What’s that aroma in the air? Oh yeah, it’s the sweet, sweet smell of summer projects cookin' up! From camera package bundles to accessory add-ons, we've got all the goods to make sure your shoot is sizzling. Check out our July newsletter for studio updates and fun community events!
In the film industry, the tools we use are always evolving. New camera systems and accessories create new challenges for ACs and Camera Operators. For Camera Ambassador Lead Technician and 1st AC Eric Silver, this is part of the fun. CA's marketing associate Morgan Price sat down with Eric to discuss his process in designing and executing 3D printed accessories and tools to help solve common issues in camera builds. Check out the story here!


We had such a great time at our Camera Ambassador X Atlas Lens Co. Filmscape after-party last month! Thank you to everyone who came by and shared a chat and a cheers with us. Special thank you to the team at Atlas for educating us on the new Mercury lenses and focal lengths of the Orions. We will see you at our next event!


The CA team will be out of the office this coming weekend. We’ll be closed the 4th and 5th of July. Pick up Wednesday, July 3rd and return Monday, July 8th for a 1 day rate!

Rebecca Martin Fagerholm of THE CALL SHEET recently wrote about Jean Ho and her docuseries INVISIBLE PEOPLE. Jean Ho, a DePaul alum and Malaysian citizen, has directed a six-part animated docuseries called INVISIBLE PEOPLE, which highlights the struggles of the stateless and refugee community in Malaysia. The series was produced during the COVID-19 quarantine and utilizes animation to overcome filming restrictions. Each episode features different individuals and their experiences, with the animation style varying to elevate their stories. The project aims to raise awareness and support for these marginalized communities. 
Read the full article here!


It's summer baby!! And you know what that means...outdoor film screenings! We've complied a list of open air film screenings happening in the Chicago area this July. Enjoy!

Every summer in Chicago, visitors and locals flock to the Jay Pritzker pavilion in Millennium Park to kick back, picnic, and watch free movies against the city's iconic skyline. These films are FREE. This year's line-up includes blockbusters, award-winners, family classics, and cult favorites curated by some of the city's top film festivals as part of Millennium Park's 20th Anniversary Summer Season.
July 16: DOUBLE FEATURE: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial & Jurassic Park
July 23: Coco
July 30: Barbie

Navy Pier's beloved outdoor film series, Water Flicks, makes its triumphant return this summer! Dive into the world of SCIENCE with a captivating selection of free films. 
July 8: Back to the Future
July 15: Honey I Shrunk the Kids
July 22: Elemental
July 29: Interstellar

Chicago Parks District: Movies in the Parks
What's awesome about the Movies in the Parks series is that there are literally too many to list here. So here is the link to check them mall out!


Join Full Spectrum Features at their monthly coworking pop-up CAFE FOCUS. This event is for film workers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Every third Sunday of the month, they gather from 2-6 PM CT in the newly-renovated lounge at the historic Facets Cinematheque for free coffee (supplied by Dark Matter Coffee) and community motivation to work together on individual projects. Members of Full Spectrum Features staff will be present to help answer industry questions and direct attendees towards relevant resources. The event takes place Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 2 pm to 6 pm at Facets Cinematheque.

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival is a semi-annual Chicago film festival with live screenings in Chicago that celebrates short films from all over the world under 5 minutes in length. Since it's found as the Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest in 2019, they have aimed to fill a void in the micro-shorts filmmaking community. Join them at Facets Theater on Thursday, July 18, 2024 for their Summer '24 Live Screening awards event!

Join the Chicago Film Society on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 for a screening of Minnie and Moskowitz by John Cassavetes. "One year after the release of the revelatory and difficult Husbands, John Cassavetes continued his ongoing studies in machismo with his unsteadying take on the screwball comedy, Minnie and Moskowitz. Cassavetes, no stranger to courtship or domesticity, cast his wife and closest collaborator Gena Rowlands as a woman under the gaze of his deranged men. Museum curator Minnie Rippon (Gena Rowlands), a great appreciator of beauty (and a great example of it) removes her cartoonishly oversized sunglasses at the museum and at the cinema, where she can fully immerse herself in the fantasy and artifice of picture-perfect movie love." - Chicago Film Society