Monday, September 28, 2009

Last Call With Carson Daly--Vancouver Winter Olympic Swag Bag

We have lots more photos from Last Call, but they're pieces that won't be on until the Winter Olympics, so we'll save those shots for later.   No sneak peeks till the episode airs.

I can show you the impressive swag bag, though.   Dug came home with a huge, rolling duffle, courtesy of Allstate.   It was filled with a quality laptop bag, bearing the Olympic graphic and the words, Chicago 2016 Candidate City that I commandered.  The kids each got smaller draw string backpacks with USA Vancouver 2010 on them.   We also got an impressive assortment of Olympic logo swag:  jump drive, winter fleece hat n scarf, baseball hat, bracelets, blanket, calendar and various sponsors products.   Gotta love those corporate freebies.  

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Last Call With Carson Daly--Behind the Scenes on the Chicago Shoot

Last night, the Chicago episode of  Last Call With Carson Daly aired, and two photos of Dug made it on the show.   One is in the opening stills, and one shows him behind the cameraman, staying out of the shot, on the Sky Deck Ledge of the Tower formerly known as Sears.  So, here are some of Dug's photos from the shoot, to return the favor.

Cast and crew clowned around in the Willis Tower observation rooms,

where clear walls and floors of the  Sky Deck Ledge give an unobstructed ariel view of the city.

They also hung out at the Angels & Kings bar, owned by Pete Wentz, bass player for the band, Fall Out Boy.

Then they made it to one of our neighborhood favorites, Kuma's Corner on Belmont.   Their food rock.   And when I found out the restaurant was named for the owner's Akita,  I was even more smitten.   Our Akita's name is Nakama, Japanese for Circle of Friends.   Their Akita was named Kuma, Japanese for Bear!   We love and hate to see you guys doing well.   After all the great press, we can't get in the door anymore without waiting for hours.   Gaaah!

Thanks for the tee shirts with Kuma's bear logo on the front and "Bovine Genocide" on the back.   I think we'll wear 'em to Chicago Veganmania Fest, just to mess with our friends who are running it.   I was hoping our Windy City Roller Derby girl friend, Mya Ssault would be working when Last Call shot, but she wasn't.

Later that night, Carson and crew were up for some live music.   Ladyhawk, New Zealander, Phillipa "Pip" Brown rocked Joe Shanahan's Chicago hot spot, The Metro.

We were just at Metro again last night for an excellent show by Clutch.   Clutch has a namesake burger at Kuma's (Clutch Burger:  Cheddar, Swiss, Jack, Smoked Gouda) and played a free concert at their anniversary party earlier this summer.   Chicago's such a small town sometimes, for a big city.

Carson Daly's connecting interviews were a challenge, as far as boom shadows and external noise, as they were shot on a boat on the Chicago River.

Dug had a great time working with those guys, and fondly and nostalgically compared it to the years he spent shooting Insomniac with Dave Attell.    Ahhh.........late night drinking shows.   The juncture where work and fun meet.   Better than boring ballroom boards...........

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dug Sound September

September's disappearing fast.   Dug Sound highlights of the month were 5 days on Last call with Carson Daly, for NBC.   The shoot reminded him of the 4 seasons of doing Insomniac With Dave Attell, in the best possible way.  Once the episode airs, we'll have lots more info and behind the scenes pixs.   

Dug did a day for Pepsi, involving an elaborate mix of live action and animation.    He also shot a day for Platinum Weddings and multiple days for Karl Productions on all their city shows:  Connections (CTA), Crime Watch (Police), On Call (Fire Departmant) and At Play (Chicago Park District).  Click on the Karl link, above, to go to for convenient podcasts of all the city shows.

 The remainder of September, he's heading south to Birmingham, Alabama for a 4 day shoot for The Lions Club.  Then he's back briefly and off on a multi state shoot for 11 days with American Greed for CNBC.   We'll also have a lot more photos and info once those episodes air.