The Colonie edits cinema spot; more spot action

Scene from Levi’s Dockers spot

THE COLONIE’S partner/editor Bob Ackerman edited a Draftfcb/San Francisco Levi’s clever Dockers’ spot, “Phone Booth” for release in cinemas throughout Europe and directed by Caviar Content’s Bram Coppens of Belgium.

In “Phone Booth,” winds blow trash, dust and tumbleweeds past abandoned phone booths around the world, with broken glass, graffiti and dying lights. “When the very last phone booth crumbles into dust,” says the narrator, “where will all the superheroes change their clothes?”

A man steps onto the steps of his walk-up.  He adjusts his workbag revealing a Dockers logo on the back of his khaki-clad hip: “Probably at home.”  

Colonie credits: Brian Salazar, assistant editor; Tom Dernulc, VFX/finish.  Color: Filmworkers Club, Fred Keller, colorist.

STATE’S ATTORNEY ANITA ALVAREZ is the spokesperson for National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, April 22-28 awareness campaign: how Victims of Crimes national organization informs people how they have the right to press charges against crimes against them, and how the organization helps them through every step of the justice process.

SPI-TV’s James Demas produced directed two 30-second TV spots: Alvarez in a courtroom, and a street scenario of crimes and their victims; and two radio spots, which Alvarez recorded at SPI-TV’s Wrigleyville studio, in English and Spanish.  Lucia Currans edited both TV and radio. The State’s Attorney’s office paid for the air time.

CALABASH ANIMATION created the new 60-second 3D show opening for “Dora The Explorer,” Nickelodeon’s popular children’s show about  the mini-adventures that occur within Dora’s 3D world of characters and favorite places.

Working with character animation created by Nickelodeon’s L.A.’s production studio, Calabash also composited the Nickelodeon-created characters into the opening.

Credits: CD, Wayne Brejcha; EP Sean Henry; animation director, Jessica Plummer.

STILL MORE. David O’Connor’s O’Connor Casting has been busily involved in reality show casting, recent working for major reality show company Magical Elves, (“Top Chefs,” “Project Runway”) on a CBS dating show, “a very nice concept based on a popular Israeli show,” notes O’Connor. The company went through “hundreds of people” in search for the right women for the three major roles.  O’Connor is hopeful the new show will be shot in Chicago this summer, for airing in the fall.

AT STORY, Robb Fischer helmed an AARP project in which citizens speak about Social Security that was filmed at various locations throughout the city.  Agency was GMMB (the agency for Obama’s reelection campaign) … STORY’S David Orr directed a spot for Dreml Tools through Cramer-Krasselt, shot at Essanay.

SPIN ARTIST, executive producer Darryl Manuel and director/editor Phil Lee’s production company, had a three day shoot for hair product Olive Oil, at Prairie Studio’s daylight stage.  Jason Schettler produced. 

BUCKS BOYS’ Jonathan Becker directed a 30-second Buddy Guy’s commercial promoting Buddy Guy’s Legends club at 700 S. Wabash and are in talks about a possible TV show based on the famous bluesman and his club.

PARANOID, NEW YORK shot for AT&T Sunday at Millennium Park, the Chicago Theatre and other landmarks.

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