Vision Blu connects urban filmmakers

“If aliens came down and turned on the television to find out what we’re like, what are they going to see?” broadcaster and producer Darryl Dennard asks his attentive audience. “BET.” Dennard gets a laugh, but his serious point is not lost. He pauses to let the

Optimism over Mindsight future

Mindsight/Meacham Road has not gone out of business (as recklessly reported elsewhere) and partner Dan Niccolai is optimistic about the future of the 10-year old full-service company. That’s despite partner Larry Kane’s filing of Chapter 11 reorganization for the benefit of creditors the end of January. In defense of the action, said Niccolai, “We d

Neuberger at Grammys push airing of HDTV 5.1 surround sound

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Palatine screenwriter rolls out new Web site writing feature

Moviebytes’ Frederick Mensch of Palatine. Palatine screenwriter and com

BBC doc on Army-JROTC model

Cong. Bobby Rush interviewed for the doc, with associate producer Pat Lofthouse. The model of Chicago’s high schools and mil

Program Productions expands

Citing the need for “a little more room” to accommodate its expanded rental and equipment systems, Program Productions moved into 10,000-sq. ft. space at another Lombard location (870 Springer Dr.), a 2,500-sq. ft. upgrade from what had been strictly office space.

Squid Brothers' film tries new approach to pitching investors

Trailers and short promos are the standard formats used to intrigue investors into funding full-blown versions of the proposed indie film. The Squid Brothers, however, have taken a different route. Th

Open Road's hip-hop music video airs on BET this week

Hip-hop duo Giant’s music video was produced for a $2,300 budget.

Surge in some 2002 shooting days may signal L.A. recovery

Los Angeles?Film and TV activity rebounded strongly in the second half of 2002 with record television ad buys and a record box office combining to bring action to the set.

Shooter raves about Panasonic bringing 24P pro features to DV

“Open House” cinematographer Yasu Tanida shoots rigged to

Production scene

“It’s great to be working on something more meaningful than vegetable peelers,” said Angle Park producer Martin Baumgaertner about the job that sent them throughout Chicago taping beautiful exteriors of improved neighborhoods. The seven, 2-minute videos they produced highlighted the neighborhood improvements made by the seven win

Super Sucker' exec keeps indie distribution faith despite poor B.O.

Writer/director/star Jeff Daniels sets up a shot for “Super Sucker,” now in theaters. “You tell me  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.