TEAMING UP WITH INTERIMAGE TO BRING YOU PHONAK Executive
Producer John McCarthy of InterImage just wrapped up production on a complicated new video for Phonak, a manufacturer of high-end hearing aids. Phonak is a global corporation, with US headquarters in Warrenville, Illinois. For the shoot, MPG’s Mike Swanson was the Director of Photography. Freelancers Hayden Jackson (audio engineer) and Andrew Yuncza (gaffer) rounded out the crew. Camping out in one of MPG’s cozy Avid editing suites, McCarthy, along with editor Todd Wood, hammered out the finished product in early July. McCarthy is proud of the result, and genuinely impressed by the unprecedented technology of the device profiled in the piece. “It’s called ‘StereoZoom.’ You can sit in a noisy restaurant and click this button and focus in on somebody who is eight feet away. Our own ears can’t do that! It has the option to do several things.”
A NEW HERCULEAN FEATURE IN THE WORKS MPG’s first narrative feature film, Waiting for the
Clash, is currently in development (i.e.: waiting for the cash). The film is a comedy set in 1978 in Kalamazoo, Michigan about the misadventures of a group of college deejays who push the envelope too far and risk getting their station shut down. In response they hatch an unlikely scheme to bring the British punk band, The Clash, to play a fundraiser to save the station. The screenplay was written by MPG’s Bob Hercules and former Second City writer/performer Jeff Rogers. When the film goes into production, Hercules will direct, with Keith Walker as Director of Photography and Lisa Pooler producing.
See what MPG has been up to over the summer!