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The Story behind the Studio

Most folks don't pay attention to our studio name and its meaning, but some have been curious and we'd like to break down what all that entails for you our fans! Altare Productions

When we changed from Fofanugget Productions (more on the meaning behind the former name, below!) to Altare Productions, it was actually right in the middle of filming the early Day Zero episodes of season 3! The change was to give it a more spiritual aspect based on the content we were going for, and wanted to match that theme. Seasons 1 and 2 already had that aspect, but the more we filmed, the more it represented the types of filmmaking that the studio is involved with, be it our own productions like Day Zero, or documentaries, commercial or promotional videos we're contracted to do, or to our executive production involvement in other films such as Rob Diamond's "Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace", for example. As for the graphic, you see at the bottom, an altar, which means a sort of sacrifice (which is what we did -- we sacrificed our time, energy and effort as a team to produce quality content), and then a film reel sits atop, representing our offer, if you will, with a Chi Rho (ΧΡ) symbol in the middle. The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of the Christogram, formed by superimposing the first two letters—chi and rho — which in Greek is χριστός, or 'Christ', first used under Constantine as a sign of protection, later adopted by all of early Christianity. On top of the reel sits a dove, representing the Holy Ghost, a sign of peace. Fofanugget Productions

When the name of Fofanugget Productions first came to light, it was almost on account of filming our first foray into just a hobby, so it wasn't too serious at the beginning until it got some legs and just kind of hit us out of nowhere that we had 2 seasons of Day Zero using this studio name and logo before giving more considerate thought to the professionalism that we attained, after receiving so many awards. So what started as a hobby, became a truly uniquely professional product stemming from a passion in the arts. The idea of the logo's surrounding poker chips and Aces cards ("pocket rockets" in Texas Hold'em lingo!) is based on a "gamble" that we would produce quality "ace" content at the time that was the advent of DSLR and DSLM filmmaking from traditionally picture-taking digital cameras instead of the high-end Hollywood style systems, and yet make it seem to be from their cinematic innovations! We pulled it off frankly quite well, to say the least, as one of the first series to use this technology. :) The center of the logo consists of our actress Deven Skye (Baldwin)'s kitten, to be precise! In a small way, it represented the Eveready Battery Company's logo, to say that we have the batteries to run this machine called indie filmmaking! On the other hand, it has a lot to do with Cal Nguyen's favorite animal, cats! And if you spell out the old studio name, it is pronounced FOF-a-nugget, as in "FOF, a nugget". Nugget meaning a golden nugget at the end of the rainbow, for luck (Irish or not), and "FoF" actually kind of means Friends of Felines, from the rescue center themselves :) It also had origins in the Volkswagen Fahrvergnügen vehicle name as well. Well, hopefully that helped clear up any curiosities! See this link to the press release on full details of the change of studio name:


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