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Film incentives have become the name of the game, but not everyone, it seems, is willing to stop there. Two years ago, Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs made a decision to take state support of production ventures to a whole new level. Enter the Montana Department of Commerce’s Big Sky Film Grant (BSFG). The […]
There are plenty out there who say Montana is a state of mind, but producers Doug Hawes-Davis and Dru Carr like to think it’s more of an experience. Long time award-winning filmmakers Hawes-Davis and Carr took to the creation of the YouTube channel, The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country, with enthusiasm. As High Plains […]
Select Special Features. Select Deleted Scenes. Or maybe Cast and Crew Interviews. Watch your clip. Back to Main Menu. Do it again. Or, you know, do it the easy way. Launched in February, producer Tonya Easby began Reel West Montana to showcase Montana-made media projects, work as a resource for local media professionals as well as […]
Jeri Rafter, a production manager at Warm Springs Productions, is one of the hardest working women in show business, on television, and in Montana in general. Originally from Polson, Mont., Jeri earned her MFA at the University of Montana and is now involved in managing a number of the large budget, far-reaching television shows produced […]
With molten glass, open flame, and a neon cowgirl or two, the Montana-shot music video for singer/songwriter Jesse Macht’s “Suitcase Heart” sounds like it could be set in an east-LA warehouse than in Montana’s Paradise Valley. But with the help of photographer Audrey Hall, Macht took the stark beauty of early Montana spring and crafted […]
Award Winning Team Sees Production into Shorts Fest An award winning team made up of Montana designers, filmmakers, and artists has seen their latest short feature Fire Season accepted into competition at the Palm Spring International Shorts Festival. The Montana-built team, led by writer/director Courtney Saunders, consists of filmmakers Gita Saedi, Emily Lundin, Vera Brunner-Sung, […]
Ari Novak is no stranger to big pitches. As the CEO of the Oracle Film Group, Novak has overseen simple digital fixes in post-production to negotiations with a small town to let their streets be overrun with dinosaurs. So he knew his most recent venture, convincing his colleagues at LA and New York-based company, Oracle […]
For the 11th year, the Montana Film Office participated in the Los Angeles Film Festival as a sponsor. One of the largest independent film festivals in the country, LAFF offered Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs and Locations/Production Coordinator John Ansotegui a chance to reconnect with old partners and generate new plans for production in Montana. […]
Name: The Do Location: Bozeman, Mont., Crow Reservation Date: May 6 – May 9 Budget: 220 – 240K Description: A dark, sensual music video for a popular French band, the project took over a number of bar and hotel locations in the Bozeman and Hardin areas. Utilizing highly stylized shots and late night shoots, the […]
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