Daily Planet creates ‘Notorious RBG’ video

Chicago production company Daily Planet created a video to advertise The Notorious RBG exhibit currently running at Illinois Holocaust Museum. Combining vintage-style black-and-white halftone photos with graphics in a laid-back blue and yellow color scheme, the 15-second piece radiates a level of pizazz befitting a Supreme Court Justice who has captured the imaginations of millions … Continue reading “Daily Planet creates ‘Notorious RBG’ video”

Daily Planet ‘Give A Shi*t’ popup Dec. 5-6

For the last five years, Daily Planet Productions has teamed with StreetWise and 20 local artists to make hand-screened designer t-shirts and other merchandise for an annual campaign called Give A Shi*t. Give A Shi*t donates 100% of its profits to StreetWise, which has received more than $100,000 from the campaign to date. This year’s … Continue reading “Daily Planet ‘Give A Shi*t’ popup Dec. 5-6”

Daily Planet goes roller disco for City Pop Cola

Pastel-flavored groove turns laundromat into multi-generational dance party for Marz Brewing’s cane sugar soda Daily Planet Productions recently wrapped a visually driven commercial for craft soda City Pop Cola. It’s a fun and colorful spot, bringing a disco-drenched feeling of fantasy to the nighttime customers of a drab laundromat, climaxing in a roller skating party. … Continue reading “Daily Planet goes roller disco for City Pop Cola”

Daily Planet brings everyone together for ‘Team Jasmin’

An upbeat family trip through Chicago arrives at the warmth of Lurie Children’s Hospital Using only eight words in 45 seconds, Daily Planet celebrates the joy of community in a new spot for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital titled, Team Jasmin. Choreographing a family car trip with a contagiously upbeat soundtrack, the spot … Continue reading “Daily Planet brings everyone together for ‘Team Jasmin’”

Daily Planet premieres Streetwise film during gala event

“Like You” is a mini-doc that celebrates a community built on hard work, dedication, and hope In a three-day span last week, Chicago production and post company Daily Planet shot and edited a film about the people who sell the Streetwise newspaper. Titled, Like You, the one-minute and 45-second mini-doc is a story told by … Continue reading “Daily Planet premieres Streetwise film during gala event”

Daily Planet destroys tech in hilarious brewery spot

With a slapstick amount of destruction, the short proves that having a delicious beer with friends is a truly cherished moment.   Daily Planet Ltd. created a heartfelt and hilarious spot for Pilsen’s Lo Rez Brewery and Taproom, titled Disconnect. According to Daily Planet President Scott Marvel, the brewery’s owners Dave Dahl and Kevin Lilly … Continue reading “Daily Planet destroys tech in hilarious brewery spot”

Daily Planet helps Lurie Hospital keep a promise

“We didn’t want it to be too over the top,” says Director Michael Gabriele. “We wanted it to feel real and relatable.” Daily Planet Ltd. transformed stories from everyday life into a celebration of family while making Promise, a two-and-a-half minute short film for Lurie Children’s Hospital. The video captures a series of interactions between … Continue reading “Daily Planet helps Lurie Hospital keep a promise”

Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys

There were many smiling faces at the 59th annual regional Emmy Awards Saturday night. Sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the awards show was streamed live on WGN-TV.com from the Swissotel Hotel. Both Potenza Productions and Daily Planet Productions, Ltd came away with Emmys. Potenza — which … Continue reading “Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys”

Daily Planet ‘Hit the Ice’ with the Blackhawks

For the duration of the Chicago Blackhawk’s 2017/2018 season, Daily Planet’s Hit The Ice video will electrify fans at the Madhouse on Madison. It begins right before the players enter the rink, when the lights are dimmed and the attention of 22,000 fans is drawn to the four-paneled, 360-degree video scoreboard that hangs above center … Continue reading “Daily Planet ‘Hit the Ice’ with the Blackhawks”

Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms

The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy Arts and Sciences announced nominees last Thursday night at Rockit Bar and Grill. Hosted by WCIU’s “The Jam” team of Jordan Cornette, Danielle Robay and Felicia Lawrence, nominations were announced in a total of twenty-eight categories. Among those nominated were Ogilvy, Chicago, who has been tearing up awards … Continue reading “Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms”

Daily Planet president embraces vegan office philosophy

In the course of abstaining from all animal products, including milk and eggs, Daily Planet Productions’ president and dedicated nonmeat-eater Scott Marvel was enlightened by a recent epiphany.

“It dawned on me,” he says. “If I made Daily Planet a vegan company… we would be innovative.”

The ensuing effect of his philosophy on Daily Planet’s staff and operations is documented in a hilarious video — Exciting News from Daily Planet — that the company released yesterday.

Daily Planet displays its creativity via T-shirt designs sold exclusively online at Teetsy.com

Daily Planet’s motion graphics designers have found another outlet for their creativity. Last week they launched Teetsy.com, an online boutique selling $15 original-design T-shirts.

Said Daily Planet’s president Scott Marvel, who initiated the idea, “The T-shirt site is another way of expressing ourselves and getting our ideas out there.”

The T-shirt line evolved over three months, said Marvel, an editor and motion graphics designer and 15-year Daily Planet veteran who assumed ownership of the 25-year old company last year.

Daily Planet wins DDB’s design competition among 6 post houses and wins a national Dell commercial

DDB has focused an enlightened eye on Chicago as it seeks new local graphics design talent?at least for one of its clients, and hopefully for others as its recent quest yielded a mother lode of inspiration.

To see what’s out there, DDB asked six large and smaller local post houses to come up with a fresh approach to a Dell plasma TV screen, as part of the computer company’s electronics and accessories spring campaign.

After two rounds and a total of 60 submissions, Daily Planet emerged on top.

Bix Pix Entertainment’s “Red Planet Blues” is festbound and “Tree” heads for Wal-Mart

A former Chicagoan now living in Texas had composed a song called “Red Planet Blues,” and sought a clay animation company to create the story of Mori the Martian who dreams of traveling to earth based on the song.

Carol Singer serendipitously found Kelli Bixler’s Chicago-based Bix Pix Entertainment. “We’re very proud of the results,” said Bixler, as the 13-minute short heads off to 30 film festivals and two sequels are in the works.

City becomes a popular set for spots, films ahead

BUSY PRODUCTION IN WEEKS AHEAD on the streets of Chicago.  On the feature side: “Batman vs. Superman” moves after months in the Motor City to the Windy City and opens an office at Cinespace next week.  Shooting starts Nov. 3-14.  Scheduled locations include the farm house in Plainfield, the subway and the “Daily Planet” atrium at Willis Tower. 

Video update for Stanley Cup playoffs

With Stanley Cup fever at a high pitch, The Daily Planet is secretively producing an update of “Hit the Ice,” the pre-game video that plays on the United Center’s Jumbotron to jazz up the fans — as if they need it at this point.

“We’re making it ?Stanley Cup playoffs ready,'” was all that tight-lipped Planet president Scott Marvel would disclose about the new video.

The Planet is working fast to make the changes, however, as Game l of the finals begins Saturday, May 29, on NBC. If they play all seven games, the playoffs would end Friday, June 11.

Chicago Motion Graphics Festival will be held “gallery style” at four post houses in January

There’s a whole new take on the four-day Chicago Motion Graphics Festival coming up in late January. Instead of one venue one night, GMGF will present 40 entries in four locations over four days.

This year’s festival, Jan. 18-21, is targeted to agencies and will be held gallery-style at post houses Swell, Digital Kitchen, Daily Planet and Optimus.

Founded in 2003 by super After Effects designer Mason Dixon, the purpose of the festival is “to draw attention to the awesome Chicago post community,” said Caton Volk, who co-chairs the event with Dixon.

Volk’s music video makes waves for local band

EIGHTBALL FILMS’ Caton Volk’s music video with local electrorock band Assassins will start making the rounds of the prestigious Indie Music Festival in three Canadian cities, Seattle and New York.

Titled “Always” (Wanting What You Ain’t Got), the two-minute video was collaboration among the band, Daily Planet graphics and director/cameraman Volk, who self-financed the video. As a spec piece, “Always” fulfilled its mission.

Volk is gaining new clients and several major labels are vying to sign the band. DP was Kurt Branstetter shooting in HD.

Volk’s music video makes waves for local band

EIGHTBALL FILMS’ Caton Volk’s music video with local electrorock band Assassins will start making the rounds of the prestigious Indie Music Festival in three Canadian cities, Seattle and New York.

Titled “Always” (Wanting What You Ain’t Got), the two-minute video was collaboration among the band, Daily Planet graphics and director/cameraman Volk, who self-financed the video. As a spec piece, “Always” fulfilled its mission.

Volk is gaining new clients and several major labels are vying to sign the band. DP was Kurt Branstetter shooting in HD.

Test spot guru Fred Berkover starts new company

Fred Berkover and his old pal Bob Carr of Red Car will take off on their annual fishing expedition the end of June. Forget Wisconsin or Canada as their destination. The two editors will head for the Arctic Circle for two weeks.

When Berkover returns, he will pick up the reins at his new test spot company, Test Patterns, which has settled into space at Post Effects.

For 24 years Berkover owned Daily Planet, which he sold to employee Scott Marvel two years ago.

REELSCREEN: News and Notes

TEST SPOT GURU and Daily Planet founder Fred Berkover continues to ply his years of expertise with a new company partnered with Swell president Mike Topel. Tentatively named Stealth, the company is located on the 14th floor of NBC Tower, as is 59 Films, Ron Lazzeretti and Ed Amaya’s production company.

OCT. 4 IS THE DATE set for the IFO’s “Sweet Home Illinois” party for Chicagoans who now work in the L.A. film industry.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 05/31/04

AT THE POST. Filament Post has officially replaced Spots BME as the name of Bruce Frankel’s editing house. “I wanted it to be a new company, now that we’re adding new people and incorporating new ideas,” he says. New addition is Matthew Egan formerly with Cutters for seven years. “I can see him becoming one of the best editors in the city,” enthuses Frankel … New Daily Planet president is Scott Marvel , VP/editor, who’s been with the company for 15 years.

Chicago film community mourns loss of Jeff Marpé

The Chicago film community is sadden by the loss of film pioneer Jeff Marpé, executive producer, director and founder of Line 9 Productions who passed away suddenly on July 14th. Jeff’s sudden passing came as a shock to his family, son Breydon age 23, daughter Kali age 20, and ex-wife Rose who said that Jeff had … Continue reading “Chicago film community mourns loss of Jeff Marpé”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

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”

2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news

Elevated Films’ 2nd Annual Chicago Shorts Night will light up the Chop Shop in Wicker Park on Wednesday, January 15th at 6 p.m. The special screening features ten Chicago-connected short films in a 100-year-old former auto body shop that is now the Windy City’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar. Be a … Continue reading “2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news”

Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries

Content competition introduces new categories while seeking submissions from creators of all regions and languages Following its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today opened its annual call for entries, offering several exciting new categories that signal the continued growth in creative approaches … Continue reading “Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries”

Carbon strengthens roster across the USA

Key hires and promotions reinforce new Chicago studio and seamless continental workflow Visual effects and design studio Carbon is proud to announce the promotion of Phil Linturn to Managing Director of Carbon North America and Gretchen Praeger to Executive Producer of the Chicago office. Additionally, the company is excited to announce new hires including Jeff … Continue reading “Carbon strengthens roster across the USA”

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”

The year’s biggest posts about commercials

Chicago excels at beer, insurance, sea creatures, pickup trucks, romance, and sweet-smelling toilet bowls Outside the realm of direct advertising, the technique for measuring the success of a commercial can be somewhat fuzzy. Using a digital yardstick that combines Google analytics, social media engagement, and our thumbs-up button, we’ve determined the most widely acclaimed spots … Continue reading “The year’s biggest posts about commercials”

A look back at the stories that defined 2018

The number of big stories from 2018 is far too great to fit into one article, thankfully. But we’ve tried. Using a combination of Google analytics, social media engagement, and our own thumbs-up button, Reel Chicago has compiled a list of the most widely read stories from the last twelve months. To get a taste … Continue reading “A look back at the stories that defined 2018”

giveashi*t holiday party mixes giving with good times

Socialize with friends, hear great music, eat delicious food, and enjoy tasty beverages while helping others tonight at Daily Planet Continuing a tradition of generosity and compassion, Daily Planet Ltd. hosts its annual giveshi*t holiday party tonight. Beer, wine, snacks, music, and a surprise Special Musical Guest will complement the evening’s star attraction: the annual … Continue reading “giveashi*t holiday party mixes giving with good times”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: Larger … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

Give A Shirt pop-up debuts new merchandise Nov 29

“People in Chicago are always looking for different ways to give back to those in need” Scott Marvel, President Daily Planet Give A Shirt pop-up shop offers a meaningful way to shop for the holidays, while giving the homeless a special boost.   Now in its 4th year, Daily Planet Productions has teamed with StreetWise … Continue reading “Give A Shirt pop-up debuts new merchandise Nov 29”

‘Raising Adults’ not just another two-white-girl show

Entering its second season, the dark comedy web series raises the bar (and the stakes) Hip, in-your-face, embarrassingly autobiographical, and backed by some seriously awesome music, Raising Adults follows two young girls trying to grow up while raising their crazy, disabled parents in Cincinnati, Ohio. The struggles they confront extend far beyond the boundaries of … Continue reading “‘Raising Adults’ not just another two-white-girl show”

The unforgettable drama of “Raising Adults”

The “in your face” and “embarrassingly autobiographical” indie web series packs more drama than most, but that’s life   Chicago-based writer / producer Brittany Wagner is currently completing post-production for the second season of Raising Adults, a web series that lost an original cast member to suicide in February, and the actor who took his … Continue reading “The unforgettable drama of “Raising Adults””

Just a note to say… “Happy Birthday, Ruthie Lu!”

RuthieLu: Happy umm (39th) bday, my friend! Can’t believe we’re already here?!? You turning (__) just 5 days before I turn 45. I know you want me immediately to check out our Saggi horoscope at AstrologyZone.com to see just what this auspicious month holds for us. From Dec. 9 onward, we’ll “seem happy to be … Continue reading “Just a note to say… “Happy Birthday, Ruthie Lu!””

Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news

Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.” Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the … Continue reading “Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news”

The art that complements the Pitchfork Music Festival

Artist Jason Wyatt Frederick created a visual symphony for the cover of the Chicago Reader’s annual Pitchfork preview issue last week.

Using a lineup supplied by the publication, he combined dozens of musicians with notable Chicago personalities and landmarks into a “Where’s Waldo” style rock and roll poster.

The Reader’s been a great supporter of local artists and musicians,” says Frederick, who has been illustrating the Pitchfork issue since 2011. “I’m so happy to get this gig.”

Nimble Media creates 1,000 videos for elite universities

Director/producer John Yaworsky recently completed one of the biggest homework assignments of his life: 1,000 video pieces for Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.

“I learned a lot,” says the owner of Wilmette’s Nimble Digital Media.

Over a span of 33 months, Yaworsky and his team provided strategy and created online content to supplement 70 graduate level digital courses at both of the elite Eastern institutions. Among the subjects they covered were technology management, ethics, sports industry management and real estate.

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 past two years, Davis has been an integral contributor to Sarofsky’s title sequences for a number of Marvel Studios, from “Ant-Man” to its latest work for the $130 million, just-released “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Veteran editor Nikki Vapensky joins Hootenanny post

Creative editor Nikki Vapensky recently joined post house Hootenanny after 18 years with Whitehouse Post, saying she was “ready to move into a different style of company,” adding, “and I’ve always admired Liz Tate and the fact that this is a woman-owned company.”

Vapensky’s body of work includes commercials for McDonald’s, Allstate, Walmart, Disney, and Jello’s “Delightfully Honest” campaign for Leo Burnett.

Nothing traditional about Translation’s co-chairs

BUD LIGHT’S NEW AGENCY, Translation is different from the usual species of ad agencies that are often formed by veteran admen who believe they can operate more creatively and and relevantly than their former companies, and often do. 

One big difference between the New York-based Translation “trans-cultural agency” and others is that it was founded in 2008 by non-agency guy Steve Stoute, a very successful, powerful music industry executive, with a track record as a consumer brand marketer for Fortune 500 companies.

Optimus trailers win 5 out of 9 Camp Kuleshov awards

The affectionate trailer for “Shark Song,” a fictional feel-good story created by The Whitehouse’s assistant editor Caleb Hepler, was the grand prize winner at the 10th annual AICE trailer editing competition.

Nine winners were announced at a party and awards show at the Bottom Lounge’s Volcano Room Thursday, Nov. 10.  Of these, five were assistant editors who won for Camp Kuleshov and four non-assistants, who work at AICE member companies and won for the Tent City division contest.

Of the nine winners, five were Optimus talents.

‘Contagion’ generated $12.5 mm here in film revenues

Director Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion thriller, centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease, opened in Chicago this weekend, almost a year after cast and crew arrived here last Oct. 19 to begin a two-month shoot.

Budgeted at $60 million, the Warner Bros. epic stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne. 

Leviathan’s new design director introduced at party

More than 300 guests came out on a beautiful, balmy summer’s eve last Thursday to celebrate the first anniversary of design-focused hybrid Leviathan.

They met the staff, saw the variety of work and met Tim Sepulveda, who recently filled Leviathan’s first design director’s position.

“We had a great mix of clients, peers, friends and family attend the party,” says executive creative director/partner Jason White of the event.  

Burnett kills with 35 wins at NY Int’l Ad Awards

LEO BURNETT WORLDWIDE was not only the “Agency of the Year” at the International Advertising Awards in New York earlier this month, but it won a record 35 awards, including six of the total 24 Gold prizes, from 14 global offices. “This demonstrates yet again, the remarkable creative talent we have residing inside this network,” boasts Leo Burnett Global CCO Mark Tutssel.

Tribal DDB puts a new twist on a McDonald’s spot

THE VOICE OF THE LEMON in McDonald’s new summer Frozen Strawberry Lemonade inspired spot from Tribal DDB might sound familiar to The Sopranos fans.  

It belongs to Steve Schirripa, a.k.a. Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri, who moved from mobster to mouthpiece of the talking animated Lemon. The Lemon boasts how delicious a lemon can be, when pureed, sweetened and sucked with a straw, a la the new McDonald’s drink, proving that lemons are best made into lemonade.

Be lucky to hail the “Cash Cab” and fare well

THE POPULAR “CASH CAB” SHOW is prowling the streets of Chicago, ready to pick up unsuspecting contestants and ask them questions en route to their destinations. The show is here as the result of Discovery Channel answering the pleas of more than 13,000 fans on a Facebook page called “Bring Cash Cab to Chicago.”

TeamWorks’ new Big Ten Network campaigns

TEAMWORKS MEDIA produced three PSA campaigns for the Big Ten Conference that have started running on the Big Ten Network:: A second season for “Big Ten Fan Camp;” a revised “Faces of the Big Ten,” and making its debut, “Big Ten Impact the World.”

All three PSAs were produced and directed by TeamWorks’ Mike Sear and fall under the “Big Big Stage. Big Ten.” theme introduced in the fall of 2008. The theme speaks to the breadth, visibility and impact of the Big Ten across all aspects of life and sport.

Relax, the tax incentives will go into effect

IRONICALLY, GOV. BLAGOJEVICH was going to sign the Illinois 30% tax credit bill into law next Monday at Essanay Studios! The unconfirmed signing ceremony was being set up because the governor had the time to do so.

We can safely assume that the gov’s photo op signing will be put indefinitely on hold.

That doesn’t mean the bill will languish as it did earlier this year — delayed first by the senate action and then by Blago’s demand for a photo op surrounded by celebs, taking it into May.

Blagojevich will remain governor, however, for the forseeable future.

Three of Chicago’s best indie producers and a newcomer have entries in SXSW Film Festival

AS SUNDANCE EXCITEMENT ENDS, South by Southwest Film Festival takes center stage, March 7-15, 2008 in Austin, Texas where the work of three of Chicago’s best indie filmmakers and a newcomer will premiere.

They are: Steven James and Peter Gilbert’s “At the Death House Door,” Joe Swanberg’s “Nights and Weekends” and ? at last ? Steve Conrad and Steven A.

Chicago-connected films and filmmakers head for Sundance; “Obama in Africa” gets local premiere

CHEVY CHASE hosts an evening at Sundance for the world premiere of Phil Ranstrom’s doc, “Electrified: The Story of the Maxwell St. Urban Blues” Jan 25 at Harry O’s in Park City.

Narrated by Chicago native Joe Mantegna, “Electrified” tells how Maxwell Street’s neighborhood led to the hard driving sound of the urban blues and ultimately to rock ?n’ roll.

Ranstrom’s companion film, “Cheat You Fair,” documents the last days of Maxwell Street market. Ranstrom began both projects in 1994 shortly before the Maxwell Street market was demolished.

Making the cut: Outsider’s Madalinski wins top prize at Trailer Park assistant editor contest

Assistant editors showed they’re a cut above the ordinary at AICE’s 6th annual Trailer Park contest Aug. 9 at the Horseshoe bar to an enthusiastic crowd of about 200.

Grand prize winner of an HD TV set was Outsider assistant editor Laura Madalinski for her 90-second trailer selling the action movie “Hero.”

First and second runners up Ruben Vela of Optimus and Brian Hepner, also of Outsider, each scored a $100 gift certificate from the Apple Store.

Hepner’s trailer was a Spoof of the 1985 brat pack movie “St.

Up close gallery-style Motion Graphics Festival

Bridges Media hosts the first night of the Jan. 18-21 Motion Graphics Festival, and promises a product announcement that will “change the meaning of postproduction productivity.”

Works of excellence will be featured in the third annual event, to be held at six venues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Here’s the program lineup:

Jan. 18?At North Michigan Apple Store, an Evening with Adobe, 1-6 p.m.; Bridges screening, 6-10 p.m., and a raffle of Adobe software worth $1,700.


THE REEL THING: News & Notes

“PRISON BREAK” has broken through the ratings so strongly that Fox TV has given the go-ahead for nine more episodes for a total of 22. The producers are no less thrilled than all the locals benefiting from the business.

Break” is the first TV creation of producer Paul Scheuring, a feature screenwriter.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

THE FOUNDATION post house expanded this week by moving into a full, 6,000-sq. ft. floor with seven editing rooms at 200 E. Ohio, from 2,800-sq. ft. and four editing rooms in the same building. That’s mighty impressive for being in business for just 18 months.

Owned by ace editor James Lipetzky and his wife, Samantha Hart The Foundation employs 10.

COLIN COSTELLO’S COMEDY sitcom pilot, “Friends like These,” was picked up by Black Family Channel’s new show, “Pilot Central,” debuting in October or November.

Animators special report, Part I

The Chicago animation scene is dominated by commercial broadcast, many top firms being divisions of larger post houses or production companies, like Superior Street’s Flux Group, Swell’s Bazooka Graphics, Golan Production’s Atomic Imaging.

Dreamation Studios is developing a 3D feature and a 24-hour internationally broadcast animation network.

Production scene

“It’s great to be working on something more meaningful than vegetable peelers,” said Angle Park producer Martin Baumgaertner about the job that sent them throughout Chicago taping beautiful exteriors of improved neighborhoods.

The seven, 2-minute videos they produced highlighted the neighborhood improvements made by the seven winners of the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, held Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency.

REVIEW: Family, friendly Thunder Force

Warning: contains spoilers. Last week Netflix released the Chicago-set feature film Thunder Force, starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy as well as an extensive cast of recognizable faces. This family friendly, slapstick, “action and adventure comedy” is currently ranked #1 in the U.S. in Netflix’s top ten trending list.  And … Continue reading “REVIEW: Family, friendly Thunder Force”

Canon, FCBX present digital experience for CES

In partnership with FCB and its experiential arm, FCBX premiered an interactive digital experience through five unexpected experiences and innovation cornerstones to celebrate how people can use Canon products and solutions to help redefine the limits they face. Attendees will be inspired to transcend limits by capturing the marvels of space, the splendor of wildlife, … Continue reading “Canon, FCBX present digital experience for CES”

Facets introduces ‘Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award’

Nonprofit film org will honor the life of its founder during the annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Facets’ 36th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is dedicated to the memory of Milos Stehlik, founder and executive director of Facets, who passed away this July. Milos had a dream that film, the most powerful communications … Continue reading “Facets introduces ‘Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award’”

Doc10 screens the year’s best at the Davis Theater

Fourth annual fest of the best opens with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doc, “Knock Down The House” The 4th annual Doc10 Film Festival’s 2019 lineup is an entertaining variety of undeniable relevance taking place April 11-14 at The Davis Theater (4614 N. Lincoln Ave.) The program opens with Rachel Lears’ critically acclaimed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary, Knock Down … Continue reading “Doc10 screens the year’s best at the Davis Theater”

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”