Posts tagged "Chicago"

6 Reasons Why Chicago Is Great For Independent Filmmakers

6 Reasons Why Chicago Is Great For Independent Filmmakers
  It’s our birthday! Blue Damen Pictures, our humble Chicago-based film production company is turning SIX years old today. In this day and age that feels like an accomplishment, and we owe a lot to our Windy City roots. So to celebrate our sixth lap around the sun here are six reasons why Chicago is... Read more »

Why Other Peoples' Success Makes Me Feel Bad About Myself

Here’s one: did you hear about the student film that just won the Cinefondation short film award at Cannes? The film is called “The Needle”. The filmmaker is called Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, a student at the School of the Art Institute. (No? Here is the article:¬†http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/talkingpictures/chi-cannes-chicago-film-student-20130524,0,1986199.column) The green-eyed monster in the corner preparing to indulge in... Read more »

Where Do Movies Come From

Where Do Movies Come From
Now that filmmaking technology has moved from actual film to digital media to computers to handheld devices it’s fairly safe to say that Movies can come from anywhere. It used to be that movies got made in places like Los Angeles because the process of filming was prohibitively expensive to do anywhere else without the... Read more »
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Shameless Chicago

Shameless Chicago
The problem with living 2000 miles away from Chicago is that you don’t always make it home for the holidays; and for someone who spent almost every Christmas in Chicago for more than two decades that is something that takes some getting used to. Since we couldn’t just hop on the Metra to downtown for... Read more »

The Importance of Audience

As someone who makes film there is a certain amount of embarrassment involved in admitting how rare it is that I go to the movie theatre. I’m probably not alone in this: with movies On Demand and Netflix and the like it isn’t necessary to leave the house to catch up on the latest cinematic... Read more »

That Guy From That Movie

That Guy From That Movie
By Greg Kiernan Hello again. So there I was sitting watching “The Fugitive” on TV and it was right at the exciting part where Tommy Lee Jones has Harrison Ford cornered in the dam tunnel; Harrison Ford leaps of the dam wall and plummets down into the river hundreds of feet below and disappears under... Read more »
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United Film Festival Trailer

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Here is a sneak peek at our film “Dark Before Dawn” which will be making it’s Chicago premiere on Thursday September 27th at 9:30pm as the closing night feature of the United Film Festival: Chicago. We invite you to join us!

Festival First Saves Best For Last

Festival First Saves Best For Last
Not long ago we premiered our very first feature film “Dark Before Dawn” to a full house at the Marcus Cinema in Elgin, IL. It was a grand night and we looked forward to launching our film into the festival circuit with anticipation and optimism. Today, we are delighted to announce that we have been... Read more »

The Art Of The Teaser

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One of the most exciting parts of working on a film is that moment when you are first able to begin sharing it with everyone who helped to make it happen and with everyone (you hope) will want to see it. For many films the first glimpse audiences will get to see is a trailer.... Read more »
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Blue Damen Pictures: Celebrating 6 Years of Film Production In Chicago

Blue Damen Pictures: Celebrating 6 Years of Film Production In Chicago
  June 28th: It’s our birthday and we never forget it! This year we are 6 years old and we think that is something worth celebrating. Here is how far we have come in 6 years: We have produced 4 short films: “Persephone”, “The Visionary”, “Mattress World”, and (currently in production) “Recalculating”.   Thinking big... Read more »