MMN! Ep 032 Here Comes The Bod Squad

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New media doesn’t just have to be about creating some new drama or sketch comedy. It can be about education and motivation and that’s exactly what Carrie Drapac & Kira Elliott of Comfy Fitness are doing with their show The Bod Squad.  Let me tell you they are excited about what they are doing and their putting a lot energy into it!  I guess it comes natural to them being fitness experts and all.

This is really a mash up of production backgrounds, artistic skills and professional experience as personal trainers coming together as a creative outlet for children.  Their goal here is to combat childhood diabetes but do it with fun and creativity.  It looks like they have a great start, so listen to the podcast and hear how all this came about.  Also at the bottom of the show notes you can check out one of their episodes.

The Bod Squad has already started production on their new series and they are looking at creative ways to fund their project.  So help back them through Kick Starter or contact them directly.  They have a lot of great ideas to make you part of the production and help our kids learn a thing or two about being fit!

On The Show:
Carrie Drapac & Kira Elliott FriendFollowFind
Sean McMenemy FriendFollowFind

Find The Bod Squad
You Tube

Things that came up:
The Mud Queens

Check out an episode of “The Bod Squad”!

MMN: ep 031 Oh look LADYPARTS

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I spent the evening with Jeph Porter and crew at Joone Studios in Wicker Park watching them wrap on a full day of shooting their sketch comedy series “Ladyparts”. When I caught up with them they had about 4 days left of a 10 day shooting schedule. Shooting a film in 10 days is hard enough but shooting 47 episodes we’ll that’s something different. As you listen to them you’ll hear how much they’re enjoying the process and working with each other.

This has been a great opportunity to for the whole crew to put their past experiences in live and web based sketch comedy to the test. It’s a lot of work making that many shows happen all at once and luckily I got a glimpse at some of the dailies. I wonder if we need a new word for dailies in this digital age? The images looked great so now i’m looking forward to seeing the final product.

On The Show:
Jeph Porter FriendFollowFind
Jayme Joyce FriendFollowFind
Dane Lewandowski
Corey Powers DP
Justin Howard
Sean McMenemy FriendFollowFind

Where you can find Ladyparts
Ladyparts Comdey
Ladyparts on Facebook
Ladyparts on Twitter

Things that came up:
Dirty Cricket
Annoyance Theater
Gorilla Tango

TJ And Dave
T.J. Jagodowski
David Pasquesi

Canon 5D Mark II
Pluraleyes Syncing

MMN: ep 029 Girl Power!

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Jessica Christopher and Jayme Joyce are the two founding filmmakers behind Joone Studios a NEW New Media studio located in Wicker Park. They have all the amenities any budding filmmaker or new media content creator could want. But I’ll let them tell you about the features in the podcast.

What makes this place special? Jessica and Jayme are filmmakers too so they understand the needs of media makers on a budget and they’ve set up a great flexible studio for just about any need. Plus this gives them the space to keep working on their own creations. Which you can find links to in the show notes below.

Check out their work and their studio it might just be the kind of place you’re looking for, for your next productions.

On the Show
Jessica Christopher and Jayme Joyce FriendFollowFind
Sean McMenemy FriendFollowFind

Joone Studios

Jessica Christopher and Jayme Joyce

Things that came up
Columbia College
Skin Deep
Chicago Overcoats
Days of the Living Dead
Jeph Porter, Producer/Director Lady Parts

Here’s some photos from their event but don’t forget to check out JOONE STUDIOS to get a better view of their studio.

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MMN ep:028 Infamous = Famous

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Infamous might equal famous but that’s not going to their heads, these guys get it. Making films and making new media is what they are doing down in Shreveport, Louisiana, and that’s about as far away as you can get from Hollywood.


Joey Barto, Director/Co-Creator and Greg Washington, Producer/Co-Creator/Main Character are working hard on their own mythology and creating a story of people with, well let’s just say special talents.

They want to tell stories the way they want to tell stories. That’s a good thing for content creators and viewers.  After you listen to the show you’ll get a better idea what makes these guys tick and making their production flow work.

They are getting deeper into their first season so there’s plenty of time to catch up.  I encourage you to check out their show an if you’re anywhere near Shreveport help these guys out and make things happen there.

On the Show
Infamous The Web Series, FIND, FRIEND, FOLLOW

Joey Barto, Director/Co-Creator
Greg Washington. Producer/Co-Creator/Main Character
Sean McMenemy webtwitter

Things that came up!
Chris Nolan
Shreveport, Louisiana
Millenium Films
Drive Angry
The Gates
The Shreveport Film Industry Meetup Group
Walter Murch

The Gear
Sony EX1
Sony Ex3
Sienhizesr mics wireless
Adobe CS4
After Effects

Production Stills!





MMN ep:027 Maybe Hip? You BET!

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Talk about making media this group of creative start ups are making media A TON OF IT! They are the “Ted Turners” of Chicago’s Northshore. Starting in a garage… well they are still in a garage ( no reason you can’t have a great studio in a garage) they are building a media empire with an impressive line up of shows that are covering all kinds of happenings in Chicago and the Internet.

They have the right attitude about getting out there an making media. As you’ listen to the show you’ll here about what inspired them to break into the business, and the tools they use to do it. Plus you’ll get their view on where all this stuff is going.

We recorded this episode at one of our creative events called Let’s Create, if you like to find out more or even attend and maybe get on the show just go here.



MaybeHip on Facebook
Big Teeth
Beyond the Pedway
Let’s Create

On the show: Find, Follow, Friend
Patrick Lothian
Robby Silver
Lexi Scherr
Mike McFadden
Gregg Jaffe
Tim Jahn
Sean McMenemy

Maybe Hip Show Line Up:
For or Against
My Indie Life
Your News
Ok Good Stuff
Hip Shorts
Chicago Rocks

Things that came up:
Revision 3
Kevin Kelly 1000 True Fans.
Daisy Whitney
Panasonic AG HMC 150
Canon 5D
Canon T2i
Film Riot
Next New Networks

MMN ep:026 MTSS the title says it all.

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I say that’s short for something because I want to get indexed by Google. It stands for the “Midwest Teen Sex Show” It’s not what you think it is, so listen up! But it’s something you should watch and watch whatever else Guy Clark might be working. Now I know what you’re thinking. But get your mind out of the gutter for a minute and know this is more about understanding awkward situations.  Understanding the situations with great production, humor and a funny cast. Some of which you’ve already heard about on our Cell Camp episode.

On the Show
Guy Clark webClark Olson Media
Dave Olson webtwitter
Sean McMenemy webtwitter


Nikol Hasler
Britney Barber

Things that came up!
Find Midwest Teen Sex Show Here, episodes here and on twitter!
Sam has Seven Friends
Adam Corolla
Real American Family
Public Internet Channel
1 Economy

MMN ep:025 Milk Money

It takes money to make Milk, I mean it takes money to make movies. That’s just what Todd Tue of Milk Products Media is doing with his latest project titled “From Grass to Cheese”. Friday the 19th they kicked off their fund raising efforts to make a feature doc about making organic cheese in Ohio. When Todd visited the Nolan’s Family farm last year he thought it might be an interesting project.

But what he found was a great story of family working together to make a living and build a future for themselves. Not only was he inspired by the land but the Nolans as well.

One of the best things about this fund raising effort you get more than just a name on the credits you get cheese! Come on what more can you ask for?

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Seriously watch the trailer and try and tell me the Midwest isn’t beautiful!

A small sample from a feature length documentary about the Nolan’s family-run dairy farm in Ohio and their venture into cheese making. This project is currently under production and needs your support please visit

Milk Products Media
Laurel Valley Creamery
The Farmers Wife
Seven Signs
HVX 200
P2 Cards
Final Cut
Small Chicago