Chicago Producer: Jon Silver

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August 23, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Producers


Lamby's Day Out




Jon Silver

A “Producer” is a person who oversees all aspects of a production.  This can include developing, funding, overseeing, hiring crew, giving creative input, distributing, selling, etc.

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is the short film, Lamby’s Day Out.

“As filmmakers we need to constantly be creating content. I’m not suggesting you waste your time making just anything. I’m saying don’t become idle. If you have some extra time just make something. You’ll learn something new every time.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack Productions).

Constantly making creative content, even if it’s a one-man band type of thing will keep your “creative juices” flowing, and continue to allow you to stay motivated.

“Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.” – unknown

Jon Silver, this week’s ETC Exposed crew member’s inspiration came from a yard sale purchase his wife made.  The price tag seen in the film is the actual price tag left from the yard sale.  Using equipment he already had at home, Jon wrote the script based on how his wife treats the stuffed animal as if it were a real pet.

When working with a small crew, you often have to wear several hats. Since Jon also starred in this film, he stated it was tough to pull focus on himself.  So, he decided to rig a tripod with a balloon on top to mimic his height.  After he had the balloon in focus, he then stood in it’s place to record the scene.

I cannot express enough the importance of continuing to create a little bit of something every day in the field you are in.  If you’re a filmmaker, a writer, poet, painter, musician, or any other form of artist, I leave you with a few words written by Edgar Allan Poe in his essay “The Poetic Principle” (1850).

“…there neither exists nor can exist any work more thoroughly dignified, more supremely noble, than this very poem, this poem per se, this poem which is a poem and nothing more, this poem written solely for the poem’s sake.”

Thank you, Jon Silver, at for sharing your film with us!

You can watch more films created by Show Pup on their YouTube channel, ShowPup Network

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!