WHAT WE DO
The internet is a radiant playground for Creative Video Advertising. We’re not here to bother people with advertisements, but to provide YOUR experience and YOUR personality.
Simply put: Who YOU are, what YOU do, and what makes YOU special. Then, we BLAST your story to the world: YOUR website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and so on and so on.
Our mission is to build a lasting impression for YOU and YOUR audience. YOU provide YOUR unique story, and we will provide our passion for storytelling and creativity to craft YOUR films.
WHO WE ARE
Justin Jackola, the founder and director of JJack Productions, first realized his passion for filmmaking while creating films in place of poster boards during grade school. His creative storytelling abilities led him to study film at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. After graduation, he was invited to create content at Leo Burnett advertising agency where he worked on clients such as McDonald’s, Coke, and Maytag/Whirlpool. Justin left Leo Burnett to embark on a new journey in Film, Television, Documentary, and Commercial production.
In January 2012 he began his own venture by founding JJack Productions. Since the start of JJack Productions, Justin has used his unique creative approach and teaching abilities to help multiple companies succeed their visual imagery.
JJack Productions is located at CineSpace Chicago Film Studio’s, Stage 18. We are proud to be part of such an amazing industry, and look forward to hearing from YOU.
“People are Visual, show them your Vision.” – JJack Productions
Attending Representative: Samantha George, Producer
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Recording Arts and Animation & VFX
Excelling in concept visualization, pre-production, on-site production, studio production and post production, p3 mediaworks is a full-service production company in Chicago. We levy creativity, knowledge and craft to tell stories with impact. Serving clients across the world and in our own backyard, we know media works.
Specialties: Video and motion graphics production
Attending Representatives: Andrew Lucas, Director of Operations and Taylor Darcy, Production Manager
Interested in: Film, Post-Production and Animation & VFX
Based out of Chicago, with offices in LA and Metro-Detroit, Elkhorn produces content for agencies or clients directly in any part of the world necessary.
As expected, we're passionate, skilled and creative... however what makes us special; our extended network of tremendously talented people and our keen ability to always find a way to get the job done with the best possible outcome.
Our work is full spectrum; various media and distribution formats from a range of clients, budgets and timelines of all shapes and sizes.
We love to talk shop and about 'crazy ideas', at all hours, we never sleep, so don't hesitate to reach out and let us know what you have in mind.
Attending Representative: Vince Chavez, Executive Producer
Interested in: Recording Arts, Animation & VFX, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Post-Production and Digital Art
Founded in 1980, Rentex is one of the largest and most established providers of computer, production, and audio visual rental equipment in the nation. We supply many of the nation’s largest companies with complete computer and audio visual rental equipment and services. Each Rentex warehouse contains a large inventory of high-quality, name-brand, and reliable computer & audio visual rental equipment. We can provide computer & audio visual rental equipment for any need, any quantity, and we provide turnkey solutions and onsite technical support if needed.
Attending Representative: Lightning Atkinson, Operations Manager
Interested in: Recording Arts
Vitami T / Aquent
We have a simple philosophy at Vitamin T: to personally place the best creative talent in the best jobs for the best companies. Since we’re massively nerdy fans of creative, this sort of thing comes naturally to us, which means as a client, you get hand-picked talent perfectly suited to your job, and as talent, you get freelance work that doesn’t make you want to wash your eyes out with hand sanitizer. Win-win!
Vitamin T is a division of Aquent.
Attending Representatives: Loren Grieff, Talent Agent and Melanie Scheer, Talent Agent
Interested in: Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Animation & VFX and Digital Art
Flow Motion Media
Creativity is our motto. Originality is our philosophy.
And Inspiration is our dream.
Flow Motion is a Media Company aiming to provide only the best social content.
We are a team of freelancers coming together to create a more seamless production team.
Be it video, audio, or stills, no project is less important than the last.
Watch us grow! and stay tuned...
Attending Representatives: Katelyn Capri-Zenie, Producer/Project Manager and Kyle Flaharty, Writer
Interested in: Film and Post-Production
Filmz by Dre
Dre Robinson has been a Producer/Writer/Director for over 20 Years. He has produced Large Scale Events, Theatre, Video Content & Film. He has worked all over the world, around the country and locally with some of the biggest names in the industry including Common, Nike, Second City, The Apollo Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Wells Fargo, and many more.
Attending Representatives: Pamela Avery, Executive Producer and Dana Nolan, Associate Producer
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Recording Arts, Animation & VFX, Graphic Design & Visual Communication and Digital Art
Magnanimous Media offers professional high definition video production assistance. Affordability makes us unique and provides our customers greater opportunity to achieve their goals. Whether you need a camera or a litepanel to supplement your own production or more involved professional guidance, Magnanimous Media stands ready to assist you. Most importantly, with us, you'll save money. In the short term, we aim to expand our rental inventory and customer services. In the long term, our goal is to produce a massive variety of web content. Combining our minds and efforts, we can actualize our goals together.
HD Camera Rentals, Video Equipment Rentals, Video Production, Content Development
Attending Representatives: Craig Maltby, President and Sean Patrick, Vice-President
Interested in: Film
Where We Come From
In 1949, three enterprising gentlemen, Bill Bernbach, Ned Doyle and
Maxwell Dane gave the advertising industry a wake-up call. They introduced a new approach to marketing that relied on insight into human nature, respect for the consumer, and the power of creativity. In short, they said: Let's stop talking at people and let's start conversations that lead to action.
This heritage is a unique strength that continually tells us who we are, what we believe and how we should behave. It inspires us to continually challenge standard convention. From Bill Bernbach to Keith Reinhard to the present generation of DDB leaders, we are continuing the revolution.
Attending Representatives: Dan Svoboda, Editor and Jake Bailer, Editor
Interested in: Post-Production
Onion, Inc. is a Chicago-based digital media company composed of America's Finest News Source, The Onion; pop-culture sister publication, The A.V. Club; internet culture satire website, ClickHole; creative services agency, Onion Labs; long form content studio, Onion Studios; and full-service production company, Onion Productions.
Founded in 1988, The Onion has become America's most recognizable and prominent source of comedy, with daily coverage of politics, technology, sports, business, entertainment and more. Over the last 20 years, Onion Inc. has expanded into advertising, video production, and long form content development for television and film.
Onion, Inc.'s websites have a combined audience of over 30 million monthly unique visitors and account for more than 6 million Facebook fans, 9 million Twitter followers, and 830,000 YouTube subscribers.
Attending Representatives: Rick Livingston, Director of Post-Production and Mary Beth Searls, Director of Production
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Animation & VFX and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Sonny + Ash
We made our name creating award-winning 3D renderings for Architects & Interior Design firms, but today our services extend past the traditional rendering into interactive, immersive and engaging experiences.
SONNY+ASH is a design communication agency specializing in 3D computer graphics (CGI) used in design presentations and brand storytelling for the design industries.
Since 2006, leaders in design have partnered with us to authentically represent their design narrative in new and exciting ways. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, we’re able to create impactful experiences that enhance communication for design firms worldwide. Our services include Computer Generated Renderings, Film and Animation, 360 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
At SONNY+ASH, we believe that presentation is everything and a visual can be the most effective way to communicate design intent. Our process offers a useful tool to help you make crucial design decisions and the flexibility to make changes quickly and conveniently.
Attending Representative: Ash Mohammed, Chief Creative Officer
Interested in: Digital Art, Animation + VFX and Post-Production
Lovetrees provides women with access to resources and valuable services at no cost.
We offer opportunities, educational programs, mentors, event and office space, media production, marketing and promotion, legal, accounting, consulting services and much more.
Our platform brings together different stakeholders to deliver benefits to people in need and to our community. Our life.style program removes barriers for young women so they can get valuable experience, build confidence, and increase their networks and cashflow. We are now preparing for our first round of impact investment to bring our programs to a wider audience. Inquire at our website: lovetrees.org/impactinvestment
Attending Representatives: Ana Braica, Investment Director and Wesley Nye, Executive Director
Interested in: Film, Recording Arts, Animation & VFX and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Encore Event Technologies
Encore Event Technologies is the leading provider of unique, creative and innovative in-house audiovisual services for hotels, conference centers and resorts throughout North America.
Encore Productions, the production division of Encore Event Technologies, is a full-service creative production and A/V equipment rental company, helping clients tell their stories around the world.
Under the umbrella of the Freeman Company, AVT Event Technologies and Encore Productions have come together to form the most unique, creative and innovative company in the industry.
Attending Representatives: Rachael Adams, Talent Acquisition Coordinator, Connie Cloonan, National Recruiting Manager and Tony Oliva, Regional Director
Interested in: Recording Arts and Post-Production
Chicago Stagehand is a non union affiliated independently owned and operated stagehand labor company. We staff corporate, trade show, concerts and special events with Skilled, Friendly and Professional Stagehands, AV Technicians, Camera Operators, IT Techs, Carpenters, Lighting Board Ops, Runners and various other live event personnel. We are available to service most any type of event in Chicagoland or the midwest. In addition we can secure lights, audio, video and or staging equipment.
Attending Representative: Kasey Bersett, Operations Manager
Interested in: Recording Arts
Smiling Toad Productions
Owner John Severson graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 with degrees in Anthropology and Film. Combining his love for film and cultures, Severson completed a short and feature film titled “A Perfect Soldier” about a Cambodian making a powerful difference within his community. Building on this documentary experience, Severson wanted to create a company that would apply the same cinematic documentary techniques to films about important moments in people’s lives.
Chicago is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with nearly 1,000 weddings happening every weekend. Severson founded Smiling Toad Productions to create films that not only capture one of the most important days in your life, but also preserve it in a way that you’ll want to relive over and over again. Your wedding is already guaranteed to be unique and personal to you; our goal is to find the best way to show that uniqueness in a cinematic documentary.
Severson married his wife, Sarah, in 2009, and welcomed a daughter, Stella, to their family in 2013. Thank you for your visit to our site and we look forward to talking with you about your wedding! Please give us a call, submit an online quote request, or setup a free consultation at our studio where you can see examples of our films and meet with Severson to discuss your wedding film!
Attending Representatives: John Severson, President and Fernando Avila, Production Coordinator
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Recording Arts and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Robo Aerial is a Chicago based boutique production agency specializing in Aerial Robotics for film & photography. We also specialize in 360 VR video production.
Robo Aerial has become a leader in the Aerial photography & Cinematography industry in Chicago.
We have worked with brands like Chicago Bulls, IKEA, Vice Magazine, China Eastern Airlines, Cadillac, PBS, Riot Fest, and many more...
Attending Representative: Christopher Matthew Morrison, Director of Operations
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Recording Arts, Animation & VFX and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
IFP Chicago/Chicago Underground Film Festival
IFP Chicago is an internationally recognized 501(c)(3) membership-based nonprofit that is a core resource in connecting media artists and independent filmmakers to a community of like-minded creatives, entrepreneurs, international industry leaders, educators and film enthusiasts.
We support artists directly, create programming that grows and strengthens the local film industry and we attract thousands of audience members through our year-round programming and member services. The Chicago Underground Film Festival is a program of IFP Chicago.
Attending Representative: Tommy Van Arsdale, Assistant Director
Interested in: Film, Animation & VFX and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Who are we? We’re your event technology partner.
Any company can rent you equipment… But it’s our mission to be your full-service production solution. We’ve been doing this for more than 30 years, and our clients share it’s the “whatever it takes” attitude exhibited by our entire crew from project managers to our accountant that keeps them coming back.
From marketing activations, to board meetings, to association annual meetings, to large outdoor events--we’re your production partner in Chicago for meetings and events of all shapes and sizes.
Attending Representatives: Andrew Hagen, Manager and Andy Abrisz, Manager
Interested in: Post-Production
NEXT/NOW is a creative technology agency that produces next-generation digital/physical experiences for world-class brands. We use natural user interfaces, gesture and motion interactivity, innovative display concepts, and breakthrough technology to create unforgettable moments of connection between people and organizations.
Our team hails from diverse disciplines, spanning brand development, museum management, and computer science to high-level video game development. Our focus on creating new approaches to existing challenges ensures an aura of innovation runs through our studio. Our proprietary code-base allows rapid prototyping of new-to-the-world concepts. Our integrated physical prototyping shop ensures a seamless interplay between digital and real-world elements.
Our creative philosophy begins with a deep respect for our clients brand and audience. Every idea, emotion, innovation, and execution builds upon that foundation. Our insistence on best-in-class creative and development processes and formalized user testing ensures a ‘no surprises’ launch of projects and initiatives. We believe the future belongs to those who create it.
Attending Representatives: Sheila Scullin, General Manager, Charlie Williams, Lead 3D Artist and Marcin Stryczek, Art Director
Interested in: Animation & VFX and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Sapphire Entertainment Studios
The Sapphire Entertainment Studios staff has worked on award-winning productions for some of the largest film studios in the world. We pride ourselves in maintaining a small-firm feel by treating each project with care and consideration. We’ve hand-picked a high-quality team of creatives with the diverse skills needed to create and produce high-quality award winning film and television productions.
Attending Representative: Siri Hibbler, President
Interested in: Film, Post-Production and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Stagehands IATSE Local 2
IATSE Local 2 is the labor union representing technicians, artisans and craft persons working in Chicago's entertainment industry, including live theatre, television production, and trade shows.
IATSE Local 2 membership has provided excellent labor and craftsmanship to the Chicago-land entertainment industry for over 120 years.
Attending Representative: Frank Taylor, President
Interested in: Recording Arts, Film, Post-Production, Animation & VFX, Digital Art and Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Director, creative director and designer Erin Sarofsky launched Sarofsky Corp. in Chicago in 2009 to provide her patent, design-driven production services to leaders in the advertising and entertainment industries worldwide. Today, Sarofsky's staff artists use animation, visual effects, computer graphics and live-action to collaborate with illustrious clientele from concept to delivery, producing work that is visceral, innovative and diverse. With artistry that heightens audience impact through sublime commercials, brand films, title sequences and much more, Sarofsky's reputation for breakthrough design, its proven cross-media production expertise, and its fabulous Olson Kundig-designed studio in Chicago's West Loop are all key components of the attraction.
Attending Representatives: John Filipkowski, Creative Director, Brent Austin, 2D/3D Designer & Alex Kline, 3D Generalist/Designer
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Animation & VFX, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, and Digital Art
Tall Tale Productions
Award-winning video production and editorial team with film and TV experience. Every brand or idea deserves quality video content from people who understand the evolving landscape of consumers. Tall Tale Productions is based in Chicago, IL and was founded by film school graduates with agency advertising experience. We also love dogs!
Attending Representatives: Matthew Downe, Creative Director, Kailey Eisenberg, Head of Production and Mike Eisenberg, Creative Director
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Animation & VFX, Graphic Design & Visual Communication
The Sandbox Agency
We are agency owners, partners, and leaders who love the agency business.
We have each built and led successful agencies for years. And now that we’re together as sandbox, we have so much more to offer.
Make no mistake, sandbox is an agency. Not a club or a holding company of individual operating units.
We are now one unified, independent, single agency squarely focused on what is most important and most needed in today’s world—the thinking and work we deliver for our clients and the talented people who make it happen.
Attending Representatives: Sarah Greenberg, Talent Recruitment Manager and Maggie Acker, Senior Production Designer
Interested in: Digital Art, Post-Production, Design & Visual Communication and Animation & VFX
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.
Co-founders of The Mill Robin Shenfield (CEO) and Pat Joseph (CCO) had some clear yet simple aspirations; The Mill should constantly strive to be the most innovative, creative and trusted brand in its field, and most importantly it should be a supportive and inspirational place to work. Today their founding values and aspirations hold true in the creative culture of our studio. Our passion for quality and the international scale of our operation makes us unique. Our artists help to shape some of the most exciting imagery on our screens. From the design of simple characters to the creation of sports stadiums filled with thousands of CG 'fans', our supervisors, producers and artists support all stages of production, from pre-visualisation and conceptual artwork, shoot supervision, 3D, 2D and colour grading through to delivery of the finished project.
Today, we also originate, design and animate content through Mill+. We develop tangible real world experiences that resonate directly with consumers and we work across briefs of a scale that others say can’t be done.
Attending Representative: Colette Murray, Talent Manager
Interested in: Digital Art, Post-Production, Film, Design & Visual Communication and Animation & VFX
Lakeview East Chamber of
The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is a broad community based organization designed to represent and help merchants and other business people in the community. It is a policy of the organization to promote goodwill and a pleasant business environment for merchants, consumers, and area residents. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is the Sole Service Provider for Special Service Areas #8 and #17. Combined, the two business districts include Sheffield Avenue from Irving Park Road to Diversey Parkway; Clark Street from Byron Street to Diversey; Broadway from Grace to Diversey; Belmont Avenue from Racine Avenue to Halsted Street and Halsted from Belmont to Diversey. This area is famous for attractions like Wrigley Field, The Briar Street Theater, a thriving dining district, exciting nightlife and a number a boutique hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.
As a not-for-profit organization of merchants and various business people, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce works to foster economic growth and development within its boundaries through the collaborative efforts of its staff, volunteer Board of Directors, and the City of Chicago Department of Community Development. The organization utilizes available government resources and programs to assist merchants in furthering their businesses through a variety of programs and promotional ventures.
The Lakeview East Chamber and Lakeview Chamber established the The Belmont Theater District, which acts as an advocate to create, promote and strengthen the diverse artistic offerings of the Lakeview neighborhood to its residents and visitors. Both Chambers also collaborated to bring Lakeview its own mobile app called GoLakeview.GoLakeview was created in an effort to provide added exposure to local businesses and venues, along with enhancing the experience of both visitors & local residents of Lakeview.
Attending Representatives: Maureen Martino, Executive Director and Maggie Koehler, Program Manager
Interested in: Digital Art, Design & Visual Communication and Animation & VFX
Fusion92 is an award-winning marketing innovation agency. Founded in 1999 by CEO Matt Murphy, we provide end-to-end marketing and proprietary services that help our clients grow.
Yes, that means we have patents hanging on our wall. But innovation comes in numerous shapes and sizes.
Whether it’s first-of-its-kind creative, media, data or technology solutions for clients around the globe, we’re the agency Where Different Works.
Attending Representative: Dana Dettloff, HR Generalist
Interested in: Digital Art, Design & Visual Communication, Post-Production and Animation & VFX
Dark Catt Studios
Dark Catt Studios is an independently owned and operated multimedia production company located in Chicago. Whether it be documentary work, political/ non-profit work, or to help a script become more than a page, we are here.
We started as a concept in 2012 in the trenches doing documentary work and freelance video journalism, and out of that we grew to take on more creative projects. We now have several ventures underway, from full features films and T.V. pilots to shorter term documentary and simple multimedia projects. We have the ability to scale to meet your campaign or projects needs and have the expertise to make your ideas come to fruition.
Attending Representatives: Caiti Jedrzejek, Producer and Herbie Macias, Producer
Interested in: Digital Art, Film, Post-Production, Recording Arts and Animation & VFX