Season of TV series and movie filming gets underway

ABC “Betrayal’s” Stuart Towsend and Hannah Ware

ENTERTAINMENT FILMING has begun in earnest with action on features and TV series from now through October.  Although teen sci-fi “Divergent” wraps July 17 after a large second unit shoot, The Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending” officially starts rolling July 13. It will film at Cinespace and on many locations around the city.

ABC’s “Betrayal,” which pits lovers on the opposite side of a juicy murder trial starts July 25, with Hannah Ware, Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell and Henry Thomas.  “Betrayal” is headquartering at John Crededio’s Chicago Studio City, where construction has begun on a separate two-story office building adjacent to the stage complex.  

Also starting in late July is the second season of Dick Wolf’s NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”

On Aug. 4, “Transformers 4” moves its massive production here following more than a month in Michigan.  It’s reported “Transformers” is building an Asian-inspired “small town” in Detroit, although most of the film will be shot at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac.

ON THE COMMERCIAL SIDE: The Colonie’s Joe Clear edited a package of Beef Council/Leo Burnett spots for the Council’s web and other online sites.  HSI/L.A. produced and its team of Margaret Elman and Joy Kilpatrick directed …

Cary Show Brown, who regularly directs Culver’s quarterly spots since 2011, helmed the currently airing spot at Culver’s corporate kitchen at company headquarters in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin, for Culver’s agency The Hebing Group in Madison, working with executive producer Rich Wedeking.  Cutters edited.  Val Gobos is Brown’s rep. 

Motion Theory of L.A. will be shooting a big Exxon commercial package for two weeks in the area.

HOLLYWOOD FILMMAKER CARMEN MARRON¸ a Chicago native who grew up in Logan Square, speaks to Women in Film Wednesday, July 10 meeting about her experiences making movie in L.A.  Her first film was a semi-autobiographical dance tale, “Go for It!” which opened doors for her second film, “Endgame,” a coming-of-age story about a young man joining a chess team.

“It’s our privilege to present a woman of Carmen’s caliber and accomplishments, for our members to learn from and be inspired by,” says WIF president Megan Maples

Co-hosted by the Chicago Latino Network at Moe’s Cantina, 155 W. Kinzie; $20 non-members, free to WIF members.  

AFTER MUSIC/RECORDING COMPANY RHYTHM CAFÉ ended a 15 year run as one of the city’s top commercial music companies, owner Jim Olen kept the studio’s condo space at 62 W. Superior, renting it to tastytrade.com, a financial advisory network which streams a daily web show.  tastytrade, which purchased Anthony Izzo’s Ki Edit + Design last year, will be moving into its own new space in November.

Deciding not to continue being to a landlord, now that he’s into a new television career as head of branded entertainment at New Chapter Entertainment Olen is selling the studio space – ready and waiting for an audio or A/V company move-on.  Read details about the space in Reel Classifieds. (Ki’s former space at 540 N. Lake Shore Drive is also for sale.)

PARTICLE/COMMA PROMOTIONS.  Three interns earned permanent places at post audio/sound design facility Particle and music house Comma.  Jordan Stalling, a Tribeca Flashpoint grad, is now assistant engineer working with sound designer/mixers Kate Mindeman, Dominic Morris and Steven Aguilar.

Andrew Eckland, who interned with Comma during his last semester at Elmhurst College, where he studied music business and jazz studies, becomes the studio’s ninth in-house composer.

Recent U of Iowa grad Leigh Salzman is now Particle and Comma’s receptionist.  She replaces Danielle Scampini, who moved to Leo Burnett as associate business manager.

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