Author: seanfx

  • MMN Season 2 ep 004 Crossing Lines

    I talk with Charlie Breit about his Branded entertainment project "The Lines". He's also putting together a meetup on Thursday September 29th to bring together local Chicago filmmakers. "The Lines" is branded entertainment sort of "The Hills" meets driver education. Allstate Insurance is the brand and safe driving is the message. Charlie cleverly weaves young adult situations with driving mishaps. Each episode ends with nice message about safe driving. The production quality is great and he's found brought together some great local actors. The project is worth watching and a good sign that brands in the Midwest might be looking for opportunities to get their messages out in different ways.

  • CN-160 LED Light UnBox

    If you’re looking for a cheap “inexpensive” light pick, up one or two of these. I do an unboxing of the lights I’ve purchased and just recently used them on […]

  • MMN S2 ep003 Space Hospital a Galaxy of fun

    Yes I like cheese especially on pizza, hamburgers, fries, hotdogs and yes some of my content. Check out what one of the co-creators of Space Hospital Rob Poe has to say about making a series on a shoestring and still making sure everyone has fun doing it. Space Hospital has found that balance of cheese, story, camp and fun. It's a fine line to walk and not many people can do it. You can try to look good and not pull it off or not now how to make it campy and just make it look bad. This kind of work needs the right ideas and the right style and Poe has manages to make it a reality.

  • Wood Sugars, Comedy Brewing in Chicago MMN S2 ep002

    I've been lucky doing this show. I keep meeting a lot of funny people here in Chicago that are making great comedy. Maybe this dates me I'm not sure but when you listen to the Wood Sugars podcasts you really get a sense of old school comedy. When they say variety show they mean it they are all over the place. Short skits, interviews, music you name it they are doing it. They are also quick to mention their producer Jeremiah Watkins which his expertises adds to the great radio show quality.

  • We Are Skokie — MMN S2: ep001

    In this episode I talk with Karen and Frances. They are working to bring a community together with photography and social media to help build out it's historical archive and start conversations and share stories about what life is like in Skokie, IL.

  • Ping

    We want to partner with you the help bring this site and the stories, podcasts, tips and tricks and whatever else we can come up with a voice in the Midwest to help other content creators old and new find a new way to establish a creative foot hold in middle America and salute the ones already there. We want to help create the opportunity to not only get you're content out there but to get your voice and your story out there as the experts you are or working towards.

  • How to Fake a Webcam

    The Zi8 comes though again. For this episode of FashionCents we needed a webcam look but I didn’t want to record the webcam video and try to make that HiDef. […]

  • Can your location drive the drama and dollars?

    What I'm proposing here is not only making great characters in your web-series but do so in a place where your location can become an integrated part of your storyline as well.  In your neighborhood, town or suburb.  Maybe in our scripts we shouldn't make just any place that could be anywhere. Put it on the map, your map.

  • Mini MultiCAM

    In an effort to try something new with new media or at least new to us we set up a 3 camera shoot using 3 Kodak Zi8's with our at Starbucks as part of our regular Wednesday gatherings. We've started experimenting with a live feed webcam. One of our regular members is building a setup that will fit in to 2 small cases and have 3 cameras, a switcher, color corrector, titles and sound mixer. That's all that other gear you see on the table. The other systems you can see used on our uStream Channel as well. It has the feel of early radio I know but it's funny when you can bring all that stuff together and go live right from Starbucks!

  • See a need and fill it

    Jeremy Winters is setting a great example here for students and educators. Where you see a need, fill it. That's just what he's doing by starting an after school program supporting art programs. Now he has the attention of the City of Chicago. It all starts with an idea. Midwest Media Now says great job Jeremy Winters!