About Us


Mission Statement

Illuminate Pictures is an integrated independent production company committed to bringing high-quality and compelling stories to the screen that not only entertain, but move, touch and challenge audiences to ask the tough questions.

Formed by industry veterans Richard Zelniker and Chris Monte in 2014, Illuminate Pictures is unique in its structure and capacity.

Zelniker, an award-winning feature film writer/director/producer joins the company armed with a diverse slate of production-ready, packaged projects that he will direct; while Monte brings necessary expertise in picture editing, color correcting and sound editing, as well as the facilities of Magic Hair Studios, a 12-year-old boutique television and post-production editorial and finishing facility that he also owns and operates. Conveniently located in Hollywood in the Cahuenga Pass, Illuminate Pictures is housed in Magic Hair Studios.

Launching with an initial seven picture slate, Illuminate Pictures plans to produce an original Illuminate Pictures feature film every 10 to 12 months.

The newly formed company also works with outside projects including feature films and episodic television.


Richard Zelniker


Richard-ZelnikerNative of Montreal, Richard Zelniker first became inspired by the movies when working at a neighborhood cinema as a teenager. An industry veteran, Zelniker’s body of work to date includes, A TEST OF WILL, an acclaimed short that he wrote and directed, and his award winning feature debut, FIX (aka MENAGE A TROIS). A former William Morris client for more than a decade, Zelniker made a name for himself script doctoring, developing and packaging film projects such as VINYL, BRIGHT MIDNIGHT and LOVE HER MADLY. AS NIGHT COMES marks Zelniker’s second feature as a director. Zelniker’s next project is a follow-up high-school thriller titled BFF which is scheduled to shoot early Spring 2015.

Chris Monte


Chris-MonteChris Monte’s award-winning background spans several years of producing and editorial experience including the Humanitas Prize winner, WHERE GOD LEFT HIS SHOES, starring John Leguizamo from Sal Stabile and THE RETURN OF JOE RICH, starring Armand Assante.

Monte also owns Magic Hair Studios, a post-production editorial and finishing facility in the heart of Hollywood.

Monte has now joined forces with filmmaker Richard Zelniker to form production company Illuminate Pictures, LLC. Illuminate’s next project is a follow-up high-school thriller titled BFF which is scheduled to shoot early Spring 2015.