Burrell, Cavalry, and Colonie join forces for Toyota spot

BURRELL COMMUNICATIONS teamed with The Colonie and editor Bob Ackerman for its new 30-second commercial, “I Do,” that introduces the 2017 Toyota Corolla, produced by LA-based The Cavalry Productions in LA.

The 30-second spot was directed by Cavalry’s car specialists “Deluxe,” director / artistic director Stephane Leloutre and director / scriptwriter and Julien Zidi.

The Colonie also provided design services and used a combination of Flame Premium and After Effects to create the spot’s various visual effects. See the spot here.

Burrell’s Lewis Williams was EVP / CCO; Lisa McConnell was GCD, Winston Cheung, ACD and producer was Shirley Portee. For The Colonie, Mary Caddy was EP; Graham Chapman and Ben Pokorny were assistant editors, and Lyndsay McCully handled design. Music composed by Yessian’s Mike Dragovic, Michael Yessian and Brian Yessian.

BLEACHER BUMS,” the original comedy play about a group of Cubs fanatics, conceived by Joe Mantegna nearly 40 years ago, has been reincarnated by Open Space Productions to celebrate the Cubs heading for National League Divisional Playoffs.

In the play, the Cubs are playing the St. Louis Cardinals and as the fans watch the game they talk, complain, bet and persevere. The original play was made into a film, also starring Mantegna and the late Dennis Franz and written and produced by the Organic Theatre Company.

A cast of nine actors will perform the comedy this weekend, Oct. 13-16 at The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. General admission is $20 and tickets may be ordered here or by phoning 800/838-3006.

THE FIRST CREATIVE TRACK, hosted by Free Spirit Media and DCASE, takes place Saturday, Oct. 15, as a way to help emerging 18-25 year old creatives develop careers in the media and entertainment industry. There will be networking with working industry professionals, including five panelists sharing their pathways to success.

Panelists are location scouts David Leonard and Natasha Parker, (“APB,” “Empire”); Jon Desir, EP Optimus; Ericka Mauldin, Edit Talent Group and producer and camera tech J’mme Love (“Chicago PD”).

At the School of the Art Institute, 36 S. Wabash, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free and open to all. RSPV.

STAGE 18 IS GOING ALL OUT for Halloween this year. It’s gathering filmmakers to come march with Stage 18 and Cinespace in the Saturday, Oct. 22 Halloween Gathering Parade to celebrate the Chicago film community.

The parade starts at E. Balbo and Columbus Ave. at 6 p.m. As for costumes, Stage 18 makes it easy. It’s asking everyone to dress up like the Blues Brothers. How hard can that be? Fedora, dark glasses, black suit — you’re done!

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