Filming for local video starts tomorrow

About 50 local actors will be downtown over the next few days for the filming of a promotional video called “The Heart of Home.” 

The video will be used for commercials that will air around eastern Montana. They will also appear on YouTube and social media.

People are welcome to come watch. A few extras may even be asked to participate, said Historic Preservation Officer/Grant Administrator Connie Muggli, who also works with the Downtown Urban Renewal Agency.

Muggli said, “(The video) is something for everyone to get involved in.”

“There is a great cast!” she said. The actors were chosen from a casting call held recently at Miles Community College.

This video is one of the projects that Montana State University-Billings marketing students have been working on with the local Downtown Urban Renewal Agency and the Tax Increment Finance District Board. Their goal is to find ways to promote the downtown business area. 

Spotlight Productions is filming the video called “The Heart of Home.”

Local cameraman Matt Hanvold is filming drone shots of downtown and the local countryside.

On Friday night a street dance will be filmed on the 600 block of Main Street, and people are encouraged to come out and dance. 

Billy Hoverson’s band “Trouble Expected” will be performing, starting at 6 p.m. Trails Inn, Montana Bar and Bison Bar are paying for the band. Red Neck Grill is donating time and equipment to roast a pig, which is being supplied by Trails Inn. The pig will be served at the Trails Inn.

On Thursday there will be no street closures as the film crew films downtown and captures the sunset over the Yellowstone River. The filming will begin at 4 p.m.

Friday filming will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the shooting around Mid-Rivers Communications and from Seventh to Ninth streets. The streets will be closed from Seventh to Ninth during this time. 

From 4:30 to midnight Friday, the streets around the 600 block of Main will be closed for filming.

On Saturday a Farmers Market will be held at Riverside Park, with the vendors setting up by 9:30 a.m. and the filming beginning at 10:30 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the 500 block of Main Street will be closed.