Real to Reel Mission Statement
Our Mission is to be recognized by both the entertainment industry and owners of top quality properties, as the industry leader in professionally representing high film value location sites to be used in film and video projects. Quite simply, we are committed to finding and listing film friendly locations and matching them with film and video projects.
Armed with three decades of experience and expertise, we will handle all aspects of the filming process for the properties we represent with a focus on anticipating problems before they arise in order to minimize the impact on existing operations, maximize owner return for their effort, and avoid unnecessary delay for production. This full service approach will include, marketing properties to the film industry, negotiations, pre-production planning, site visits, handling contracts and insurance to the owner’s satisfaction prior to the shoot along with all financial matters. We will professionally supervise the prep., shoot and wrap day activities to minimize the risk of damage to the property and liability. At the end of the project we will follow through with any outstanding issues until they are resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.
It is our ultimate objective to develop successful filming programs at the properties we represent to insure that we keep both property owners and production companies as our long-term clients. We will work in partnership with the production community to insure that all locations are handled with the utmost care and that future companies will be invited back.
Gary J. Onyshko, Esq.
President & CEO
Started with Real to Reel in 2001
After receiving degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983, Mr. Onyshko worked for a short time as a Trade and Investment Research Associate for the Investment Trade Division of the United States Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. In this capacity he performed research and summarized investment climate data from assessments generated by U.S Embassy’s around the world. Returning to California, Mr. Onyshko attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate degree and became a member of the California State Bar in 1988. Working as an attorney in Bakersfield CA, from 1988 to 1991, Mr. Onyshko gained experience on a variety of legal matters in the areas of real estate, business, consumer and contract law.
In 1991 Mr. Onyshko was hired as Associate Counsel by Tejon Ranch. Located approximately 70 miles north of Los Angeles, and encompassing approximately 270,000 acres of mostly undeveloped countryside, Tejon Ranch is a diversified agribusiness and real estate development company. Managing the activities of production companies who occasionally sought to film on Tejon Ranch because of its unspoiled beauty was just one of his many business and legal duties. Not having a production background at the time, and not content to merely wait for production companies to come calling, Mr. Onyshko educated himself about "on-location filming," developed procedures for the orderly filming on ranch property and implemented aggressive business and marketing plans substantially increasing Tejon Ranch’s use as a film location by production companies from around the world.
In September of 2001, after nine years with Tejon Ranch, Mr. Onyshko accepted the position of General Manager and V.P. of Business and Legal Affairs with Real to Reel Locations. Founded in 1982, Real to Reel is one of the largest and oldest location agencies in Los Angeles representing a diverse portfolio of LA’s most sought after film locations. During his first two years with Real to Reel, a period that was relatively sluggish for on location filming in L.A., Mr. Onyshko substantially improved Real to Reel’s position in the industry by spearheading the conversion to digital photography and improving Real to Reel’s internet presence. Since then Mr. Onyshko has implemented further improvements in Real to Reel’s operations, customer service and marketing efforts, thus increasing market share and attracting more production companies to make use of Real to Reel’s portfolio of practical locations. In 2009 Mr. Onyshko acquired Real to Reel and became President and CEO. During his 20 years of working in the area of film locations, Mr. Onyshko has led or supervised negotiations with production companies for countless short term filming projects and several well-known long term filming projects, including the use of a former hospital for the hit T.V. show Scrubs for 7 consecutive years.
In addition to teaching young athletes about our great American past time by coaching Little League for the past 8 years, when time allows, he and his wife along with their two son’s enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as snow skiing, boating, camping, fishing and riding ATV’s.
Director of Sales and Coordinating
Started with Real to Reel in 2002
Michele began her agency career in the mid 90’s with GMR Marketing representing fortune 10 companies in event marketing. She managed the largest grossing account within the agency and was producing 20 events nationwide. She left GMR Marketing in Wisconsin to be closer to home and family in Florida. Michele was contacted by an Orlando production company to help grow their business, and she decided she was ready for something new. She moved to California for a new adventure! After about 6 months of working with small projects around town as their location scout and manager, in 2002 she received a call from Real to Reel Locations and became Real to Reel’s Production Coordinator. Not long after mastering the role of Production Coordinator, Michele was advanced to the position of Booking Agent. After several years in that position booking shoots and building relationships with Location Managers, she was again advanced to her current position where she oversees the activities of both the Sales and Coordinating Departments, as well as continue to book shoots into Real to Reel’s client properties.
In her spare time Michele participates in local musical theater and has starred as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” as well as Patsy Cline in “Always, Patsy” among other productions. In 2006 her talent as a singer/actor in community theatre was recognized by her receipt of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Foundation Spotlight Award as Artist of the Year. In addition she is proud to say she has been a mentor to a young lady, named Dezi, for five years and has loved every moment of being a part of her life. She is very grateful to an organization called Walk With Sally for making this possible, a program founded by Real to Reel’s own Nick Arquette.
Senior Booking Agent
Started with Real to Reel in 1985
Bob Kimball relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles in 1985 to help develop, organize, and manage Real to Reel Locations Inc. (RTR) during its early years. At that time the concept of a film location service was in its infant stage. What started out as a simple photo book library in 1982, has today become a fully Licensed Real Estate Brokerage Corporation complete with a digital picture library, a cutting edge website, an aggressive marketing program, and an experienced staff of real estate and on-location filming experts.
RTR has developed a strong reputation over the years and continues to provide locations and professional services for a large number of the Feature Films, Television shows, Commercials, and Still Shoots filming in the greater Los Angeles area.
Bob has seen plenty of growth and positive changes at Real to Reel over the last 25 years and is very proud to be a part of its accomplishments and success during that time and moving forward.
Bob is originally from New Jersey and is a life-long New York Giants, Mets and Knicks fan and also loves to travel and golf with his lovely wife, Daria, whenever he can.
Sr. Acquisitions Agent
Started with Real to Reel in 1995
Fresh from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco Nick Arquette moved from the Bay Area to Los Angeles in 1990 after a successful run in theater and television commercials. He quickly gained success with small bit roles in 90210 and Forest Gump and earned his Screen Actors Guild membership in 1993. Nick continued to hone his production background with his first job at Amblin entertainment where he served as a personal assistant to Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy. A year later he furthered his knowledge as production coordinator for RYSHER Entertainment. By 1995 Nick again put his skills to work in locations as a site rep for several Locations Agencies including Real to Reel where he began do develop his acquisitions skills. Known as the “Hospital Guy” Nick has listed over 25 Hospitals and Medical facilities including the closed hospital that the T.V. show “Scrubs” called home for 7 consecutive seasons, along with the hospital used by the T.V. show “Hawthorne”, as well as over 100 corporate offices, factories, and schools since becoming an Acquisitions Agent for Real to Reel.
In his free time he enjoys his family of 4 in Manhattan Beach and is the Founder of a non-profit Walk With Sally. It’s mission is to provide mentor support programs for children who have a parent, guardian or sibling with Cancer.
Started with Real to Real in 2005
After graduating from TCU with honors and a film degree, Hunter moved to California in 2005 to pursue a career in film production. Soon after his arrival in Los Angeles, Hunter began working for Real to Reel as an on-site property supervisor. In 2006, Hunter advanced into the Acquisitions Department and started seeking out properties for film projects full time. Now, as an experienced Acquisitions Agent, Hunter continues to seek out and list new properties to represent and regularly provides his expertise to make sure complicated shoots go off without a hitch.
In addition to his work with Real to Reel, Hunter also produces a variety of independent film projects through his production company, Speck Productions. Speck Productions’ latest film, Where My Heart Beats, is a gripping new documentary about Afghanistan life from Swedish Journalist/Filmmaker, Khazar Fatemi. The film will premiere in London at the Raindance Film Festival and North American rights were recently picked up by 7th Art Releasing.
Hunter is originally from Dallas, Texas and it is no surprise that he is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks!
Started at Real to Reel in 2009
Alisha is an East Coast transplant who moved to LA after graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2008 with a degree in Film and TV Production.
She quickly fell into feature films, and found complimentary work with Real to Reel as an On Site Property Supervisor. Alisha gained a variety of experience and even moved on to co-produce an independent feature film.
After a year and a half with Real to Real, Alisha was brought in to the Office as Production Coordinator. She has since blossomed into her duties, organizing and mediating shoots between properties and production, as well as managing the current team of Site Reps.
In her free time Alisha enjoys running, spending time with her shaggy pup Cleo, and any other adventure she can find under the sun.