Made in Mankato was founded in Spring of 2013 by Jordan Powers, owner of Mankato Home Tours and Ryan Frederick, owner of Sunrise Sound Design, with help from Mike Nietz. We are a group of professional video producers, film students, and entrepreneurs based out of Mankato, Minnesota who specialize in cinematic storytelling. In 2013, we set out to accomplish something nobody has every heard of: create 12 mini documentaries in 12 months highlighting our locally owned businesses to encourage growth in our community… for free.
Our team consisted of 8 highly creative and motivated artists who shared a common passion for creative storytelling through film. We had no clients, no budget, and no idea as to where this would take us – we just wanted to do something with this passion, while at the same time helping our community and building a solid portfolio of work.
The greater Mankato area has hundreds of local businesses and entrepreneurs with amazing stories on how they got to where they are today. Our goal is not to produce a corporate promotional video, but to share their story with our community – not only to encourage growth and support of local businesses, but to also inspire others with an idea to take action.
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Q: Does MIM only film short documentaries, or can I hire them to create a commercial or an extended documentary for my business?
A: Simply put: Yes. Our work produced through MIM is focused on storytelling through video. We feel we have a very specific niche in the video industry, and are different from the other amazing video production companies we have in southern Minnesota. Let us know what you need and we will assemble a team for your needs.
Q: How much do you charge for a video?
A: A typical video can run anywhere from $1000-$20000+. It really all depends on your needs and how much time and resources it will take to make your project a reality. The best way to answer this is to simply ask what your budget is for producing a video, and then narrow it down from there. It is hard for someone who does not produce video to understand the costs and time involved, and we understand that. We lay out a detailed proposal on what we think it will take to complete your project within 24 hours of a face-to-face consultation.
Q: I’m not exactly sure what we are looking for, but our company is very interested. Is there a way we could meet and talk about our options and what might work best for us?
A. We would love to meet you and help design a project that would best suit your needs. Each film project takes on its own style depending on the type of business we are working with, and each of them starts with an idea. Creativity is our passion, so start us off with as many or as few ideas as you have, and we can take it from there and work with you along the way to shape and create through film the type of advertising piece your business is looking for.
Q: What exactly is the monthly “Made In Mankato” web series? Do you still do this?
A: The “Made In Mankato” web series ran from October 2013-September 2014. It was created to serve our community and inspire support for local business. Each month we selected a local business to feature and produced a short five-minute documentaries at no cost to the business. We accomplished that goal, and you can see all of the videos on our portfolio page. We no longer are producing this video series, but may take on surprise “passion-projects” from time to time.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: Our cameras and lenses are all made by Canon, and our audio equipment is a plethora of different manufacturers. We have a recording studio for audio, and with commercial and portrait photography as part of our roots, we have been investing in and upgrading our equipment for many years. Our editing is done primarily on a 6-Core Mac Pro using the Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
Q: Should I join the MIM mailing list?
A: Yes! When we post on Facebook, only a very small percentage of our audience sees our posts unless we pay extra to promote them. By having an email list, it ensures that our audience gets any important information we send out and stays up to date on the latest MIM happenings and events.
Jordan Powers – Founder | Producer | Director | Cinematographer | Editor
Caleb Curran – Cinematographer | Director
Ryan Frederick – Co-Founder | Audio Production
Tonya Wittman – Production Manager | Cinematographer
Amber Powers – Production Assistant | Cinematographer
Ty Leyrer – Production Assistant | Community Liaison
Ted Wittman – Director | Cinematographer | Editor – www.tedwittman.com
Judy Ebel – Production Assistant | Cinematographer
Mike Nietz – Co-Founder | Cinematographer
Jason Smith – Cinematographer
Jon Murakami – Cinematographer – www.greylightmedia.com
Ben Lundsten – Cinematographer – www.benlundsten.com