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Consumers now expect some form of video in any brand’s communication mix, making it a price-of-entry marketing element for any business. Shikaakwa can showcase your brand across a variety of formats, in broadcast quality at a tremendous value.


SHIKAAKWA is the video and motion graphics division of Sticky. It melds our creative and strategic marketing expertise with high-end finished production, to provide you with a singular vision and an economical production model. We can match or exceed the quality and caliber of work from large agencies and production companies, at a fraction of the cost.

The name “Chicago” is a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, from the Miami-Illinois language. It means “wild/stinky onion.”

To discuss the kind of original branded content and experiences today’s audiences seek and share, contact us.


SHIKAAKWA combines more than a quarter century of outstanding creative marketing credentials with high-end production capabilities to provide clients with a comprehensive yet streamlined video communications resource. With our advertising agency background, we use insight and strategy to develop concepts, scripts and storyboards. With our production team, we then film, edit and score those ideas. Over the past 25 years, we have created and supervised hundreds of commercials and other video projects, and have worked with some of the best directors and production companies in the process. That collective experience and expertise is now available to you through Shikaakwa. This concept-to-consumer approach means a singular vision that cuts protracted process and cost.


SHIKAAKWA conceives, scripts and produces stories of all lengths that help brands tell their stories. Commercials, original films, documentaries, music videos, webisodes, content for and from trade shows, performances, concerts and other live events, dynamic interviews, and business profiles. So if you’re a client who wants a moving (literally and figuratively) piece, but you don’t want to hire an expensive agency that will then hire an expensive production company to put together a costly solution, hire us. We’ve directed, produced and edited a 1930-era short film at retro prices, and saved a client 67% versus its NY agency’s bid for high-definition quality editorial. And if you already have an agency, that’s cool, too. We’ve helped other client and agency partners without turning the production into a production.


SHIKAAKWA is also a resource for investors who would like to produce any project for any screen, big or small. We are always developing ideas and material — generally stuff with the potential for sponsorships and other integrated branding — and are always looking for clients, sponsors and other partners who recognize that there are now so many original ways to reach and retain an audience. From movies to TV shows to digital media vehicles to interactive games and other experiences, we can turn your investment into brand equities and intellectual properties with lasting value and appeal.

To discuss a collaborative partnership, and to produce that special video project you’ve always envisioned, contact us.


Even clients who have experience hiring agencies and other companies to develop commercials and other video content for their brands may not be privy to everything a production entails. So here is the process dissected, for the three-minute 1930-era short film we created for Filbert’s, the last independent soda maker in the Midwest:

1) Write a one-page creative and strategic brief, which will guide the work. The brief will include background about the brand and the consumer, creative considerations and opportunities, and an all-important insight.

2) Develop rough concepts, the best of which will be turned into tight scripts and presentation storyboards.

Our agency background and experience are critical at these early stages. Once a concept is approved for production, we…

3) Begin casting and location scouting.

4) Select wardrobe.

5) Identify and obtain props.

6) Obtain shooting permits and any necessary insurance.

7) Develop shooting board and production schedule.

8) Rent needed production equipment.

9) Coordinate responsibilities of production crew, including principal actors and extras, hair/make-up, lighting, set design, audio, crowd control, etc.

10) Shoot.

11) Transfer of video files.

12) Edit of rough cut.

13) Selection of music and voice-over, if necessary.

14) Color-correction of approved rough cut, plus any graphics and/or retouching.

15) Output of finished file for broadcast.


To discuss the kind of original branded content and experiences today’s audiences seek and share, contact us.