Media Kiln Blog

Browse through our blog to learn more about the production process and the projects we work on.

Jan 6th


Lake Commandos

Over the past year, Media Kiln had the opportunity to produce Lake Commandos, a half hour television show featuring pro fisherman Steve Pennaz.  The thirteen episode season currently airs on the Sportsman Channel at 10:30 A.M. ET. Lake Commandos pits two pro anglers in a race against time and each other to catch the most [...]

Jan 6th


The Legal Hurdle

When you are planning your next video, one aspect to keep an eye on is how the legal department of your company will respond to your video. They are charged with the important task of protecting the company from litigation. I have seen more that one great idea for a video shot down by the [...]

Dec 11th


Three Quick Tips

When you begin a video production project, the process can feel daunting. It can really help to focus and refine your concept with these three quick tips.

Dec 9th


The Production Process

The video production process may feel like a great mystery. If you have ever watched the credits of a movie you are probably asking, “What in the world do all those people do?” A Hollywood blockbuster tends to have a bit more complexity involved then the average video project, but they still follow the same [...]

Jun 11th


Heroes and Heritage

This past spring, I had the opportunity to create some commissioned artwork for the Heroes and Heritage Exhibit at the Minneapolis Central Library. I decided to create a photo montage that honored the life of Gideon Pond, one of the early settlers to what was then the Minnesota territory. Gideon Pond came to the Minnesota [...]

Jan 10th


Patterns of Evidence

Twelve years in the making, Patterns of Evidence is a feature length documentary that follows filmmaker Timothy Mahoney search for archeological evidence of the Israelite’s Exodus out of Egypt.  On January 19, 2015, the film will be playing in theaters across the country for one night. Media Kiln had the opportunity to work on a [...]

Jul 23rd


Matte Painting

Matte painting is one of the core techniques we use to help transport a viewer to the world we are creating for the project. They work great at setting the tone and scope for the piece, particularly when the shot would be impractical or impossible to film otherwise. Here are two examples from some recent [...]

Oct 5th


The Chasm

Lost in the Antarctic and forgot to pack a lunch?  What’s a polar bear to do?  Welcome to various exploits of an unfortunate polar bear on his never ending quest to find a decent meal in “The Chasm.” We would like to invite you to watch our latest creative endeavor, an epic tale set against [...]

Sep 5th


Advice for the Evil Overlord

Thinking of creating that perfect super villain? Found some great advice for the fledgling evil lord. Here is a sampling of the top 100 things to look out for: If I Ever Became an Evil Overlord My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones. My ventilation ducts will be [...]

Jul 5th


The Dolly Crane

This looks to be a pretty cool new product for us cinematographers. In my spare time I tinker around with ideas about new camera support tools. Here is someone who took my idea (Well, came up with on their own) and developed the crane idea I attempted. But they didn’t just stop with the crane [...]

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