring real actors to be in their projects. The actors were used to a professional approach in filmmaking so they, in turn, had to adapt to a more professional environment.
As they go along, they are always learning and improving. Their equipment is always getting better, and they even have a full film crew and a producer. Now, it isn’t just Wyatt and Kris, so they can work more on what they are best at, and the company can churn out the best quality work.
Notebook Entertainment is doing great things. Not only do they have The Deadersons, but they have over 500 videos on their YouTube channel. Oh, by the way, their channel has over 26 MILLION views to go along with their 23,691 subscribers. They are no joke, my friends.
I mentioned earlier that they did a lot more than production. They also launched Notebook Publishing and Notebook Photography in 2016. Kris is the main photographer, and her books have also been published by Notebook.
Notebook Entertainment is a very Rockford-centric company. Their goal is to have a studio here and produce short films. They want to use local talent. All of their merch is made locally. Everything that can be done local is done here in Rockford. They also want to encourage indie film making. Not only the creation of indie films, but they want to encourage creators to come here to Rockford to make them.
Fun Fact: They were able to get the original Eddie Munster to be a part of season 2!