We get a lot of questions about how we do these free monthly documentaries for local businesses. This post should give you a little insight as to how we work.
We have a team of people who handle everything from planning to production to delivery. We communicate daily through email, text, and the old fashion phone call. We meet face to face, or via Google Hangouts once per week to discuss current projects, future projects, and the future of Made In Mankato and what else we can do for the community. We also talk a lot about film in general.
Once we have a subject picked out, we sit down with the subject and get an idea of their background (how they got started, what inspires them, the technicalities of their business, etc.). From there, we get together and make a general storyline and discuss what types of things we want to document and what all it would involve as far as production goes; how many people we need shooting, when and where, equipment needed, timeline of events, etc.
From there we interview the subject on camera. We ask each person roughly ten questions about the past, present and future of their business – as well as what inspires them. After that we review the footage and start to piece together the storyline. This helps us to determine what other shots we need to get in order to complete our project, and also allows us to adjust our timeline accordingly.
Once we start getting footage in, we start the editing process by creating drafts of the project. This helps us to take the story we are trying to tell and refine it until it is just right. We pass footage between each other to make changes, suggestions, etc.
Once the final product is finished, everyone on the team reviews it and gives any last minute recommendations before we “ship it”. For our monthly documentaries, that means having a screening, and then posting it to our website on the first of every month.
Photos by Caleb Curran and Ben Lundsten