BAM STUDIOS added two new rooms over the summer to accommodate increased business in all areas of its audio post services, says owner/engineer Brian Reed. Studio C was enlarged into a state-of-the-art recording booth, taking over what had been Reed’s office. New Studio D is a well-appointed mixing booth.
Sleek, new 434×25-ft. Studio C, constructed during July and August, was designed by Chicago acoustic firm Threshold Acoustics and by architect Howard Kagan.
“Having more studios allows us so much more freedom and will make finding it so much easier to find a room for last minute jobs and busy holiday seasons,” says EP Jessica Fike.
BAM has a staff of 8; sound designer/mixer and ADR engineers are Dave Leffel, Philip von During, Matt Sauro; engineer/ADR Sean Sbarbori; AV specialist/engineer Alejandra Leon, and Reed; EP Fike and producer Liz Anderson.
BAM Studios occupies 5,000-sq. ft. on the third floor at 1 E. Erie.
A SIMPLE MUSIC VIDEO of rising star singer/songwriter Josie Dunne, who was recently signed by Warner Bros. Music in Nashville, was directed, shot and edited by Brian Lipchik of BLP Productions and posted on YouTube.
Lipchik was a still photographer for 20 years before transitioning to digital video in 2010, which now comprises 95% of his work. He recently shot a large project corporate video for former longtime Leo Burnett CD Randy Kaden.
NEW AT BIG TEETH PRODUCTIONS is editor Skylar Wesby, recently of Hootenanny, taking over the role of Big Teeth owner/editor Gregg Jaffe, who will now focus on directing and business development. Wesby is not new to Big Teeth, having collaborated a few years back on their “Fooditude” documentary.
Wesby is the sixth full-time staffer, along with owners Gregg and EP Elise Jaffe, producer Danny McCarthy, art director/senior animator Sara Goehner and producer/marketing coordinator Brittany Wagner.
FILMWORKERS’ VISUAL EFFECTS DIVISION, Churchill Studios, led by Rob Churchill, plied its magic in the new DDB/State Farm spot featuring ‘90s “SNL” stars Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey, reprising their former “Hans and Franz” roles.
The action scenes, of State Farm spokesman Aaron Rodgers rowing a tank across a desert and paddling a kayak while the comedians water ski, were shot against a green screen in the studio and composited into background environments. The spot bowed during the first NFL games. Hungry Man produced, Hank Perlman directed.
“THE CRITICS PICKS PREVIEW” of films screening at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct.9-23 will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the luxury JW Marriott Chicago hotel, 151 W. Adams. This first-time event gives movie fans an expert guided look from Filmspotting’s Adam Kempenaar, RedEye’s Matt Pais and The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson.
Complimentary JW Marriott hors d’oeuvres and Stella Artois (cash bar available) and a chance to win festival prizes, all for $15. Buy tickets here.