Dreaming Tree’s feature scripted by Colin Costello

Adman/screenwriter Colin Costello

ADMAN/SCREENWRITER COLIN COSTELLO, now in L.A. pursuing his screenwriting career, wrote the script local Dreaming Tree’s coming-of-age comedy ”The Stream,” starring Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Mario Lopez, Christopher Gortham and Kelly Rutherford and lots of good teen actors.

Director was Estlin Feigley of very interesting Dreaming Tree Foundation’s Fresh Films program, the largest national platform for teen filmmaking, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which is also beneficiary of the movie’s profits. 

Shot in L.A. and Philadelphia, “The Stream” is slated for release this fall.

Costello’s day job is senior creative director at big agency Walton Isaacson, whose accounts include the L.A. Dodgers, McDonald’s Samsung, Verizon Wireless and several beauty product brands. 

He’d been a driving force and president of the Chicago Screenwriters Group.

CONGRATULATIONS TO TWO BY FOUR on its 15th anniversary, a milestone, indeed, in today’s fierce advertising galaxy.  Founded by David Stevenson, the mid-sized agency’s client roster includes the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, Bridgestone Retail Operations, Navy Pier, Wrangler, Grainger, U.S. Cellular, and others, and also has a Chattanooga branch.

TWO TOP SCREENWRITING EXPERTS are bringing their unique one-of-a-kind all-day master class to Chicago, June 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at the Allerton Hotel.  Lee Jessup, and formerly with ScriptShark, who now works as a screenwriting career coach, and Pilar Alessandra of On the Page, will focus entirely on the career side and cover everything from practical information to pitch instruction.

Jessup rules the first half of the day, providing a busines overview and various avenues available to new writers.  Then Pilar steps in for the afternoon session with her pitch methodology, teaching the writers critical tools to best present themselves and their work to the industry.

AIRING TONIGHT ON ABC TEEN DRAMA “Pretty Little Liars” teen drama is Comma Music composer Julie Downs’ song, “Oh Tomorrow,” handpicked by the show’s music supervisor, Chris Mollere.   Usually a spot music composer, Downs wrote the song under the name of Jay Dee Jay and it appears on the album, “Photoshop of the World.”  Last month Downs contributed the track, “Ride,” featuring singer Kaci Bolls to the feature “Mary and Martha,” starring Hilary Swank.   

TECH GURU GARY ADCOCK heads the Chicago Creative Pro Users Group June 26 meeting, with a discussion on Adobe, the MacPro, OSX and more.  A User Group founder, George Patay, also will share his opinion on Final Cut Pro X.  At Future Media Concepts, 200 S. Michigan. 

“PARTY WITH A PURPOSE” is the title of the Shattered Globe Theatre ensemble’s annual benefit gala June 28, with special guest respected broadcaster Walter Jacobson.  At the City Church, 777 N. Green St., starting at 5:30 p.m.  Lots of great prizes for raffle winners. Tickets are $75 at the door.

FINAL DEADLINE for the Chicago International Film Festival is July 8.  At 49 years young, it’s the oldest competitive film festival in America – and founder/artistic director Michael Kutza shows no signs of slowing down.    

SIGN OF THE TIMES, sad but not unexpected: Eastman Kodak, which is about to get out of the camera film business. has shut down its acetate base manufacturing operations and will lay off 61 workers by the end of August. 

REEL MICHIGAN. After Gov. Snyder’s gutting of Michigan’s top tier film incentives 2 years ago, the incentives have been revived and upgraded from the previous $25 million grant program to $50 million for fiscal year 2014.

In March, the Michigan Film Office said the state approved for a $20 million incentive for “Transformers 4.” Action will roll this month along a 2 mile stretch of field-lined highway M-62, about 65 miles southwest of Detroit.

Two recent MFO grant recipients were a pilot for a new cable TV series and the second season of web series “Detroit Rubber.” 

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