Well, there's actually no talking in this little video. There is lots of great information about how to take care of your Minnetonka Moccasins!
Please take note of the fabulous opening that features Chelsea in several different outfits. She has such a great eye and gives a new, current take on how to wear moccasins.
Plus, I got to play with her beautiful hair! It's gorgeous and long so we played with a fishtail braid and a little side bun!
Don't forget to check out Chelsea's blog: Zipped
And also check out the production company behind these super fun (and super helpful!) videos: Storyteller
On Wednesday, "The Way, Way Back" became a reality for me. As in the way, way back of a chauffeured SUV. It reminded me of growing up and my mom drove an old station wagon with wooden side panels and seat in the way, way back faced backwards so you were awkwardly staring the driver behind you in the face.
And that way, way back is a memory that writers/directors/actors/Oscar winners Jim Rash and Nat Fazon reference in their new movie "The Way, Way Back". The star of the movie, Duncan, is also told to go to the way, way back.
I got to spend Wednesday learning more and more about this film as I accompanied the creators on a press tour of the Twin Cities. With stops at the CW, KARE11, Twin Cities Live, MPR and the Star Tribune, I got to eavesdrop on it all.
Rash and Fazon collaborated on "The Descendants" (for which they won the Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay) and have been friends for many years. They have great chemistry and had no problem playing off of each other during the interviews.
I think they both did a fantastic job and couldn't have been nicer to work with. After the press tour they hosted a screening of the movie at the Mall of America Theaters. The movie premieres in the Twin Cities on July 12th. Make sure you check it out!
I think I had a pair of Minnetonka Moccasins when I was a little girl. I think they were white with the Thunderbird beaded design. I don't know for sure, but I hope that I was that cool.
Minnetonka Moccasins have been around since 1946 and are still going strong. To continue to build their marketing strategy they contacted StoryTeller
and set out to create a series of How-To videos that would help Minnetonka Moccasin lovers take care of their mocs.
They brought in Chelsea Lane, Twin Cities fashion blogger of Zipped
, to teach viewers how to tie the perfect knot, make that not stay forever, and keep their gorgeous mocs clean. Chelsea brought her own style to the shoot and showed great new ways to wear moccasins.
It will be a little while until the finished videos are up, but be sure to check out the Spring lineup of moccasins (and sandals too) on the website. I'll be sure to let you know when the new videos are up!
I had a great time on this shoot, but unfortunately came away with a desperate desire for several pairs of boots and moccasins!
I feel like I should be throwing confetti and drinking champagne while writing this post! Such a celebration!
I was thrilled to reunite with Shauna Younge and Maddy Hague of ConfettiPop
for this wonderful shoot. The last time we worked together I was the bride for the Southern Style wedding concept that was published in Southern Weddings.
This time around I got to be behind the scenes. We created another fantastic (yet fictional) wedding. The "bride" and "groom" were adorable. When they're not pretending to be wildly in love Andrea and Trek can be foun
Shauna and Maddy went all out with invitations, flowers, decor, and (the featured idea) a DIY chevron picture wall.
And now, it's featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website under the Bride's Guide banner.
Our photographers, Jeff and Jessica (from Jeff Loves Jessica
) did an amazing job of capturing every detail and making sure everyone had a great time. I really look forward to working with them ALL again!
Sometimes I get hired to work on a shoot as a "makeup artist" and I end up doing just about everything but hair or makeup. Sometimes it's great to take a break from worrying about shine or flyaway hairs.
Sometimes it's going to Target the night before a shoot and throwing together props and wardrobe on a teeny tiny budget. Sometimes it's convincing 'talent' (aka sleepy college students who are participating in the shoot just to get out of class) to put on the boring t-shirt that covers the name of their favorite band. Sometimes it's chasing them down to get that shirt back. Sometimes it's running across the quad to convince a group of guys playing soccer to be a part of the video.
Sometimes that is so much fun!
Especially when you know that the product will be really great. I worked with Jonathan Chapman Photography on the campus at Mankato State University to help create this video for their Office of Institutional Diversity. It's a great little recruiting piece for the school, but when I watch it I remember how much fun we had accosting the students and laughing with them as they suddenly became a part of the shoot.
Make sure you check out the video on Facebook
Way back in September...(it seems so long ago!) I worked with a great production company from Nebraska to create a video explaining all the rules, guidelines and benefits of the Minnesota WIC Program.
WIC is a nutrition program that helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC also provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and referrals to health and other social services.
Before working on the video, I really didn't understand what WIC was. I thought it was just food stamps for mothers. But it is really so much more.
Below is the complete video - it's a long one at about 13 minutes - but all of the families are real families on the WIC program.
We shot over three days: one day with just our host in studio, one day in the studio with the families, and one day at a local Rainbow Foods.
No Jerry Lewis, but the show goes on.
The annual Muscular Dystrophy Association television fundraiser went a new way this year. The renamed "MDA Show of Strength" was pre-produced and taped in various cities and I was able to take part in the portions that were pre-recorded here in St. Paul at the KSTP studios.
Anchor Megan Newquist was serving as the local host and we shot several segments of her meeting with local telethon partners as well as families affected by the disease.
We met Jake Hennessey and his family.
Jake told us all about the fun he had at Camp Courage and how he and his family were going to be attending the Muscle Team Gala.
We also met this adorable group of girls who got together and created their own MDA fundraiser at their school. They hosted a swim-a-thon and did lots of other fun things.
Girls...if you see this, I'm sorry I forgot which school you were from! Feel free to comment and remind me! :)
We spoke with some Twin Cities firefighters who told us about Fill the Boot and some employees from Rainbow Foods told us about Aisles for Smiles.
Finally, here's a video where Megan spoke with Jeff from Reliable Medical.
Megan was such a pleasure to work with. She was working a VERY long day but never let it show. She was a complete pro and obviously cares VERY, VERY much about this cause and all the people involved.
The crew was from Brave New Media and did a great job - Jason Schumacher amongst the bunch, great to see him again. And I hope to work with them again soon!
Remember that movie that was shot here in Minnesota a while back that nearly everyone I know worked on? Yeah, it's been a LONG time.
It was a crew from Los Angeles so everyone was super excited and the cast included some big names: Justin Long, Tyler Labine, Jess Wexler, and more.
I hadn't heard any talk about it for a while so I did a little digging on IMDB. Instead of a production date it just says (????). That's not a good sign. But then I saw the production company listing and went to their site.
KODA Entertainment actually had a sales trailer!
It included several shots from the wedding reception that was shot at the Embassy Suites in Bloomington. There were LOTS of extras for that scene and several alumni from Faces, Etc. worked with them all.
Click on the KODA logo to go to their site and watch the sales trailer! Enjoy! UPDATE: Lumpy will showing at the Twin Cities Film Festival on Saturday, October 20th! For more details, check out the TCFF website here: http://www.twincitiesfilmfest.org/film.php?id=45