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February 23rd, 2015

We must have been especially good boys and girls this year because Toys R Us rolled out the holidays with Hootenanny this Fall! The Escape Pod created a snappy holiday campaign, and Graham Metzger helmed the mainline edit for Hootenanny (wo (more)

Metzger/Hashimoto Bring the Magic to Toys "R" Us

September 9th, 2014

We love working on Toys "R" Us, and this campaign was no exception.  Edited by Graham Metzger, the spots show the magical side of being in the Toys "R" Us store.  The spots were directed by Daniel "Hashi" Hashimoto, the dire (more)

Drew Brees & Hootenanny

July 7th, 2014

Check out the spot here
Hootenanny editors Graham Metzger and Jerem Sloan recently teamed with agency The Escape Pod to edit the new campaign for Can-Am Spyder, the 3-whee (more)

Halvorsen Cuts Award Winning "Me vs. The Tooth Fairy"

March 11th, 2014

Finishing it's year long run in the film festival circuit, the short film "Me vs. The Tooth Fairy" is finally available online.   Produced by Black Apple Media in collaboration wi (more)

Watch the Latest Hootenanny Short, "Colin's Big Day"!

February 28th, 2014

If you are a fan of ours on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, then you have no doubt seen our on-going series of comedic video shorts.  The l (more)

Hy Connect and Tate Collaborate for Advocate Health Care

February 19th, 2014

Thanks to our good friends at HYConnect for working with us on a package for Advocate Healthcare!  The two spots directed by Paul Dektor, were finished here at Hootenanny in January and edited by Liz Tate. 

Here's a look at (more)

A. Eicoff & Metzger Team Up for Kaminski Directed "Swimmer"

October 9th, 2013

Check out the latest work Graham created with our friends from Eicoff, directed by Academy Award winning Cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski!  
Check it out her (more)

Gonzalez takes Joy Ride with McDonald's

July 29th, 2013

Dean Gonzalez just wrapped a project with Burrell Communications for McDonald's. The spot features young R&B star Trevor Jackson and his friends as they take a road trip in a new Fiat won playing The Monopoly Game. A big shout out to a (more)

Burrell Teams Up with Hootenanny for Ad Council

July 1st, 2013

Check out our latest work with Burrell Communications for the Ad Council/United States Forest Service, cut by Liz Tate & Skylar Wesby!   Check them out (more)

Metzger and AE Marketing Group win BIG at Telly Awards

June 17th, 2013

Congrats to AE Marketing Group for their latest 2013 Telly Awards winning TV Awards winning TV spot for Network Health Wisconsin!  The :30 TV spot entitled "Park", won in three categories including B2C Brand Campaign and Use of Anima (more)

Liz Tate wins "Best of Chicago"

June 7th, 2013

It was Chicago's turn to host the annual AICE Awards show and what a night it was!  Our very own Liz Tate brought home the top award, "Best of Chicago", for her stellar work on a short doc piece for Perspective Charter School.
Di (more)

A. Eicoff & Co. Takes Home Top Honor at the 2013 NAMM Show

February 19th, 2013

Once a year, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) turns the spotlight on some of the most creative, engaging ads that feature music instruments and music making.  The presentation made at the 2013 NAMM Show held at the An (more)

Screen Magazine Highlights "Little Man of Steel"

February 6th, 2013

Director Larry Ziegelman's latest short film, the Superman Sex-Comedy "Little Man of Steel", was recently covered by Dan Patton of Screen Magazine (Article here).  The (more)

Halvorsen's "No Soliciting" Now on Funny Or Die!

January 29th, 2013

If you haven't seen Sean Halvorsen's latest short comedy, "No Soliciting", check out the link here.  Directed and co-written by Halvorsen, the short was also (more)

"Between Us" Screens at Slamdance

January 14th, 2013

Dan Mirvish's new film "Between Us", cut by Hootenanny's Dean Gonzalez, recently won Grand Prize at the Bahamas International Film Festival and will be scre (more)

Hootenanny's Metzger creates "The Dramatic Moment" for Kraft

October 29th, 2012

Hootenanny editor Graham Metzger recently teamed with agency The Escape Pod to create "The Dramatic Moment", a new Kraft commercial for the Lunchables line. 

The spot creates a suspend (more)

Editor Dean Gonzalez joins Hootenanny

August 22nd, 2012

After cutting in Los Angeles for over a decade, Editor Dean Gonzalez has returned to his hometown of Chicago to join the staff of Hootenanny.  With a full range of editing chops, Gonzalez’s career has encompassed not only commercial (more)

Movin’ on Up!

August 2nd, 2012

Our Hootenanny family is rapidly expanding!  We'd like to announce that the very talented Hannah Whelchel has been promoted to assistant editor!  For those of you lucky enough to have had Hannah greet you at our front desk, you w (more)

Halvorsen's in the Big Chair

July 12th, 2012

Chicago-based post house Hootenanny has promoted Sean Halvorsen to editor. Halvorsen, who has been with the post house since 2008 in the role of assistant editor, has recently completed work for clients DraftFCB, Leo Burnett, EnergyBBDO, an (more)

Metzger Designs for Network Health, Reforms Health Insurance in the Process!

June 6th, 2012

(link)  Our very own Graham Metzger recently teamed up with AE Marketing Group to design and edit this very cool, AWA (more)

Liz Tate Teams with Leo Burnett for Chicago-Perspective Charter Schools

May 23rd, 2012

(LINK)  Liz recently teamed with our creative partners at Leo Burnett to create a piece for an amazing group of charter schools in Chicago- Perspective Charter Schoo (more)

Hootenanny Teams with Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

April 27th, 2012

We're very proud of our recent collaboration with EPIC and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. "Dear 40-Yea (more)

Hootenanny Spring Party 2012

April 9th, 2012

Spring is officially here!  So why not throw a killer party to celebrate!
Please join us Wednesday, April 25th for our annual Hootenanny Spring Party!
Featuring the artwork of Todd Baxter, music by DJ Heaven Malone, drinks and fo (more)

"What's new @ the Hoot"

February 17th, 2012

Wow!  Our last entry was posted November 28th of last year.  That seems like a lifetime ago!  Sorry about that friend, let's get you caught up on the "goings on" here at Hootenanny over the past couple of months.

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Hootenanny Artwork

November 28th, 2011

Just a reminder; most of the artwork displayed in the halls of Hootenanny is for sale. Come in and take a look around, or go to "space>artwork" on the website to view our current works of art. Makes a great gift for the holidays! (more)

Hootenanny Virals a Hit

October 28th, 2011

If you are a fan of ours on Facebook, then you have no doubt seen our series of creative video shorts written and directed by our own Sean Halvorsen. “Getting the whole staff involved with shooting has really portrayed the sense (more)

Claussen Cut by Metzger

June 29th, 2011

Escape Pod continues to produce smart, funny work for their clients and the latest creation is no exception. With the mission of getting the message out to consumers that Claussen pickles are actually stored in the refrigerated section (more)

The Social Network

June 24th, 2011

Become a fan of Hootenanny on facebook, twitter and vimeo to get regular updates about goings on here at the Hoot as well as see our Friday morning shorts before anyone else.  Click the social network of your choice in the lower right (more)

Spring Party 2011

May 10th, 2011

Spring Party 2011 was a smash success. Big thanks to everyone for coming out and getting a little crazy with us. If you couldn't make it, feel free to check out some photos taken by Clayton Hauck Phot (more)

Hootenanny Spring Party 2011

April 11th, 2011

Mark your calendars! Hootenanny & mr. moqo are having a party!  Drink and mingle with us on Thursday, April 21st starting at 6pm. There will be tasty morsels, abundant cocktails, and DJ's Only Children for your listening (more)

The Pod Has Landed

March 14th, 2011

The Escape Pod recently completed a Babies"R"Us spot here, with Graham Metzger editing and Jim Annerino finishing. Creative Director Vinny Warren and Executive Producer Kent Kwiatt worked with Metzger to produce their first spot for the r (more)

Hootenanny Hires Smoke Assistant

March 11th, 2011

Hootenanny is proud to welcome Brooks Geenen as our new Smoke Assistant. Previously at Ki Edit & Design, he will assist Jim Annerino with all finishing and VFX/Compositing sessions. Although well accomplished in all aspects of post-prod (more)

Hootenanny Clears the Way

September 16th, 2010

Clear mobile internet just finished a package here at Hootenanny, with Graham Metzger designing as well as editing the spots. Helming the project for A. Eicoff & Co. was the illustrious Jim Hoffman, with creative help from art director (more)

Meet Surita Mansukhani!

June 8th, 2010

She’s in charge of our business development, so give her a call if you’d like to see our reel. She’s also involved in the Shady Lady, the great new bar that just opened in River North, so have her take you out for a drink there! Surit (more)

Hootenanny Hosts Free Spirit Media Benefit

April 28th, 2010

Hootenanny hosts a benefit for Free Spirit Media. Eat, drink and mingle with friends while celebrating and supporting the incredible potential of our youth. PLEASE JOIN US!
RSVP TODAY! Individual tickets are $50 and can be purchased onli (more)

Hootenanny Party Breaks in the New Space

March 10th, 2010

The party was a smash success. Thanks to everyone for coming out and toasting our new space.  If you couldn't make it, feel free to check out some of the photos taken by Glitter Guts. The props really brought out the wild side of the (more)


February 19th, 2010

The dust has settled, the art is up and the party is on.  Just like we promised.

Please join hootenanny, mr. moqo, and fxphd to celebrate our new space.

Thursday, March 4th, 6pm
230 E Ohio, 7th Floor

Featuring C (more)

Bally Total Fitness Campaign Lands at Hootenanny

January 25th, 2010

Hootenanny recently worked on the newly-designed Bally campaign with Tom, Dick & Harry Advertising. Utilizing a different design direction each month, the spots have allowed us to collaborate with two talented designers: mr. moqo and Ma (more)

Hootenanny Gets New Digs

December 3rd, 2009

Hootenanny, a Chicago-based post house founded in 2008, has moved into new office space at 230 East Ohio Street. The new 7500 sq ft loft allows much-needed space for the growing boutique, which will continue to share space with mr. moqo, a (more)

ARU treats Hootenanny to River Cruise... Halvorsen gets crapped on.

September 30th, 2009

On September 23rd, while awaiting for the Wendella Architecture Tour to depart, Sean Halvorsen got crapped on by a bird, possibly a diseased pigeon.  Thus started the evening sponsored by ARU Chicago, attended by members of Hootenanny (more)

Dean Gonzalez joins Hootenanny

June 2nd, 2009

Film editor and Chicago native Dean Gonzalez is to be represented and housed by Hootenanny in his hometown. Gonzalez brings with him 10 years of commercial, music video, and long form film editing from the Los Angeles area. It's exciting t (more)

Introducing... mr. moqo

April 17th, 2009

mr. moqo, a new design studio headed by noted designer Robert von Bjal, has opened in Chicago. The studio’s focus, according to von Bjal, will be a unique blend of graphic design and animation princip (more)

Liz Tate Teaches "The Craft of Editing" on fxphd.com

March 17th, 2009

Editor Liz Tate is currently wearing the hat of professor, as she teaches an editorial class on the fxphd.com website. "The Craft of Editing" focuses on the theories of editing rather than the technical aspects. "It's been a great exper (more)

Screening for Alex Beh's "The Laundry"

January 30th, 2009

Join us for a screening of two films edited by Hootenanny's Graham Metzger. "The Laundry" and "Sugar" will be shown on Thursday, February 5, 8PM at Angels and Kings Chicago, 710 N. Clark Street (more)

A Collection of Creatives

December 1st, 2008

By: Robert Leach - Hootenanny, launched nearly nine months ago by the creative team of Liz Tate and Jim Annerino, is no rookie to the post-production business; Tate's career as a creative editor spanned twenty years at Avenue Edit (more)

Metzger cuts Alex Beh's "Sugar"

November 15th, 2008

"Sugar" has had great success on the film festival short program circuit, playing at Chicago International, Austin, Bend, Sidewalk, Feel Good, Next Gen, and the St. Louis Film Critic's Showcase where Metzger won for best editing. Beh a (more)

RED Night at Hootenanny

September 9th, 2008

Chicago, Illinois - September 9th , 2008 - Hootenanny, a Chicago-based editorial boutique, hosted an informational meeting for clients in August centering on the RED camera. FxPHD co-founder Mike Seymourwas in town from Australia and addres (more)

Hootenanny Hires Executive Producer Don Avila

August 11th, 2008

Chicago, Illinois - August 11, 2008 - Editorial company Hootenanny has hired producer Don Avila to fill the role of Executive Producer at the newly-formed post house. Avila comes to Hootenanny from JWT Chicago, where he served as the Direct (more)

Editor Metzger joins Hootenanny

May 19th, 2008

Chicago, Illinois - May 19th, 2008 - Editor Graham Metzger has joined the creative editorial roster at Hootenanny, the newly formed post-production company that opened in early spring at 211 East Grand Ave., Chicago. Metzger comes to Hooten (more)