Filmscape is this weekend! Here’s the full schedule

This weekend will be the fourth year for Filmscape Chicago, the Midwest’s largest education-focused film and television tradeshow. 

Bringing the best of the best of lighting, camera, audio, and grip manufacturers, along with Chicago-area production resources, for two days of completely free classes, networking, and technology.

This year Filmscape will be held at:

CineCity Studios 
1414 S Western Ave. (entrance on 14th street)
June 25 – June 26 

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Here is the full schedule for the weekend:

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

10:00AM
Exhibit Floor Opens


10:00AM
Stage
WELCOME REMARKS

Gary Adcock, Executive Director, Filmscape Chicago


10:30AM
Room 402
LEGAL BASICS FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS


11:00AM
Stage
CAREERS IN RENTALS AND BEYOND THE SET

Learn about some of the alternative career paths that are available in the film community and how all avenues help to prepare you to work in the industry with guidance from Panavision’s Zoe Botrys, Keslow Camera’s Colette Gabriel and Zeiss’ Anna Schmidt


11:00AM
MBS Lounge
WOMEN, NON-BINARY, & FEMME FILMMAKERS OF COLOR COFFEE HOUR

Hosted by Mezcla Media Collective


11:30AM
Room 401
FROM BUILDING A CAMERA ORDER TO WRAP

The class covers best practices for working with a Camera Rental House. Topics for discussion will be placing and revising a camera order, prep etiquette, and expectations for gear returns and wrap.


11:30AM
Room 403
LOADING 35MM FILM

Presented by Kodak, Panavision Chicago, and Keslow Chicago

Join us for a 90 minute crash course in film loading. Get hands-on time with 35mm film and both Panavision and Arriflex magazines. There will be tents available to practice in the dark. While some time will be spent discussing the many responsibilities of the film loader and how to keep everything straight, much of the time will be open to practicing loading and asking questions of industry people who loaded film once upon a time.


12:00PM
Room 402
INTRO TO FINISHING, DISTRESSING, AND AGING TECHNIQUES

Presented By Corrison Studios

Looking to add that extra bit of realism to your prop or armor and not sure where to start? We will go over techniques on how to prep and finish your prop and then ideology for application, basic acrylic and oil paint washes, highlighting and lowlighting techniques, air brushing, negative and positive damage and texturing, rusting and more! At the end of this, you will be armed to sufficiently muck up your clean work to better bring out its realism.


12:30PM
Stage
ARRI’S ALEXA 35

Arri Specialist Art Adams,  will be joining us to discuss the Arri ALEXA 35 camera system and it’s accessories in addition to updates on the latest Arri Signature Zooms and WCU4 wireless lens control


1:00PM
CL Hobbs Demo Lot
GRIP & ELECTRIC OLYMPICS

Presented by IATSE Local 476 and CL Hobbs LLC

*Europe’s The Final Countdown Plays*

Test your grip and electric skills against your friends and colleagues! See who can truly wrap a cable, cut a flag, post up a mombo, and safely carry many C-stands the best! This year, the G&E Olympics will be 1v1, with two courses running simultaneously! Compete one on one, and try to beat the record time, for a chance to win some incredible CL Hobbs, LLC prizes!


1:30PM
Room 401
BUDGETING YOUR SHOW

Budgeting 101: Where to begin? What Assumptions are you making? For investors/ pitch deck or ready for production?

This course will outline basic steps for Film/ TV budgeting to ensure your project is properly funded through production. While this will be a general overview it is open to all levels of expertise. Q&A sessions will be utilized to explore topics based on attendee specific needs.  


1:30PM
Room 403
LOADING 35MM FILM

Presented by Kodak, Panavision Chicago, and Keslow Chicago

Join us for a 90 minute crash course in film loading. Get hands-on time with 35mm film and both Panavision and Arriflex magazines. There will be tents available to practice in the dark. While some time will be spent discussing the many responsibilities of the film loader and how to keep everything straight, much of the time will be open to practicing loading and asking questions of industry people who loaded film once upon a time.


2:00PM
Stage
“THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VIRTUAL PRODUCTION”

Gary Adcock and guest Todd Freese  will take us through the practical and pitfalls of your new life in Virtual Production, Pulling back the curtain on the challenges facing the virtual production revolution, and how to overcome them on set plus a breakdown of upcoming developments, and a  discussion  about where we are in the industry.


2:00PM
MBS Lounge
CHICAGO FILMMAKERS COFFEE HOUR


2:00PM
Room 402
MINI-MASTERCLASS ON CINEMA OPTICS WITH JAY HOLBEN

Join Jay Holben, ASC associate member, chair of the ASC MITC Lens Committee, contributing technical editor for American Cinematographer magazine and co-author of The Cine Lens Manual as he takes you through the fundamental understanding of cinema optics. Learn the truth about lens behavior, dispelling rumors and common misunderstandings. Dive deep into how light behaves passing through various glass elements, the formation and correction of aberrations, understanding coatings, the differences between vintage and modern lenses and understanding how to evaluate and choose the character of a lens for your particular project.


3:00PM
Room 401
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 101

Presented By The Illinois Film Office

What goes into being an Production Assistant and how does a person find opportunities working in Film and Television productions in Illinois?


3:00PM
CL Hobbs Demo Lot
VACUUM CAR RIGGING MASTER WORKSHOP

Presented by CL Hobbs, LLC & Black-Tek

Thomas Rhoim is the Owner of Movie Cars, one of Germany’s most popular pursuit car companies. They specialize in all aspects of Film Vehicles: Insert Cars, Low Loaders, Ukraine Arms and the unique Black-Tek Tower system.

Thomas will be teaching an advanced Vacuum Car Rigging Workshop detailing the specialized Black-Tek Air Rig system popularized by the British TV series “Top Gear”


3:30PM
Stage
ZEISS PRESENTS, A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LINDLEY, ASC

Zeiss’  Snehal Patel talks about the art of cinematography with Director of Photography John Lindley, ASC (Justified, Sneakers, Pleasantville, You’ve Got Mail) 


3:30PM
Room 403
ELECTRONIC BASICS FOR PROPS AND COSTUME

Presented by Corrison Studios

In this workshop, we go over the basics of electronics and components, from soldering, resistors, L.E.D’s and other light sources, switches, power sources and more advanced techniques like adding smoke effects, blinking and fading L.E.D’s, and some basic Arduino and light array work. We will then talk about ways you can implement everything into your project and get hands on with some kit assembly.


4:30PM
Room 401
LOCAL 600 INFO SESSION: CAREERS IN CAMERA

Presented by ICG Local 600 Young Workers Committee

This information session will answer your questions on how to start and succeed in union camera departments on narrative film & television.  The panel of Local 600 members and staff will discuss paths into Camera, the process of joining the union, and positions within camera departments.  If you’re thinking of joining Local 600 but want to know more, or are about to join and have questions for working members, then this info session is for you!


5:00PM
Stage
VIRTUAL PRODUCTION: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PANELS

Smash Studio’s Andy Jarosz will walk through how LED video panels are built and function, with a guide on  how different aspects of different manufacturers’ designs affect their performance on-camera, and avoid common pitfalls when choosing a video panel for Virtual Production. 


6:00PM
Exhibit Floor Closes


6:00PM
PRG
PRG’s Official Filmscape After-Party



SUNDAY, JUNE 26

10:00AM
Exhibit Floor Opens


10:00AM
MBS Lounge
WOMEN IN CAMERA COFFEE HOUR

Presented By ICG Local 600 Women’s Committee 


10:30AM
Room 402
UNDERSTANDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

Who Has the Rights? Understanding how copyright is created, protected, and sold with Elaine Wyder-Harshman


11:00AM
CL Hobbs Demo Lot
CAMERA OLYMPICS

Presented by ICG Local 600 Young Workers Committee

Test your Camera skills with a series of fun, timed challenges, like the 50-foot BNC wrap, and the O’Connor Head Thread! See if you can outmatch your fellow Camera-People and take home the title! 


11:30AM
Room 401
THE ABCS OF DMX

Presented By Barbizon Lighting Company

Technology is changing lighting quickly, and the complexity of the average lighting instrument has exploded. If the alphabet soup of lighting control is making you sweat, or if you could use a refresher on the basics, join Barbizon Chicago’s Ned McGregor as he breaks down the bits and bytes of the digital multiplex protocol.


11:30AM
Room 403
WORKING ON SET: UNDERSTANDING SET ETIQUETTE

With Hair and Makeup Artist Ashleigh Coartney

Understanding ‘setiquette’ and how to explore the  different avenues of education available for those that are new to film and television.The discussion will also include the importance of networking and what’s expected of a hair and/or makeup representative when working in film and tv.


12:00PM
Stage
UNDERSTANDING VIRTUAL PRODUCTION

In the expanding realm of Mixed Reality, Extended  Reality and Virtual Production, join Filmscape’s Gary Adcock as we discuss exploring the real and Unreal aspects of the ever growing world of Virtual Production, with special guests joining him to discuss where this technology is taking us, and what it means for large features and episodic televisions as well as smaller productions suitable for advertising and corporate production.


12:00PM
MBS Lounge
INDEPENDENT FILM ALLIANCE CHICAGO COFFEE HOUR


12:00PM
Room 402
SAFETY ON SET

Presented By ICG Local 600

Dave Chameides, SOC, ICG Local 600 Safety Committee, and John Lindley, ASC, former ICG Local 600 President, will lead a conversation on building a workplace culture that prioritizes safety.  Join them to learn how you can keep yourself and others safe, hear about ongoing efforts to protect crew, and discuss the future of safety in our industry.


12:30PM
CL Hobbs Demo Lot
BLACK-TEK TOWER SYSTEM MASTER WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SPEED CAR WORK

Presented by CL Hobbs, LLC and Black-Tek

Thomas Roim is the Owner of Movie Cars, one of Germany’s most popular pursuit car companies. They specialize in all aspects of Film Vehicles: Insert Cars, Low Loaders, Ukraine Arms and the unique Black-Tek Tower system. The Black-Tek Tower is used worldwide by Directors and Cinematographers to capture dynamic shots particularly in high speed cornering situations. In combination with the Ukraine Arm and Drones the Black-Tek Tower can quickly become an ‘indispensable’ item in the kit of any camera or grip team.

Thomas will guide a hands on demonstration of the Build process and use of the Tower in conjunction with a stabilized head.


1:30PM
Stage
AICP PRESENTS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN FILM AND TELEVISION

 Sheila Brown, VP Equity & Inclusion for AICP will join us to discuss diversity in the Midwest TV/Film/Advertising  community, and more broadly about the work being done to advance diversity and inclusion in Chicago and  what she plans to accomplish with AICP.


1:30PM
Room 402
SETTING UP YOUR FIRST VIDEO VILLAGE

Led by IATSE Local 600 Digital Utilities, this course will go over video village workflows and best practices on professional movies, TV shows, and commercial sets.  In this hands-on session utilizing industry-standard gear, attendees will learn about signal workflows, commonly used tools, prep tips, and how to work efficiently.


1:30PM
Room 403
INTRO TO MOLD MAKING AND RESIN CASTING

Presented by Corrison Studios

Looking to get into molding and casting 3D prints or sculpted items and not sure where to start? We will go over methods and materials for mold making and casting, tools used to improve your molds and touch on some multi-part mold information. We will also go over different applications to put your newfound knowledge to use


2:00PM
Room 401
LIGHTING MASTERCLASS


3:00PM
Exhibit Floor Closes


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