Lakeside cabin setting for Smith’s 2nd indie dramedy

The concept of Chicago writer / director Michael Glover Smith’s second indie drama, “Mercury in Retrograde,” grew out of a scene from his firstfeature comedy / drama, “Cool Apocalypse, ” in 2015. This gave him,

First-ever book about teen movie master John Hughes

IF YOU LOVED JOHN HUGHES’ MOVIES you’ll be especially engrossed in the first book ever written about the “philosopher of adolescence,” as Roger Ebert once called him.

Groupon uses classic song to add fun to holiday spot

The classic Neapolitan favorite, “Funiculi, Funicula” is not what you’d expect to hear on a holiday campaign, but it’s remarkably effective as the musical sound track for Chicago-based Groupon’s first holiday campaign via agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul (OKRP).The idea for using the rollicking song came from agency CCO Matt

Producers to pay for city’s lost street parking revenue?

The city and country have been on a sales tax frenzy, passing legislature to tax soda drinks, plastic bags and bottled water to help plug budget deficits. So what’s next? Well, Ald. Brian Hopkins of the 2nd Ward sees dollars signs around parking meters. He wants the city to make film and TV productions pay for lost parking revenue when they park on city&

Upshot agency sold for the third time in 18 years

Upshot, the 22-year old “seamless agency” with 170 staffers, has been acquired by promotions, experiential and multicultural Advantage Solutions of Irvine, Calif.

Lexus party tonight is live version of music series

Car company Lexus and the LA office of Chicago-based ad agency, Walton Isaacson, bring a live version of their Latin music focused webseries, “RPM: Reengineering Popular Music” to popular Chicago club Revel tonight at 7 p.m. “RPM En Vivo” w

Burnetters produce “labor of love” music webseries

“In Bed With” is a new web performance-music series developed by two Leo Burnett creatives and edited by The Colonie, featuring singer/songwriters, artists and groups that plays on Vimeo and other internet sites (see below.) The “Bed” in the provocative title isn’t what you might think. It refers to th

$25mm studio sci-fi feature opens offices at Cinespace

PARTICIPANT MEDIA’S $25 MILLION FEATURE, “Captive State,” will lead off movie production in Chicago in 2017, having opened an office, production, wardrobe and construction mill space at Cinespace.   The sci-fi epic was co-written and will be

Visions of Light shines on new lighting/grip rentals

Visions of Light, Joe Farris’ equipment rental and crewing company in Carol Stream, has expanded into lighting and grip rentals, providing camera, lighting, grip, sound and crews under a single roof. The expansion came about to give its mostly corporate and sports clientele “a more customized and complete inventory,” says Farris, a DP / gaffer for the

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)  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.