Digital Hydra takes a “Thrill Ride”

Digital Hydra joins the Production and heads up the Visual Effects team for the independent feature film “Thrill Ride,” shooting this November/December in Chicago and it’s surrounding areas. The production is a kids adventure story akin to classics like “Goonies” and the like, with a touching story behind the script’s creation.

Read more about the film in this article from REEL Chicago.

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Let’s Go Hawks!

As summer rolls into fall, the Chicago Blackhawks season is right around the corner and we’ve had the privilege of announcing the 2014-2015 season alongside our friends at WGN with a new commercial spot. The ad is currently airing on WGNTV and promotes the weekend broadcasts of the Blackhawks on the network.

Producer/Director combo Andrew Lennie and Ryan Johnson worked alongside Digital Hydra and local cinematographer Chris Vinopal to capture the fandom that has swept Chicago for the better part of the last decade. The season begins this week and as always we are proud to have worked side-by-side with WGN’s excellent creative team to celebrate a team that means so much to to the city we know and love.

The spot also comes on the heels of our spring Chicago Cubs promotions receiving an Emmy nomination for 2014. With great success at the Emmy’s last year, we hope that our collaborations with WGN continue to yield exceptional results.

You can check out the spot here – let’s go Hawks.

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Digital Hydra teams with Academy Award nominee on “Music Tales” doc

This week we had the pleasure of joining Academy Award nominee Josh Aronson as cinematographers for the Chicago portion of his PBS news documentary “Extraordinary Music Tales.” The film focuses on the positive effects of musical training on children’s ability to learn. Aronson is working hand-in-hand with “The Harmony Project,” a non-profit organization with ties to both Los Angeles and Chicago that works with LA based youth to invest in their community through musical training.

One of the great parts of our work is the opportunity to meet extraordinary people and learn new things. Our end of the shoot was spent at Northwestern University learning about the stimulation of various brain functions that playing a musical instrument can provide. Early research suggests that musical training can stimulate better language skills, sonic perception and a variety of other brain activity that can aid in learning and development.

The documentary will air as an extended news segment on PBS in the coming months. We are excited to have had the opportunity to collaborate with a gifted storyteller and explore the real life stories that are out there in our world.