showcase chicago issue 351 Jun 2012Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest issue of Showcase Chicago, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the Windy City's leading visual media professionals, with more information available in our dedicated Photo and Film directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- 2012 International Summer Screenings Program, until 29th September. Cinema/Chicago, in collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Center and international and cultural partners throughout the city, is hosting free public film screenings.
- Check out all the bands playing at Lollapalooza, 3rd - 5th August at Grant Park.
- The Museum of Contemporary Photography presents 'Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance' until 1st July, which looks at human conflict and the ways individuals and groups endure long-term hardship.
Our cover image was shot by Harold Lee Miller.
- film production companies
Beverly Ridge Pictures Chicago feature film production
Founded in 2005 on Chicago’s South Side, Beverly Ridge Pictures, LLC is an Emmy Award-winning production company dedicated to creating film and television with the highest production value at the lowest possible cost.
In the years since its inception, BRP has handled all types of productions ranging from low-budget commercials to multimillion-dollar feature films.
Whether it’s mastering the optical standards of yesterday, or experimenting with the digital technologies of tomorrow, BRP is certain to provide audiences with the utmost professional integrity.
- photo agents
Emily Inman Chicago photo agents
Emily Inman's talents are known for their perfect blend of artistry and technology coupled with top notch production. Renowned internationally for their creative collaboration with clients, her agency's award-winning talents include:
- Jeff Kauck - Known for his mouth-watering imagery, Jeff is as comfortable shooting cookbooks on location abroad as he is working with clients from his studio to establish a unique look for their brand. Jeff is a James Beard nominee for The Spiaggia Cookbook.
- Maxine Helfman - Fashion, portraits, still life and kids photography. Maxine’s powerful style is her signature. Sometimes stark, always amazing.
- Barbara Karant - Architectural and interiors photography. From skyscrapers to room sets, Barbara brings life to any location.
- Chris Sheban - Sophisticated, humorous illustrations that are both fun and captivating. Gold and Silver medal winner with the Society of Illustrators.
- photo production
Melanie Trombley Productions Chicago photo production
In the advertising and commercial photography industry since 1996, producer Melanie Trombley also casts talent and occasionally works on TV spots and videos for clients. Her worldwide network allows her team to find the most unusual requests - on time and under budget.
Recent work includes:
- Producing for Jamie Kripke for Threadless Tees and The Gap for AKQA.
- Casting and Producing for a Chase Slate print campaign with Brian Bailey.
- Art Producing for HYConnect on the Museum of Science’s “MythBusters” World Premiere Exhibit campaign. Print ads shot by Chris Clor, broadcast shot by Leviathan.
- Art Producing for HYConnect for Blue Cross Blue Shield, shot by Christian Kozowyk in California.
Jeff Kauck Chicago food & drink photographers
Jeff Kauck specialises in food photography for advertising, magazines, cookbooks and packaging. His work has garnered numerous accolades, including a James Beard nomination for his work on 'The Spiaggia Cookbook'.
Known for his ability to bring his subjects to life in a way that is influenced by his training as a watercolour painter, a small listing of Jeff’s corporate clients includes McDonald's, Nestlé, Heinz, Sara Lee, Betty Crocker, Kellogg's and General Mills.
Among the many books for which he has contributed his photography are Patricia Wells’ 'Salad as a Meal', 'The ¡Salpicón! Cookbook', 'Contemporary Mexican Cuisine', 'Stonewall Kitchen Harvest', 'Wine Bar Food', 'Mediterranean Flavors to Crave with Wines to Match', 'Williams-Sonoma Mastering', 'Soups and Stews' and 'Chocolate & Vanilla'.
Whether it’s creating a global standard for a brand or telling an editorial story, Jeff’s international client base depends on his collaborative working style to bring their artistic vision to life.
Tim Turner Chicago food & drink photographers
Chicago-based photographer Tim Turner is recognised for his innovative approach to food and beverage in both photo and motion work.
His expertise and passion for everything ‘food’ plays an important role in elevating the success of products nationwide, whether it is advertising, packaging, retail food or one of the 60-plus cookbooks in which his work is featured as photographer and style director.
No matter how difficult the challenge, Tim creates solutions in coordination with design teams that are not only ‘spot on’ creatively, but that keenly answer the clients’ strategic initiatives.
Pictureboy Creative Chicago corporate & industrial photographers
From board room to clean room to back room, Thomas Balla and crew create dynamic visuals out of challenging environments. They draw out an inner feeling in their subjects and bring a comfortable experience to any project. Whether in studio or on location; working with real people in real environments is Pictureboy’s strength.
Clients include Motorola, Pacific Northwest National Labs, Midas International, Dentsply, Bisco, NEC, Siemens and Valparaiso University.
Visit Pictureboy Creative's website for more creative visuals.
Al MacDonald Chicago food & drink photographers
Al MacDonald is a food and advertising photographer conveniently located near Chicago's O'Hare airport. For over 35 years he has been commissioned by leading food companies and restaurants from several countries. Al and his current business partner, Renee, have created an impressive body of work for the food industry. They have extensive experience in producing photos for frozen food retail packaging as well as B2B advertising, recipe illustration and foodservice applications.
His 5400 sq. ft. studio facility has a comfortable client lounge and an extensive prop room. The large fully equipped kitchen has KitchenAid Pro series appliances along with additional commercial refrigeration and freezers. Al uses a large format Sinar digital system which produces files capable of enlargement for point of sale posters as well as trade show booth displays and outdoor boards.
Visit the website for more information.
Dustin Halleck Chicago portrait photographers
Dustin Halleck is an up-and-coming editorial photographer with a passion for storytelling. He is known for his dynamic and colourful photo style. Dustin’s consistent approach tells a story that is able to translate over many subjects, ranging from food, portraiture, nature and architectural photography. He completely immerses himself in the subject in order to better explore all angles and arrive at the best possible images for his clients.
Dustin has experience photographing subjects as diverse as nature stories and environmental portraiture. He is located in Chicago, IL, but also loves travelling for assignments outside of his homebase.
Eric Klein Chicago people & lifestyle photographers
"The best part of this business is that it allows me to participate in the lives of such a wide variety of people," says Eric Klein. "Regardless of the subject, I like to tell stories, solve problems and figure out the most efficient way to pull off a shoot. We are always on time, on budget and handle pressure with ease - and we have a lot of fun in the process.
"We look forward to collaborating with you on your next project. Please give the studio a call and lets go shoot something!"
Adam Daniels Chicago food & drink photographers
Chicago food photographer Adam Daniels specialises in food photography for commercial and editorial clients. His passion is light, and all of its intricate interactions with the nooks and crannies of our daily meals.
"Organic shapes and patterns and colours of food that we all consume - we love to show-and-tell these yum-yums through our precise placement of ingredients and our careful and choosy cropping," says Adam.
"Our amazing team of foodies is delighted to answer any questions you may have about food photography or styling: the goods, the bads; your budget limits; your favourite recipes, and so on."
Beaugureau Studios Chicago food & drink photographers
Brian is an award winning advertising photographer in the Chicago area working for 20 years.
He has a knack for taking his client’s visual ideas, and turning them into reality.
Brian’s strong sense of design, colour and his technical expertise enable him to simplify and customise his approach to every project.
Brian also has a spacious shooting area, which comfortably accommodates 3 - 4 sets. The shooting area houses a full commercial kitchen. The openness of the kitchen and the studio allows for an easy workflow when moving in and out of each set. Their kitchen has everything a food stylist would need.
Their client area is comfortable and functional and clients are welcome to use large conference table, and connect to their wireless Internet, to work comfortably as from their own office.
Vinh Lu Locations Chicago location service and scouts
Vinh Lu Locations is a full service location company with dedicated Union and Non-Union location scouts and managers to assist on any size budget shoot. The company's scouts have travelled and worked out of state and are willing to travel to any destination to meet clients' needs.
Clients range from small photo shoots to large studio features. Vinh Lu Locations is capable of providing insurance for out of country productions or to assist on recommendations for local talent and crew.
- styling, hair, makeup
Meg Hutson Chicago props, furnishing, interior stylists
Meg Huston is a professional freelance photo stylist currently working in the Chicago area. Her studio experience includes set design, photo art direction, sourcing and styling.
Her clients have included At Home America, Bretford, Buisness Incentives, The Great Indoors, Harlem Furniture, Jo-Ann Fabric, Kohls, Lands End, Sears and Sur la Table.
Ross Martucci Chicago special effects make up
Chicago-based make-up artist Ross Martucci specialises in both commercial and special effects make-up, making him one of the most sought out talents in the Midwest.
His impressive film resume includes 'Contagion' (2010), 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' (2009), 'The Amityville Horror' (2005) as well as television shows such as 'E.R.' and 'Prison Break'. Music video credits include R. Kelly’s 'Trapped In The Closet'.
Ross' print and commercial credits include Nike, McDonald's, K-Mart, Playboy Magazine, G.Q. Magazine and Miller Beer.