About Luxtone Media, aka Jim Colao
1980: I simultaneously launched my graphic design career and my underground life as the drummer in the punk band Naked Raygun. It was 5 years of textbook page layout, photo assignments, copy fitting, and lots of fast drumming.
1986: I stepped up to Art Director for TELEPHONY magazine, which at the time had the largest circulation of any telecom magazine in the world, and published weekly.
1988: I switched my attention to music production and added digital audio acquisition capabilities to my skill set. The tech was primitive by today's standards but it taught me to make the most from what was available. The gained skills in music writing and audio engineering came in handy when I later connected with the Chicago boutique production studio known as H-GUN Labs. For 10 years, starting in 1994, I composed music and sound design for commercials, TV show promos, and documentaries. One high point was supplying music for a Super Bowl commercial in 2000.
2001: I rekindled my interest in motion pictures and began supplying video production and editing to new clients, who needed video acquisition and post-production from one creative source, i.e. an editor/shooter who could "shoot for the edit."
I officially launched Luxtone Media as a creative content production studio capable of seamlessly integrating visual assets with audio assets. Hence the name "Lux" (light) and "Tone" (sound).
Web design also became an integrated service during this time. Today, I have a growing list of portfolio sites for professionals in the advertising and entertainment industries, as well as several sites for small businesses.
2007-2009: I worked in Los Angeles as editor and sound designer for an independently produced, feature-length documentary. A 9 minute segment is available to view on the VIDEO PRODUCTION page.
In addition to maintaining long-term client relationships, I continue to get new referrals from satisfied clients in all areas of creative production. When it comes to your creative project, I sweat the details along with you–helping to organize the messaging and communicate it in the most dynamic way possible. The variety of integrated skills I provide means clients can get an entire media project managed and produced through a single supplier's trusted network.
Solutions to achieving your communication goals derive from my multiple sources of inspiration.
Even if you only need one particular service, each of my skills permeates the style of my other skills, so creative ideas are never one dimensional.
I can shoot, edit, and score it.
Conceptualize, design, write, build, and post it online.
Email me your questions.