7/7/2017 10:35:00 AM Film crew finds log home builder's parcel picture-perfect
On the Friday before the Fourth of July Holiday, when half the nation was probably knocking off work early-- the cast and crew for a film being made in Sunrise Township were plugging away late into the afternoon, nailing scene-after-scene on what was scheduled to be the final day of a 17-day shoot.
Cameras were in plastic bags protected from scattered raindrops as HD luminous clouds piled atop each other along the nearby St Croix River.
Deep in the woods actress Tiffany Cornwell took an ATV around and around a trail loop for the cameramen. She plays “Jasper’s daughter” in the film Georgia Rock, written and directed by Mark Whitman. The film is being shot in a number of locations in the metro, on the St Croix River, in Interstate Park and, more specifically, on the 10 acres where Wild River Log Homes Inc. is based.
The Chisago County location for Jasper’s home was chosen because it resembles the pine woods of Georgia, according to a producer, Daniel Cummings.
The story calls for a rustic home in the country. After checking out Airbnb and various websites, Cummings said owner Ted Krause was contacted about using one of his log homes and surrounding land and he agreed.
Krause was actually quite involved in production the day the Press stopped by; hauling equipment, his garage cleared out to serve as the nerve center for behind the senes activities, complete with tables of snacks. Rhonda, his wife, was orchestrating hot food prep and supervising the considerable in-house comings and goings.
Krause said having the film shot at his property was a lot of fun; but noted that the film was also helping the local economy. Later, there would be 30 or so meals arriving, prepared by Dickie’s BBQ in North Branch. During filiming, Cummings made a quick run for office products and extra rain ponchos from ShopKo. Then there’s gas and ice and the list goes on.
FYI-- Chisago County is no stranger to the motion picture industry.
From a seedy motel exterior (in Wyoming) and quaint Center City bar interiors (Grumpy Old Men) to the Coen brothers and “Here on Earth”, two films featuring the beauty of Taylors Falls, as well as the iconic Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, also in Grumpy Old Men, dozens of sites in this region have enjoyed cinematic exposure.
And, “House of Tomorrow,” filmed a few months ago at the Natural Spaces Dome Home complex in rural North Branch, was viewed in April by audiences at San Francisco International Film Festival. Its DVD or general screens release date is pending.