490 Gaffer Attends CINEGEAR 2018

Local 490,52  Gaffer and Electrician Eddie Cohen recently attended the 2018 CINEGEAR EXPO. The Expo is the premier event for the technology, entertainment and media industry. It happened this year May 31st-June 3rd on the lot at Paramount Pictures in LA. Here are his highlights;

 Eddie Cohen at the Sourcemaker display. 

Eddie Cohen at the Sourcemaker display. 

SOURCEMAKER: This company does it all.

They make Lighting Balloons in a variety of sizes: from 6.5' Cubes to 12' X 26' Tubes. They put all types of light sources inside: Tungsten, HMI,

Combo Tungsten/HMI, Sodium Vapor, Metal Halide or LED. They also make 4' Fabric "china" Balls that can take HMI or Tungsten Bi-post bulbs.

They make LED Blankets that can be hung on stands, or ceilings or velcro-ed to frames in full tungsten. full daylight. Hybrid. or RGB.

They make LED Tubes 2' and 4' , bi-color, indoor/outdoor, which are made to retro fit into KINO fixtures , dimmable with standard dimmers or RATPAC dimmers.

They also make LED ribbon. www.sourcemakerled.com

HUDSON SPIDER:

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This was an impressive new entry to LED lighting design. Essentially an umbrella filled with LED's that can then be diffused and crated. It comes in a variety of sizes from handheld eyelight fill size to a big soft source that can be boomed in because of its lightweight design with a ballast separate from the emitters. It was created by DP Tim Hudson and it resembled the beautiful Briese softlight that still photographers use.

ARRI SKYPANEL:

 Image courtesy of Arri

Image courtesy of Arri

These versatile LED flatpanel fixtures are powerful chameleons which are taking over set lighting worldwide. They can be any color in the Rosco/Lee catalog as well as the full range of traditional 2900K to 6000K 'film' lighting with built in plus and minus green control. In other words, they eliminate the need for gels. The smaller ones S30 and S60 can light any office set. And the large combinations S120 and S360 have the power to produce daylight sources that rival HMI's. Plus they are designed to be controlled by DMX so that brightness, color temp and even "lighting effects" such as color crossfades, bursts, and patterns (think police flash, tv effects) can be handled by a dimmer board operator or even a Gaffer with an Ipad and a wireless DMX kit using the Cintenna or similar Lumenradio receiver.

RATPAC DIMMERS:

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The current leader in DMX dimming, wired or wireless, is RatPac of Van Nuys CA.

They began with a design of a 'lunch box' that had 6 - 20A dimmers built into it with 100A Bates going in and out just like a traditional lunch box. They difference was that it had a DMX in/out so that the lights plugged in could be controlled by a dimmer board. This revolutionized controllable set lighting as the packs were quiet enough to live just outside the set wall eliminating the need for hundreds of feet of Socopex going to large noisy dimmer racks outside the stage. All practicals and related fixtures could then be controlled from a central dimming location or by Ipad if wireless DMX receivers were employed. RATPAC has small dimmer racks that can control 12 LED sources from one pack and a new dimmer rack that can control 20K's as well. RATPAC has agreed to sponsor a DMX dimming seminar for Local 490!

 RATPAC 220V

RATPAC 220V

 RATPAC/CINETENNA KIT

RATPAC/CINETENNA KIT

 Ratpac Dimmer Board

Ratpac Dimmer Board

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Litegear has become a leader of compact, lightweight LED lighting products.

Their Litemats 1 through 4 are workhorses on film and TV sets for creating soft, easily placed sources that can be dimmed and color corrected from one small ballast. I was impressed with their new handheld Litemat 1 which could be an excellent 'walk and talk' light using a small lightweight battery pack (see picture)

 Litegear Handheld

Litegear Handheld

They also showed excellent LED ribbon, a new LED Balloon and

 LITEGEAR/KINO IMAGE 87

LITEGEAR/KINO IMAGE 87

LITEGEAR has teamed up with KINO to develop a new IMAGE 87.

QUASAR:

 Quasar Tubes

Quasar Tubes

Quasar showed a good collection of well made LED tubes in a variety of sizes and bi-color/RGB combinations. They also offer very good battery powered LED tubes that come in handy in tricky rigging situations.

VELVET LIGHT LED:

 Velvet LED

Velvet LED

Another impressive entry, and new to me, is Velvet LED. Their gear struck me as a cross between a Skypanel and a DIVA light with none of the disadvantages of either and an important advantage, it claims to be waterproof!

I see this as a great traveling light for gaffers of industrials or documentaries, since it is bi-color, low power, high output, diffused,controllable and can be battery operated. Plus it has it's own wireless DMX system and is also compatible with RatPac.

HIVE LIGHTING:

 HIVE LED Spot

HIVE LED Spot

This company makes LED spotlights similar in brightness and power to 400W Jokers plus they accept all sorts of accessories such as as Westcott soft boxes. Since most LED lighting companies make LED softlights, this one is worth noting if you want something more punchy.

MOLE RICHARDSON:

 Mole X1X

Mole X1X

The godfather of Hollywood lighting had three new products that impressed me.

An LED version of the 2k zip light, low power, full spectrum, soft and durable.

 Mole LED Zip

Mole LED Zip

Also a rugged looking 1' X 1' Litepanel type light that accepts V-mount batteries.

They are also making LED Skypans!

CHROMA Q: cf2

 Photo provided by Chroma

Photo provided by Chroma

 

This is a product worth knowing about when incorporating lighting into set design. It's essentially a ground row or overhead cyc strip light that is full color and intensity programmable.

 Avatars on display at CINEGEAR 2018

Avatars on display at CINEGEAR 2018

That's my report. They we even advertising a movie I gaffed at recently, Eight Grade.

 Eight Grade, a film due out this July.

Eight Grade, a film due out this July.

Check out the websites for more info or feel free to contact me if you have questions and I'll do my best to answer them. I'll be letting members know when we have the opportunity to hold a DMX lighting seminar.

Fraternally yours,

Edward Cohen

490 Treasurer Gaffer, Best Boy, Electrician

 

American Ninja Warrior shoots in MN.

American Ninja Warrior shot an episode in Minneapolis during the week of May 19th to May 27th.  This production will took place on the plaza in front of US Bank Stadium.  Many union jobs including, Electrician, Grip, Construction and Paint were hired from the Local 490 and 13 roster.

 American Ninja Warrior is in its 10th Season.

American Ninja Warrior is in its 10th Season.

The traveling show had 6 cities on its tour this year. They were attracted to Minneapolis because of the new football stadium. The Production designer and art director each raved about the facade of US Bank Stadium as being a wonderful location and backdrop for the set.

 490 members Max Cooper and Brian Rhea installed signage for the construction dept.

490 members Max Cooper and Brian Rhea installed signage for the construction dept.

 490 Grip Applicant Chad Foehringer and 490 member Eddie Cohen work in the G&E depts.

490 Grip Applicant Chad Foehringer and 490 member Eddie Cohen work in the G&E depts.

The TV show is broadcast by NBC. The show airs on Monday and Wednesdays at primetime. The show was a 5 day build, 2 shoot and 1 day wrap. The show had an area standards agreement with IATSE and was a well paid TV gig with benefits. 490 applauds the producers of American Ninja Warrior and all the competitors. We are happy to supply productions like these with a quality skilled crew.

490 Officers Attend Union Training in Atlanta.

490 President Matt Muegge and Secretary Bryan Bredahl attended the IATSE Officer Institute. April 30- May 4th, 2018. 

 490 President Matt Muegge stands with with IA President Matt Loeb and 490 Secretary Bran Bredahl in Atlanta.

490 President Matt Muegge stands with with IA President Matt Loeb and 490 Secretary Bran Bredahl in Atlanta.

490 President Muegge reflected on the week in Atlanta and said,

" The IATSE Officer Institute was highly beneficial to myself as an officer of Local 490, as well as to our entire local. I learned so much: labor law, negotiation, organizing productions, dealing with the financial aspects of a local, the history of unions, how to better run meetings, and leadership skills... to name just some of what we were taught. We also made some good connections with officers from other Locals located around the country. My week in Atlanta for the training has given me a new, avid sense of optimism for the heights which I believe Local 490 can reach."

 the thick binder handed to each officer in attendance.

the thick binder handed to each officer in attendance.

Secretary Bredhal describes the event as;

"President Muegge and I were lucky enough to attend the 2018 IATSE Officer Training.  It was an amazing opportunity for us both.
When we arrived at our first class on Monday, we didn’t know how intense the training would be. We would soon find out as the week progressed. The training started with an enjoyable program called the IATSE Road Show. It was a great full day course on why Unions matter. 

 IA President Loeb addresses the Institute.

IA President Loeb addresses the Institute.

The training reached its climax on Tuesday, with a full-blown assault on our brains on labor laws and finance. These where the most hard hitting out of all the courses.  A lot of was thrown at us. Luckily the training gave us binders with all the training in it and a website for more cross referencing. The rest of week we learned about; organizing, how to handle difficult situations, engage in contract negotiations (another intense one) and how to not burn out with time management strategies.

 Bredahl & Muegge stand with members from Local 476 Chicago, Dick Oates, Joseph Connelly & others.

Bredahl & Muegge stand with members from Local 476 Chicago, Dick Oates, Joseph Connelly & others.


Bredahl continues, "When we didn’t have class a lot of us got together for lunch and dinner just to talk about idea on how to help each other with membership involvement, growing our numbers, how they handle contracts negotiations, and other committees. We are coming back with a lot of ideas to help our own Local. This was one of the best things for our Local. We recommend that more of our officers."

 Muegge & Bredahl stand with Local 13 Officer Carrie Monroe.

Muegge & Bredahl stand with Local 13 Officer Carrie Monroe.

The IA describes the training as;

"A five-day, intensive certification program, with courses ranging from Labor Law and Collective Bargaining to Union Finance, to managing day to day challenges and dealing with conflict. Instructors are experts in their fields and classes will provide hands-on, practical tools to be brought back to the local".

"The program aims to establish a unified base of knowledge and strengthen the whole IATSE. While Leadership Development is the primary focus of the course, all of the Four Pillars, including Communications, Activism, and Craft Skills and Safety Training, will be emphasized. Having local union leaders better prepared for their positions will reinforce the Four Pillars in the service of our core focus – always growing and strengthening the IATSE and its local unions for the benefit of our workers in the entertainment industry."

Local 490 is thrilled that we have progressed to this point of being able to send officers to the Training Institute. We are grateful to have officers that want to make this commitment and they are happy our membership is keen on sending them. 490 is growing in more ways than one and this is a concrete example of this.

 

Contact the Capitol about Film Incentives Now!

Dear Members of 490 and the Film Industry in Minnesota. It is the last official week of the State Legislature and the members of the political parties need to hear from us. Please contact; the politicians that represent you, the Governor and members of the Jobs & Tax committees. Call their offices or email them.

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You can use these links to find contact info:

Governor Dayton
Phone: 651-201-3400
mark.dayton@state.mn.us
 
Members of the Senate Jobs Committee

Esp. contact Jobs Committee Chair Jeremy R. Miller (28, R)
3107 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5649


Members of the House Jobs Committee
 Esp. contact Tax Committee Chair Pat Garofalo (R) District: 58B
485 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1069
E-mail: rep.pat.garofalo@house.mn

Who Represents Me? Legislative District Finder

 Film Industry decorator, Sarah Jean, supports a film Incentive, do you?

Film Industry decorator, Sarah Jean, supports a film Incentive, do you?

It is important to create a personal message. Here are some things the MN Film & TV Board thinks are good content to include in your message,

"Your name and role in the industry, including a project you've worked on.
 
Thank you for including the Snowbate program in the current jobs bill at $500,000 annually, but in order to sustain a program that creates jobs and helps build a stable production industry, the investment needs to be much higher.
 
Without increased funding, we will lose Minnesota jobs and Minnesota stories to states that have the incentives to compete in this multi-billion dollar industry. "

Together, we can let our government know that our film industry is an important asset to our state and that to compete with other states in this trade, we need Government tax incentives for film in Minnesota to be successful.

490 Hosts All Crew Party!

Over the Oscar weekend, IATSE Local 490 hosted the 3rd Annual ALL CREW PARTY, on Saturday March 3rd, 2018. Hundreds of crew, sponsors and their families attended the event. The party was held at Cinequipt's Studio C in Minneapolis, MN.  The party celebrated the talents and hard work performed by the Film and TV community of Minnesota during the last year.

                                                           The event featured; A video showcase of projects created in the last year. 

In-Kind Silver Sponsor Channel Z Edit created the graphics and titles for the showcase.

                                                     Dessert table by  Fabulous Catering

                                                    Dessert table by Fabulous Catering

                                            Appetizers were provided by Fabulous Catering. Gerhard's Brats were featured on their tables.

                                                                                              the Executive Board of Local 490 celebrates on the Red Carpet!

                                                                                             the Executive Board of Local 490 celebrates on the Red Carpet!

                         A Red Carpet photo booth was at the event by Pagoda Pictures. To view the photos, go to the IATSE 490 Facebook page.

                                                                                     The Great Room at Cinequipt was transformed by IATSE decorators,  Props Metropolis.

                                                                                    The Great Room at Cinequipt was transformed by IATSE decorators, Props Metropolis.

                                                          There was a cash bar of beer & wine and free swag bags to the first 150 attendees.

                                                                                         St.Paul singer songwriter Lucy Michele plays for the All Crew Party

                                                                                        St.Paul singer songwriter Lucy Michele plays for the All Crew Party

                                                              The live entertainment was Lucy Michele and the Little Fevers.

  MN Film & TV  commissioner, Melodie Bahan addresses the crowd at the All Crew Party.

MN Film & TV commissioner, Melodie Bahan addresses the crowd at the All Crew Party.

                                                                        In-Kind Gold sponsors  Conduit Sound  live mixed the music and audio at the All Crew Party.

                                                                       In-Kind Gold sponsors Conduit Sound live mixed the music and audio at the All Crew Party.

Super Bowl 52-Union Wrap-up

The 52nd Super Bowl was hosted in Minnesota and Local 490 rose to the challenge and supplied crew for the union commercials by Hyundai, Dodge Ram trucks, for the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon and for a special on-location shoot of the Patriot's Not Done Network.

The Hyundai commercial was very large 2 day shoot in the Minneapolis convention center. It was shot during the NFL Experience. The set was designed by LA production designer Jason Dawes and made to look as it was part of the NFL traveling show. The call sheet listed over 150+ crew, talent and production. 490 supplied, Grips, Electrics, Make Up, Hair, Decorator, Props, Set Dressers, Carpenters, Wardrobe and POCs for the 2 day shoot.

The Hope Detector, directed by John X. Carey, Produced by Anonymous Content. Client Hyundai.

The Hyundai commercial was a candid camera theme. The real people did not know they were being filmed until the cancer survivors and their family, revealed that by buying Hyundai they have supported research for a cure. Many boxes of tissue were supplied by our art art dept. In addition to crew, these commercials, spent money all over town at vendors such as Home Depot, Target, Northwestern Glass, Walmart, Accent Store Fixtures, Tasty Lighting, Cinemechanics, Hilton Hotel, Tonka Glass, Brand Ink and many others.

Dodge Ram Trucks shot a union Super Bowl commercial in MN in the weeks leading up to the big event. The commercial was a Viking theme. It was shot in Minnesota and Iceland. 490 had union Props, Set Dressers, Grips & Electrics, Medics, Locations, Script supervisor and Wardrobe on set.

Director Joe Pytka, Agency Goodby Silverstien, Client Dodge Trucks.

During Super Bowl week, 490 Gaffer Mike Handley and his union crew were working on the Patriots TV show, called Not Done Network. The gig was not union, however Brother Handley asked the shows producer if the production could pay union benefits. The production agreed and benefits were paid for the union positions.

 Not Done Network. www.Patriots.com

Not Done Network. www.Patriots.com

Local 490 crew also worked on Local 13 jobs at the Northrop theater, the Orpheum theater Jimmy Fallon's tonight show and else where in town.

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photo by the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Local 490 would like to thank the producers of all the Super Bowl commercials, the Not Done Network, Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show and other NFL gigs for taking care of our workers and paying union health care, workers compensation and annuity fund benefits. You are taking care of the workers during and after the shoot!

490 Congrats Diggins on Gold!

Local 490 would like to congratulate Olympic skier Jessie Diggins on her Gold medal win. The Afton, MN cross country skier was featured in multiple Comcast/NBS commercials that were filmed in MN and around the nation. IATSE 490 supplied many local crew for the 4 day production.

For the Union, it was special to work on large media project for the Olympics and a feel good story for the country to witness. The production shot in Stillwater, Afton and Saint Paul, MN with documentary Oscar winning directors, TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay.  Furlined was the production company.

 Art Dept with set dresser Bryan Bredahl, decorator Terri Gold, lead man Brian Simpson, dresser Tom Kristjanson and production designer Billy Bostock pose with flags on the I-94 overpass.

Art Dept with set dresser Bryan Bredahl, decorator Terri Gold, lead man Brian Simpson, dresser Tom Kristjanson and production designer Billy Bostock pose with flags on the I-94 overpass.

 Lights are being set by union gaffer Tom Franchett at St.Paul's RiverCentre skyway that is doubling for the MSP International airport.

Lights are being set by union gaffer Tom Franchett at St.Paul's RiverCentre skyway that is doubling for the MSP International airport.

 Local 490 Art Dept hangs new signage to transform a St.Paul skyway into an airport.

Local 490 Art Dept hangs new signage to transform a St.Paul skyway into an airport.

 Much of the action took place at Stillwater's  Chillkoot Cafe . Here in panorama, we see dozens of locals working as talent for an historical reenactment of part the Jessie Diggin's story. 

Much of the action took place at Stillwater's Chillkoot Cafe. Here in panorama, we see dozens of locals working as talent for an historical reenactment of part the Jessie Diggin's story. 

Local 490 thanks Comcast/NBC for doing this story and providing many well paying jobs with benefits to Minnesota Film & TV production technicians and artists.

Local 490 Elects New President!

Iatse 490 has elected Matt Muegge as President of its' local.  President Muegge had been serving as Vice President since 2017 and has stepped up to lead the Local for the next three years. He has been an active member of the Executive board, Membership committee and Rules committee. He has been a member of 490 for 9 years and is a working gaffer and electrician in the Industry. 490 is fortunate to have his energy helm the organization, now and into the future.

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                                                                                                        President Matt Muegge

Most of the other officer positions up for election were elected unopposed. Former President Wojahn was elected as Vice President.  Business Agent Brian Simpson, Treasurer Edward Cohen were re-elected in their current roles. Interim-Secretary Bryan Bredahl is now Secretary Bredahl. Sister Deborah Fiscus was elected as chair of the Board of Trustees as was Brother Scott Nordhausen and Dan Miller.  Executive board members at large, Deanna Johnson and Jane Williams were also re-elected. Sargent of Arms Bradley Grasser swore in the officers at the January Meeting.

Gatorade & Jack Links Jerky shoot union commercials in MN.

Summer of 2017 saw Gatorade come to town and shoot a couple of union commercials with the athletes Karl Anthony Towns and J.J.Watt.  Many members of Local 490, the DGA, and SAG were on the crew.

Winter and Spring of 2017 saw Jack Links Jerky shot 2 rounds of their popular "Working Out With Sasquatch" commercials in MN.

Karl Anthony Townes stars in this earlier round of Jack Link Jerky spots shot at the Cinequipt stage in Minneapolis.

 490 Set dresser, Tom Kristjanson adjusts the prop badger on the talent.

490 Set dresser, Tom Kristjanson adjusts the prop badger on the talent.

 Propmaster Sarah Jean Shervin teaches the Athlete about the Hero Product.

Propmaster Sarah Jean Shervin teaches the Athlete about the Hero Product.

 Set Dresser Tom Kristjanson preps the FX Duffel bag near Sasquatch

Set Dresser Tom Kristjanson preps the FX Duffel bag near Sasquatch

 Faux Steel plate Set Wall created for the Jack Links Jerky set.

Faux Steel plate Set Wall created for the Jack Links Jerky set.

Minnesota SAG actress Sara Richardson stars with the Sasquatch in this round of spots for Jack Links Jerky.

Local 490 members comprised much of the Art Department. The commercial's production was designed by 490 member Mark Wojahn.

 Union Art Director Eric Hugunin sketched the set.

Union Art Director Eric Hugunin sketched the set.

 Union members Steve Anderson, Phil Vandervaart, Brian Simpson & Brian Bredahl comprised most of the Scenic & Prop team that built the Retro computers.

Union members Steve Anderson, Phil Vandervaart, Brian Simpson & Brian Bredahl comprised most of the Scenic & Prop team that built the Retro computers.

 Union Painter, Phil Vandervaart, preps a prop to be painted.

Union Painter, Phil Vandervaart, preps a prop to be painted.

 Union Decorator Brian Simpson applies the finishing touches to the table top. Union On set Dresser Bryan Bredahl adjusts the product.

Union Decorator Brian Simpson applies the finishing touches to the table top. Union On set Dresser Bryan Bredahl adjusts the product.

 490 Set Dresser Rob Walstead works with the Polygraph device, 490 Propmaster Sarah Jean Shervin adjusts a prop wire. 

490 Set Dresser Rob Walstead works with the Polygraph device, 490 Propmaster Sarah Jean Shervin adjusts a prop wire. 

Film Incentive bill at Capitol Committee!

From the MN Film Board,

Hello Everyone,
 
Quick update. Senate File 266 (Snowbate Bill) will have a hearing in the Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee this Wednesday at 1 p.m. in room 1150 in Senate Building.
 
You are invited to attend the hearing if you are available.
 
WHAT: Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee Hearing of Senate File 266

 
WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 1 p.m.
 
WHERE: Senate Building
                95 University Ave W - Room 1150
                St. Paul, MN 55155               

 
WHY: Although you will not have to testify at this event, your presence in the committee room is important and helps show legislators how large our production community is.

 
If you aren't able attend, please contact the committee members with a short polite email and phone call telling them who you are, what you do, why Snowbate is important and ask them for their support of the bill.
 
Chair - Jeremy R. Miller (28, R)
651-296-5649
sen.jeremy.miller@senate.mn
 
Vice Chair - Paul T. Anderson (44, R)
651-296-9261
Email Form
 
Ranking Minority Member - Bobby Joe Champion (59, DFL)
651-296-9246
Email Form
 
Committee Members
Rich Draheim (20, R)
651-296-5558
Email Form
 
Jason Isaacson (42, DFL)
651-296-5537
Email Form
 
Paul J. Utke (02, R)
651-296-9651
Email Form
 
Michael P. Goggin (21, R)
651-296-5612
Email Form
 
Matt Little (58, DFL)
651-296-5252
Email Form
 
Karin Housley (39, R)
651-296-4351
sen.karin.housley@senate.mn
 
Erik Simonson (07, DFL)
651-296-4188
sen.erik.simonson@senate.mn
 
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you again for your support.
 
Sincerely,
Minnesota Film and Television

490 Hosts All Crew Party 2017

IATSE Local 490 hosted the second annual All Crew Party on Feb. 25th 2017 at Acme Stage in Minneapolis, MN.

 the studio floor of Acme stage was packed as crew celebrated a year of work.

the studio floor of Acme stage was packed as crew celebrated a year of work.

Hundreds of crew socialized late into the evening to celebrate a year of work. It was said by someone at the event that the crowd consisted of, "the past, present and future crew of Minnesota". This was very true, as many old timers who are not as active on shoots mixed with film students and busy freelancers.

 the horn section of the ska band Umbrella Bed.

the horn section of the ska band Umbrella Bed.

The ska band "Umbrella Bed"  and DJ Underhill were the musical entertainment of the night. Fabulous catering cooked up a spread of roasted veggies, cheeses and Gerhard's Brats. The cash bar served local beer with wine provided in-kind by the Winebow group.

 DJ Underhill spins lounge classics for the party.

DJ Underhill spins lounge classics for the party.

In a nod to Oscar weekend there was a red carpet and Pagoda pictures provided their photo booth in-kind and many of the attendees snapped party pics of themselves as the evening progressed.

 Union grip Layton Umpleby elevates his friends on the red carpet photo booth.

Union grip Layton Umpleby elevates his friends on the red carpet photo booth.

Casket Cinema with graphic assistance from Channel Z Edit assembled a video showcase of some of the best work from 2016. The showcase looped over the course of the evening and provided much conversation and pride to see our work projected for all to see. One clip that was featured was from the film "Wilson". This movie is to be released in spring of 2017 and was a union films and shot recently in Minnesota.

 The video showcase was projected on the cyc walls.

The video showcase was projected on the cyc walls.

Local 490 wants to thank all the crew and sponsors who contributed to making this years All Crew Party a success!

 Many members of the camera dept. pose with union gaffer Mike Handley.

Many members of the camera dept. pose with union gaffer Mike Handley.

 

 

Production Industry Day at the Capitol!

Save the date and come out and support the Minnesota production community by attending the Day at the Capitol event on February 6, 2017.

This day of grassroots advocacy gives members of the production community an opportunity to speak to their legislators directly and communicate the importance of continued funding for Snowbate. Register here.

Date and Time

Mon, February 6, 2017

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST

 

HBO & Local 490 wrap shooting on pilot.

On October 28th, 2016, HBO & Local 490 wrapped shooting on the pilot episode of "Mogadishu, MN". Local 490 wants to thank HBO for coming to MN and giving the state a shot at a series on the Somali community in MN. Local 490 was proud to have many of the key crew positions come from its ranks; Gaffer, Set Decorator, Propmaster, Lead Man, Locations and Wardrobe Supervisor were all local hires. Almost all of the crew beneath those keys were from 490. It is a testament of our union that HBO felt we had a strong enough roster to make that happen. Here are some shots of the cast & crew celebrating at the Corner Bar on South Washington.

HBO is in MN to shoot Pilot Episode

HBO is in MN to shoot a pilot episode for an upcoming series called Mogadishu, Minnesota. Toronto/Somalian poet & rapper K'naan has written the script and will direct.

photo by djbooth.com

Executive producer, Kathryn Bigelow is to be one of the executive producers. Local 490 has been contacted to provide union crew for the project. It plans to begin shooting in October 2016. 

Governor Dayton Approves Snowbate Funds

490 Members,

Today Gov. Dayton signed in to law the omnibus bill which contained $6 million in funding for the Snowbate program.  The money is now officially approved beginning 7/1/16 and cannot be taken away.

 Photo provided by Gov. Dayton's Website

Photo provided by Gov. Dayton's Website

Also officially approved was funding for the MN Film and TV Board and the Upper MN Film Office.

Brian Simpson

Business Agent IATSE 490 

Local 490 May Film News: "Spinning Man" feature to shoot in Minnesota!

The feature film, Spinning Man, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (of Game of Thrones), Greg Kinnear (Thin Ice, Little Miss Sunshine) and Emma Roberts (Meet the Millers) plans to shoot in Minnesota in June of 2016. IATSE Local 490 has been contacted about providing a union crew for the film. The local hopes many of the key dept heads and crew will be Minnesotan. The film will either be a Tier 1 or 2 production. If so the feature will provide good wages, health and pension benefits for the union positions. 

  Photo courtesy of Isac Hoffmeyer (Wikipedia, CC)

Photo courtesy of Isac Hoffmeyer (Wikipedia, CC)

 Greg Kinnear, photo courtesy of IMDB

Greg Kinnear, photo courtesy of IMDB

 Emma Roberts, Photo Courtesy of IMDB

Emma Roberts, Photo Courtesy of IMDB

 

Press Links for the Spinning Man story can be found here: 

TC MAG, Kare11, 

Other Minnesota Film News: 

The 2014 MN made film "Dear White People",  has been bought by Netflix to be made into a series. It is not known at this time where this will be shot. We hope the producer and director decide to come back to Minnesota. Sources say Netflix hope to premiere the series in 2017.  

The Netflix 12 episode series, Lady Dynamite, premiered on Saturday May 20th. The union shoot had six days of MN scenes in 2015. These scenes figured prominently in the flashback "Duluth" parts of the episodes. The star of the series is Duluth native, Maria Bamford. The series is getting tons of critical praise. Many local 490 members worked on this excellent production. 

Photo Courtesy of Netflix

Call the Capitol!

The Film Industry is once again under attack from the Republican caucus in the MN House. The MN Senate votes this Thursday! Please call your State senators and urge them to support Film & TV industry in MN! 

Here is the upcoming Legislative schedule:

Last week the Republican controlled House voted on their Economic Development Bill that included $0 for Snowbate.

Thursday, April 28th the Senate will vote on their Economic Development Bill that includes $5.75 million for Snowbate.

When the two bills end up not matching they will go to a Conference Committee to make them match.

Please use the link below to find contact info for your MN Representative and MN Senator.  Contact them soon and tell them to fund the Snowbate Film Jobs Program.

490 Business Agent, Brian Simpson with Producer Erik Stolhanske testifying on the benefits of the Snowbate Jobs bill. (Photo from Twitter/ @jasonisaacson)

Even though Snowbate funding is part of an omnibus bill, it can still be changed on the Floor right before voting begins.  Last year there was a late attempt in the Senate to use Snowbate funds for broadband internet.  This year the $0 in the House is championed by Rep. Pat Garofalo from Farmington.  This plan is not supported by the House Democrats and it is not supported by all House Republicans.  If we make enough noise we may be able to influence a late change.

Keep in mind that if/when the Tax Committees meet this session, we will also be pursuing a 25% Tax Credit.  This credit would be separate from the Snowbate Cash Rebate.  A producer would pick which incentive is right for them.

For now, lets keep what we have in Snowbate.

The MN Senate will be voting on a bill this week to provide $5.75 million in additional funds for the Snowbate Jobs Program. This money would be added to the funds that are currently available.

Sen. Cohen has asked that we contact the Senators listed below to help pass this bill. Please tell them to support the Snowbate Film Jobs Program! Also, call your senators and house representatives, they need to hear from you! Minnesota Legislature - Geographic Information Services

A quick phone call, email or both is all that it takes.

Sen. Kathy Sheran
(651) 296-6153
sen.kathy.sheran@senate.mn

Sen. Bev Scalze
(651) 296-5537
sen.bev.scalze@senate.mn

Sen. Barb Goodwin
(651) 296-4334
Follow link for email:
http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/member_bio.php…

Here is the link to find your Legislator:

Minnesota Legislature - Geographic Information Services

Minnesota Legislature - Geographic Information Services

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490 to host All Crew Party

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Dear Film & TV crew of Minnesota,

IATSE Local 490 invites you to attend a free ALL CREW PARTY they are hosting on Saturday Feb. 27th 7pm-12am at ACME Stage in Minneapolis. This party will celebrate the talents and hard work performed in the Film and TV community of Minnesota. The event will feature video clips from projects created in the last year, appetizers provided by Fabulous Catering, music by the Strolling Clones and event space sponsored by Acme Stage and Tasty Lighting. There will be a cash bar of beer & wine and free swag bags will be given out to the first 150 attendees. We hope all crew, union and non-union, will attend this hollywood award weekend party and come together to support the work of our hard working crew of Minnesota. 
 

Photos of the Crew Party


This party is sponsored by IATSE local 490, Acme Stage & Tasty Lighting and others TBA. If you would also like to co-sponsor this event or provide swag, please msg 490 at iatse490@gmail.com. The stage will open its doors at 7:00pm and the party will wrap at midnight. 

More info on the event is available at: 

What: All Crew Party

When: Saturday, February 27th, 7pm-12am. Live music at 9:30pm. 

Where: Acme Stage, 2635 S. 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 5540, (612) 385-0448

Cost: Free

Contact: Iatse 490 at iatse490@gmail.com or (612)280-6787. 
To get more info on IATSE 490 and the work they are doing for the crew of MN at: www.iatse490.net. 


Please rsvp here on Facebook: 490 ALL CREW PARTY

Find 490 on Facebook at: 490 Facebook Page

Sponsor websites: 

IATSE Local 490
Acme Stages
Fabulous Catering
Strolling Clones
Tasty Lighting

Twist Films

AICP

MN Film Board

Olson Advertising

Blue Ox Creative

Midwest Mohos

CineMechanics

Julie Hartley

Lucky Productions

Picture Factory

Cinequipt

Butcher Salt

Best Buy

Pagoda Pictures

Brand Ink

IATSE Local 13

Teamsters Local 638

Depth Audio

490 painter featured on Public TV.

An area treasure and 490 sign painter, Phil Vandervaart, has been featured on the Emmy winning Public TV series MN Original! Check the TV guide for airtime or look at this link below. To hire Phil, you can find his contact on our roster. 

 

Mr.Vandervaart's work has also been showcased in a nationally published book called, Sign Painters.

 the book Sign Painters, is available on line at amazon and others

the book Sign Painters, is available on line at amazon and others

Photographs of his work have appeared in the magazine of the Smithsonian Institution

 Dusty's Bar, Northeast Minneapolis, MN

Dusty's Bar, Northeast Minneapolis, MN


Lady Dynamite and Netflix in MSP

Netflix is coming to town and will be shooting over the next two weeks the new series "Lady Dynamite" starring Minnesota's own Maria Bamford. Local 490 will be providing much of the MN crew. 

 Photo from the website AVCLUB

Photo from the website AVCLUB

The series is produced by Bamford and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurzwitz.  We have heard there will be a total of 13 episodes and Netflix plans to release them sometime in 2016. Local 490 is thrilled to be working with another high profile client after last summer's Fox production, "Wilson".