Basketball with Emilio Estevez, ice fishing with Charlize Theron, and dredging the Ohio River with Tommy Lee Jones? All in a day’s do the job for Anne Healy.

Healy and her husband, Tobias Shapiro, make a residing scouting locales for films, commercials, and image shoots underneath their business, Healy Spots. You’re almost certainly pondering how a gal from Minnesota bought her foot in the Hollywood doorway. Several years and decades back, Healy, then a journalist, took a holiday from her job at the WCCO information desk to support a close friend scout hockey rinks for The Mighty Ducks—and she by no means went back.

“I experienced no digicam or movie encounter and not the slightest concept of how to consider shots indoors,” says Healy, who wound up as the production assistant on the film, getting lattes from the snack truck and watching the Ducks Rollerblade via the downtown skyways.

Healy may perhaps be our resident scout for movies set in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (she labored on legendary flicks like Grumpy Old Adult males, Fargo, Beautiful Ladies, Fall Dead Gorgeous, and North Country), but she hasn’t been restricted to tasks established in our fantastic point out. In fact, Healy scouts close to the world for esteemed producers and celebs, which includes Luca Guadagnino, Johnny Depp, and Billy Bob Thornton. But Minnesota’s the latest introduction of a tax credit score for film and television production ups the attraction of considering sites nearer to home.

A further pillar of perform for the spouse-and-wife group? Acquiring homes for commercials and continue to photographs. “We have much improved households below than anyplace in the country,” claims Healy, who enjoys to wow out-of-town producers with Minnesota’s unforeseen treasures—like the crew doing the job on a Squarespace business in Winona with, yep, Winona Ryder. “They loved it right here and just can’t feel all that we have. Minnesota is not quite excellent at bragging about how good it is. We want to transform that!”

One particular of her favored places to scout? The North Shore. “There are so lots of magical time period cabins that were built in the ’30s and ’40s,” she says. “Duluth has so several astounding properties that just sit and wait around for a person to find them all over again.”

Healy’s continually keeping her eyes peeled for potential internet sites, whether or not it’s for a distinct undertaking or only to establish her Rolodex of locations—she normally has some thing in her back again pocket. “You see so a great deal more when a put is entirely new to you.”

Madeline Nachbar

Madeline Nachbar

As Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Pattern & Fashion editor, Madeline Nachbar attracts on her passion for travel, manner and the arts to hold a shut pulse on what the upcoming large traits are, and excels at generating visually-powerful material that inspires.

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October 28, 2021

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