About Spirit Juice Studios

Spirit Juice Studios is an award-winning, Chicago-based creative production firm specializing in the transformative power of high quality visual media merged with the ever ancient, ever new beauty of Catholicism. Through the collaborative efforts of those involved with Spirit Juice Studios, the Gospel is delivered by means of a strong visual design aesthetic, coupled with the paramount components of modern technology. Both engage the eyes, ears and soul of an individual — both depend on parables and belief in the compassion of the human heart.

 

The team at Spirit Juice Studios are passionate not only about the standards in which they hold their work, but also in their Catholic faith, ultimately fusing together to form the best representation of Catholic values to advance the mission of the Church today. We welcome the impossible idea.  When it comes to our clients’ ambitions and aspirations, we believe we can achieve the highest-caliber results on time and within your budget.

 

To learn more about Spirit Juice Studios’ roots within the Catholic community, company objectives, and overall body of work, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Our Approach

Creative Development

Creative Development

Some of our best work comes from being able to workshop ideas with our clients and key creative team. Whether its writing, design, strategy or research, we want to be involved in the earliest stage of any project.

Production

Production

Shooting great film remains one of our core competencies. Our collective production experience and vast pool of collaborators allow us to tackle nearly any production challenge.

Post-Production

Post-Production

Our Chicago studio houses nearly 1,000 square feet of post-production resources. We offer offline and online editorial, color correction, design, animation and compositing, and occasionally a dog named Amelia.

Meet The Team

Rob Kaczmark

Rob Kaczmark

Rob played matchmaker some years back, introducing quality media to the Catholic Church. The two hit it off immediately, giving Rob the excuse he had been looking for to purchase obscenely expensive camera equipment.

Bernie Czerwinski

Bernie Czerwinski

Bernie recognized the importance of youth outreach through a now-defunct radio program hosted by Rob of all things. Between his refined business savvy and true love of God, Bernie has helped develop the company into what it is today.

Fr. Claude Burns

Fr. Claude Burns

The rudder to our ship, the margins to our page, the Gandalf to our fellowship. Spirit Juice Studios' official Spiritual Director is Fr. Claude Burns, who never fails to provide sound advice, faithful guidance and wicked rhymes.

Greg Krajewski

Greg Krajewski

Words one associates with Greg are talented, tenacious, and tall. Armed with his film school discipline, Greg has intermingled his passion for Catholicism and love of distinguished entertainment to become a highly-valued asset.

Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

When picturing Melinda, one cannot imagine her without a camera, a cup of coffee, or a rosary clutched in her hand. With her discerning eye, she holds Spirit Juice Studios to a high standard for creative aesthetics. Also, girl.

Branden J. Stanley

Branden J. Stanley

Branden may be the youngest member of the team, but that doesn’t stop him from bringing his unique cinematographic style to the table. He refuses to be defined by stereotypes…although we think he's kind of a hipster.

Danny Hidalgo

Danny Hidalgo

The hats Danny has worn over the years are as numerous as they are diverse — director of photography, camera operator, editor, producer, professional bodybuilder. But, the most prized cap in his collection reads "World's Best Dad."

Rachael Nielson

Rachael Nielson

Rachael is our upbeat administrative and production assistant - she can be seen crossing our T's and dotting our I's. With her degree in music, Spirit Juice is the opportunity to combine faith with two other passions: film and music.

Crystal Avila

Crystal Avila

A recent graduate from Notre Dame (don’t ask her about football; she watched more movies than games), Crystal brings her love for documentary filmmaking and indie experimentation to her work as an associate producer and editor.

Clients

Aid for Women
Archdiocese of Atlanta
Archdiocese of Chicago
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Archdiocese of New York
Ave Maria Press
Bruce Downes, The Catholic Guy
Catholic Cemeteries
Catholics Come Home
Catholic Heart Workcamp
CatholicVote.org
Christopher West
Danielle Rose
Daughters of Divine Love

Diocese of Arlington
Diocese of Richmond
Direction for Our Times
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
Illinois Right to Life
In Defense of Christians
John Paul II Newman Center
Knights of Columbus
Loyola Press
Lighthouse Catholic Media
Liturgy Training Publications
March for Life
Mayslake Ministries
Midwest Theological Forum
MPower Pictures

Mundelein Seminary
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
NET Ministries
ODB Films
Pauline Books and Media
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Steve Angrisano
Steve Ray
Students for Life
Susan B. Anthony List
St. Josemaria Institute
William H. Sadlier
Word on Fire
World Library Publications