Earhole and Optimus’ “Creative Cup” Golf Outing

Rory Mcllroy and Phil Mickelson would be proud. Two of Chicago’s most renowned Post-Production facilities, Earhole Music & Sound and Optimus, joined forces last weekend to launch “The Creative Cup”, an all- day golf extravaganza that pits the Chicago Advertising Creative Community against one another in pursuit of glory. Taking place at Hawk’s View Golf … Continue reading “Earhole and Optimus’ “Creative Cup” Golf Outing”

Earhole scores 8 Nokia Snoop Dogg spots, directed by Guy Ritchie

Tom Wiebe’s new Earhole Studios started off with the proverbial bang. Its first job was original music for the big-budget Nokia phone spots that aired during the college bowl football games and concluded with the Nokia Sugar Bowl contest.

Nokia’s agency is The Richards Group of Dallas, a long-time client of Wiebe’s predecessor company, Wiebe Music. Wiebe recently acquired and moved into Pat Yacono’s Mixture studio space.

Energy BBDO’s new brand campaign for Home Instead

Home Instead, the leading provider of in-home care for older adults, has launched a new brand identity and campaign to promote the evolving organization. Created in partnership with our friends at creative agency Energy BBDO, the changes modernize the brand and share an uplifting approach to staying happy and well at home. Home Instead delivers personalized care … Continue reading “Energy BBDO’s new brand campaign for Home Instead”

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”

Optimus trolls Chicagoans with Heinz “Dog Sauce”

There’s a scene in Dirty Harry where Clint Eastwood berates his partner for doing the sin of sins — putting ketchup on his hotdog.

“Nobody puts ketchup on a hotdog,” is a truism shared by every true hotdog-eating, Cubs and Whitesox loving/hating Chicagoan.

But what about “Dog Sauce?”

Just in time for #NationalHotDogDay, Heinz has unveiled a Dog Sauce exclusively for Chicagoans.

Ingredients of the Dog Sauce include red ripe tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt, and a blend of spices and flavorings.

Yeah… Ketchup. Suckas.

Guests coming from all over for tonight’s AICP Show

Tonight’s 26th annual AICP Show will be bursting with creative energy as more than 1,000 guests (as of 9 a.m.) from Michigan Avenue, Los Angeles and across the country will the socialize with people they do business with, meet new folks and reunite with old friends.

If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you can still buy them at $175 until 4 p.m. online here or $200 at the door.

Biggest attendance yet expected at AICP Show

The annual AICP Show, the industry’s giant grand finale party, expects 1,200-1,500 guests when it arrives Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Chicago Cultural Center, the third city on its annual year-end tour of 10 major US advertising markets.

Kansas City is the first stop on itinerary, for the first time, Nov. 6, as the AICP Midwest chapter reaches out to embrace more Midwest advertising markets, according to chapter president, STORY’s Mark Androw.

Camp Kuleshov winners did their AICE employers proud

Optimus assistant editor Aaron Porzel won the Grand Prize for Editing at the 4th annual 2014 AICE Camp Kuleshov Chicago trailer editing contest. The presentation last Wednesday at The Attic @ American Junkie was attended by 150 guests.

The contest, exclusively for AICE members’ assistant editors, assistant audio engineers and assistant or junior designer employees, received 58 entries.  

12 AICE company assistants win Camp Kuleshov awards

Assistant editor Ben Winter, of now-departed Red Car, won the top 2013 AICE Chicago Camp Kuleshov annual competition for assistants at AICE member companies. Other Grand Prize winners were Hootenanny’s Kelsey Moher and Eddie Loera and Earhole’s Ricardo Mondragon. 

Winners were announced Wednesday night at a packed party and awards show at the Bottom Lounge. Camp Kuleshov is open to AICE Chicago member company assistants in editorial, audio engineering and design, while Tent City is for non-assistant staff.

Comma’s Pecorella heads AMP; forms Latino division

For the first time since the organization was formed in 1998, the national Assn. of Music Producers recently elected a Chicago-based president. 

Larry Pecorella, creative director and partner in Comma Music and Particle sound design, is leading the some 80 music companies AMP members nationwide that represent the sound of music in advertising.

With national headquarters in New York, AMP is similar to AICE in that it establishes guidelines for standards and practices throughout the start-to-finish process of creating high-quality advertising music and sound design.

Andy Davis and his “Stony Island” at Siskel Center 4/4-5

DIRECTOR ANDREW DAVIS made his mark as a rising star in 1978 with his first feature, “Stony Island,” about the fictitious Stony Island band, a fusion of rock, blues and jazz, mentored by musician Gene Barge, and the band’s journey to become American idols.

Now “Stony Island” and Davis are back home for two nostalgic days, Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

O&M’s Diedrich hits a home run with “Ballhawks” doc

Mike Diedrich was videotaping outside a Cubs-Pirates game in 2004 when there were two home runs in the first inning.  “There were four or five ballhawks out there,” Diedrich says.

“They got each home run because they were in position.  When you heard the crack of the bat, they took four or five steps toward where the ball was going to land.  They looked like Major League players tracking a fly ball.”

Illinois Lottery produces 100% Illinois spot

A WINNING LOTTERY STORY for a change. The Illinois Lottery’s agency, Energy BBDO, actually assigned its new commercial to a 100% bona fide Chicago production company. Foundation Content, an Illinois corporation, staff created and produced the 3D all-graphics spot for the Hispanic market.

In other Foundation news: Heavy hitter Beth Goss was hired as senior strategist for Foundation’s L.A. office.

Pat Yacono split from the adworld to dedicate
new Signal Hill Sound to independent features

Rerecording mixer/Sound designer Pat Yacono has seen the future and there’s nary a spot in sight.

The future for his new Signal Hill Sound is independent films. In fact, his Barrington studio was built exclusively to provide audio services for features.

“No other audio post house between coasts can guarantee that level of commitment,” Yacono emphasized. And he is dead serious about his commitment to features?with no looking back to his 16 years in advertising.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes

HOT TICKET. A capacity crowd is expected at Joy Art’s Dec. 15 Christmas party at the 410 Club. “We’ve planned a fun evening for the holidays,” says Joy Art marketing director Roger Corbin. The party kicks off a series of monthly parties to reacquaint agencies to the musical talents of Joy Art composer/ producer Butch Stewart. Uncle Butchie’s Live House band performs with guest artists?plus food, cash, giveaways and a raffle. Fun starts at 5:30 p.m.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 03/29/04

ARMY ON THE MARCH. Leo Burnett’s Ray Swift produced a five-minute Army Special Forces recruitment video called “Surveillance” and a 60 and 30 that was edited Optimus’ Craig Lewandowski. Earhole’s Eric Lambert and Eric Sproull provided original music for the video and commercials, and Pat Yacona did the sound design, Foley and mix.

WHODUNNIT? Roseanne DiMesio’s Chicago Screenwriters Network has come up with a pip of a guest for the April 4 meeting ? Kara Stefanson, a forensic DNA expert with the Illinois State Police ?

Wiebe Music buys The Playroom and creates a new sound/music company

A high note sounded for the music business with Tom Wiebe’s purchase of Pat Yacono’s Playroom and the official Dec. 1 opening of Earhole, the new name of the newly merged companies.

Sound engineer Yacono had been planning to sell The Playroom recording studio in order to move to L.A., while Wiebe was thinking about expanding 10-year old Wiebe Music into audio post and sound design. They were referred to each other by mutual friends and a deal was struck in short order.