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What's a "Naked Pilgrim"?

Naked Pilgrim Productions started as John Akin's unofficial production company while he was in graduate film school at Columbia. Although we have our own projects in the works, we do work on other interesting production projects when we can. Please contact us for availability and rates.

Services Include

  • Film and Video Production (Writing, Producing, Directing)
  • Film/Video Sound Editing (Pro Tools 8 HD)
  • DV Editing (Final Cut Pro 7)
  • Music Composition, Arranging and Production
  • Pop/Rock Songwriting
  • Web and Graphic Design (see http://www.johnakin.com)

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John Akin Jr.

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John Akin
John Akin
(through a "fish eye" lens)

Meghan Williams and John Akin
John Akin and
Meghan Williams on
the Jump Blues set

Why "Naked Pilgrim Productions"?

Art is, to us, a lifelong quest to find understanding and to express ourselves, regardless of the chosen medium. --And by presenting creative work for the consideration of an audience, whether that audience is a friend, a teacher or the general public, you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position, in effect exposing yourself. Thus, we are all Naked Pilgrims. (Actually, I just thought of the name in college as a possible goofy band name...)

We welcome feedback on this site and its contents and we enjoy corresponding with other up-and-coming creative types (and big entertainment moguls who want to pay us $$$...).

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The first "credited" Naked Pilgrim Production was a short video project I did at Columbia University, "Someone For Everyone", and the name stuck for all of my film and video projects, including my first 16mm short, "Inspiration". Additionally, I've now recorded two alternative pop/rock CDs uDecember 8, 2008ic" target="_top">The Naked Pilgrims".


In early 2003, I went to a Southwestern Alumni gathering and met Rebecca Lynch. We became friends and in the summer of 2004 decided to work together on a DV short, resulting in "Not far Enough From The Tree", which was completed in mid 2005, which was screend as part of the 2006 LA Shorts Fest at the Arclight Hollywood theater... Rebecca has BA in Theater and English from Southwestern University.

Meghan Williams and I had been good friends since college, and in school we worked together on numerous projects in a variety of capacities. In 1998-1999 Meghan co-wrote, co-produced and acted in my thesis film, "Jump Blues".

Meghan hails from Marfa, Texas. She received both a BFA in Theater, with Honors, and a BA in Art History from SU. After some productive years in Austin (including when we made Jump Blues), in 2002-03 she attended and completed graduate school at the Royal Holloway University of London, getting an MA in physical theater.

Her theater experience runs the full gamut, from anything on stage to everything off stage. Previous to writing "Jump Blues", Meghan's writing experience included published poems, recorded songs and the play, "Cowboys and Angels" which was produced in 1995. She's worked on several films and until getting into grad school was the Assistant to the Technical Director at the Austin Lyric Opera scene shop.

Meghan was a co-founder of the multi-city theater group Viva la Vulva, a feminist performance troupe with groups in Austin, Chicago and San Antonio. She continues to work in several aspects of theater -- most recently branching into puppeteering (and was a performer in the recent "Die Hard - The Puppet Musical!") -- and writes, paint and play music when she has the time. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Ken and twin boys.

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I met Bob Bellamy of Azzizz Theater through an actress/mutual friend in one of his plays and we worked on three dance/physical theater shows together, The Shaft (1996), FourPlay (1998) and A Dog's Tale (1999). I think he's now up in Oregon...

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John H. Akin, Jr.

Born and Raised in Austin, Texas, John was your typical intelligent underachiever who spent all his free time playing D&D and electric guitar until he took an art class and a theater class in his senior year of high school...

At Southwestern University, he had four primary interest areas, and tried to pursue them all, ending up with a BA with three majors (Studio Art, Theater and Computer Science), and a minor in music. In hopes of brining together what were originally disparate interests, he went on to receive an MFA in film directing from Columbia University.

To date, he's worked on more than 30 student and low-budget film and video projects, and owns a Pro Tools project studio which he's used to edit and mix sound for 15+ short films/videos as well as produce/record/mix music and complete theater sound design projects.

He's also worked on over 30 theater productions, many as sound designer, and has also acted and performed extensively. His favorite performance role to date was as the lead guitarist in Buddy: the Buddy Holly Storyat Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, Texas in 1994.

After moving to LA in 2000, he began working as the web designer for Line56.com, a business news/media company... After a couple of years away, he started working for them again in fall of 2004 and was their Business and IT Manager from 2005 through 2007, and is currently making a living as a freelance web and graphic designer. (See www.johnakin.com for more info.)

Since being in LA, John has worked a lot on music a lot and completed the second Naked Pilgrims CD, "Five Years in New York" in 2005 and is working on the followup... He's also spent a lot of time working on re-editing his videos from Columbia and has many of them up on the internet...

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