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Made in Mankato

This past year has been amazing. We formed some amazing bonds within our group and within the community. We learned a lot about the art of filmmaking, networking, marketing, and running a successful business.

One of the questions we thought we would get asked most often is “why?”.  As it turns out, not many people asked that question. People just seemed to get it.  The question that we actually ended up getting most often, and continue to get is “What’s next?”. That question in itself lets us know we did something right. Something worth doing.

This video is a recap of the last year from our perspective. In this video we talk about why we did it and what we took from it.


We hope that we were able to inspire even one person out there to just get up and do something… whether you get paid for it or not.

So… what’s next? You tell us!

Special thanks to:

Ian Hilmer
The Langers Ball
The Last Revel

Behind The Scenes – Salvage Sisters

Even though we were there the whole time, it is still very interesting to us to see what happens behind the scenes. We put together a little compilation of the different behind the scenes and outtakes footage from our time with the Salvage Sisters, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Here are some of the behind the scenes photos that Judy took.

Getting ready to start interviews

Getting ready to start interviews

Ryan making sure the sound is just right

Ryan making sure the sound is just right

Ty, Ryan, Jordan, and Ben test out the lighting and audio for the interviews

Ty, Ryan, Jordan, and Ben test out the lighting and audio for the interviews

Tonya and Jordan getting ready to interview

Tonya and Jordan getting ready to interview

Ted behind the camera while Heather gets interviewed

Ted behind the camera while Heather gets interviewed

Adjusting Heather's hair light

Adjusting Heather’s hair light

Heather getting interviewed

Heather getting interviewed

Tonya talking with Carol about the screening

Tonya talking with Carol about the screening

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Caleb and Jordan talking with Carol about the shots they will be doing

Caleb and Jordan talking with Carol about the shots they will be doing

Carols husband Bruce, and Jordan

Carols husband Bruce, and Jordan

Caleb documenting Carol working on a piece

Caleb documenting Carol working on a piece

Some of Carol'ss tools

Some of Carol’ss tools

How Made In Mankato Works

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.

Jordan interviews Bobby from Mankato Brewery

Jordan interviews Bobby from Mankato Brewery

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.

Caleb and Tonya film b-roll at Mankato Brewery

Caleb and Tonya film b-roll at Mankato Brewery

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.

Ryan and Caleb in deep discussion

Ryan and Caleb in deep discussion

Ted and Judy talking with Tim from Mankato Brewery

Ted and Judy talking with Tim from Mankato Brewery

Getting ready to start the screening

Getting ready to start the screening

Getting the sound situated for the screening

Getting the sound situated for the screening

Made In Mankato crew with Tim and Tony from Mankato Brewery

Made In Mankato crew with Tony and TIm from Mankato Brewery. (L-R: Judy, Ty, Tonya, Ted, Tim, Jordan, Tony, Caleb, Ryan, Ben)

Photos by Caleb Curran and Ben Lundsten

 

Behind The Scenes – Mankato Brewery

Ever wondered what it looks like behind the camera on a Made In Mankato production? Here is a quick glimpse of some behind the scenes footage we collected from the Mankato Brewery shoot.

In this video, I had asked Caleb to tell me about all of the different types of shots he was getting, what he was looking for, etc. These are snippets of his answers. Special thanks once again to The Langer’s Ball for providing the amazing music!

Filming B-Roll

Once we have the basic story outline and pre-interview complete, we begin filming B-roll. What this means is that we visit the location and gather as much environmental footage as we can to use as either filler footage, or for putting a visual to what the subject is saying.

We filmed for about an hour and walked away with about 30-45 seconds worth of usable footage. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but it really is.

The filming portion includes: setup, tear down, composition, lighting, camera adjustments, etc.

Here is a still from one of our shots.

First Pre-Interview. First documentary.

Tuesday night, Mike and I met up with our first documentary subject, The Dork Den, to do a pre-interview.   The pre-interview accomplishes several things:

1. It allows the subject to get comfortable in frot of a camera.
2. It gives us a chance to see their personalities.
3. It let’s us figure out what questions we want to ask so that we can build the story we want to tell.

Mike interviews Joe from The Dork Den

Joe and Greg are super nice guys with a real passion for what they do. We are super excited to share their story.