John Roa // Sophisticated Living Magazine

James Gustin photographed and creative directed the front cover and "John Roa - Second Acts" editorial article of the Nov-Dec 2016 edition of Sophisticated Living Magazine Chicago.

"John Roa is uberclassy, smart, handsome, and successful. It was difficult for me not to be totally jealous of the guy. But when I got over myself and got to know him, I saw him as the genuine, hardworking visionary that he is. We had a blast driving around the West Loop in his 1966 Ford Bronco." –James

Fig Media Team:
Photographer | James Gustin | Assistant | Codi Palm

Sophisticated Living Team:
Owner and Publisher | Bridget McDermott | Editor-In-Chef | Elise Hofer Shaw | Contributing Writer | Matt Lee

Shape Magazine // Meet and Tweet

Shape Magazine hired the fig media team to film and photograph their meet and tweet event in Chicago. Our team produced a short sizzle reel of the event, a vendor highlight film and rush delivery of photography for social media. We LOVED everything about this event full of positive entrepreneurial females supporting one another! 


+ ONE Event Sizzle Reel
+ ONE Social Media Cut, Highlighting Sponsor Spyder
+ Event Photography, 10 shots delivered end of day, full coverage within 48 hours of event. 

Venue: 19 East 
Client: Shape Magazine
Producer: Megan Taylor
Photographer: Brian Carey
Filmmaker: Melissa Fox

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Shanghai Terrace // Sophisticated Living Magazine

Fig's team of James Gustin, Brian Carey and Beking Joassaint photographed and creative directed another "Food Feature" editorial in the July-August 2016 edition of Sophisticated Living Magazine Chicago. We photographed a combination of food, drink, interiors, lifestyle, and portraits for The Peninsula's Shanghai Terrace.

Fig Media Team:
Fig Producers | James Gustin, Michele Gustin | Creative Director | James Gustin | Photographers | Brian Carey, James Gustin | BTS Filmmaker | Kevin Loiselle

Sophisticated Living Team:
Owner and Publisher | Bridget McDermott | Editor-In-Chef | Elise Hofer Shaw | Contributing Writer | Hilary Boyajian

The Shanghai Terrace Team:
Head Chef | Elmo Han

Lyric Opera // Chicago Voices Community Created Performances

Once our pilot project launched with Lyric Unlimited (see that case study here) Our team set about planning coverage to create media over the course of a full year for the Chicago Voices community created performances project. Community groups applied to receive resources from Lyric to create their own original work. Our team interviewed eight community groups and created short interviews for the public to vote on. From those eight groups, three were selected to participate in a six week program culminating in a live performance of the work they create together. Our team recently wrapped production documenting the process for a full year. We created a series of short films for Lyric to use in social media, blogs and on their website to promote the project. 

Our suite of deliverables are designed to create a bulk of material that our editors can customize for multiple purposes. Our team focuses on making sure the audience feels like they are "in the action," while documenting where each group is in the process. These films are shot and edited within two weeks to allow Lyric to keep their audience engaged with the overall project. We are currently filming each group leading up to the final performance at the end of September.