Chicago Video Production

Chicago nonprofit virtual fundraiser

Operation North Pole 12-hour Livestream

Operation North Pole (ONP) is a Chicago nonprofit volunteer-based children’s charity that annually hosts a holiday fantasy trip to the North Pole for families who have a child battling a life threatening/terminal illness. As a volunteer-based organization, ONP relies on donations and fundraising to operate. For the past 5 years, a number of Chicago’s most well-known chefs have hosted a gourmet food tasting event and raised a majority of the money needed for ONP.

ONP had to postpone its flagship 2020 holiday event due to the pandemic and also had to forgo its 2021 fundraising tasting event as COVID continued to ravage the country. Just like the parents of a child battling a potentially terminal illness, many of their chef-owners, brave each day not knowing if their doors will remain open for another day or two.

During the pandemic, we produced a free 12-hour live streaming telethon, called “Let’s Get Cookin”, featuring twenty-four Chicago area chefs who demonstrated their talents for viewers to see. It was a supersized cooking show to learn secret recipes and give back at the same time. All the net proceeds went to benefit the chefs/restaurants who have been so generous to ONP. Here are a few of their stories that we produced with the ARRI Alexa Mini:


May Street Catering
LeBouchon

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Mane in Heaven // Fundraising Video

Mane In Heaven is a nonprofit organization based in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Barrington. It provides animal-assisted therapy programs thru their miniature horses. They travel around the Chicago area to promote kindness, empathy and well-being.

As with many nonprofit organizations, figuring out creative ways to fundraise became one of their priorities for this year. The nonprofit had used video production in the past for fundraising and marketing purposes but the messaging wasn’t quite on target. So, we worked with the nonprofit on messaging and created a storyline that would impact viewers on an emotional level.

When we are documenting nonprofit organizations, we oftentimes film soundbites or other material that we just didn’t plan…and that’s the nature of documentary filmmaking. You capture the moment. In this case, we had planned to document the nonprofit‘s visit to Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Chicago. The moment we captured with Phoenix was one of the first things we filmed there and that moment became the emotional peak of the fundraising film!

We hope you enjoy this fundraising video about a wonderful nonprofit organization that’s helping Chicago.

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Silver Lining Explorer Video

Silver Lining Explorer

What would you do if you were given news that would change your life forever? Robyn Rachel is a wedding photographer in Chicago, who filmed some of the city’s most beautiful weddings. At the pinnacle of her career, Robyn received some unfortunate news. She was diagnosed with a life-changing disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. It’s a genetic disease that slowly causes vision loss and can eventually lead to blindness. This film chronicles her personal story and outlines her next chapter.

You can follow Robyn and her family via Silver Lining Explorer:
WEBSITE/BLOG: http://silverliningexplorer.com/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/robynrachelphotography/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/robynrachelphotography/
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe6vltCWVtiwMZC0C_mmQkg

On a more personal note, I met Robyn about ten years ago when we were both in the Chicago wedding circuit. She was looking for a wedding videographer to refer to her clients. We have filmed many weddings together, along with her company’s branding film and Las Vegas wedding. When she first told me about her diagnosis, I couldn’t believe it. Immediately, my heart sank for her. Vision was everything to her and her business. I am inspired by her ability to pivot and readjust, given the severity of this news. We’re rooting for you Robyn and can’t want to follow your next adventures!

Robyn’s branding film that we produced seven years ago:


Robyn’s wedding trailer:

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