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Who we are

X-Ray Films produces documentaries about the pop culture we love. Fast and fun, honest and fair, full of energy and adhering to the highest journalistic standards, our work strives to not only give all the facts, but to tell a hell of story at the same time.



Executive Producer/Director

Brian Stillman has more than 15 years experience as a professional journalist in both the print and documentary worlds. He has written articles and produced video pieces for numerous magazines and web sites, including Guitar World, Future Music, Super 7, the music magazine Revolver (where he was also managing editor), and the New York Post. In 2007 he released his first documentary, Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic, which focused on the world of designer vinyl toys.

Brian is also a die-hard toy collector. Most of his office is taken up by vintage robots and ray guns from the 1930s through the 1960s; he writes about much of the collection at his blog, Doc Atomic’s Astounding Artifacts (

When not chasing down turn of the century tin and plastic, he’s hunting toys for his Star Wars collection. (Big Surprise!) While not as big as some of those featured in Plastic Galaxy, Brian’s proud of his toy shelves, which house some pretty neat stuff (if he does say so himself). When he’s not overrun with work (or with making a documentary), he writes about some of these toys at his OTHER blog, Galactic Awesome (

Brian is a huge, HUGE fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, particularly the first film, which he’s seen more times than he can count. He also regularly gorges himself on both classic and modern science fiction films and books, Dr. Who and Star Trek episodes, and even deep cuts like Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, and Space Patrol.

Is anyone really surprised that he’s making a film about Star Wars toys?



Senior Producer/Production Designer

Karl Tate was born in New Orleans but considers the Big Apple his home. Karl has more than 20 years of experience as a professional designer with credits including information graphics and illustrations for The Associated Press, , , LAPTOP magazine and many others. Karl currently works for TechMediaNetwork and its online properties.

Just like Brian, Karl has what you might call a fondness for the sci-fi stuff. Karl's main focus as a collector is prop replicas from TV and movies. He also has a small collection of vintage robots, ray guns and space toys.

Karl served as Associate Producer and Designer on Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic.