Fox Studio’s Feliciano documents Chamber Festival
Luis Feliciano of Northbrook Fred Fox Studios donated his talents to direct a documentary film short of the North Shore Chamber Music Festival at the Northbrook Village Presbyterian Church.| Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 15, 2012 2:38PM
The analytical chemist in Luis Feliciano peered through his Canon camera viewfinder, checking the depth of field, the lighting, his tripod buttressing Northbrook Fred Fox Studios shutterbug hands.
“I see the world in terms of math,” said Feliciano, director of video operations (seven years) for Fred Fox Studios at 1944 Raymond Drive.
“It’s all mathematical,” he said.
Feliciano, with Chicago cinematographer Greggory Godlewski and gaffer-that-day James Daley, was understandably hurried one hour before the three-day North Shore Chamber Music Festival began at 6 p.m.
The Northbrook Village Presbyterian Church, and its Gothic pointed cathedral ceilings required lighting adjustments, naturally. The acoustics were perfect for capturing pristine audio.
WFMT 98.7, Chicago’s classical station, produced live broadcasts all three NSCMF nights.
“Unbelievable,” said Angela Yoffe, a seven-year Northbrook resident, also festival executive director.
“We have the top performers in the world and they played in the best halls in the world and they couldn’t believe it,” Yoffe said, backstage.
Festival publicist Laura Grant from New York was in on the pre-production meeting. Feliciano, who volunteered his documentary film skills here for a second year, prefers Canon HDTV technology.
“This is actually gonna be really cool, this is going to be awesome,” said Feliciano, of today’s shoot.
The goal: a 10-minute documentary short.
Of why he volunteers: “The biggest reason is music did so much for me.
“It paid for my school (Augustana College, Northern Illinois University at DeKalb), I was on a full ride.”
A 1994 Elgin High School graduate, Feliciano’s father was a carpenter, his mother, a baker.
“So this was my way to give back,” he said, noting 12 years in concert bands, playing euphonium and trombone with the Fox Valley Orchestra.
Seven of those years were well spent in jazz bands.
When Feliciano left NIU-DeKalb in 1999 with a chemistry degree: “I got the job (at Kraft) as an analytical chemist, it was a great job, it was a cushy job…”
But the creative gig rocked more.
“I became, like, their (R.R. Donnelley, print firm) art director and I loved it.”
Choosing art over a science career, Feliciano is “artistically, exactly why I am here.
“My role is to bring to Fred Fox Studios a new era of contemporary videography.
Of Angela Yoffe: “She’s marvelous, she has an energy I can connect with,” said Feliciano.
Yoffe and her husband Vadim Gluzman, festival artistic director, have one daughter, Orli, 8, a Northbrook Solomon Schechter Day School third grader.
“He (Feliciano) just helped to capture the reality of the series,” said Yoffe, noting last year’s documentary wowed supporters.
Fred Fox Studios, a Chicago wedding photography fixture since 1919, has several locations, its Northbrook commercial production house across from Glenbrook North High School.
“We appreciate all levels of support we get from our clients and colleagues,” said Feliciano.
“And as a new member of the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce, we’re really excited to work with this group.”
Email Luis Feliciano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.fredfox.com. Call 847) 498-2277.