Tracy Lynn Pristas

"Break-Up" Could Be Big Break For Local Artist

Jun. 2, 2006
CBS 2 Chicago News
Mai Martinez
Top News 'Break-Up' Could Be Big Break For Local Artist Tracy Lynn Pristas's Art Appears In New Film SLIDESHOW: Jen and Vince In Chicago by Mai Martinez CHICAGO (CBS) The new movie "The Break-Up" could be the big break for a Chicagoan. CBS 2's Mai Martinez explains why one artist hopes audiences notice her paintings when they go see the picture. For 10 years, Tracy Lynn Pristas has worked hard to get her art the recognition it deserves. Little did she know, one promotional postcard would make the task so much easier. "Dan Clancy, who is the set decorator for Universal Studios, happened to go into Uncommon Ground Cafe and picked up the postcard for the painting called 'Majestic Whispers,'" Pristas said. Clancy happened to be working on a movie called "The Break-Up," starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. He thought the work he saw on the postcard would be perfect for the film, so he contracted the artist. "I was just blown away. I was like, 'What? Would I be interested? Of course I'd be interested,'" she said. Pristas says Clancy settled on three paintings - one 3-panel piece and two landscapes that got their fair of screen time. Speaking of screen time, Pristas even got some of her own as an extra in the movie. The scene was later cut, but Pristas still calls the entire experience a highlight of her career. The director of Chicago's Film Office says it's even more. It's a highlight for Chicago. "It's not only the people on camera, but the works on camera that are such a strong selling point for Chicago," Director Rich Moskal said. Moskal adds this is not the first time the works of Chicago artists have been featured in the films shot here. In fact, another painter's work can be seen in the upcoming Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves movie, "The Lake House." In case you're wondering, that 3-panel piece from "The Break-Up" is still available. It's $10,000. "Dan Clancy, who is the set decorator for Universal Studios, happened to go into Uncommon Ground Cafe and picked up the postcard for the painting called 'Majestic Whispers,'" Pristas said. CBS Related Stories Governor Wants To Lure More Movies To Illinois (May 30, 2006) (5/30/2006) Jen, Vince Walk The Red Carpet At Chicago Premiere (May 29, 2006) (5/30/2006)