Nik Wallenda by Michael Durr

It's a bird it's a plane no it's Nik Wallenda. In the time I have lived in the city I have seen some awesome stuff. I have seen the Sears tower get hit by lightning (several times), I have seen countless fire in the sky sunrises and sunsets, I have seen cars blown up for Hollywood movies, attack helicopters run training missions, corners and blocks turned into giant movie sets, I have seen Michael Bay direct Mark Wahlberg, but I never thought I would see a man walk across the Chicago river 600 feet in the air on a wire.

Nik Wallenda stepped out onto a wire from Marina City Tower to the Leo Burnett building at a record setting 19 degree incline. It's something you would expect to see in a Mission Impossible movie. Although if it was I am sure Tom Cruise would have been running across without that cumbersome poll. That's the beauty of Hollywood magic, but this was real life.

Skyscraper Live was broadcast live around the world. Myself and tens of thousands of people watched in person on the ground while others crowded onto Marina City balconies and in downtown office buildings for watch parties.

In his interviews following the stunt, Nik really seems like a great guy. A family man carrying on the legacy of this unique skill. Congrats Nik! Chicago was happy to have you.

COM WEEK 2014 by Michael Durr

I had the honor of presenting to Illinois State University students with two of my good friends Jesse and Jordan Arseneau. It was a full day of one-on-one discussions with students followed by a panel presentation to one of the COM classes. It was inspiring for me to be in the company of my friends and hear about their amazing work. The panel discussion we lead was titled Behind the Lens. We showcased some work and offered up our best words of wisdom. Since graduation from Illinois state in 2004 Jesse, Jordan and myself have remained close friends and have influenced and challenged each other professionally. Thank you to Laura Trendle-Polus and Bob Carroll for allowing us to take part in COM Week.

Jordan Arseneau Jordan currently shoots every frame of the program Chicago's Best and recently won an Emmy for his editing work.

Jesse Arseneau Jesse currently has his own video production company, Arseneau Media Productions, and works primarily out of the Kankakee area. He is also one of only a few videoographers certified to shoot surgical procedures for hospitals.

Michael Durr I was also on the panel and made sure to showcase my photography work, in addition to my video work. I discussed my unique career path and highlighted how all three of us have influenced each other professionally over the past ten years. It was a great day and I look forward to returning again.


I also had to make mention that since college the only project that all three of us worked on together was my wedding video. Jesse and Jordan shot throughout the day and I edit their footage. It was awesome to have my good friends capturing the day for me. It would not have been the same without them.