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

Disclaimer PLEASE NOTE: This Web application is intended to provide general information only.

View on www.gis.leg.mn

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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".  

George Takei Stars in a H&R Block Commercial

Star Trek's  George Takei stars in H&R Block's commercials shot with a union crew in Minneapolis, MN. Many of the crew from the production were IATSE members. The innovative campaign was produced by the Minnesota ad agency Fallon and had the famous actor broadcast the spots out to his millions of followers on twitter. Here is a link to some of the spots. 


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"Wilson" film starring Woody Harrelson wraps shooting

The Fox Searchlight film "Wilson" starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern shot in Minnesota for six weeks and wrapped shooting on July 31st.

The film employed many local craftspeople, actors, teamsters and was shot under a Tier 2- IA contract. Local 490 was very proud of the many members hired off their roster.  490 President Mark Wojahn was Propmaster on the film was happy to see the Decorator Michelle Gilstead, Lead Man Rob Walstead, Key Grip Peter Clemence, Gaffer Tom Franchett, Charge Scenic Ben Bayne were all local Keys on the project.  Many other roles in Make up, Hair, Grip, Electric, Set dressing, Props all came from our roster. This film was a good example how a tier 2 film can be executed in Minnesota. The MN Film and TV board did an excellent job bringing "Wilson" to MN. 490 hopes to see other projects of this size use its membership to create their story. 

The local press was very interested in this project. Here are some links to stories written about "Wilson".

1. Twin Cities Business:

http://tcbmag.com/News/Recent-News/2015/July/Snow-Me-the-Money-Rebate-Program-Brings-Hollywood

2. Pioneer Press: 

http://www.twincities.com/entertainment/ci_28482084/wilsons-woody-harrelson-laura-dern-film-at-mall

3. Star Tribune: 

http://www.startribune.com/woody-harrelson-and-hollywood-shine-a-spotlight-back-on-minnesota/315109551/

4. MPR:

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/wilson

5. CBS/WCCO:

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/07/14/incentive-scenery-drew-woody-harrelsons-wilson-to-minnesota/

6. NBC/KARE

http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/movies/2015/07/14/new-movie-filming-in-minnesota/30165217/

7. LaCrosse Tribune:

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/harrelson-dern-shooting-wilson-in-minnesota/article_35bb5ec6-6376-5056-9f7a-d0946c600b72.html

8. City Pages: http://www.citypages.com/arts/making-movie-magic-in-minnesota-a-day-on-the-set-of-wilson-7485063

 

Health Partners shoots Union.

In September of 2014, Health Partners shot a series of commercials with a MN union crew. The set involved some very special gradient scenic painting with union painter Ben Bayne and Brian Markley. The art dept was led by out of town production designer Adi Goodrich, lead man Ryan Tallant with set dressers Brian Simpson and Gary Surber. The show was gaffed by Chris Hultgren. The shoot was at at Studio 1414 . Here are the video clips and some behind the scene pics of the production.

Union Set Dresser gary Surber (on ladder) works on a set piece for Health Partners with art assist tom kristjanson. 

Union Set Dresser gary Surber (on ladder) works on a set piece for Health Partners with art assist tom kristjanson. 

Local 490 would like to thank the production for shooting in MN and hiring a union crew. 

490 celebrates Labor Day at Midway Stadium

Celebrating Labor day 2014 the Thursday before, members of IATSE 490 grilled special "Gerhard Brats" at the last Saint Paul Saints game of the year. These custom sausages are from union grip/electric Gerhard Riautschnig's commerical line of food he is marketing. 

Secretary Treasurer Cohen with Assistant Secretary Carvahlo tailgate Midway stadium.  Photo by Jill Carvalho

Secretary Treasurer Cohen with Assistant Secretary Carvahlo tailgate Midway stadium.  Photo by Jill Carvalho

After the tailgate the picnic moved indoors to the Baseball Game. 

490 celebrates inside at Midway stadium. Photo by Jill Carvalho

490 celebrates inside at Midway stadium. Photo by Jill Carvalho

The local enjoyed a celebrity moment when co-owner of the baseball team actor Bill Murray made an appearance. 

 Photo by Jill Carvalho

 Photo by Jill Carvalho

The Local would like to thank Walsh Carvahlo for organizing this event. We hope this picnic becomes an annual tradition.