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Lure of the North | Finland MN

Presented by Jonathan Chapman | JCP in partnership with The Great Northern Festival.

A short film highlighting the passion and intrigue surrounding the winter sport of dog sledding.
The film profiles Blake and Jennifer Freking, a musher family from Finland, Minnesota who care for 60+ purebred Siberian Huskies. With over 20 years of working with the breed, they have each competed in numerous long distance dog sled races such as the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and John Beargrease Marathon. The film explores the challenges of living and raising a family off-grid in the snowiest region of Minnesota and captures the Frekings’ devotion to the sport, spirit of adventure, and commitment to the well being of their huskies.

Film Contributors:

Blake, Jennifer, Elena, & Nicole Freking
The Great Northern Festival 
Make It. MSP.
Saint Paul Saints
Produced & Directed - JCP
Joseph McMahon - Editor
Tzvetelina Pramatarov  - Producer 
Jonathan Chapman - Director of Photography
Patrick Meehan - Cinematography & Drone
Justin Silvis - Camera Assistant
Caitlin Rae Hargarten - Illustrator
Sam Thompson - Animatior
Sam Bohlken - Art Directior
Seth Bohlken - Art Directior
Ian Simpson - Story Development
John Fontana - Location Sound Mixer
Chris Joye - Music Composer
Dmitri Belichenko - Post Production Sound Designer
Jessica Zerby - Associate Producer

More information on The Great North Festival and their mission at:

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”Lure of the North” Film Screening | The Great Northern Festival

When: February 1, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: CHS Field 360 Broadway St. Paul, MN 55101
Who: The Great Northern Festival
Cost: Free, RSVP Recommended

JCP is excited to be partnering with The Great Northern Festival to host a screening event for short-film “Lure of the North” (JCP production) and feature-length documentary “Finding Hygge.”

The event will be Friday, February 1st at Securian Financial Club inside CHS Field in St. Paul. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the film will start at 7:00 pm.

“Lure of the North” profiles Blake and Jennifer Freking, a musher family from Finland, Minnesota who care for 60+ purebred Siberian Huskies. The film explores the challenges of living and raising a family off-grid in the snowiest region of Minnesota and captures the Frekings’ devotion to the sport, spirit of adventure, and commitment to the well being of their huskies.

“Finding Hygge” explores the concept of hygge, which has exploded in popularity amidst growing division and distrust around the world, but the Danish word and its definition are more complicated than it seems. For those who seek happiness, this exploratory documentary travels around the globe to discover the true meaning of hygge and how to find it.

The Frekings along with a few of their purebred Siberian Huskies will be in attendance to share more about their adventurous lifestyle in northern Minnesota.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

To find out more and RSVP to the event check out The Great Northern Festival.

“Lure of the North” trailer:



Ramada Worldwide | “Say Hello To Red”

Production – Ramada Worldwide, “Say Hello To Red” Campaign

Agency – Little

Locations – San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Barbara, and Newark.

Weather – San Francisco cloudy and Santa Barbara sunny.

Backdrops – San Francisco Intl Airport, San Francisco Chinatown, San Francisco and Santa Barbara city streets, corporate buildings and plentiful postcard vistas, including a trip to Sausalito harbor. Also, requisite Ramada hotel rooms and lobbies decked out in the latest furnishings.

Cameras – (3) Canon 1DX MKII, (1) Canon 5d MKIV

Lighting – Arri Sky Panels, Area 48, Fiilex P360EX kit, diffusion panels, mobile / tablet screens, and as always, as much natural light as we could channel. Chinatown’s hanging laterns added a unexpected element of surprise and wonder amid our after dusk shooting.

Talent/Subject – Leisure travelers, business professionals, and hotel staff.

Styling Highlights – Ramada hotel room in Santa Barbara was updated specifically for the shoot.

Brand Tag – “Sample The World With Ramada”

The Unexpected – Talent flew from San Francisco to Santa Barbara with the crew so they could capture authentic moments and create a sense of ‘personal space’.

Set Surprise – Renting a municipal city bus for a few inner city laps.

Parting Creative – (3) :15 TV spots, (1) :30 spot, and a library of still imagery to support the campaign.

Hands on Deck – A mix of Twin Cities, LA, SF Bay, and NYC locals.

Crew High – Capturing video and stills of the belly of planes arriving at LAX. Craft service and lunch was the In & Out Burger a stone’s throw from set.

Edit/Motion Graphics – Joseph McMahon and the Little team.

Color Grade – Nice Shoes / Oscar Oboza.

Music – Original composition by LA based artist Joey Verskotzi.

Production Credits – Jaye Peterson, Ian Davies, Charles Youel, Stephanie Madeja, Paula Gren / The Gren Group, Tanya Silver, Jill Byrlev, John Fontana, Nicolas De Miranda, Patrick Meehan, Kyle Moe, Chris Worlow, Justin Silvis, Ashlee Ellert, Brian Raphael, Kai Brabo, Kristin Elshout, Heather Sanky, James Conkle, David Ranghelli, Brian Sachsen, David Maderich, Shelby Silvia, Young-Ah Kim, Paige Grahm.

McDonald’s | Under The Golden Arches

Production – Golden Arches, aka McDonald’s

Locations – Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle and Austin

Backdrop – Golden Arches, cities of magnitude, kitchens, dining areas, service counters, parking lots, and drive thru windows.

Styling Highlights – The wide variety of props only found at McDonald’s, plus a few personal items from employees and patrons.  

Talent – 98% real people casted on location in advance of the shoot alongside others discovered on the spot. Austin had a few agency hipsters mixed in.  

Gear – We packed light and brought the essentials.  

Lighting – Fiilex P360EX kit, Texas & Vegas sun, Portland & Seattle clouds, the warm glow from the parking lot Arches, and our Flexfill bounces.          

Cameras – (2) Canon 1DX MKII, (1) Canon 5d MKIV

The Unexpected – Working with 3 PA’s in each market made for a multi-faceted crew with a lot of fun stories.

Prop Love – McNuggets, Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, McCafes, and of course French Fries

Set Surprise – Heather’s pups making a guest appearance.  

Spontaneous Inspiration - Powell’s Bookstore in Portland along with a few Blue Star donuts to top off the morning.

Weather – Four different areas of the country with a seasonal mix to keep things fresh.

Parting Creative – A robust library of stills and video to showcase all things McD’s.

CSG International | Together, You Win

Production – CSG International

Agency - Yamamoto

Location – Omaha, NE and Minneapolis, MN

Backdrop – Urban cityscapes, offices, consumer homes, north woods camping and everything in between.  

Styling Highlights – A VW Westfalia camper van.

Talent – All pros from Omaha and Minneapolis.

Camera / Gear – (3) Canon 1DX MKII, Movi M5, DJI Mavic, and plenty of SSD media.

Lighting – Arri Sky Panels

The Unexpected – All the various activities from canoeing and camping to commuting on the light rail to office work for a global communications company.

Prop Love – The VW was a sweet prop in the camping scene.  

Set Surprise – Solar eclipse mid-shoot. Had to make make some on-the-fly, unanticipated lighting adjustments to account for the near black-out.

Spontaneous Inspiration – Using ND filters as sunglasses to view the above, “Set Surprise.”

Weather – Summertime in Omaha and Minneapolis.

Parting Creative – 1 final 2:00 brand anthem video and a library of still photography.

Hands on Deck – CSG, Yamamoto, The Gren Group, Matthew Slimmer, John Fontana, Janna Chin, Kyle Ramsey Moe, Nicolas de Miranda, Patrick Meehan, Dylan Nelson, Carole Zacek, Ben Fossberg, Kate Luchsinger, Donna Osterbuhr, Madeline Peters, Chris Worlow, Jamie Lee Stephens, Kristna Graber, Justin Silvis, Ashlee Ellert, and Bernadette Pollard.

Edit / Motion Graphics – CoElement.

Music –  Custom and original composition by Joey Verskotzi.

Trek | Point Reyes

"You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.” - Anon

Production – An homage to summer and time in the saddle with Trek Bicycles.

Location – Point Reyes and the iconic landscapes of Marin County, CA.

Backdrop – Fields of waving grasses, tree-lined, two lane highways, and the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Styling Highlights – Road gear for a race inspired ride.    

Talent – A rider and resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gear – As minimal as possible to allow for maximum flexibility. There may have been a drone involved.

Lighting – Helios - the big round source rising in the East and setting in the West.

Camera – (2) Canon 1DX MKII

The Unexpected – The unrelenting stamina and enthusiasm of our cyclist.

Prop Love – A beautiful Trek road bike.

Set Surprise – A friendly visit from a National Park Ranger.

Quote of the day – “I could do this all day…”

Spontaneous Inspiration – Stumbling on and incorporating a vintage Ford, Mustang.  

Weather – Northern California – cool mornings and warm days.

Parting Creative – 1 final :60 video showcasing a Trek road bike through the spokes of an avid racer with a selection of supporting still photos.

Music: “Conversion (Instrumental)” by Kevin Matley – Marmoset

Production Credits – Ryan Yust, Patrick Meehan, Brian Raphael, Erik Elstran, Craig Christiansen, and John Fontana.

Red Gold | Family Grown

“It’s in our hearts. The ground, the soil, the plants...everything is a part of us. So if you take care of it, it’ll take care of you.” Taylor Miller, Miller Farms - Galveston, IN.

Production – Red Gold Tomatoes

Agency - Clarity Coverdale Fury

Location – Indiana, USA

Backdrop – Fields and farms, the heart of Americana

Call Time and Environment – 4:30 a.m. to greet that golden light, mid-summer sunrise.

Talent – Generations of families behind Red Gold Tomatoes.

Prop Love – An endless supply of tractors, combines, and farm machinery to roam and shoot amid (as well as hitch a ride on).

Gear – Movi M5 Gimbal + Inspire 1 Pro Drone

Lighting – 16+ hours of daylight accented by the Fiilex P360 kit & the BBS Area 48 LED

Camera – (3) Canon 1DX MKII

Craft Service – Plate lunches on main street USA

The Unexpected – Irrigation sprayers at first light and surprise backlit, morning mist.

Styling Highlights – Overalls, boots, and years of authentically aged Red Gold attire.

Parting Creative – A series of :30 spots and library of still images highlighting the story of heritage and family legacy behind the Red Gold brand.

Hands on Deck – Clarity Coverdale Fury, Jim Landry, Ian Simpson, Steve Barone, The Gren Group, Matthew Slimmer, John Fontana, Nicolas de Miranda, Joseph McMahon, Chris Worlow, Patrick Schaefer, Emily Layne, Roary / The Musicbed.

JCP Interview | 4by6 “Creative Spotlight”

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Mélanie Lopez | #SeeHer

"You can feel like this is the true life. You feel free…” Mélanie Lopez

#SeeHer is a movement whose mission is to increase the percentage of accurate portrayals of women and girls in U.S. advertising and media by 20% by 2020. Mélanie Lopez has broken the mold and begun a new life; all the while inspiring and empowering women. We would like to applaud the SeeHer effort through this short film.

Location - Sausalito Harbor and Spaulding Wooden Boat Center.

Subject - Mélanie Lopez “Boat Builder, Workshop Teacher, and Girl Power” Sausalito, San Francisco, Marseille, Lille, Roubaix.

Production Credits - Mélanie Lopez, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, Patrick Meehan, Brian Raphael, Joseph McMahon, Craig Christiansen, John Fontana, The Music Bed,  Skyler Lawson, The Gren Group

Matrix Fitness | Rotterdam

Production – Connecting your phone to fitness and beyond… Across the pond for Matrix Fitness' "Connected Solutions" campaign.

Location – Rotterdam, NL

Backdrop – Wellnesseland. A modern gym and architectural marvel of metal and glass.

Styling Highlights – Workout clothes with a Euro edge.  

Talent – 2 males and 2 females from the wonderful EvD Agency in Den Haag.

Camera – (2) Canon 1DX MK II

Lighting – Arri HMI M18 and a four-bank of Kinoflo lights.

The Unexpected – Living several moments from the Bourne Identity car chase scenes while in route to location. There may or may not have been a special envelope from the Dutch authorities awaiting our return.

Craft Service Love – Fruit smoothies from the gym wellness bar.

Set Surprise – One of the talent is a well know Dutch T.V. actor. He’s a big deal in Holland and apparently we were lucky to have him on our production.

Quote of the day – “I heard Crescent is playing in Amsterdam.”

Spontaneous Inspiration - Working a few shots outside despite snow and winter chill.   

Weather – Cold and rainy with a few snow flurries.

Parting Creative – A :30 and :90 brand video for Matrix Fitness with complimenting library of still images to support the campaign.