Framestore: Anh Vu goes back to school with Macy’s

This school year, it’s not just students and teachers that are coming back to classrooms — it’s smiles, backpacks, long overdue high fives and even pants that aren’t sweatpants. Framestore Pictures Director Anh Vu brings her unique aesthetic to Macy’s once again for its 2021 back to school campaign, encouraging kids and their families to … Continue reading “Framestore: Anh Vu goes back to school with Macy’s”

Lovecraft gets the unimaginable from Framestore

Behind the Scenes: Lovecraft Country calls on the visionaries of Framestore to bring to life all the creatures and mythos that would need to be realized. When the team adapting Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country for television started to take stock of all the creatures and mythos from the works of Lovecraft that would need to … Continue reading “Lovecraft gets the unimaginable from Framestore”

Framestore Chicago hires four new artists

Framestore Chicago continues to grow in its third year with the addition of four artists to the team. The office has welcomed Senior Nuke / Flame Artist Ruairi Twohig, Nuke Compositor Jon Rogala, Junior Compositor Isaac Spiegel, and Junior Designer Alma Kim.   Ruairi Twohig Twohig joins from MPC in New York, where he spent … Continue reading “Framestore Chicago hires four new artists”

Framestore brings on former EP David Michaels

Framestore has hired David Michaels as its new director of production and business development in Chicago. David will be working across integrated advertising. With a decade of global VFX and post-production experience, David joins Framestore after five years at Smoke & Mirrors where he was an Executive Producer, initially in the company’s New York studio … Continue reading “Framestore brings on former EP David Michaels”

Interview with Framestore President James Razzall

“There are very few companies that straddle feature, VFX, television, immersive entertainment and brand work as comprehensively as Framestore.” James Razzall James Razzall joined Framestore’s London office in 2000, helped found the New York office in 2004, and moved to LA in 2013 to start the office at the very heart of visual media itself. … Continue reading “Interview with Framestore President James Razzall”

Framestore’s Chicago office, a year after the launch

With a growing client portfolio and a staff that includes “scientists, mathematicians, developers and engineers,” the Windy City outpost of the global company makes a dazzling Midwestern impression In the year since Framestore opened its Chicago office with a launch party at the Adler Planetarium last September, the company has more than lived up to … Continue reading “Framestore’s Chicago office, a year after the launch”

Framestore to host “An Evening #InColour”

Do you perceive colour the same way that everyone else does? Why do we perceive more variations of green than any other colour?     (Chicago — 30 May 2018) Framestore Chicago announced plans to host an “An Evening #InColour” at its Greektown space on June 7. The informative and communal occasion will include “colour … Continue reading “Framestore to host “An Evening #InColour””

Framestore, Music Box, “Anne and Andy,” and more

John Ridley Transforms Beer City into Film City According to Deadline, Oscar-winner John Ridley will team up with Milwaukee film organizations and studios to transform a former 40,000 square-foot Pabst Brewery into No Studios.   Ridley brings his depth of experience and history of excellence to Milwaukee. He has written, directed, and produced dozens of … Continue reading “Framestore, Music Box, “Anne and Andy,” and more”

One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils

FCB Chicago received eight One Show Gold Pencils this year.  They include four Golds with FCBX, Lord + Thomas and Current Global, all in Chicago, for the City of Chicago “Boards of Change” (three in Design, one in Digital Craft), three with FCB New York, Lord + Thomas, and Myles Beeson, both in Chicago, for Michelob ULTRA “Contract for Change” in Integrated, … Continue reading “One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils”

Not Edward, Edgar Scissorhands in Cadillac LYRIQ

Cadillac’s electric future is illuminated with a “slice” of nostalgia from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands universe, in a new commercial debuting in the fourth quarter of this year’s big game. The new spot, from Leo Burnett Detroit and directed by O Positive’s David Shane, stars Timothée Chalamet, as Edward Scissorhands’s son Edgar, and Winona Ryder, … Continue reading “Not Edward, Edgar Scissorhands in Cadillac LYRIQ”

Leviathan adds to account & creative teams

The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan has announced the addition of Account Manager Meg Miller, Art Director Mackenzie Suben, and Designer Morgan Itterly. Prior to landing at Leviathan, Miller was a Digital Experience Project Manager at Gensler who specialized in integrating digital content into the architectural design process. Having earned her degree from the University of … Continue reading “Leviathan adds to account & creative teams”

OKRP ‘Brings Back Joy’ in new Illinois Lottery campaign

A new campaign for the Illinois Lottery from its agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) stars a charming –  but somewhat flawed –  hamster who playfully demonstrates the real joy in gifting the Lottery’s holiday instant tickets. When not in his cage, Claude the Hamster exercises his love of scratching, leaving his scratch marks on all surfaces … Continue reading “OKRP ‘Brings Back Joy’ in new Illinois Lottery campaign”

Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’

With a new wave of COVID-19 sweeping the nation and concerning trends here in Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker launched a new awareness campaign. ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ created by O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul encourages residents to take safety precautions throughout the upcoming holiday season to protect themselves and their families — and ultimately save lives.  The Illinois … Continue reading “Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST  Collectively, the National AICP community has been working to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced that Chris Franklin, Owner/Editor at Big Sky Edit, will serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 AICP Post Awards. Franklin’s appointment marks the first time the association’s annual competition for excellence in the post production arts will adopt a chairperson structure for its judging panels and curatorial … Continue reading “Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair”

Leo Burnett creates Pokémon campaign for Nintendo

Nintendo has debuted a launch film for its highly anticipated new Switch game, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Working with Leo Burnett-Chicago and Framestore Pictures, service production company LS Productions took the high-profile VFX shoot to the Cotswolds. Directed by Murray Butler, the spot shows off Sword and Shield’s gameplay by manifesting the classic Pokémon … Continue reading “Leo Burnett creates Pokémon campaign for Nintendo”

3% Conference touts ‘amazing’ 2019 lineup

Authors, CEO’s and former NFL players among speakers scheduled for annual event at Navy Pier   The organization built on a commitment to women is looking for men. The 8th annual 3 Percent Conference — taking place this year on November 7-8 at Navy Pier — explains the gender bias on the front page of … Continue reading “3% Conference touts ‘amazing’ 2019 lineup”

DDB celebrates State Farm commitment to doing good

Chicago agency helps insurance company get laughs with Heimlich maneuvering, crosswalk assisting, and whale saving in ‘On The Board’ DDB created a flurry of humorous scenes to help State Farm generate laughs and spread kindness through On The Board, a new commercial highlighting the power of collective good. Tracking a pair of zealous co-workers who … Continue reading “DDB celebrates State Farm commitment to doing good”

McDonald’s brings international flavor to U.S.

New Worldwide Favorites campaign brings taste of Spain, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands to U.S.stores Ever wonder what McDonald’s menu is like around the world? C’mon of course you have. Well, now the fast food giant is allowing its customers to sample some of their global menu items. For real. Or as they say in … Continue reading “McDonald’s brings international flavor to U.S.”

DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’

After you drink the beer inside, the Cantroller continues to operate your video games I’m suddenly reminded of the line Tim Robbins said in The Coen Brothers’ Hudsucker Proxy, “You know, for kids!” Okay, this “ludicrous” (DDB’s words in a press release, not ours) product innovation they’ve created for Miller Lite is definitely not for … Continue reading “DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’”

Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards

AbelsonTaylor, Daily Planet, Delack, KemperLesnik, Mimi, rEvolution, Richter Studios, Spirit Juice, Strange Loop among 2019 winners The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners on May 21. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the awards represent the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens. Entries were judged by jury members from creative … Continue reading “Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards”

Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley

The woman who helped Illinois make hundreds of TV shows and generate $2.5 billion in revenue talks about the ever-changing Midwestern filmscape Christine Dudley joined the Illinois Film Office at the exact time when the Illinois Film Office needed Christine Dudley. Combining exceptional legislative knowledge with a “modest background in production,” she helped guide the … Continue reading “Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley”

Egg Board introduces ‘dinner egg’ mockumentary

The American Egg Board has cooked up the biggest food discovery since the breakfast egg. Say good evening to… The Dinner Egg! A new mockumentary, created by AOR Energy BBDO, explains the discovery and origin of the new food. Supply and Demand’s Amy Nicholson, takes a Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy type of approach in … Continue reading “Egg Board introduces ‘dinner egg’ mockumentary”

MillerCoors & Energy BBDO sparkle with new drink

The new line of 120-calorie sparkling cocktails from MillerCoors, began hitting shelves this week This week MillerCoors introduces a new sparkling cocktail beverage to market called “Cape Line”—a delicious full-flavored beverage that is low in calories and has zero artificial additives. The 120-calorie cocktails, which aim to appeal to consumers who seek bold flavors with … Continue reading “MillerCoors & Energy BBDO sparkle with new drink”

Beer Wars: Miller Lite goes medieval on Bud Light

New creative from agency DDB and a lawsuit take the battle to a whole new level Marsellus Wallace would be proud. The #corntroversy between Bud Light and Miller Lite, which began on the Super Bowl, has now turned into a Super Brawl. MillerCoors has taken the brewing battle with Bud Light to the next level … Continue reading “Beer Wars: Miller Lite goes medieval on Bud Light”

Flavor Detroit adds Chadwick Halbritter full-time

Cutters Studios’ design partner welcomes Hollywood-savvy creative visionary to the Motor City mix Cutters Studios and its design / visual arts group, Flavor, are very proud to announce the addition of Creative Director / Designer Chadwick Halbritter to their full-time staff in Detroit. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios Detroit’s Managing Director Kurt Kulas. … Continue reading “Flavor Detroit adds Chadwick Halbritter full-time”

Dogs turn the tables on people for Avocados from Mexico

Chicago agency creatives are stuck inside from the below-0 temperatures, but that has not stopped them from releasing their spots for the Super Bowl which features the Patriots vs the Rams this Sunday, Feb. 3. Next up, is Energy BBDO’s fun Kristin Chenoweth spot for Avocados from Mexico. A few weeks ago, Reel Chicago debuted … Continue reading “Dogs turn the tables on people for Avocados from Mexico”

Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot

The actor pulls off some of the best four-legged humor this side of “Best in Show” in new Super Bowl teaser from Energy BBDO Energy BBDO unleashed a Super Bowl teaser video that features Kristin Chenoweth coaching a trio of canines on the proper way to sing the Avocados from Mexico jingle. The 15-second Chorus … Continue reading “Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot”

Energy BBDO helps Ocean Spray celebrate farmers

Chicago agency launches new “Act Tiny, Be Mighty” campaign that provides fresh POV on farming Ocean Spray has launched a new advertising campaign, via new AOR Energy BBDO, dubbed, “Ocean Spray. Act Tiny. Be Mighty.” To tap into its roots as a farmer-owned cooperative, the Middleborough, Massachusetts-based company has built a strong brand focused on … Continue reading “Energy BBDO helps Ocean Spray celebrate farmers”

Sidebar helps Hershey update a holiday classic

”Heartwarming the World” spreads holiday joy by allowing users to create and share customized versions of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” Sidebar recently kicked off a Hershey campaign that adds more cowbell to Christmas. Created with help from Framestore and Another Country, Heartwarming the World transforms the legendary Hershey Bells TV commercial into a … Continue reading “Sidebar helps Hershey update a holiday classic”

The 3% Conference rises in Chicago

Expert speakers, engaging activities, and sensational presentations helped to guide 1,300 industry attendees onto the same important long-term group project   Besides being informative, last month’s 3% Conference at Navy Pier was enlightening, collaborative, optimistic, intense, cosmopolitan, introspective, touching, intimate, raunchy, and hilarious. And that was just during the final few hours of the two-day … Continue reading “The 3% Conference rises in Chicago”

United Airlines “World Orchestra” plays a global tune

A new spot from mcgarrybowen New York transforms “Rhapsody in Blue” into a multicultural melody of hope United Airlines new commercial, World Orchestra, is a multicultural jam of touching elegance. Created by mcgarrybown New York, the 30-second spot brings together people and music from all corners of the globe. There are no words spoken other … Continue reading “United Airlines “World Orchestra” plays a global tune”

40th anniversary Telly Awards kicks off call for entries

World’s largest award for excellence in video and TV launches “A Story For Every Screen” campaign with event series, judges, and partnerships   (New York — 23 October 2018) Kicking off its 40th year as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today launched its annual call … Continue reading “40th anniversary Telly Awards kicks off call for entries”

‘Office’ star trolls in OKRP’s latest for IL Lottery

Leslie David Baker plays a grumpy genie who sternly informs lotto players, “You can’t wish for multiple wishes” Leslie David Baker — who made fans of The Office laugh with his trolling of Michael Scott for eight seasons as Stanley Hudson — now has a new target for his grumpy, eye-rolling expressions: The Illinois Lottery. … Continue reading “‘Office’ star trolls in OKRP’s latest for IL Lottery”

We Are Unlimited’s hilarious new campaign for McD’s

Everyone’s favorite grandma returns with an encore that is Sweet N’ Spicy, just like her (Chicago — 27 August 20-18) McDonald’s and We Are Unlimited today launched a new campaign featuring Marianne, the McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Tender-lovin’ Grandma, who dishes out saucy advice while describing her affection for McDonald’s new Sweet N’ Spicy Honey BBQ … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited’s hilarious new campaign for McD’s”

Havas launches elegant new campaign for Moen

  Moen celebrates how water designs our life with four product-focused spots     And you thought Havas only did amazing installations. The Chicago agency has kicked off a new advertising campaign for North Olmsted, Ohio-based Moen that can only be described as dramatic and beautiful. You know, just like water can be. The #1 … Continue reading “Havas launches elegant new campaign for Moen”

39th annual Telly Awards winners unveiled

Vice, Condé Nast, Ryot, Great Big Story, Complex Networks, Radicalmedia, and Buzzfeed among next generation of multi-screen producers at this year’s event Winners reflect initiative to honor groundbreaking work “across all screens.” (New York — 22 May 2018) Marc Jacobs’ A-Z of Music, ESPN’s Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies 30 for 30, National Geographic’s Breaking 2, … Continue reading “39th annual Telly Awards winners unveiled”

Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII

Step aside Audi, there’s a new luxury ride in Marvel films. And it’s the vehicle of Kings. Or one King to be exact – T’Challa from the upcoming Disney/Marvel film, Black Panther. Lexus, which has had a TV relationship with Marvel’s Agents of Shield for the past 5 seasons, has unleashed a 60-second extended digital … Continue reading “Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII”

United debuts Olympic / Paralympic campaign

United Airlines’ new advertising campaign for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic team is a fantastic combination of marketing, production, and support. Superheroes, created by mcgarrybowen’s New York office, celebrates the efforts of six employees and six athletes who will help the U.S. travel to and compete in the 2018 Winter Games, beginning on February 9 … Continue reading “United debuts Olympic / Paralympic campaign”

Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced yesterday that Robin Shenfield, Co-Founder and CEO of The Mill, will serve as Chairperson of the 2018 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. As Show Chair, Shenfield will oversee the AICP Show Committee, which is responsible for promoting and marketing the AICP Show, … Continue reading “Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show”

Seasons greetings from the industry

Reel Chicago wishes all of our readers Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Joyful Kwanzaa, and an awesome belated Solstice. But we’re not the only ones. Windy City ad, film, music, and production companies have been spreading the warmth for weeks. Below is a selection of customized wishes.     UPSHOT AGENCY     TESSA FILMS   … Continue reading “Seasons greetings from the industry”

AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center

The AICP Next Awards will offer much more than a screening of new and experiential media on Monday night. Beginning with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., the event’s inaugural run at the Gene Siskel Film Center expects to draw hundreds of professionals and supporters from Chicago’s advertising, film, visual effects and post-production industries. … Continue reading “AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center”

Digital Kitchen supports launch of AI-powered TV

Zone•tv is taking a quantum leap forward in the television viewing experience with the recently announced launch of 14 curated TV channels delivering digital-first content augmented with artificial intelligence. The company announced that it is enlisting top-tier brand design agency Digital Kitchen to help shape and introduce its delivery of next generation television. What is … Continue reading “Digital Kitchen supports launch of AI-powered TV”

McGarryBowen adds humor to United flights

McGarryBowen livened-up the flying experience for United Airlines’ customers by adding humor and excitement to the safety video that everyone is pretty much forced to watch before the plane takes off. The four-minute-long Safety is Global establishes an entertaining mood in seconds. A slow zoom on Rio’s skyline quick-cuts to a Carnival parade jumping along … Continue reading “McGarryBowen adds humor to United flights”

Sarofsky’s design innovation continues to Marvel

Since early May, the Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has taken movie theaters by storm.

With the return of Peter Quill, Rocket, Baby Groot, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and friends to the big screen thanks to screenwriter, director and producer James Gunn, fans of great design worldwide have seized the opportunities to see the talents of Sarofsky — the Chicago-based, design driven production company — shine.