ASB hosts fitness class for deskbound agency staffers

FOR THOSE AGENCY STAFFERS who are desk bound and work long hours (i.e., everyone) Loop-based Animated Storyboards Chicago (ASB)encourages you to participate in a healthy activity twice a month, at a heart-pumping SoulCycle indoor cycling class, as ASB’s guest.

Paul Grajek, ABS’s Chicago managing director, invites agency staffers to sign up for ASB’s health initiative, “workIN,” starting July 14 at 8 a.m., at a SoulCycle class in a downtown location. Space is limited, so sign up here for the next available class.  “We’re also planning a variety of other fitness events throughout the year,” says Grajek.  

BE AHEAD OF THE 4K CURVE by attending AbelCine Chicago’s July 20-22, intensive three-day REDucation workshop at DePaul Cinespace Studios focused on hands-on learning with RED Digital Cinema camera packages (EPIC and DRAGON).

Attendees will learn all about camera operation, the science of RED cameras, REDCINE-X software, and workflows. Each day participants will work in small groups to learn, shoot and review 4K footage on the big screen.

At Stage 25, 2514 W. 16th St., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Register here.

A RETIREMENT PARTY is being held July 17 for veteran Bob Olsen, who spent a half century in film, also will be a reunion party for the people Olsen worked with along the way of his rewarding career at one-time leading companies Edit Chicago, Fred Niles and Roscor.

Olsen’s family is hosting the party, which will also be a celebration of Olsen’s 70th birthday. At Elephant & Castle restaurant, 185 N. Wabash, starting at 5:30 p.m. 

“EVERYBODY LOVES MOVIES!” is the slogan for the Chicago International Film Festival’s international poster design competition. A $1,000 prize goes to the winner and their artistry work will become the 51st festival’s official image.

Deadline is Friday, Aug. 14. See rules and guidelines here. The festival will be held Oct. 3-23.  

“The Festival has worked with a terrific variety of designers, says CIFF founder/artistic director, Michael Kutza, “including Academy Award winner Saul Bass, Broadway graphic designer David Byrd, Italian artist Giulio Cittato and Chicago’s Art Paul, designer of the Playboy rabbit-head logo. Now it’s your turn, to show us what you’ve got.”

Sidebar: Kutza started his career as a very talented graphic designer.

TWO NEW AT PARAGON STUDIOS are associate engineer Oscar Gomez, a recent Venezuelan transplant to Chicago, is an engineer, producer, musician and songwriter, in Latin, pop, rock and R&B genres.

Lloyd Hawkins, second engineer, has returned to Paragon, having been part of Marty Feldman’s original Paragon Recording.  When not at Paragon, Hawkins is a sound engineer at Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church and World Outreach.

GOT GEAR you no longer need or want?  Brian Falatovich of Midwest Digital Corp is on the lookout for older equipment. Send your list to

LISTEN TO WAYNE KUBACKI’S interview on Dick Kay’s radio show where he defends the integrity of the Illinois filmmakers’ tax credit, in response to an misleading Sun-Times headline stating the incentives are a “gift” to Illinois taxpayers. 

Hear Kubacki as he provides irrefutable evidence how the incentives financially benefit the state.

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