RPG offers new LED service; Chris Bing to leave FCB

A TRIO OF EXPERTS within Resolution Productions Group is holding demonstrations of a new time and money-saving approach to commercials by using LED backdrops on its main stage Dec. 3-Dec. 18, says Christopher Payne, VP / sales and marketing.

RPG, along with its creative suite of services, owns one of the largest inventories high-resolution, flexible indoor-outdoor LED lights in North America.

It’s leveraging its studio space to create a controlled environment for video back plates to play over LED walls, as a substitute for green screen and location shoots. 

RPG’s video producers and LEG experts, along with Big Deahl director Todd Klein and lighting designer Marty Rhomberg will demonstrate the creative process as a new RPG service.

“To attend,” says Payne, “email a time and day that’s convenient for you to demo@resolutionproductionsgroup.com.”

BREAKING NEWS: We hear that Chris Bing, FCB Chicago’s director of broadcast production, is leaving the agency after nearly years with FCB and predecessor agency Draftfcb.  Bing headed the agency’s in-house Lord & Thomas production department.

ON THE ENTERTAINMENT SIDE:  Two shows will be filming locations here the week of Dec. 14. Showtime’s Chicago-set “Shameless” shoots for five days; Dimitra Diamantopoulos is the UPM.  Feature film “Headhunters,” a remake of a Norwegian thriller, from Mark Walberg, shoots four days; Christina Varotsis, producer.

On the spot side, STORY’s LA-based Jeff France will direct commercial for Dallas-headquartered Chuck E Cheese, via its Ft. Lauderdale agency, Zimmerman & Partners agency.

HOLIDAY SPIRIT.  Christmas will be merrier for hundreds of area children and warmer for many adults and kids as two unions give back this holiday season.

Some 500 guests at Local 476’s holiday party Sunday, Dec. 6, will bring new toys for the Marines’ traditional annual Toys for Tots campaign.

“Last year we collected so many toys at the party that we couldn’t fit them all into a van the Marines brought over,” says 476 business manager Mark Hogan. 

To join the drive, drop off your new toy in a box, unwrapped at the Marine Reserve Center, 3034 W. Foster, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, click here.

Cinematographers Local 600 has partnered with One Warm Coat to provide winter coats, hats and gloves for all family members. You can place your donation in one of the many receptacles throughout the breezeways in Cinespace stages.  For more information, call 312/243-3841.

CIMMfest’s INAUGURAL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Music Box Theatre.  A 5-7:30 p.m. VIP pre-party cocktail reception hors d’oeuvres and a special performance by Chicago’s Mexican six piece folk collective, Sones de Mexico, starts the evening. 

The 7:30 p.m. screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film “¡Que Viva Mexico!” will be scored live by Sones de Mexico – live film scoring being a signature draw for CIMMfest, the annual four-day showcase of movies and music connections. 

VIP tickets are $100; screening only, $15 and may be purchased here.

NEWS DONATIONS sent to ruth@reelchicago.com will be gratefully accepted.  Happy Holidays!