The Montana Film Office pitches Big Sky Country as “the ultimate location” for many of the same reasons we choose to locate HATCH here: there’s a certain magic in the open horizons, soaring peaks, and tranquility that can’t be replicated elsewhere.
But, there’s another reason film makers from all over the world choose Montana to produce award-winning films and commercial projects: the depth and breadth of talent here.
The Film Office has begun pitching “Media Manufacturing”; referring to Montana’s ability to provide incredible talent and resources to cover every aspect of a film project from end-to-end. Film Commissioner and HATCHer Deny Staggs also appreciates the phrase’s ability to turn larger assumptions about film making on-end by challenging perceptions that there’s a limited opportunity for Montana talent – and the Montana economy – to be involved in these projects. He points to the number of touch points in film production Montana ‘media makers’ could influence; from creative concept development and script writing to technical crew roles and post-production management. When the number of potential roles (and ultimately jobs) is considered from that perspective, the influence on Montana’s creative community is tremendous.
Deny and his team also point to the Kelly Reichardt directed feature film starring Kristen Stewart currently wrapping filming in Bozeman as an example of the type of project Montana suits perfectly. Moving forward, the Film Office plans to continue pursuing these types of independent projects that focus on rich story-telling. And, while Montana will always offer the type of jaw-dropping scenery and open spaces that are hard to find elsewhere, Deny notes that Montana’s increasingly hip downtown areas are attracting projects that need to balance urban footage and majestic landscapes.
The Montana Film Office plans on sending representatives to HATCH 2015, so stay tuned for info on how to connect with this talented team so you can start planning your next big project in The Last Best Place.