Hey there, Sugar Fix blog readers!  This week, we’re featuring a local business that we absolutely LOVE; Mirar Productions.


As you all know by now, Dr. Emery LOVES smiles, social media, and all things creative!  She found Mirar Productions as she was on her quest for finding just the right fit of a cinematographer that “gets” her, understands her brand, and helps convey her creative visions onto video.  We’d like to share with you just why we think Mirar Productions is so fantastic.


Dr. Emery & Philipe Carvalho (owner of Mirar Productions)

Philipe Carvalho is the owner of Mirar Productions.  Philipe is truly a creative genius!  A typical project from start to finish with Philipe usually consists of 4 typical steps; first, a creative pre-meeting where we discuss the “vision” of this particular video.  Then Philipe develops a storyboard (or several) for Dr. Emery to collaborate on to make sure the actual video will truly meet her “vision.”  Then we have the shoot.  Philipe brings with him everything from cameras to lights to props.  Dr. Emery works with him to film short videos that feature her favorite products to educational and informative videos.  They have even filmed fun birthday videos to send to patients as well as longer features for Dr. Emery’s website for Sugar Fix Dental Loft.   The final steps involve Philipe editing the video & adding sound and graphics.  Lastly, he collaborates with Dr. Emery that edited version, making any additional edits that Dr. Emery sees fit.


Philipe “in action” while filming at a recent shoot.


Here’s a little bit about Philipe’s background that you might find interesting.  As a teenager living in the Bay area, Philipe volunteered at the church he attended with his family.  This volunteering experience included filming services that would then be broadcast in Brazil!  This was sort of his beginning in filming.  He remembers the process being quite laborious, but still so much fun.  During this time, he also created many small “independent” films on his own; actually pushing them onto YouTube and gained a small following there.


Philipe attended UC Santa Barbara and was thinking that a degree in History was what his heart desired.  He continued to create films on the side.


Just after graduation, he landed a job with a producer of documentaries.  Philipe’s role was to transcribe the tapes.  Eventually, Philipe’s role grew into becoming a producer as well.


Before moving to Chicago, Philipe also worked for Google!  On the side, he continued filming weddings as well as filming other projects people wanted done.


In 2010, Philipe moved to Chicago and there’s been no turning back since!  Much of his business can be attributed to word-of-mouth referrals.  For a passion of his to grow into a career that also pays a full-time staff of 4 (team of 6) is quite impressive.


Philipe “shooting” a new video of Dr. Emery.

In the future, Philipe would love to see Mirar Productions carry on into creating commercial work.


Dr. Emery is THRILLED that she has found one of the finest cinematographers in all of Chicago.  Philipe takes his time to understand her vision and can convey her stories to her audience through film.


3 things that make Philipe smile are:  his girls (including his wife), sports, and filming!


Philipe Carvalho, owner of Mirar Productions in Chicago.

You can find Philipe and this gem of a business online at:  www.mirarproductions.com  or by calling 650.333.4227.  Mirar Productions is located at:  2 South Leavitt St. #207 Chicago, IL 60612