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August 09, 2019

Bye Bye July

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

As most summers do, this year’s is flying! You may have noticed we have been unusually quiet on social the past month or so, but we have been hard at work behind the scenes. July especially kept us busy, and we want to fill you in on just a few projects we have been working on.

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June 28, 2019

Meet Motion Source, featuring David Gall!

By Craig Bass • Creative Director

Welcome back to our Employee Feature series, where we give you a “behind-the-scenes” look at our team. This Meet Motion Source article features David Gall, who is a triple threat as a Cinematographer, Photographer, and Editor. 

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June 14, 2019

Industry Insights: Drone Services with Jonathan Gruber

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Welcome back to our blog series “Industry Insights”, where we interview members of the production world that we have had the opportunity to collaborate with! This week, we are featuring a talented pilot and drone operator who has helped us take many projects to new heights. Meet Jonathan Gruber!

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May 31, 2019

Motion Source Wins Two Telly Awards!

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

On May 21st, the winners for the 40th Annual Telly Awards were announced, and Motion Source made the list! We submitted two projects to the competition and received recognition for both. Each project received a Bronze Telly in their respective categories. These two Tellys join the three we took home in the 2018 competition. We are excited to share with you our newly-awarded projects!

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May 03, 2019

Selecting the Right Talent for Your Project

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Many projects require hired talent so casting becomes an important part of pre-production. We assist our clients with casting and offer the option to hold auditions at our studio. Clients can attend these sessions or receive video files to review. Either way, we offer guidance to clients in selecting the right talent for their project by keeping a few tips in mind.

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April 05, 2019

Client Profile + BTS: Les Turner ALS Foundation

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Our latest project with long-standing client, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, wrapped up about a month ago, and it took us on an emotional journey like no other. This marked our fourth “Hope Through Caring” project together, and we wanted to create something different with just as much impact. One of the Gala’s honorees, Mindy Evans-Williams, was to be featured in the video. Her incredible, unique story and the theme of “paying it forward” inspired an approach we had not taken on past projects.

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February 22, 2019

Client Profile + BTS: Midtown Athletic Club

By Steve Brown • Associate Producer

Midtown Athletic Club recently renovated and reopened their signature club in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. With this new renovation came the need to hire a slew of new energetic associates to staff the sports resort. To that end, Motion Source was hired to help achieve this goal through video.

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February 08, 2019

The Ins and Outs of Brand Videos

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Brand videos are among the most popular types of videos out there these days. Differing from standard commercial or corporate videos, brand videos (also referred to as brand films or brand stories) focus on connecting with the audience, typically through emotion. It becomes less about the “who” and the “what” and more about the “why” and the “how”. Let’s take a look at some key features to a successful brand video.

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December 14, 2018

Motion Source Holiday Traditions

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And with that, comes fun, festive activities and spending time with loved ones. The holiday season is the perfect time to create new memories and reminisce on the old. From special foods and desserts to family and cultural customs, here are just a few of our favorite holiday traditions!

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November 30, 2018

A Motion Source Movember Recap

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

It is November 30th and we are closing out 30 days of mustaches in the name of men's health! You may have seen our posts throughout the month as our team has participated in our second Movember. Now, as wrap up the month, each team member shared their motivation for participating and thoughts on the experience.

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November 16, 2018

The Making of a Short Film: “The Ballad of Bloodfist”

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Most weekends are for sleeping in, relaxing, and catching up on the latest Netflix shows. This past weekend, however, some of the Motion Source team joined forces with friends and creative collaborators to compete in the Four Points Film Project, a worldwide film competition, challenging teams to complete a short film in just 77 hours. That’s correct: write, shoot, edit, and submit a short film in a little over 3 days. There was little sleep and relaxing, but we did it. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Ballad of Bloodfist”.

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November 02, 2018

Motion Source Takes on Movember Again!

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

It’s that time of year again...Movember! That very hairy, but important time when men’s health issues are brought to the forefront through the power of the ‘stache. Motion Source has formed a team for the second year to raise awareness and funds through the Movember Foundation. Once again, we will join the movement by putting down the razors and standing up for men’s health.

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October 19, 2018

Motion Source’s 2018 Holiday Gift

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

We announced on Tuesday our plans for this year’s Motion Source Holiday Video. Instead of sending out our usual seasons greetings video, we are reallocating that time and those resources into producing a video for a Chicagoland nonprofit. What better way to celebrate the holidays and honor the spirit of the season!

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September 21, 2018

End-of-the-year Video Project Ideas

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

“End of the year? But it’s ONLY September!” The calendar year clock is ticking down, and soon we will be entering Q4. This IS the time to think about end-of-the-year videos, and we have a few ideas to help you get started!

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August 24, 2018

Industry Insights: Scriptwriting with Lindsay Siegel

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Welcome back to our blog series “Industry Insights”, where we interview members of the production world that we have had the opportunity to collaborate with! This week, we are featuring a talented scriptwriter, who we have worked with on several recent projects. Meet Lindsay Siegel!

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August 10, 2018

Camera Comfort: How To Ensure It (To The Best Of Your Ability)

By Craig Bass • Creative Director

In my last blog article I addressed how to prepare yourself for being on camera; or, at the very least to ensure that you don’t entirely freak out. However, a successful on-camera experience, like most ventures in life, is a collaborative effort. It isn’t enough for the person in front of the lens to be as prepared as possible--the people behind the lens need to be equally in-tune with what is going on. This is precisely why I have always considered personality to be 50% of the hiring decision when considering new crew members. It isn’t enough to be talented if you want to be successful within the video production industry; equally important is compassion and strong social skills. You can set up the most exceptionally gorgeous shot in the world, but if you are incapable of making the subject of that shot shine, you are left with a bunch of fashion and no function.

This article is going to focus on how a competent crew can help ensure that their subjects are as comfortable as possible, and by extension, performing at top capacity, when in front of the lens. And, perhaps even more importantly, how that same crew can assuage the subject’s nerves if they are kinda-sorta freaking out.

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July 27, 2018

Camera Comfort: How to Not Freak Out When You’re In Front of the Lens

By Craig Bass • Creative Director

So, the day has finally come. After all of the planning and preparation, the lights have been switched on, you have a microphone looming before you, and the camera is staring you down. Your mind has conveniently gone blank, and you begin to feel your palms go sweaty. You hate public speaking, but you thought being on camera would carry less tension. You were wrong. More than anything, you just want to raise the white flag of surrender and retreat to your office. Why did you even agree to do this?

Hold on there. Slow down. Let’s rewind. As with most things in life, being on camera isn’t nearly as bad as anticipated: doubly so if you practice a few simple tips to help secure success. So, I won’t waste any more time cueing it up. Here are the not-so-secret secrets to being comfortable on camera, or, how not to freak out when you’re in front of the lens.

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