SHOOTING IS UNDERWAY on first-time filmmaker/actress Allie Loukas’ low-budget feature, Like Father, Like Daughter, filming which shot in Lake Forest and Waukegan and moves to Chicago locations through May 27.
Written and directed by Loukas, the story is about a
Chicago’s resident heavy metal comrades, Dan Donegan and Mike Wengren of multi-platinum band Disturbed, shot a new music video for their band “Fight or Flight,” a side project with singer Dan Chandler of Evans Blue.
Besides 2013 being the year of Chicago’s major breakthrough as a favored location for Hollywood entertainment projects and a giant film spend increase pouring into the local economy — this summer also will mark the year of the biggest stage expansion ever.
Both Cinespace Studios and Chicago Studio City are gearing up for expansion to accommodate the anticipated new bus
Chicago has a large nationally acclaimed talent community, with 6,000 members of SAG AFTRA alone and yet, with the exception of film festivals and Chicago’s own Midwest Independent, there’s no focal place where a local actor’s performance can gain recognition.
With five high-profile network TV shows set for filming here, alongside three mega-budget features, so far, 2013 should be the state’s highest grossing year ever – an estimated $225 million — in its nearly 40 years of hosting Hollywood entertainment projects.
It was only a matter of time. Filmworkers Astro Lab, one of only five remaining independent film processing labs in the entire country, has closed its doors, after more than 50 years — the last 12 as part of Filmworkers Club services to the local industry.
The lab’s last run of 35
Robert Redford and his Sundance Productions will produce an eight-part unscripted series about Chicago that examines the challenges the quintessential American city faces as it tries to rebuild from the consequences of the recent economic crisis.
We can’t yet call it a trend, but for the first time in many years a talent agency is not closing in Chicago. Better than that, one has actually opened a Chicago branch.
Modelogic Wilhelmina, a modeling agency based in Richmond, Virginia, set up shop in Chicago sometime this spring. They currently have a Milwaukee location, which, accor
Recent decisions made by national SAG AFTRA were positive and not necessarily so positive for the talent unions that merged in early 2013 after 30 years of discussion and now representing more than 165,000 members in front of and behind the camera.
On the plus side, the union’s National Board and the advertising industry’s Join