LA production houses shooting spots in Chicago

COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION HERE is adding to the satisfying flow of entertainment projects getting underway now for the next six to eight months, with the expectation of continued additions to the current slate of business.

B Reel of LA leads the pack with Wal-Mart and a five day shoot at citywide locations. Then Caviar LA has a one day shoot for Wal-Mart.  At the same time, Bob Industries, also LA, is here for K-Mart.  Local Cap Gun is shooting an Intel Chrome spot for Cut Water. Upcoming are location shoots for Pretty Bird and Detour of LA. Harpoon, New York will be shooting on Essanay’s big stage next week.

WOMEN CINEMATOGRAPHERS are extremely rare, so what are the chances of two such rarities working in Chicago at the same time?  Lisa Weigand ASC, who has been the cinematographer on “Chicago Fire,” is being joined by Amy Vincent ASC who will be lensing horror feature “Sinister 2” at Chicago Studio City for the next month.  Both are award-winners with amazing background.

Another coincidence: Vincent, who was the cinematographer on “Hustle and Flow,” will be reuniting with TV drama “Empire” stars Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson, who co-starred in “Hustle & Flow.” “Sinister 2” starts shooting here Aug. 18 and “Empire” rolls Sept. 5.

A NEW OFFICE for Elise and Greg Jaffe’s Big Teeth Productions and their upcoming ninth business anniversary calls for an invitation-only party, Aug. 14 for clients and vendors at their new digs, 4001 N. Ravenswood.

The Jaffes moved from their original space at 4306 N. Lincoln to the larger, 2,000-sq. ft. office in a loft building.  “We refitted our business to conform to previous space,” says Elise Jaffe, “this space we had space custom-designed for us, including a 500-sq. ft. stage, had custom furniture built, all to cater to the needs of our staff.”

Staff currently consists of a full time CD, EP, producer, art director/animator and marketing/production coordinator and a new editor. 

LEO BURNETT has won an agency shootout to provide new concepts to refresh the McDonald’s brand, it’s been reported.  The new concept could appear in a campaign later this year or early next year.  Burnett handles the Happy Meal work and marketing services through Arc. DDB is the chain’s lead agency.

“PROFITABLE DIVERSITY” is the topic of the Chicago Ad Federation’s Aug. 28 evening meeting, with Anise Wiley-Little, managing partner of MEGA-K Enterprises providing an insightful look into diversity and inclusion from a personal perspective.

At Ogilvy Chicago, 350 N. Orleans, 11th floor, 6-8 p.m. Members, $20, non-members, $25, light refreshments, beer, wine and soda included.

LOOKING AHEAD: Kartemquin’s annual gala to benefit its  outstanding documentary production takes place Friday, Sept. 4 at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets, $150, may be purchased here

SEE THE PARTY PEOPLE on our Reel Chicago Facebook page who came out to enjoy recent events.

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