VMLY&R celebrates first anniversary by giving back

We love agencies that take the time to give back to the community. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, VMLY&R will close all 82 offices across the globe on Thursday, Sept. 26, to give more than 6,500 employees the opportunity to support their local communities through volunteer projects This year’s theme for what the agency … Continue reading “VMLY&R celebrates first anniversary by giving back”

LA’s Spittn’ Image’s dynamic social campaigns for FX

Something I always look forward to right before American Horror Story or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres are their ad campaigns. I always find them original and extremely provocative. Making me very, very envious. Apparently my jealousy can be attributed to multi-disciplinary LA-based production shop, Spittn Image. The company continues not to disappoint with … Continue reading “LA’s Spittn’ Image’s dynamic social campaigns for FX”

Ridley Scott returns to advertising after 15 years

“I think advertising has realized after 30 years it must shift back to entertainment”   Ridley Scott returns to advertising to direct his first commercial in over 15 years for the world’s best-selling cognac, Hennessy. Scott partners with Hennessy for a series of groundbreaking commercials for the Hennessy X.O cognac, which will premiere globally in … Continue reading “Ridley Scott returns to advertising after 15 years”

Penelope Spheeris is happy to keep getting it done

Penelope Spheeris’ journey from New Orleans carnival kid to big time Hollywood director was as exciting as the logline suggests. And, if you ask her, she hasn’t even arrived just yet. One of four children born to a father who owned a traveling show in the Big Easy and a mother who worked in a … Continue reading “Penelope Spheeris is happy to keep getting it done”

Polaroid Wall Party updates history of film community

Tomorrow’s Polaroid Wall Party at the Wishbone will bring together many of the pioneers who started building Chicago’s film community long before computers took over the editing suite.

“Everyone wants to see what has become of each other,” says IPA cofounder Scott Jacobs, who organized the 5:30-8:30 p.m. event with Kartemquin, Film Archives and Media Burn Archives.

One at Optimus’ Mark & Amanda keep it real in IL

Last fall, Optimus directing duo Mark Pallman and Amanda Speva spent nearly two weeks filming throughout the Land of Lincoln for the Illinois Office of Tourism campaign Are You Up For Amazing?

Inspired to shoot “all that makes the state so special” — a concept presented by JWT Chicago’s Mike Beamer and Carolyn James in what Amanda describes as “a beautiful vision” — the directors relied on a documentary technique to capture unscripted spontaneity.