Filmmaker Meetup

Our filmmaker meetup shines bright as the skies clear for spring! The warmer weather is a great excuse to get that project moving - find your next crew/inspiration/motivation! Join us on Tuesday, March 19th from 7-9pm to mix and mingle with local filmmakers. Come network and learn about projects that are looking for people right now. Maybe you have a project of your own? Looking for inspiration? Jump in, we won't bite!

Special Guest Johnny Coughlin - filmmaker, entrepreneur, & founder of BIG VILLAGE MEDIA

Johnny is one of the successful in Chicago who went from freelance filmmaker to business owner. With clients ranging from Jewel-Osco, the Chicago Blackhawks, Lollapalooza, and Boost mobile; Johnny formed, built and has maintained a prosperous VIdeo business in Chicago managing a team of dedicated professionals.  Big Village Media creates Commercials that are shown on cable networks, Documentaries and Feature Length films, Music Videos for signature acts, Business Videos for dozens of companies in the fortune 500 and Weddings for couples across the country. Johnny will share his knowledge and expertise about everything from business licenses, marketing on a micro-budget, finding reasonable studio space, developing contracts, acquiring and keeping clients.  Wondering how to take your filmmaking career to the next level? Curious about the pitfalls and effective strategies to make this a full time gig? Learn from a pro.

For the uninitiated: this bimonthly networking event provides a chance for filmmakers to meet and collaborate on projects. Are you a screenwriter looking for a producer? A director looking for a director of photography? This event is open to anyone who is interested in making independent media: editors, actors, art directors, composers, make-up artists... Bring your resume and business cards, and we’ll handle the rest. Special guest speakers and community businesses will also be featured.

It's totally free for Chicago Filmmaker members, $5 for non-members. To inquire about membership, call[masked]-1447. We're bringing the drinks back and we'll be full of cool people talking film... don't miss it!

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  • Dean B.

    It was awesome meeting/catching up with those whom I did, and bummed that there wasn't time to meet everyone.

    As of two years ago I began www.deanberdusis.com

    Out of necessity, I shot, edited, directed and concepted all on my own.
    I would love to meet someone else who can shoot NON-CORPORATE looking fluff and deliver really compelling, emotional imagery. Also looking for an editor who has a great sense of timing and story telling. I'm looking to meet you all for a short fictional narrative that we can cut our teeth on in the work of short-form fiction.

    I love the look of full-frame dslrs (CANON based) and have invested in that workflow as, what I see, the future of digital storytelling.

    So, I'd love to collaborate on a short film: It has to be something personal, visceral, and immediate. Something that involves creative risk and technique. I'm open to anything and working with anyone that's got a clear vision of what they want.

    Hope to meet you all soon - cheers

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • Anders U.

      Hey guys, I don't know if you guys are interested, but if not this year, I have the possibility to bring a Pink Floyd band to Chicago. I need to get with some serious music people ASAP. You can listen and watch here: http://www.pinkfloydp...­

      March 21, 2013

    • Anders U.

      I seriously hate these web things. I can not control what I'm, writing...Well, you guys to have take it for it is. Who would like to be on my team?

      March 21, 2013

  • Chuck J.

    I enjoyed talking to you too. Please see my comment info if you would like to contact me.

    March 21, 2013

  • Chuck J.

    From: It was very nice to meet you all at the Chicago Filmmakers meeting on Tuesday 3/19. This is a follow up note to those I was able to chat with at the meeting. As I mentioned then, I am looking for someone with a project in mind who needs volunteer help. I have done a lot of videography (for Woodridge Cable TV) but it was all event shooting (no creative scripts). So if you need some free help and I can get more experience, My main skills, that might be of use to you, are:

    1. Cameraman - I have a Nikon D800 (38 mega pixel) that I use for hi-def video. A couple of TV programs (i.e. House) use this camera to produce their show.
    2. Editing - I have the hardware and software to do video editing
    3. Audio - I have the hardware and software to do audio editing.
    So if you have a project and would like to meet, over coffee, and plan or brainstorm and you might be able to take advantage of these skills then contact me at:

    Chuck Jones[masked]
    [masked]

    March 21, 2013

  • Ben

    Very informative.

    March 21, 2013

  • Cristiana

    Tonight was fun! Everyone is always looking for the next project and it's a great place to meet other filmmakers. Some great wisdom from the guest speaker as well. I look forward to the next one!

    3 · March 19, 2013

    • Cristina

      I didn't realize we have practically the same name : )

      March 20, 2013

    • Cristiana

      In fact, my name is usually mistaken for your name!

      March 20, 2013

  • Mike L.

    Great! Actors Uncle Mike (25-48) & Alyssa (12-14) met a lot of producers and writers and talented people and will follow up with contact information for future projects. [masked]

    March 20, 2013

  • Cristina

    Great group of people, the only downside was not enough time to meet even half of the people there. The speaker was very down to earth and candid about getting started in the industry.

    2 · March 20, 2013

  • Frantz T. E.

    Interesting....not as inciteful as I'd imagined.

    March 20, 2013

  • Omari Ellis Edward C.

    Had a great time...met some great people.

    March 19, 2013

  • Kayo (Ky-yo) W.

    Great

    March 19, 2013

  • Adora

    I'm really sad I was not able to make it, I was really hoping to get out of work early enough! I hope everyone had a great time. See you all at the next one!

    March 19, 2013

  • Almir L.

    Really enjoyed meeting and talking with as many of you all tonight as the time allowed! All the best, and hope to see you all again. Best - Almir Limaj (actor)

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Terrance L.

    Sorty I want be able to make it

    March 19, 2013

  • Christian&Hunter-DimeStore F.

    We're sadly not able to make it either, got stuck working longer than anticipated. Very bummed but looking forward to the next one. Hope to reach out regardless.

    March 19, 2013

  • Dan O.

    Might not make it, taxes are taking much longer than I anticipated!

    March 19, 2013

  • Sayeed

    Hi, I'm a Writer/Producer of a series of film shorts with a focus on sketch comedy. Always nice to network with like minded people and possibly collaborate on future projects. Trying to make it tonight!

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Lance

    Interested in meeting new people for collaboration on some short projects.

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Le W.

    Busy making films tonight (read editing). I'm choosing not to attend this one. Gonna miss y'all.

    March 19, 2013

  • Chris

    I threw out my back and won't be able to make it :(

    March 19, 2013

  • Chicago F.

    Hey guys! We're still looking for a few volunteers to help with registration tonight! email us [masked]! Free admission! Free screening pass!

    March 19, 2013

  • Chuck J.

    1st time

    March 19, 2013

  • Anders U.

    I'm an editor and VFX guy.
    I need real material to work with. I also need to get in touch with actors an one quirky screen writer. I love a good story.

    March 18, 2013

  • Christian&Hunter-DimeStore F.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone. We're currently prepping to get our first feature rolling so it'll be nice to bounce ideas off like minded creative folks.

    March 18, 2013

  • David P.

    Unfortunately I can't make it Tuesday evening. But I must say, Johnny is amazing and abundantly talented. I've had the amazing pleasure of working with him before and I'm open to doing so again. Everyone enjoy and have a great time.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Tommy

    Looking forward to this meet up! I'm a chicago actor, and newbie to the film making!

    March 16, 2013

  • Mike L.

    Looking forward to this event! - Chicago Actor :)

    March 15, 2013

  • Omari Ellis Edward C.

    Looks like fun!

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Dana W.

    hey! Im Dana. Talented makeup artist and hairstylist looking to extend my talents to those in film. I have worked on Teachers, the webseries, and have worked on several short commercials and photo shoots. I hope to meet some of you real soon!

    2 · March 14, 2013

  • Dean B.

    Excited to meet everyone

    2 · March 14, 2013

  • Luvvenia

    Anyone interested in creating webisodes of my eBooks? I'm published on Kindle, nook, smashwords & more keyword: aLm hLgh that's my penname. email me: [masked] I've got many fans that would love to see some of my eBooks as movies.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Luvvenia

    Okay I'm going to make concerted effort to be here

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Sarah S.

    Hey! I'm a creative designer & would love to help anyone anyway I could! I love acting on the side so let me know how I can help: [masked]

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Cristina

    I use photography and video to create multimedia pieces primarily for non-profits. Interested in meeting like-minded creatives to collaborate with and recommend when I'm booked!

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Nicholas

    I am currently looking for a 2D animator to work on a series pilot. Any help finding one is appreciated. Thanks!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Chris R.

    Only one week left to attend the 2nd SHOrT in Chicago Film Fiesta. This great new event is held at a wonderful venue (including free parking!) that will help filmmakers throughout the Chicago area. Five short films will be shown, including "Only Thunder," that I directed. The ticket price is $10, which includes all fees. Net profits are split among the filmmakers. There are too many short films made in the Chicago area that don't get seen by a wide enough audience. Here's your chance to be entertained and help support local filmmakers. Please attend this great new short film event. Thanks!


    http://shortinchicago.eventbrite.com

    February 21, 2013

  • Frantz T. E.

    Any Producers among this group looking to be a part of a next feature, please contact me at[masked], or [masked]. Would like to talk with you.

    February 12, 2013

    • joe

      wouldlike to hear more abou tthe project . and what you are looking for?

      February 18, 2013

    • joe

      you can email me at [masked]

      February 18, 2013

  • Frantz T. E.

    Specifically looking for Producers on an up-coming feature. [masked]

    February 12, 2013

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