Particle’s Stalling wins an AICE contest Grand Prize

Assistant engineer Jordan Stalling told his colleagues at Particle Audio that he wasn’t going to enter the 2016 International Camp Kuleshov trailer contest this year because he felt he wouldn’t have the time to create an entry. He was going to be the best man at his brother’s upcoming out-of-town wedding and needed

How Flow Motion Media achieves music video success

The production crew for Flow Motion Media worked for days setting the stage for “Space Hustler,” their latest music video, building a spaceship complete with a cockpit and cryogenic sleep tube. The spaceship is on a corner of Fort Knox Studios’ massive 160,000-square-foot sound/stage facility. On the second level of the st

WWII women pilots to take off again in Orlandino film

THE FEATURE “SOARING” is the latest project of producer Joe Orlandino of Atlas Media Group, working with writer Amy Danford-Klein, a former corporate pilot who wrote the screenplay as a tribute to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)

BrandSpins acquires assets of bankrupt Music Dealers

The assets of Chicago-headquartered sync music licensing company Music Dealers, which suddenly went out of business last July owing countless global artists on its roster, have been acquired by BrandSpins of Las Vegas.

Look who was among the 1,200 at the AICP Show

ReelChicago took photos galore of the stellar turn-out of the 1,200-plus guests from advertising and production who attended Chicago’s 25th annual AICP Show Thursday night that has become the traditional kickoff for the industry’s gala holida

AICP, DGA’s diversity program for spot directors

Having recognized the scarcity of minorities and women in the commercial industry the national AICP and DGA united to launch the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) to increase their ranks. Its goal is to grow the number of minority and wom

“Exonerated” wins top prize in MIFF’s Shorts Night

The top three winners of Tuesday’s annual Midwest Independent Film Festival’s (MIFF) “Advertising Community Shorts Night,” out of 17 finalists, will compete for MIFF’s “Best in the Midwest Awards” Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Rocket Bar & Grill. First prize in the Shorts contest went to “Exonerate

312UAV: City's only store devoted to drone filming

Tucked away in a small retail store in Wicker Park is the next game changer for the film industry. Owner / photographer / VFX pro Stan Miskiewicz opened 312UAV two years ago as the first and only store dedicated to drone technology and aerial services in Chicago – and other states.

HistoryMakers’ Jarrett TV talk to air on national PBS

“AN EVENING WITH VALERIE JARRETT,” a presentation of The HistoryMakers, the massive archive of interviews with notable African American leaders now part of the Library of Congress, airs on WTTW/11 today and tomorrow

Filmmaker van Davis scores feature funding at AFM

Award-winning Chicago filmmaker and screenwriter, Jeffrey van Davis, left the breath-taking panorama of snow-capped mountains of his adopted home of Überlingen, Germany to attend the sand and ocean of the American Film Market last week in Santa Monica. Van

VFX artists Davis and Tiffany join Sarofsky’s staff

TWO FREELANCE VFX DESIGNERS were hired by design-driven company Sarofsky: Visual effects and finishing artist Cory Davis and designer Dan Tiffany, Erin Sarofsky and EP Steven Anderson announced. For the p

PianoForte venue offers A/V music recording rentals

Executive director / founder Thomas Zoells’ PianoForte Studios on Michigan Avenue is a place where serious professional musicians can rehearse, record audio and video, buy a quality piano and where music lovers can attend weekly concerts performed by notable artists. Founded in 2004 by Swiss-born former banker Zo  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.