Yarrow Kraner, Director
Yarrow Kraner is a Montana native and a director at CHISEL industries and Virgin Produced. He’s also an entrepreneur, mentor, and founder of HATCH. Yarrow’s creative ideas and work have been recognized internationally, and he has directed projects for Virgin Atlantic, De Leon Tequila, T-Mobile, Warner Brothers, Levi’s, DirecTV, KEEN Footwear, Columbia Records, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, several Universities, tech start-ups, and more.In 1999 Yarrow founded what WIRED Magazine referred to as “one of the pioneer social networking communities,” www.Superdudes.net. He and his team grew the company virally to over 1.5 million subscribers worldwide, becoming one of the hottest destination sites for youth 12-24 at that time. The foundation, worked with national charities, children’s hospitals, and teamed up with Shaquille O’Neal for an inner-city stay-in-school program to empower youth to help achieve their potential. In 2004 Fox Studios bundled and purchased My Space, Superdudes, and Grab.com for $650 Million. In 2004, after the sale of Superdudes Yarrow founded CHISEL, a branded-entertainment production company and HATCH, a non-profit. HATCH was founded to Unite Creative Catalysts to HATCH a Better World through mentorship in creativity and Innovation. HATCH is a global thought-leader network that cross-pollinates leaders in film, music, design, technology, and numerous innovative industries. HATCH has connected over 500 mentors to over 5000 students since 2004, and HATCHexperience.org has been visited by over 150 countries, and some of the HATCH panels have been downloaded over 1 million times. Recent recognition – Human Spirit Award Recipient, Project Peace on Earth Steering Committee, and 2013 Aspen Institute Fellow.
Brian Skuletich, (Butte Native) Producer
Brian Skuletich, a Butte America native and graduate of Montana State University has nearly 10 years of experience producing award-winning commercials, branded content, documentaries and unscripted television. He has worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world including: Coca-Cola, Subaru, ESPN, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, VH1, Drambuie, and DeLeon Tequila to name a few. Brian was most recently a producer on the award winning Virgin America Safety Video, which has been viewed over 9,000,000 times on YouTube and has been referred to as one of the most innovative creative campaigns of the year. It was honored at this year’s TedTalks as an “Ad Worth Spreading” and won a Shorty Award for the best in scripted branded content. The campaign was also just nominated for a scripted branded content Webby Award. If it wins the Webby this year, it will be the second consecutive campaign that Brian was a producer on to win the award. The previous project to win was the romantic comedy Departure Date, a short film shot completely in the air on three Virgin flights. The film starred Ben Feldman, Nicky Whelan, Phillip Baker Hall, Luis Guzman, and Janeane Gorafalo and was selected to open the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Matthew Barbour, Producer
Matthew joined the CHISEL team after coming to Montana to produce luxury adventure travel vacations. Having run his company, Black Rhino Ventures, Matthew connected with CHISEL when he recognized the need for a brand story. Rather than initiating production, Matthew joined the team to produce CHISEL’s video projects, manage operations, handle financials, and lead business development. Matthew has produced projects of all sizes ranging from small charitable productions to large scale videos. Clients include Hunting GPS Maps, Idaho Power, Blackfoot Communications, Shodair Children’s Hospital, True North Partners, Oboz Footwear, and Mystery Ranch to name a few. Mr. Barbour holds a degree from Gettysburg College in Philosophy and Political Science and a JD from Boston University School of Law.
Andy George, Senior Editor
For the last 7 years, Andy has been Senior Editor at CHISEL Industries. His multi-faceted talents have helped shape CHISEL’s unique aesthetic and his work has contributed to several awards at CHISEL including multiple national Addys and and an international CASE award. Andy started his first production company at the age of 16 and has spent the last 20 years continuing to follow his passion. After Graduating from Montana State University in 1999. Andy became a partner at the Bozeman based production company Black Dog Films where he spent the next 6 years developing documentaries for Discovery channel, Animal Planet, Fox Sports, and Travel channel on topics from Electric Eels to NASCAR to Lewis and Clark.
Ben McManus, Writer, Co-creative Director, Editor
Ben McManus has worked in the commercial industry for three years. In that time Ben has produced commercials for Conroy Foods, Wesco Distribution, and Richard Childress Racing. Ben is a unique addition to the CHISEL team in that he comes from a background in narrative filmmaking. He has years of experience creating narratives and working with actors. Additionally, he has received several awards for writing and directing short films. Ben attended MSU and graduated from the Film Department. He resides in Bozeman, MT.
Logan Triplett, Cinematographer
Logan is a cinematographer with an impressive slate of commercials, documentaries, shorts, music videos and features under his belt, at a young age. Logan was born and raised in Montana, graduated Montana State University’s film program, and was immediately recruited as a staff cinematographer for a production company, trusted to travel and shoot around the world. Cinematography has never been just a job for Logan, but a way of life and a destiny. Even with award-winning directors fighting for his time, Logan donates his off-time as a visiting adjunct professor at the Maps media program where he teaches aspiring cinematographers the craft of his passion.
Lindsay Minnich, Art Director
Lindsay Minnich is a Montana native who balances her time between the mountains and the skyscrapers. Working in New York, California, and Montana in art direction and design melds her fine art background with a love of film and photography. When not on professional sets, she continues to create her own passion project short films and conducts photo shoots -always eager to learn more and keep her creative juices flowing.
Joel Martin, Writer, Co-creative Director
Growing up in Alaska, Joel had to find ways to entertain himself while waiting inside for the snow to melt. He quickly found an interest in filmmaking that carried him all the way through his college career in the film and photography program at Montana State University. Joel has been in the commercial film industry for a three years and in that time has produced video work for Conroy Foods and Music Villa. He has also been the lead editor on content for Virgin Atlantic, Idaho Power, Shodair Children’s Hospital, Mystery Ranch, and others. Joel’s passion for narrative filmmaking is his strongest creative attribute and he has won several awards for his directing, writing, and editing of short films.
Allison Whitmer, Production Manager
For the past 17 years, Allison has been involved in filmmaking, beginning with “The Horse Whisperer”, a Robert Redford classic, and most recently, an adaptation of the Native American breakthrough novel, “Winter in the Blood”, penned by the acclaimed author James Welch. She brings the knowledge of her own pioneer grandparents and a love of open spaces to her work as a Producer and DGA Unit Production Manager, and augments it all with degrees in film and economics from Montana State University. Her worldwide clients have included Valentino, Virgin Records and Italian Vogue. She actively promotes historic preservation and youth education, sitting on museum boards and the Bozeman Youth Initiative, a project of the Turner Foundation.
Cassandra Sunell, Production Coordinator
A 24-year Montana native from the Flathead Valley, Cassandra is both a graduate from Flathead High School and the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business. Cassandra’s passion is deeply rooted in the collaboration within Montana and its communities. Founder of TEDxWhitefish, Vice President of Share Your Voice Foundation, Co-organizer of Startup Weekend Flathead, co-host of Women who Wiki in Missoula, volunteer for HATCH, and serves on the board for Flathead Area Young Professionals. She also works with Find It Marketing out of Whitefish working on Marketing and Brand Strategy solutions for Montana small businesses. Cassandra is a recent addition to the CHISEL team and has worked as a Production Manager on shoots for Shodair Children’s Hospital.