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Behind the scenes of 'Tankhouse': First Assistant Director Melinda Mascayano

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FARGO — On Monday, Sept. 16, Fargo became the set of a new film. The comedy, "Tankhouse," follows two New Yorkers who move to Fargo to start a theatrical revolution.

Click Content Studios, a video-production company owned by Fargo-based Forum Communications Co., and Los Angeles-based Momentum Studios have partnered to produce the film. It takes many hands to create a featured film. Before the actors can become their characters and film starts rolling, crew members work tirelessly to pin down details to help this world come to life.

Throughout filming, we will bring you behind the scenes to see exactly who makes up the crew of "Tankhouse," as well as give a bit of insight to what goes into creating a feature-length film.

Melinda Mascayano is the First Assistant Director for "Tankhouse."


"The First AD on a movie primarily does all the logistical planning of the production," says Mascayano. "We need to make sure every department is ready when we are ready to roll."

Ensuring each department — camera, grip and electric, hair and makeup, wardrobe, art, catering and production — is on the same page when filming begins.

" (When I first got to Fargo) I was surprised with how picturesque the town was and how friendly everybody was," she says, chuckling. "They were out late, coming from Los Angeles we are used to being out quite a bit late, not just the issue with the time difference, but everybody was just out on the streets and friendly."

See what else Mascayano has to say about her role as the first assistant director for "Tankhouse," her reactions to Fargo and more, plus more behind the scenes interviews from cast and crew members, as well as insights into community impact and insights on creating a movie as filming of "Tankhouse" continues on

Emma Vatnsdal is a digital producer for InForum and other Forum Communications-owned properties. She earned her degree in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead and joined the Forum Communications team as a features reporter in May 2018.
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