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STAR-STUDDED SUMMER IN CHICAGOLAND

Ross Heran, Matthew Feasley, Mario Howard, Caitlin Laingen and
Colin Prall. Photo credit: Juan Labreche
F&V faculty members DeAnna and Kevin Cooper, the husband and wife team of Amarok Productions, were busy again this summer filming the recently wrapped feature Precious Mettle starring Paul Sorvino around Chicagoland.

Several Columbia College alums and students gained production experience including:

Stephanie Rabiola (BA ‘09), Production Coordinator
Geoffrey Dukes (BA ‘12), Assistant Production Coordinator
Josh Schilling (‘09), First Assistant Director
Brian Nowak (BA ‘10), Script Supervisor
Nick Shamblott (‘12), Gaffer
Colin Prall (BA ‘11), Key grip
David Gilmore (BA ‘12), Best Grip
Cory Solon (‘13) and Derek Fisher (BA ‘12), First Assistant Camera
Adam LoNigro ('13), Second Assistant Camera
Jesse McAlpin (‘08), Production Sound Mixer
Sean Kirkpatrick (‘12), Boom Operator
Joe Campbell (BA ‘12), Sound Utility
Arthur Swidzinski (‘10), Behind-the-Scenes Camera Operator & Editor
Adam LoNigro, Sean Kirkpatrick, Cory Solon, Brian Nowak, Lena Rush, Joshua Schilling and Nick Shamblott. Photo credit: Juan Labreche


“We want to take people from this community and help them grow with our company,” Cooper said of Amarok’s mission. This is the duo’s third film made in Chicagoland. They produced I Heart Shakey, the first indie of its kind shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D. It was distributed theatrically by Phase 4 and is still available through Redbox, Netflix and Amazon.com. Earlier this year, Amarok filmed The Painter starring Ron Caldwell (Flight) which tackles the tough subject of how violence is robbing the innocence of our youth.

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