Two prominent Minnesota companies, Andersen Windows and Xcel Energy, shot union projects in Minnesota this summer.
Andersen Windows brought in Community Films director Greg Bell and Producer Barry Heaps from California to helm the project, Local agency was Solve. The director, Bell, has shot many high profile spots for big clients like Snickers, Amazon and Toyota. He is known for his efficient work and a sly sense of humor in his work.
IATSE member Mark Wojahn was the local art director. He says, “The project came in really fast. Agency told me on set the award was just 2 weeks before. I was really happy with my union art dept crew.
(Wojahn continues) I had Chris Thickens as my Propmaster, Rob Walstead as my lead man and Bryan Bredahl as the set dresser. We needed everyone as we shot two 30 second and two 15 second spots in one day. The crew hit the ground running at call and didn’t look back till sunset”!
The other depts; Make up, Grip Electric and Crafty were well stacked with union crew.
Look for the Andersen spots to stream on Hulu and air Fall of 2018.
XCEL energy worked with a MN agency, Yamamoto, who brought in the LA production company Wondros and english director and writer Gerald McMorrow for their union shot commercial. Local 490 Art director Terri Gold helmed the department. She commented that the producer and director loved shooting in Minnesota, “They loved the crew, they were impressed with everyone, loved the generic yet pretty skyline and thought the city was very clean”.
490 Locations Manager Charlotte Ariss and her team found the locations for the commercial. Of the experience, she says, “ We narrowed the number of lakes from 11,300 to 2. We had a very successful scout!”
Look for these Union crewed spots to debut sometime in the fall of 2018.
Local 490 thanks these businesses; Anderson Windows, Xcel Energy, Solve, Community Films and Wondros, for paying good wages, health care, workers comp and retirement benefits to union film crews in Minnesota.