Justin McClure Creative provides ideas for new film version of ‘Carrie’

WICHITA — Wichita is a long way from Hollywood, but Justin McClure has now worked on his second movie.

“I was thrilled for the opportunity,” McClure says of doing concept work for the new release of the supernatural horror film “Carrie.”

“We knew it was a big production,” he says of himself and others at Justin McClure Creative.

McClure says he was contacted by Los Angeles-based mOcean, a creative agency, to do the work.

“They were looking for ideas outside of what they had already created for the project,” he says. “We were kind of that first step in the development of a look.”

That was a year ago.

“We had to go back and do a lot of research,” McClure says. “I had seen the (original) movie, but it had been years ago.”

McClure says he created concepts and ideas that could be used in promotional material and in the opening of the movie.

“They’re brought to life in a kind of illustrative way,” he says.

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Justin McClure creates the Launch Laser to help perfect baseball swings

Justin McClure and his son, Bradyn, who was the inspiration for his new Launch Laser.

WICHITA — A father’s basement project to help his son better his baseball swing has turned into an entrepreneur’s foray into a new business called the Launch Laser.

Justin McClure, who owns Justin McClure Creative and played baseball in college, is the father and entrepreneur.

“It’s no secret … I love baseball,” McClure says. “I have a huge passion for baseball.”

So does his son, Bradyn, but he had trouble with his swing for a while.

“When my son was 7 years old, he was struggling,” McClure says. “I just needed a way to show him how to swing properly. I really wanted to create a visual aid for my son.”

They were in their basement, and McClure took a foam bat and attached a laser pointer to it.

“It was a great visual aid for him to see and feel where the bat was,” McClure says. “I didn’t want to make it too complex for him.”

He started sharing it with other people, including his son’s team.

“Most people thought I was nuts,” McClure says.

Then he started hearing comments such as, “This is pretty cool,” and “This really works,” and McClure says he started realizing its potential.

“When you have a visual aid, when you can show somebody something … it just makes it that much easier,” McClure says.

He began to shop around the idea to find a company to manufacture what he’s calling the Launch Laser.

“The Launch Laser is a device that attaches to the knob that attaches to the top of a baseball bat,” McClure says. “It basically projects a laser.”

He says he was met with the verbal equivalent of eye rolling.

Garnett-based HayesBrand Molding liked the idea, though.

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Butler Community College inducts new members in Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

WICHITA — Butler Community College’s Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame awards were at the Hyatt Regency Wichita Thursday night despite swirling dust storms outside.

“Our (weather) guys, they’re blaming it on Nebraska,” joked emcee Michael Schwanke of KWCH, Channel 12.

Former Butler baseball coach B.D. Parker introduced Rising Entrepreneur winner Justin McClure of Justin McClure Creative.

“I’m still scared of that man,” McClure said upon taking the stage.

A couple of Dustrol employees introduced Business Entrepreneur winners Ted and Barb Dankert, who founded what today is the largest in-place asphalt recycling company in the country.

“When I went to work for Ted in 1979, I didn’t have gray hair,” vice president Brian Hansen said. “I don’t know what that tells us.”

Ted Dankert said he’d hoped to have a couple of teleprompters to help him with his speech.

“I got to checking on it but found out they were all tied up till November 7.”

After his remarks, his wife teased him by saying, “I don’t know if you noticed or not, but Ted took up all our speaking time.”

She had some words of advice for the audience before she left the stage.

“Get in your cars, buy lots of gas and drive lots of miles, and wear out the asphalt as quick as you can, and Dustrol will have work to do next year.”

Perhaps the most intriguing comment of the night came from KT Wiedemann Foundation president Doug Pringle, who accepted the Social Entrepreneur award on behalf of the organization.

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Justin McClure creates cover art for bestselling Beautiful Disaster

UPDATED — More than a year ago, Justin McClure thought he was doing a favor for a friend of a friend when he designed his first book cover.

McClure has Justin McClure Creative in Delano, but he wasn’t looking to start designing for the publishing world.

“It was an artist helping another artist,” McClure says.

The author was self-publishing her book.

“We were really doing a lot of, we thought, helping out.”

Courtesy of Atria Books

Now that book is getting a lot of attention. It’s Jamie McGuire’s bestselling “Beautiful Disaster.”

“We kind of knew it had been taking off,” McClure says of the book. He started receiving requests from international outlets for artwork of the cover.

Then, last week, a colleague was in an airport in Chicago when he saw the book next to a sign for New York Times bestsellers.

“He took a picture with his cellphone,” McClure says.

“Does this look familiar?” the employee texted.

“That’s how we found out.”

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Duct Tape & Glitter helps Oyster.com tell its attention-getting story

UPDATED — A website that’s recently been called one of the top travel sites has had some help from Wichita’s Duct Tape & Glitter, the design division of Justin McClure Creative.

Travel expert Peter Greenberg recently named New York-based Oyster.com one of the top five sites that travelers need to know.

The 3-year-old Oyster.com is a site that reviews hotels and is known for providing pictures that hotels have on their brochures and comparing them to actual pictures of the hotels, which aren’t always the same.

Oyster.com approached Duct Tape & Glitter with what McClure calls “this huge amount of data” about the company that it wanted to put on its website.

“We just helped explain what they do in a better, informative way,” McClure says. “We outlined what they do and where they’ve been.”

The key, he says, is Duct Tape & Glitter did it in a “fun, unique, very quirky” way.

For instance, the website reviewed 250,000 hotel rooms by August 2010, which is shown with a graphic of a trendy twin bed and one beside table and lamp. By February 2012, the website had reviewed 825,000 rooms, which is shown with a graphic of a full-size bed and two bedside tables and lamps.

There are fun stats, too, such as “Calls received asking for actual oysters on the half shell,” which was three and shown with a graphic of three oysters on the half shell.

McClure thinks the creativity is “probably what has opened the doors for a lot of this other national work coming in.”

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