2016 NAB: More attuned to customers than companies

The number of cameras, lenses and associated production and post tools released in immediate proximity to the recent 2016 NAB show has been utterly staggering. From 2008-2014, something like 8-10 new camera designs had been demoed for the public each year. Or there were hundreds of “NEW” software products released for consumpt

The Wachowskis’ Netflix sci-fi “Sense8” to shoot here

NETFLIX’ “SENSE8” sci-fi series has returned to Cinespace, setting up offices there for filming scenes here June 4-14 for Season 2.  The series is written and executive produced by what have become the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lily, and J. Michael Stracznski. The stor

CSC the venue for “Blood Money” horror film fundraiser

THE GOOSE ISLAND BEER-sponsored fundraiser for the production of a trailer for horror film “Blood Money” will be a night of music, art show, raffles and meet up with the cast and crew and the official GoFundMe kick-off Saturday, April 30 at Chicago Studio City.

Premiere 4/30 for Connor’s film, 18 years in the works

Introducing a roundup of news about film activities throughout all that landscape Downstate, from south of Route 1-80 to Cairo at the tip of the state. Springfield — “Before ‘I Do,’ the latest feature by writer-director Kimberly Connor of Spr

Columbia wins the most prizes at Chicago Shorts fest

Shelley LaMantia, Professional Arts Dean at State Street-based business-oriented Robert Morris University, was very pleased at the turnout Thursday night’s 4th annual Chicago Shorts Film Festival. The festival not only attracted about 100 entries, but the screening and awards ceremony played to an

Trisect uses a video to help land the Bears business

The team at Trisect, one of three agency finalists for the bragging rights of being the Chicago Bears’ agency, won the account by displaying its creativity and salesmanship in an offbeat but obviously effective way.

Optimus leads with most local AICE Award finalists

Competing against some of the best editorial/post talent in the US and Canada, Chicago companies made a stellar showing in the list of finalists for the AICE Awards May 12 at Navy Pier. Optimus, Cutters, The Colonie

IFP hires Bernardi-Reis as paid executive director

After several dark, dormant years, the Independent Filmmaker Project Chicago (IFP) 

Clorox business returns to FCB after 20 year absence

IT’S A WELCOME HOMECOMING for the massive Clorox portfolio of brands, globally, which has moved back to FCB after a 20 year run with DDB, following an account review that began last December. The account spent $269 million on measured m

Bands’ Battle raises $90K to send OTSC kids to camp

A jaw-dropping $90,000 was raised by last week’s fast-paced, rousing, crazy 4th annual “Battle for Hope,” aka the agency “Battle of the Bands” held at the Cubby Bear that benefits the Off the Street Club’s summer camp program. The funds will send 180 kids from the mean streets of West Garfield to OTSC’s Camp Mathieu in Wheaton. Last year’s $

The Whitehouse and Burnett the big TV Awards winners

Chicago agencies and post houses overwhelmed last week’s International Television Awards, scoring 10 out of 12 top awards for excellence in TV commercials. The awards were held Wednesday, April 20, at the AMC River North theatres before a full house. The Whitehouse post scored four awards and Leo Burnett earned three.

Chicago Shorts Fest aimed at Loop college students

A few years ago, Shelley LaMantia, Dean of Professional Arts at business-oriented Robert Morris University, had the idea of bringing together students who attend other Loop colleges and are housed in the Loop, to express their creativity through film. She discussed it with RMU Chancellor Michael Vi

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