Getting Reel Inside VER Chicago

Kamelya Alexan on "Reel Insider"

Kamelya Alexan on “Reel Insider”

Everyone in the advertising and film community knows that VER has a ton of high-end equipment for rent in their facility on the West Side of Chicago — I mean, come on, the place supplies Dick Wolf’s shows at Cinespace. But the question remains, do they also know how to use it?

The answer is a resounding yes, and Reel Chicago was fortunate enough to find out first hand.

A few weeks ago, VER graciously agreed to appear in the inaugural episode of Reel Chicago’s Reel Insider, an in-depth review of the people and places who help put Chicago’s film and TV industry on the map.

Publisher Barbara Roche, Staff Writer Joey Filer, and I visited the location for what was supposed to be a quick interview. But the courtesy, knowledge and stories shared by VER’s crew and executives compelled us, happily, to remain for the whole day.

By the time we arrived, they had constructed a set with perfect lighting and compiled talking points that were beyond relevant. Besides supplying the audio and video equipment, VER also assembled an excellent crew from the ranks of people who work there every day.

The efforts were spearheaded by Chicago Sales Support Executive Kamelya Alexan, who is living proof that the people at VER not only know about equipment, but they’re also fun to hang with.


To learn more about REEL INSIDER, contact Reel Chicago Publisher Barbara Roche at

   VER Interviewees
   Anthony Gigante — Head of Business Development, TV, Cinema & Broadcast
   Carl B. Cook — Director of Television & Cinema, East
   Jake Mehera — QC- Optics
   Richard Buckley — Camera General Manager
   Kamelya Alexan — Sales Support Executive

VER Crew
   Daniel Lindsay — Director of Photography
   Caroline Doubek — First Assistant Camera
   Jake Mehera — Key Grip
   Judson Smiricky — Sound

Edited by Joey Filer, Reel Chicago

Hosted by Dan Patton, Editor, Reel Chicago
Produced by Barbara Roche, Publisher, Reel Chicago