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Chris & Martin Theophilus, Directors

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Phantom Productions, Inc. Directors

Chris Theophilus, CEO

Chris is Phantom's CEO & Administrative Director and manages the association with David Perkoff Music. Since 1991 she has coordinated an annual average of over 400 events with DPM. She also shoots HD video for Phantom - from entertainment events & hot air balloons, to corporate training events. In addition to coordinating entertainment events for numerous corporations and organizations, Chris co-manages Phantom's University of Texas multimedia contract with the Texas Center for Disability Studies and the Texas Project FIRST web work for Houston based Family to Family Network and the Texas Education Agency.

Chris grew up in Sudbury, Suffolk, England and brings a wonderful international flavor to our services. Her love of animals includes her KD an Arabia, Taffie, a Quarter horse, and our German Shepherd Bonnie Bracken.

Chris has served in entertainment related organizations including:

Board Secretary, Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording
Board Member, Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Board Member, Austin Music Business Association
Chairperson, International Committee, Austin Music Business Association
Advisory Committee - Austin Community College Commercial Music Program

Martin Theophilus, President

Martin is the Co-owner and Multimedia & Production Director for Phantom Productions, Inc. Martin founded Phantom Productions in 1964 and in 2014 the company celebrated 50 years in the Texas production business. Martin shoots and edits video, develops web sites, and is the IT manager. He also manages the Texas Project FIRST web work for Houston based Family to Family Network which provides the Texas Education Agency's special education web site. Phantom also hosts the EveryChildTexas.org web site. Martin develops web sites, produces training videos, marketing plans and consults with clients in areas of media. Born in Marfa, Texas and raised in Alpine, Texas, Martin migrated to Austin in 1978.

Martin has produced extensive media for the persons with disability community in Texas since 1997. He is proficient in Adobe Dreamweaver,Drupal, Photoshop, Apple's Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor and IT management.

Entertainment

Martin has been active in building Austin's entertainment and production resources including:

Board President and Executive Director, Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording
Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) - GRAMMY'S (1988)
Member - Audio Engineering Society - (1982) Central Texas AES Treasurer (1980 -1985) & Treasurer/Web Administrator (2004 - 2006)
Member, Entertainment Industry Task Force, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Chair, Austin Music Business Association
Chair, Austin Community College Commercial Music Program ('88 -'91) - Initiated and developed two year degree program that integrates music business with music performance, concert staging, audio engineering, promotion, entertainment business, marketing, artist management, tour coordination, lighting among other production skills. Martin taught Music Business Marketing at ACC.
Member, Austin Community College Business Management Advisory Board ('82 -'91)
Board Member, Austin Chapter of the Texas Music Association - ('87 -'89)
Member, International Business Advisory Committee, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce ('88 -'92)
Chief Engineer - Austin Custom Records ('79 -'81)

Law Enforcement and Public Service

Brewster County Rescue Squad 1962While attending High School in Alpine, Texas and Sul Ross State University, Martin was an Air Explorer and volunteered with the Brewster County Rescue Squad (left). Also while attending Sul Ross, Martin worked full time as a Brewster County Dispatcher for the Alpine Police Department and Brewster County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Dispatch Center. The center managed communications for City , County State and Federal agencies in the area. During this time, Martin was also appointed as Special Deputy and Juvenile Probation Officer by the Sheriff. Upon graduation from Sul Ross State College, Martin (right) was hired as one of the first State Police Officers assigned to the Sul Ross Police Department. He also completed graduate courses in law enforcement including Criminology, law and behavior analysis.

In 1970, Martin applied to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Midland Police Departments, but was turned down as high risk due to his loss of a kidney from cancer at age three. Subsequently he went to work for the Texas Department of Human Services, in Odessa, Texas working 7 years in Child Protective Services, including two years in CPS investigations and then 5 years as a CPS Supervisor. Thanks to the Ector County Sheriff's Office, Martin was allowed to continue to use his law enforcement two-way radio from Alpine. This became invaluable in Martin's Child Protective Services work for 7 years. He has kept up with law enforcement communications to this day.

During the early and middle 1970's Martin taught courses on Child Abuse and Neglect at the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy. Incidentally Martin's mentor, from Boy Scouts through later life was the Alpine DPS Officer and and later Sheriff of Brewster County, Carl Williams. Carl left the Sheriff's Office to became one of the first employees of the newly formed Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Education and Standards in 1970 in Midland, Texas.

In 1977 Martin was promoted into the DHS Training Division in Midland and subsequently to CPS training in El Paso. In 1978, Martin was promoted and transferred to the Austin DHS Headquarters where he was assigned DHS Disaster Assistance responsibilities, including representing DHS at the Texas Department of Public Safety State Emergency Operating Center. He participated in the Witcihta Falls tornado recovery efforts. Martin was promoted in 1982 to DHS Chief of Services Section and oversaw the statewide DHS Field Training Division with 100 trainers and three Education Orientation Centers in Arlington, Houston and Edinburg. He was also responsible for the management training of the DHS Austin executive staff. He hosted a DHS PR video, part of which was completed with the help of the Austin Police Department (right). The segment dwelt with how to interview children witnessing a crime. Martin left DHS in 1990 after completing 22 years with the State of Texas, so he and his wife Chris could pursue Phantom Productions, Inc., full time.

In 1997, when health insurance rates were increased, Martin went back to work for the State of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin to recoup his State retirement and secure health insurance. For three years at UT, Martin worked as the Multimedia Producer and IT manager for the Texas Center for Disability Studies. Upon completing his time at UT, Phantom Productions, Inc. was contracted to continue providing the services to UT that Martin had been supplying as an employee. While maintaining those UT services, Martin was asked by a friend to assist their company with their IT problems. He accepted a full time position as IT Manager & Media Producer for Cortex Interactive. During this time, Cortex had many high profile contracts including Delta Airlines for whom training was being produced on International Security.  Martin managed the video production component. Unfortunately after 911, Delta was coping with the after effects of 911's impact on the airline industry and postponed the Cortex contract services. This caused Cortex to fold in July 2002.

During this time, Phantom Productions, Inc. provided media and web services for UT (for 19 years), the EveryChildTexas.org group in Austin, the Family to Family Network in Houston and the Texas Education Agency's Texas Project FIRST. Among other clients, Martin creates and maintains web services for Rick McRae, George Strait's guitarist, David Perkoff Music which Chris co-manages and several other entities including the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording, where Martin serves as Executive Director. All these services except UT continue currently.

Having always enjoyed his time working for and interacting with law enforcement, he began looking for a way to re-connect. In 2017, Martin completed the joint Bastrop Police Department and Bastrop Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy. Subsequently, he volunteered as a Citizen On Patrol with both Bastrop law enforcement organizations.

 


More information

Since it was established in 1964, Phantom Productions' Directors, Chris & Martin Theophilus, have been active in helping build the Texas music business.  Phantom provides multimedia and entertainment services including:  digital video production for corporate clients, festivals and special events;  web development, design and hosting; as well as entertainment services through David Perkoff Music.

Why "PHANTOM" Productions?

Phantom Productions began as an audio recording company in Alpine, Texas in 1964. Originally called Highland Sound Company (suggestion by Scottish grandmother), we produced record albums, radio shows, film audio post production and music projects across Texas.

In audio production microphones may be "phantom" powered. That is, remotely powered. We liked the "behind the scenes" image that Phantom provided. We work behind the scenes to provide you with professional services!

In order to assist artists who were not well versed in business and promotion, we added consultation and marketing services in the mid 1980's. We established a sister company in Milton Keynes, England called Phantom UK. Phantom UK included computer animation development and for awhile had offices in Hong Kong.

We managed several artists during this time including: Mark Luke Daniels; Tracie Lynn; James Hinkle and Housewives Choice;  Skull Duggery, plus others ranging from Folk to Metal. Mark Luke was signed to a major publishing contract (Montie Music Group - Richie Valen's worldwide publisher) and a record deal with Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS. picture of Chris & Martin

Martin's Austin Community College interview about initiating the ACC Commercial Degree programPhantom's Directors founded the Austin Community College Commercial Music Degree program in the late '80's to provide additional resources in management, staging, promotion and production. The program has been very successful and is graduating students with 2 year associate degrees in Commercial Music.

 

 

David Perkoff with Chris & MartinIn the early1990's Chris began focusing Phantom Productions more on corporate clients. In 1992, Phantom began representing David Perkoff Music, Inc. whose corporate business was growing rapidly and needed Phantom's business support services.

With our staff's background in management and training, we established ties with corporate consultants in 1993 and began providing business management and production. In early 1996, During this period, Phantom contracted with ComedySportz of Austin to provide their business management and bookings.

Phantom Video, the "in-house" video production company, supported our entertainment and has now grown into its own business. We produce video, web sites and many other types of media.  In addition to housing the vintage recording collection, the Phantom studio has the latest in digital editing and post production capability.  It is also available for voice over and music development clients.

 

picture of Chris with Lee GreenwoodChris with Helen Reddy at DPM eventchris with Christopher Cross  Chris with Marvin Hamlisch   Chris & Martin with Tom Pacheco  Chris & MArtin with Gary P.Nunn

Directly above - Chris with Marvin Hamlisch •  Chris & Martin with Tom Pacheco •   More about Chris' work with international entertainers

DIRECTORS: 

Chris Theophilus, CEO

Chris is Phantom's CEO & Administrative Director and manages the association with David Perkoff Music. Since 1991 she has coordinated an annual average of over 400 events with DPM. She also shoots HD video for Phantom - from entertainment events & hot air balloons, to corporate training events. Chris co-manages Phantom's University of Texas multimedia contract with the Texas Center for Disability Studies. Chris skydiving in San Marcos

Chris grew up in Sudbury, Suffolk, England and brings a wonderful international flavor to our services. Her love of animals includes her Rain Dancer, a Quarter horse, Kan Daanz (KD) an Arabian, our German Shepherds Troubador (whose Dad won the US Grand Victor for German Shepherds) and Bonnie Bracken.

Chris has served in entertainment related organizations including:  

- Board Member and Secretary, Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

- Board Member, Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts ('91 -'92)

- Board Member, Austin Music Business Association ('90 -'91)

- Chairperson, International Committee, Austin Music Business Association ('90 -'91)

- Advisory Committee - Austin Community College Commercial Music Program ('88 -'91)

Martin Theophilus, Director & Multimedia Producerpicture of Chris & Martin

Martin is the Multimedia & Production Director for Phantom, shooting and editing video, developing web sites, and is the IT manager. 

picture of James Dean in front of Marfa's Gaint movie facade

Born in Marfa, Texas (the facade, left, from the filming of Giant was visible from the highway to El Paso for many years) and raised in Alpine, Texas, Martin migrated to the Austin music scene in 1978.

More Marfa, Texas information

Martin has been active in building Austin's entertainment resources including:

- Board Member/Executive Director, Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

- Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) - GRAMMY'S (1988)

• Member - Audio Engineering Society  - (1982) Central Texas AES Treasurer (1980 -1985) & Treasurer/Web Administrator (2004 - 2006)

- Member, Entertainment Industry Task Force, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

- Chair, Austin Music Business Association

- Chair, Austin Community College Commercial Music Program ('88 -'91) - Initiated and developed two year degree program that integrates music business with music performance, concert staging, audio engineering, promotion, entertainment business, marketing, artist management, tour coordination, lighting, et al.  View Video Part 1Part 2Part 3

- Member, Austin Community College Business Management Advisory Board ('82 -'91)

- Board Member, Austin Chapter of the Texas Music Association - ('87 -'89)
picture of Austin Custom Records Studio in early '80s

- Member, International Business Advisory Committee, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce ('88 -'92)

- Board President, Tongue and Groove Theatre ('95 -'97)

- Chief Engineer - Austin Custom Records ('79 -'81) (photo of studio ->)

- VP & Chief Engineer - New Generation Productions ('80 -'81)

Martin maintains Phantom's collection of vintage recording equipment. Go to collectionction.

A Few Credits by Country

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