Emmy Nomination

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We are thrilled to announce that See It Chicago has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Editing – Program Non-News!

This is our second nomination – last year we were honored to be nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Magazine Programming.

The awards ceremony will be livestreamed Saturday, December 3 2016 at 7pm at chicagoemmyonline.org.

A huge thank you to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the recognition.


We Left Our Hearts in San Francisco

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We spent the last eight days in the city by the bay for the American Bar Association’s annual meeting. While we were there, we presented five new videos, including two new videos in the implicit bias training series. Additionally, we produced several videos spotlighting various events and panels at the conference.

When we weren’t busy with the conference, we were busy eating! There were so many delicious restaurants we tried, including one so good that we went back a second night. Definitely a great city if you’re a foodie (which, of course, we are).

If you’ve never been to San Francisco in the summer, though, bring a jacket! We found that out the hard way. 🙂

Back in DC

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We’re back in DC with the ABA! We are here just for the day to work on another initiative of the president’s. Today’s itinerary includes filming the president interviewing several judge advocate generals at the Pentagon.

An Evening with Scarlett Johansson

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Tonight we are covering an event which will pay tribute to Scarlett Johansson. The gala, which is being hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, is an annual event that honors a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. The footage from the evening will then be used to create a vignette highlighting the function.

Navy Pier Spotlight Released

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It’s here… our latest video for See It Chicago! We are incredibly pleased with the way it turned out – so were the fine folks over at the pier as they shared it with all 310,000 of their followers on Facebook! Watch the video and come see why Navy Pier isn’t just for tourists anymore.


And That’s a Wrap!

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Eight hours later, filming is complete for a See It Chicago segment on Navy Pier! The pier is celebrating its centennial and we’re spotlighting all of the recent additions and renovations. It’s the first time we’re using on-camera talent for one of our pieces. We typically rely on voiceovers or the individuals we interview to guide the narrative along, however we thought a piece of this magnitude would benefit from an on-camera personality.

We also got to use our new DJI Ronin during the shoot which produced some really smooth shots – though holding it up for eight hours, despite its light weight, makes one very exhausted! Keep an eye out for the video!


New Gear!

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Today we picked up a DJI Ronin-M gimbal for our Panasonic GH4. It is a camera stabilization system designed to give the operator the freedom of handheld shooting but without the bumpy, shaky movements. It’s similar to a steadi-cam, but it uses motors and gyroscopes that work on three axes, enabling camera moves and stability correction against very fine movements. Looks like it’s going to be a great addition to our gear!


One Year Anniversary

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One year ago, we launched See It Chicago. In that year, the series has produced thirty segments featuring some of Chicago’s biggest cultural establishments, restaurants and events including the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Christkindlmarket, Table 52, The Pump Room – just to name a few. Here’s to another year spotlighting the things that make Chicago so great!

ABA Day 2016

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While our stay in Washington DC was brief, we were able to capture a lot of great footage to create a wonderful highlights video. Not to brag or anything, but everyone was thrilled with the final product – so much so that it was featured on the top carousel of the ABA’s home page.


Filming at the Senate Building

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On the final day of ABA Day 2016, we’re in the Russell Senate Building filming a presentation by Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the President of the United States. So that’s pretty cool!