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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

MIM & MSU Entrepreneurial Film Festival

We are very excited to announce that we will be screening all of our videos LIVE at the Ostrander Auditorium on the MSU Campus. This is going to be a great event, and every business owner we worked with over the last year will be joining us! Here is the information below the video. Special thank you to April Femrite for organizing this event:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH IN OSTRANDER AUDITORIUM ON THE MSU CAMPUS

DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM WITH DOCUMENTARIES BEGINNING AT 7PM

RECEPTION AND NETWORKING WITH MADE IN MANKATO FILM CREW AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FOLLOWING FESTIVAL APPROXIMATELY AT 9PM

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MSU ENACTUS TEAM AND THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER AS PART OF GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK

· OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO LEARN ABOUT THE DIVERSITY OF SMALL BUSINESS IN MANKATO

· FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS THE CREATIVITY OF A GROUP OF ARTISTS COMING TOGETHER IN A VERY ENTREPRENEURIAL WAY TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE MANKATO SMALL BUSINESS

· ENHANCE NETWORKING SKILLS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND ENTREPRENEURS

Announcement: The Next 7 Months

Since the beginning we have always announced our next documentary subject prior to the delivery of our current subject. We decided that we would commit to the next 7 months and announce all of them at the same time!

Without further delay, here are our subjects:

Kato Crossfit – Friday, February 7th
The 410 Project – Friday, March 7th
Natural Pathways – Friday, April 4th
The Coffee Hag – Friday, May 2nd
Mom & Pop’s – Friday, June 6th
Bent River Outfitter – Saturday, July 5th
Nicollet Bike Shop – Friday, August 1st

You may have noticed that all of the release dates are on Fridays (except Bent River Outfitters). We made the decision that in 2014 we would begin releasing these on the first friday of every month to ensure that our screenings could happen the previous weekend, and for more flexibility.

So – why on earth did we decide to announce the next 7 opposed to just the next subject? Or the next 3, or 4? There are two main reasons:

  1. It commits us through the next 7 months and allows us to schedule more efficiently. Shooting, editing, and delivering a documentary in a 20 day window can be quite challenging, so the extra time will allow us to put more energy into these, as well as give us room for projects we are being hired to produce. It also helps to keep the community and the business community aware of what is coming next.
  2. We will soon be launching a Kickstarter.com campaign. Each of these documentaries costs us anywhere between $1000-$5000 in time, talent, and equipment to produce, and so far we have been funding this out of our own pockets. We are hoping to get some support from the community to help fund some of these so that we can keep this project going. More information will be coming soon.

Feel free to copy and paste this banner wherever you would like (fits perfectly as a Facebook cover photo):

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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

 

What type of content would you like to see?

Made In Mankato was made for you – our community. We have very big plans for the future, but would like to know more about what you would like to see from us. Take a second to answer this poll (you can select up to 2 options). When you are finished, leave us a comment to let us know the details of what you would like to see – and then if you could, please share on Facebook, Twitter, etc. by clicking one of the icons at the bottom of this post so that more people see the option to vote. The more votes we have, the better our content will get!

What would you like to see from Made In Mankato?

 

Live Screening of The Dork Den

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 28th at 7PM. We will be showing a pre-screening of our first mini-documentary at The Dork Den!  The documentary itself will be roughly 5 minutes long and then we welcome you to come up and meet us in person!  We want to meet every single one of you!

The Dork Den has tons of games for everyone, refreshments, and brand new t-shirts for sale. Be sure to come support them and us!

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If you are planning to be there, click on Joe’s picture above, or let us know in the comments below!

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New Website and Other Updates

When we first built our site, we used Squarespace. It is a great service, but more challenging and less customizable than wordpress, so we switched to a wordpress site. Much better now, in my opinion.

Our last post was about hitting 50 Facebook likes in just a few hours. Well, that momentum kept up and we were able to reach out first weeks goal of 500 likes in just 4 days! Thank you everyone for all of your support. It truly means a lot for you all to hop on board – before we even have any content even!

Filming for The Dork Den mini documentary is more or less finished. We are now in post production, piecing everything together to create a solid storyline. We anticipate the final product being somewhere around 5 minutes long, which is exactly what we hoped for.

Being it was our first documentary, and first time doing anything of this scale, we ran into a few snags along the way. Joe and Greg from The Dork Den have been extremely supportive and kind to us.  We learned a lot of things in these last few weeks that will help us become more successful going forward.

Here is a pano I took with my phone during some of the filming of The Dork Den.

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Officially Launched!

Today is our official launch day.

Prior to today, we were pretty much keeping everything under wraps. Our Facebook page had only 6 likes, and nobody heard of us.

This morning, I made the website live and within a few short hours we had 50 Facebook likes, which is a promising start.

Thank you to everyone – and please share on Facebook. The bigger our audience, the bigger our impact.

October 1st will be the launch date of our first video!

 

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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.

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