Periscope adds Terry O’Bright and Bruce Dobrin to meet surge in post

Full service post-production services provider Periscope Post & Audio, Hollywood and Chicago, has added creative, technical and sales staff to meet a surge in television, streaming and feature projects. The company has brought veteran re-recording mixer Terry O’Bright to its Hollywood facility. O’Bright is a five-time Emmy Award-nominee whose recent credits include the ABC series The … Continue reading “Periscope adds Terry O’Bright and Bruce Dobrin to meet surge in post”

Periscope Post & Audio partners with Unlock Audio

Periscope Post & Audio and Unlock Audio have formed a strategic partnership to provide integrated sound and music services for games. The two companies will offer game developers packaged services encompassing music composition, sound design, foley, voice recording, sound editorial, audio implementation and surround sound mixing. Developers will now be able to meet all their audio … Continue reading “Periscope Post & Audio partners with Unlock Audio”

Periscope appoints Edwin Polanco Chief Engineer

“There is great camaraderie and shared purpose at this facility” Edwin Polanco Post-production IT specialist Edwin Polanco has joined Periscope Post & Audio, Hollywood, as its chief engineer. Polanco will set engineering policies, oversee technical operations and lead technology planning. He will also manage the engineering aspects of the facility’s ongoing buildout. “Edwin brings deep … Continue reading “Periscope appoints Edwin Polanco Chief Engineer”

Rich Ellis to lead sales at Periscope, Hollywood

Ellis will drive sales for the Audio & Post company’s all-new, 22,000 sq ft facility Chicago-headquartered Periscope Post & Audio has appointed Rich Ellis as Executive Sales Manager at its recently-opened facility in Hollywood. A highly-regarded industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, Ellis will drive sales for the all-new, 22,000 square foot … Continue reading “Rich Ellis to lead sales at Periscope, Hollywood”

Periscope Post & Audio expands to Los Angeles

The resident post facility of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios delivers expertise to growing West Coast clientele Chicago-based Periscope Post & Audio has purchased the Hollywood-based post production studio, Post Production, Inc. (formerly Sonic Pool). Periscope’s new location will offer a full range of post-production service in Los Angeles similar to the scope of service it … Continue reading “Periscope Post & Audio expands to Los Angeles”

Alexan accepts Biz Development role at Periscope

New position allows ten-year vet to partner with key players in the Chicago film community Kamelya Alexan accepted the Business Development role at Periscope Post & Audio, located on the campus of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, last month. In the newly created position, she will report to General Manager Manuela Hung while spearheading the company’s … Continue reading “Alexan accepts Biz Development role at Periscope”

Periscope hires Manuela Hung as General Manager

With decades of experience Hung becomes an integral member of the rapidly expanding shop (Chicago — 1 August 2018) Manuela Hung has joined the Chicago office of Periscope Post & Audio as General Manager. With decades of industry experience, Hung began her career working as a photographer and in film laboratories where she trained as … Continue reading “Periscope hires Manuela Hung as General Manager”

Curtis Schmidt changes roles at Periscope

Periscope Post & Audio and Curtis Schmidt are pleased to announce that Curtis is changing roles from General Manager to Freelance Editor. Curtis recently joined Periscope as General Manager with a mandate to grow the company, particularly in Visual and Augmented Reality.   His deep interest in that space led to the mutual decision to … Continue reading “Curtis Schmidt changes roles at Periscope”

Editor Dean Gonzales joins Periscope Post & Audio

Periscope Post & Audio has hired Dean Gonzalez as Senior Editor. Gonzalez, an award-winning editor, brings nearly two decades of industry experience in commercial, music video and feature film editing to Periscope. Born and raised in Chicago, Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles in ’92 to begin his editing career. While living in LA, he established … Continue reading “Editor Dean Gonzales joins Periscope Post & Audio”

Periscope praises “Empire,” Trump calls “Roseanne”

Half of ‘Empire’s’ mid-season premiere filmed as one-act play (Spoiler alert: Please don’t read ahead unless you’ve seen “Empire’s” midseason premiere.) Sheesh, it sure has been a minute since Empire has been on. The series, which is filmed at Cinespace Studios, returned with its mid-season premiere last night. In the episode titled “Birds in a … Continue reading “Periscope praises “Empire,” Trump calls “Roseanne””

Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions

The Escape Pod promotes Celia Jones to Chief Executive Officer Celia Jones has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at The Escape Pod. Jones, who joined the Chicago-based independent agency as Brand Director in June 2016, will concentrate on growth, integrated capabilities, new revenue, and recruitment. She will report to Norm Bilow, Co-founder and Managing … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions”

3:02 p.m. — Periscope Audio & Post

Periscope Post & Audio handles a lot of tasks in the production industry, and many of them don’t begin until after 5 o’clock. Today is no exception. “We work on all different size projects,” says founder Mike Nehs. “From tiny indies and music videos up to multimillion-dollar features. Tonight, we have dailies going on for … Continue reading “3:02 p.m. — Periscope Audio & Post”

Staff adds, changes at Cap Gun, Periscope, DDB

NAMES IN THE NEWS. Industry veteran Tom Fletcher, the former Fletcher Camera & Lenses executive, was named director of sales at Fujifilm’s optical devices division. In his new post, Fletcher, who has been consulting for the company for almost a year, will oversee sales and promotion of Fujifilm’s broadcast and cinema lenses in North America, reporting to division VP Gordon Tubbs and working out of a Lake Forest office.

Lakefront Pictures announce completion of Chicago made film The Unseen

Chicago filmmakers Jennifer A. Goodman (also known as Jennifer Karum) and Ryan Atkins, co-founders of Lakefront Pictures, announced they have completed their Indie feature film The Unseen. The film stars RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Christian Stolte (Chicago Fire), Rebekah Kennedy (Law & Order and Criminal Minds), and Jennifer A. Goodman (Conrad, AMC unreleased show.) The … Continue reading “Lakefront Pictures announce completion of Chicago made film The Unseen”

Chicago Film XLerator Program for BIPOC creators announces 2022 winner

The Chicago Film XLerator, a Creative Cypher Project is a content lab intended to discover new BIPOC talent and increase creative pipelines in the entertainment industry. Founder Troy Pryor is an advocate for connecting undiscovered diverse talent to mainstream media platforms through his entertainment brands Creative Cypher and Pryor Holdings. On Thursday, January 19th, 2022, … Continue reading “Chicago Film XLerator Program for BIPOC creators announces 2022 winner”

Midwest Film Festival presents The Best of The Midwest Awards

Midwest Film Festival presents their annual awards gala – Best of the Midwest Awards (BMAs) on Tuesday, February 1st at CineCity Chicago. Starting at 7:00pm, guests are invited to enjoy networking, an open bar, groovy DJ tunes, and lite bites.  8:00pm begins the exciting awards ceremony that includes clips from each nominated film, special guests from the community … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival presents The Best of The Midwest Awards”

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced a new initiative to strengthen Chicago’s TV and film industry. The new “Chicago Made” workforce development program and public awareness campaign are based on recommendations from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force outlined … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative”

Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving

The family-friendly holiday movie Christmas with Felicity, directed by award-winning, Chicago-based filmmaker, Jack C. Newell (Monuments), will premiere on AMC+ Thanksgiving Day, November 25.  While Christmas with Felicity is primarily set in the fictitious Wisconsin town of Aspen Grove, the majority of the film was shot on location in Historic Downtown Long Grove and included … Continue reading “Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving”

IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry

IFA Chicago’s inaugural Fall Into Film Block Party event, celebrates the growth of the film industry in Chicago, the arts, creatives & filmmakers, and the local community. Whether you are a creator/filmmaker, member of the community, sponsor, business in the neighborhood or a local community member…all those looking to support our mission – this event … Continue reading “IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry”

Work in Progress: the concept, the talent, and plans for Season 2

Showtime’s brilliant series Work in Progress is back for a second season. The hit series revolves around the life of a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke, Abby (Abby McEnany) as she encounters death, doubt, suicide and depression while becoming an altogether likable heroine.   Abby McEnany, creator, writer, and star of series is a fixture in … Continue reading “Work in Progress: the concept, the talent, and plans for Season 2”

Anthony Michael Hall & Debbie Gibson to film in Chicago

Monaco Films is set to begin production on The Class this summer in Chicago. The coming of age high school drama will star Anthony Michael Hall and Broadway actress and pop icon Debbie Gibson. Also joining the cast is an ensemble of the newest generation of Hollywood’s rising television actors. The Class, written by Nicholas Celozzi, (Shattered, The Lost … Continue reading “Anthony Michael Hall & Debbie Gibson to film in Chicago”

Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF

Reel Chicago goes Behind the Scenes with Manuela Hung on the making of her fascinating documentary, Handpan Journey premiering at Midwest Film Festival’s Female Filmmaker Night. If there was a Chicago award for lifetime achievement, dedication and love for film, Manuela Hung would be a top contender.  She has been an active part of Chicago’s … Continue reading “Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF”

Cinespace releases their Production Safety Guidelines

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios has released their own set of Production Safety Guidelines and announced their partnership with ServPro, which will be the exclusive cleaning service allowed on campus.  These updates come as the City and State move further into Phase 3 of Re-opening. Among the industries reopening- with strict safety guidelines- are: childcare businesses, libraries, bars and outdoor dining at restaurants.  Cinespace president, … Continue reading “Cinespace releases their Production Safety Guidelines”

Chicago crew take SXSW Jury Prize for ‘Finding Yingying’

Feature documentary, Finding Yingying has been awarded the SXSW 2020 Documentary Feature Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Voice.  Produced by Kartemquin Films, Finding Yingying is Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s debut feature documentary. The film follows the story of the Zhang family who, in the summer of 2017, travel to the United States from China in search … Continue reading “Chicago crew take SXSW Jury Prize for ‘Finding Yingying’”

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.”

MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy

Erica Duffy, a transplant from San Francisco, has been part of the Chicago film community for 6 years and counting. No stranger to film production, she’s the proud owner of Camera Ambassador, a local rental house in Chicago. Camera Ambassador provides resources and services to filmmakers such as workshops and screenings.  The space also hosts … Continue reading “MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy”

Alexan highlights Chelios Massage in new video

Healing technique comes alive with endorsements from Blackhawk Chris Chelios and Cub Randy Hundley To highlight the power of the Chelios Massage Method, Chicago filmmaker Kamelya Alexan created a promotional video that opens with a testimonial from Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios, a satisfied customer of the technique developed by his sister, Penny. The Chelios Massage … Continue reading “Alexan highlights Chelios Massage in new video”

Cinespace sponsors 7th annual Mex Talks

Event produced by Latinos Progresando spotlights culture and contributions of Mexico and Mexican-Americans   Latinos Progresando — a Chicago community development organization working on the issues of immigration, peace, health, and education — yesterday presented MEX talks, an exciting speaker showcase featuring a panel of Mexican-American filmmakers, authors, politicians, activists, and media personalities who delivered … Continue reading “Cinespace sponsors 7th annual Mex Talks”

IFP throws first annual fundraiser at Lagunitas

Event auction prizes include lunch with IFO Director Peter Hawley, CFO Director Kwame Amoaku, and Cinespace Chicago President Alex Pissios IFP Chicago’s new associate board is proud to announce that their first annual fundraiser will be hosted by Lagunitas at the Lagunitas brewery facility near Cinespace Studios at 2607 W 17th St. on September 30, … Continue reading “IFP throws first annual fundraiser at Lagunitas”

Minnesota Lottery introduces us to Viking fan Jan

It would seem that this new Minnesota Lottery campaign is using a ‘3-man rush’ scheme to hit us with their new advertising campaign. And it works. To promote a new Vikings scratch-off ticket, agency Periscope, the Minnesota Lottery and the Minnesota Vikings have come together to bring former defensive end Jared Allen back just in … Continue reading “Minnesota Lottery introduces us to Viking fan Jan”

Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day

Chicago Film Studio partners with PAWS Chicago to spread awareness and showcase “amazing pets” available for adoption   Production at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was temporarily disrupted yesterday when a half-dozen dogs appeared in a patch of grass at Rockwell and 16th. Frolicking, rolling around, and generally being adorable without really trying, the pooches were … Continue reading “Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day”

New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace

“neXt” — a modern-day series about technology run amok — will start shooting in Chicago this Fall Cinespace Chicago Film Studios announced today that Fox’s new American drama series, neXt, will film at its West Side campus this fall. The studio announces the news less than 24 hours after unveiling its 2019 production schedule, adding … Continue reading “New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

The largest film studio in the Midwest prepares for a busy season of hit shows with 13 new interns Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, based on the west side of Chicago, and currently the second-largest film studio in the country, welcomes back many popular series and announces several new television shows now filming at its campuses. … Continue reading “Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup”

Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace

Coming-of-age comedic drama follows the lives of three roommates on the autism spectrum who are “striving for the same things that we all desire” Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, based on the west side of Chicago announced a deal with Amazon Studios to begin filming the half-hour … Continue reading “Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace”

Behind the scenes of ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’

The real life tale of an NBA star who responded to his critics by playing like a legend on the court Director Scott Diener endured several last-minute NBA thrills to capture a real-life, feel-good, Hollywood-style ending for a film about basketball legend Derrick Rose. Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story is an upcoming Stadium Network special … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’”

Cinespace donates $25K to educational foundation

Chicago Film Studio’s generosity honors a tradition of community support established by Cinespace Founder, “Uncle” Nick Mirkopoulos Cinespace Chicago Film Studios will donate $25,000 to enable Greek schools to modernize curriculum and enhance student participation, as announced by the Chicago Greektown Educational Fund (CGEF). The announcement renews support from CGEF’s “Nick Mirkopoulos Scholarship” partner one … Continue reading “Cinespace donates $25K to educational foundation”

3% Movement: brand purpose will win Super Bowl

Together with Sprinklr, Twitter, and Papa John’s, the 3% Movement encourages fans to track purpose-driven campaigns by using the hashtag #3percentsb In its sixth year of generating real-time feedback to Big Game ads, The 3% Movement is now setting out to capture what that feedback suggests about brand purpose. Using sophisticated data analytics in partnership … Continue reading “3% Movement: brand purpose will win Super Bowl”

Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’

Chicago film campus will be home to the musical drama that became an “internet favorite” after last summer’s pilot premier   Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, announced an agreement with Netflix to film ten episodes of the musical drama Mixtape, starring Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez and Madeleine … Continue reading “Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’”

Cinespace signs production deal for Amazon’s ‘Utopia’

Digital content distributor to film Gillian Flynn-remake of the British thriller at Chicago’s West Side studio campus   Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, a 1.45 million square foot studio facility on the west side of downtown Chicago with additional studios in development at 31st and Kedzie, has inked an agreement with Amazon Studios to begin production … Continue reading “Cinespace signs production deal for Amazon’s ‘Utopia’”

Thanksgiving break: holiday viewing suggestions

From hip-hop snow angels to Lego parades, an adult-sized portion of casually-vetted Chicago content to help readers get the most out of the holiday Falling onto a couch in front of a TV is the final and most relaxing course of every good Thanksgiving meal. It pairs well with prime time football, Charlie Brown, The … Continue reading “Thanksgiving break: holiday viewing suggestions”

Chi-made ‘the T’ wins Streamy for Best Indie Series

“‘We are born scattered, then find each other.’ It is this reverse diaspora that led the two of us to work together” Creators Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri (Chicago — 22 October 2018) Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri’s original web series the T (Full Spectrum Features and OTV) wins Best Indie Series at the 8th … Continue reading “Chi-made ‘the T’ wins Streamy for Best Indie Series”

Optimus welcomes colorist Paul Galati

Galati’s arrival marks the latest in a series of new moves at Chicago-based production, post, and design company, Optimus (Chicago — 31 July 2018) Optimus today announced that Paul Galati is joining the leading production and post house as colorist. With the move, Optimus will once again be offering in-house color correction. “We’ve seen the … Continue reading “Optimus welcomes colorist Paul Galati”

Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer

Fatal Funnel Films announces cast for upcoming thriller   Actors from Chicago’s hottest shows to perform in inaugural feature shooting in Shawnee National Forest and nearby Carbondale     (Chicago — 7 May 2018) Fatal Funnel Films, an Illinois-based independent film company, today announces the complete cast and production team of their inaugural feature film, … Continue reading “Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer”

Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial”

The awards ceremony for the 54th Annual Chicago International Television Festival packed AMC River East in Streeterville last Thursday night. The evening began with a reception in the Wine Room at the Lucky Strike bowling alley, restaurant, and lounge, which is located on the second floor of the building where the theater resides. Executive directors, … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial””

Twin City news: Dennis Ryan, Carmichael Lynch, more

Dennis Ryan launches new video consulting service From the we’re a fan dept.: Longtime advertising ECD/CCO Dennis Ryan now works ​directly with clients ​as a digital video content consultant. “To me, it’s a natural progression to use video as a communication platform. After years of speaking generally to attract as wide an audiences as possible, … Continue reading “Twin City news: Dennis Ryan, Carmichael Lynch, more”

The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts”

The Bobby Roberts Project is a comedy series about a quest for fame undertaken by the title character, Bobby Roberts, who happens to be the (fictitious) son of actor Eric Roberts. Bobby hopes to gain celebrity by completing a biopic about George Washington, but a lack of funding, a wealth of inexperience, a delusional ego, … Continue reading “The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts””

Midwest Indie Film Fest opens with sickening premiere

No, the new independent film, Cold War, won’t make you sick (unless you can’t catch your breath from laughing), but the actors in it sure are — as in catching the nasty “Raccoon Flu.” The romantic comedy, which will make its Chicago premiere and open the 2018 season for Midwest Indie is coming off a … Continue reading “Midwest Indie Film Fest opens with sickening premiere”

Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two

Showtime has ordered a second season of The Chi, a coming-of-age drama set in Chicago that has averaged four million weekly cross-platform viewers since debuting on January 7. Featuring an ensemble cast and multiple storylines, the series is not only produced entirely within the Windy City, but it also showcases a legion of homegrown talent. … Continue reading “Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two”

New faces at Doner LA and Wonderful

Doner LA beefs up McDonald’s team Doner LA announced four senior hires following the recent consolidation of McDonald’s retail and local marketing, where Doner was assigned nearly 1,000 local partners to help bring big-agency strategic and creative firepower down to the co-op and franchisee level. Andrew Lamar joins Doner as a Multicultural Strategist, working across … Continue reading “New faces at Doner LA and Wonderful”

Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi”

Although Periscope editor Michael Thomas James got a year’s worth of sneak peeks at The Chi while finessing the show’s dailies during the wee hours of most mornings in 2017, he is still enthusiastic about the Showtime series’ premiere on Sunday night. “When I first saw the footage, it got me super excited to be … Continue reading “Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi””

“The Tale of Four” speaks to everyone

Truth, love, and dignity are just a few of the issues addressed in the 20-minute short film, “The Tale of Four,” directed by Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Empire, Precious), and completed with the expertise of Beast / CO3 / Method Chicago. Tracking the lives of four African-American women who live in the same apartment building, … Continue reading ““The Tale of Four” speaks to everyone”

Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news

Cutters Detroit promotes Grosjean Executive Producer Mary Connolly and Managing Director Kurt Kulas announced last week that Cutters Studios Detroit office has promoted Justin Grosjean to editor. Grosjean first joined the company four years ago as an intern. However, he was already in the global spotlight for creative production. In 2012, Justin and his twin … Continue reading “Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news”

Rob Gregory, Gretchen Praeger, Carmichael Lynch

Rob Gregory wins American Photographic Awards “Series” category Congratulations are in order for local photographer, Rob Gregory, who was named a winner in the 2017 American Photographic Awards “Series” Category.   Earlier this year, we covered a series Gregory did for Cancer Kids featuring them as superheroes. Below are a couple of pieces from the … Continue reading “Rob Gregory, Gretchen Praeger, Carmichael Lynch”

“Drive Slow” preview at Free Spirit Media’s Focus event

Free Spirit Media’s Focus event at The Ivy Room on May 31 will feature “a lot of people and a chance to get together and reflect on a great year,” says Chelsea Corbin, FSM’s development & communication manager.

“It’s a big celebration of media in Chicago,” she adds, “specifically, the youth voice.”

One of the greatest causes for celebration will be a sneak peak at the film series Drive Slow, which was made by ten emerging filmmakers in Free Spirit’s Industry Pathways Certification program.

Corbin describes the group as “super talented.”

“Clash of the Vampires” series to film in Illinois

An all-local production will hit Illinois in late February when the new Netflix series, “Clash of the Vampires,” begins filming the ten-episode, hour-long action fantasy from producer Eric DeShazer of DeShazer Films and co-writer, Michael D. Ballard.

DeShazer Films has partnered with Downstate Heroic Age Studios for series production in their full-service facilities in Decatur and surrounding areas. Other locations will be in Chicago and Indiana.

Mimi Productions shoots local scenes for LA feature

Although the “Bad Moms” Hollywood feature — to be theatrically released this Friday, July 29 — is set in Chicago but was filmed in Louisiana-as-Chicago over the winter, it nonetheless has two establishing location scenes that were actually filmed here.

Producer Michelle DeLong and cinematographer David Miller’s Mimi Productions was tapped to provide specific Chicago scenes “that felt like Chicago,” DeLong says.