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2017 Chicago Cinema Tech Expo

Join AbelCine on Saturday, October 7 for our Chicago Cinema Tech Expo! This year's expo has expanded to a whole new space, with more gear, workshops, and activities. This is a free, full-day event, so don’t miss out!


  • AbelCine Chicago
  • Cinespace Film Studios
    2602 W. 16th Street, 4th Fl
    IL, 60608


2017 Chicago Cinema Tech Expo
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Join AbelCine for a special event on Saturday, October 7: our Chicago Cinema Tech Expo!

Last year's Fall Tech Expo was such a success that we are doing it again — except this year we've expanded the event to a whole new space, with more gear, workshops, and activities. This is a free, full-day event, so don't miss out!

The day's activities will include:

Manufacturer Booths

Manufacturer booths will be set up in the large ballroom located in the same building as AbelCine Chicago, on the 2nd floor. Attendees are encouraged to visit each booth, go hands-on with new gear, and get their questions answered by manufacturer specialists.

Manufacturers in attendance will include: 




Atomos Logo








G-Tech Logo




Preston Logo


RED Logo


Rosco Logo


Sennheiser Logo






Spectracal Portrait Displays logo

Tiffen logo




Creative Solutions






...and more!


Educational Workshops

AbelCine Technical specialists will be leading multiple hour-long workshops on varied topics, ranging from an overview of VR acquisition, to prepping cameras on-set as an AC, to developing a project as a producer. Workshops will take place both in the AbelCine Chicago space and in the larger ballroom area. There will be a small cost when registering for individual classes.

Workshop topics will include: 

AC 101 On Set (Note: this workshop is now sold out. If you are still interested, please add yourself to the waitlist.) 
This one-hour workshop is based on our popular Digital AC workshops. This class is designed to give you a good grounding in the most important aspects of a professional motion picture camera. You will learn about the key components that are used to build a professional camera system and will become familiar with the functionality of pro tripod and fluid head platforms.
Class size limit: 10
Instructor: Megan Donnelly (Training Manager, AbelCine Chicago)

Digital Cameras for Producers
This one-hour workshop is based on our popular Digital Cameras for Producers class. Understanding the technical aspects of digital filmmaking is crucial to making smart budget decisions. This introductory class will prepare you to choose the right tools for the job and understand the benefits of your equipment investment.
Class size limit: 20
Instructor: Jeff Lee (National Training Manager, AbelCine) 

Intro to VR
This one-hour workshop is based on our popular Introduction to VR class. This introductory class will cover the artistry and storytelling of VR, starting with the history of VR and all the way through today's existing content. Different types of VR filmmaking and VR acquisition will be discussed.
Class size limit: 20
Instructor: Geoff Smith (Camera Technology Specialist, AbelCine NY)

Creative Panels

Taking place in our Learning Point theater, these panels will feature cinematographers and other creative professionals discussing both creative and technical topics. Panelists and guest speakers will be revealed soon! 

Featured panels will include:

Cinematic Lensing
There are those who think that lens choice can affect the look of a project even more than the choice of camera. With today’s cameras becoming ever more powerful and affordable, the choice of glass is often one of the main ways filmmakers can add a unique look to what they’re shooting. This panel will explore the the creative, aesthetic, and technical considerations that go into choosing the perfect cinematic lens for a project.
Moderated by Jeff Lee (National Training Manager, AbelCine)

Creative Forces
Based on our popular Creative Forces evening event series, this panel will focus on an industry leader or working professional who will discuss what inspires them in their career and beyond. Speakers analyze creative elements from a variety of mediums — from film clips, to photography, to illustration and more — and participate in a dialog with the audience.
Moderated by Megan Donnelly (Training Manager, AbelCine Chicago)

Community Programming

We've partnered with some amazing Chicago filmmaking community organizations to present unique and educational programming. These activities will go on throughout the day and will take place in the ballroom space as well. Our community partners include:

Free Spirt Media Logo

IFP Chicago Logo

Iowa Film logo

Kartemquin Films

Kansas City Film Office logo

Stage 18 Logo

Sign up for Stage 18's Speed Networking session now! 




We'll be expecting a big turnout for our Chicago Cinema Tech Expo so make sure to RSVP now!





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