Monday, August 11, 2008

March-August 2008-Bulls Commercial,Kitchen/Bath Show, Pearson, Special Olympics,Farm Pilot,Best Friends

**Just a quick disclaimer: If a show hasn't aired yet, the blog info will be intentionally vague, but we'll update you when all that good stuff becomes public.

August--Dug is westward bound for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
In July, he spent several days on a self sustaining farm, for an eco-friendly series pilot.

July--Dug also enjoyed working for The Big 10 Network.

This July commemorated the 40th year of Special Olympics which began in Soldier Field. Dug shot the opening ceremony for The Chicago Park District.

In July, Dug traveled back to Kansas--this time to tornado ravaged Greensburg which is doing a slow and aptly named green rebuild. The small town was desimated by an EF5 tornado that cut a diagonal path through the center on May 4th, 2007.

In July, the tiny town of Greensburg was inhabited by crews from Discovery, Weather Channel, TLC Extreme Homes, and The Science Channel.

Dug also paid a visit to The National Weather Service in Dodge City, where beleagered meteorologists have to dodge the old jokes about getting paid to guess wrong half the time. A grass roots artist in Greensburg has come up with a new one though, "Tornados blow, Fema sucks". M. G. Liggett's Kinetic art along highway 154 is inscribed with humorous political slogans. His art work and an interview with the artist can be seen in the documentary, What's The Matter With Kansas.

In June, Dale Levitski, of Bravo's Top Chef fame, was cookin' in his home town, Chicago. We have to be secretive about the details, but if/when it airs I'll post more.

In May, Dug shot for
Pearson educational videos in several greater Chicago area schools, then flew to L.A. for a week.

In April, Dug worked for The Kitchen and Bath Show for SBC Digital of
Southern Progress Corporation. The crew rented Rascal scooters to get around massive McCormick Place with their gear. They had fun while effeciently breezing by all the other crews humping their gear around. Work smarter!

In March, Dug shot a commercial featuring Bulls fans in the stand shouting "Love it Live".

March/ April 2008-Factory Made series for Discovery Channel

March/April 2008--Factory Made series for Discovery Channel

Dug spent the majority of March and April traveling for the Discovery Channel for their show
Factory Made. First, he flew to Providence, RI and shot segments about nail guns and hurricane nails in the Bostitch plant. Dug was impressed by the hurricane simulator machine, which put pressure on a plywood simulated wall piece until it cracked.

Then he was off to Sarasota, FL to interview scientists at Gemesis, who are creating diamonds.

Next, Dug headed north to Spirit Lake and Okobogi, Iowa to the factory where Polaris Rangers and Victory Motorcycles are made.

The first week of April, Dug was on to bigger and faster things, with a trip south to Wichita and Independence, Kansas where Cessna builds their 2.6 million dollar Mustang Jets.

Dug thoroughly enjoyed flying in the Mustang that they filmed being built.

Camerman, Mark Niedelson, filming at Cessna in the paint booth

Dug's string of Factory Made episodes wrapped up back here in Chicago with a shoot in the Creators plant, where they manufacture popcorn makers and hot dog rollers.

April 2008--Equal Voice for America's Families

Dug traveled to Greensville to interview impoverished community members, so they could voice neighborhood concerns to Congress.

On his way back to the airport in Memphis, Tennessee, Dug snapped a few quick shots of Graceland, the message wall, and Elvis' plane-The Lisa Marie.