“The Lighthouse Mouse” Takes Charge of Holiday Cheer

A tiny creature spreads the holiday spirit on a grand scale in this low-key charmer for The Minnesota Lottery with Gasket Studios in Minneapolis handling both VFX and live-action production thru local agency Periscope.

Greg Shultz, founder/director at Gasket Studios: “The client brief was very open-ended as far as what the content could be. We knew it needed to include the Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and have a mouse as our main character.

“The storyline is focused on the feeling of isolation but still spreading joy to all of those around us.

“The biggest challenge was the timeline – from award to delivery was just over six weeks. That included a tech scout of the Lighthouse, designing the character, developing the story, shooting all the plates at the Lighthouse, and animating the character in each scene.

“Add to that the complications for shooting in tight quarters while maintaining Covid-19 safety protocols. We lucked out on the Covid front since the Lighthouse itself was closed to visitors, so we had the actual interior spaces to ourselves.”
 
Minnesota Lottery "The Lighthouse Mouse" by Gasket Studios | STASH MAGAZINE

Minnesota Lottery "The Lighthouse Mouse" by Gasket Studios | STASH MAGAZINE

Minnesota Lottery "The Lighthouse Mouse" by Gasket Studios | STASH MAGAZINE

Minnesota Lottery "The Lighthouse Mouse" by Gasket Studios | STASH MAGAZINE

Minnesota Lottery "The Lighthouse Mouse" by Gasket Studios | STASH MAGAZINE

Client: MN Lottery
Chief Marketing Officer: Jason LaFrenz:
Marketing Manager: Vicki Holets

Agency: Periscope
Senior Producer: Katie Derheim
Executive Creative Director: Heath Pochucha
Group Creative Director: Scott Dahl –
Creative Director: Nicole Meyer –

Production: Gasket Studios, Engines Running
Director: Greg Shultz
Director of Photography: Alex Horner
Executive Producer: Tammy Oellien
Producer: Dan Helgemoe
Technical Director: Justin Greiner
Technical Artist/Camera and Lighting Assistant: John Zilka
Look Development: Tiffany Greiner
Rendering/Compositing: Rachel Rohe, Tiffany Greiner
Modeling & Rigging: Alex Boatman
Lead Animator: Brad Jacobson
Animator: Jordan Schulz, Leah Walsh, Noah Wussow, Nathan Tungseth

Color: Nice Shoes
Colorist: Oscar Oboza
Assistant Colorist: Sam Ommen
Producer: Serena Bove

Music/Sound: Echo Boys
Voice Actor: Jim Martin

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One Response to ““The Lighthouse Mouse” Takes Charge of Holiday Cheer”
  1. OriginalTinkerBell says:

    Just LOVE IT. In the Minute – Thirty-Two(1:32) it showed HOPE, DETERMINATION, LOVE and JOY. To have a Team like GASKET STUDIOS and Minnesota Lottery: Design(Gasket Studios), Collaborate(Both) and Execute such a WONDERFUL Story is AMAZING. I Sincerely Wish with FINGERS CROSSED that this Great GEM (🔹{Diamond} in the Rough) WINS a CLEO AWARD for Commercials. It would be FANtastic if Minnesota Lottery decides to Pledge more cash to Develop this GEM into a 30(Thirty) minute slot. What with the Cartoon I remember seeing (I think) in the early-early Seventies(70’s). Will have to Bing to make sure. A more modern CG version. Minnesota Lottery and Gasket Studios would have a *Slam-Dunk. Minnesota Lottery with Interceded Commercials and Gasket Studios *Show-Casing its’ talent with CG. As I stated a Collaboration for the both in my opinion would be Epic. Thoroughly Enjoyed and LOVED this 🔹 commercial. Thanks to both.