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toews exercise

For the NHL All Star Game, fans vote to determine the top players at each position.  This year, five of the top six spots were filled by Blackhawks.  You might think this is because the Blackhawks have some great players, but really it’s the result of the team’s crack video production team.

Ok, that’s not true.  At all.  But in an effort to support the team’s push we did create video encouraging fans to vote.  The response was great (as you can see by the bragging quotes above), and we hope you enjoy!

Farewell to Hot Doug’s

Hot Doug’s is closing its doors today and we had the honor of creating a video for Vienna Beef that encompasses the history and passion behind the iconic Chicago stand.

Seoul & Palawan

Our producer/still photographer, Simon Brubaker, went on a trip through Asia. Check out this video of his travels through Korea and the Philippines.


What Does a Colorist Really Do for Your Films?


This video shows examples of a very hidden, yet necessary talent in our industry.  Colorists can add an entirely new feeling to a piece without actually editing a single frame.  One should never underestimate the valuable skill set of color grading.  Enjoy!

Click here: What Does a Colorist Really Do for Your Films?



Submitted by Ryan Linich, Manager of Creative Operations


View From Our New Office

Okay, that’s a lie. What isn’t a lie is that our Senior Motion Graphics Editor, Michael Fernandez, took this fantastic shot while filming with the American Medical Association the other day! Click the image below to view the photo.


Richard Roeper Review – “17 Seconds”

We’re blown away by the high praise that Richard Roeper recently gave ’17 Seconds’

“This might be my favorite championship DVD of all time.”

“One of the best [movies] of any kind I’ve seen this year.”

“17 Seconds,” Movie Trailer

“17 Seconds,” is Banner Collective’s brand new movie telling the story of the miraculous comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks and subsequent celebration through behind the scenes footage, exclusive interviews and access.

Banner Collective Storms C2E2

Banner Collective’s very own “Simon the Intern” went to C2E2 last weekend and captured the sights and sounds of Chicago proper’s biggest comic convention. Check it out!

Crain’s Chicago Business Profiles Banner Collective


Banner Collective was featured in this week’s edition of Crain’s Chicago Business. You can read the article in its entirety below or on the Crain’s Chicago Business website.

Third-generation Wirtz brings Blackhawks into video age

Oh, the irony.

Danny Wirtz, grandson of the late Bill Wirtz, the Blackhawks owner who once forbade games from being aired on TV, has started a video and digital production firm that will produce content for all Wirtz Corp. companies and, eventually, organizations outside of the business.

“The age of communication is getting to the point where video is the most relevant way to digest information,” Mr. Wirtz says in an interview about the new division and his role as an heir to one of the largest privately held companies in Chicago, with annual revenue of some $2 billion. “A 30-second video creates an emotional connection and inspires people in a more effective way than any PowerPoint.”

Mr. Wirtz, 36, is stepping out of the shadow of his well-known dad, Rocky, who took over the company and the Blackhawks when his father died in 2007. Rocky Wirtz’s two daughters and two nephews also work for the company.

The younger Mr. Wirtz is vice president of marketing and sales at the company’s beverage group. Part of his role involves coming up with new ideas, which led to the launching of the video division, Banner Collective.
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