Soudan Mine Introduction

Introductory Film
Soudan Underground Mine, Soudan – 2024

Soudan Underground Mine is the oldest and deepest iron mine in Minnesota. Now operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the site offers a unique tour allowing visitors to experience the shafts on the 27th level 2,341 feet underground. This nine-minute introductory film is shown to visitors before they embark on their tour. Featuring the voices of miners who worked at Soudan, the film recounts the history and legacy of the site and the people who powered it.

The film features an array of archival images and footage from the site’s collection as well as contemporary footage, aerials, and animation. Original music and sound design round out the experience. Accessibility provisions include open captioning and audio description. The film production was part of a project to overhaul the visitor center interpretive experience, which included a new exhibit and the replacement of the previous introductory film produced in the 1990s.

Producer, Director, Scripting, Videography, Editing, Animation, Sound and Music, System Design

Exhibit Development and Design, Project Management (Prime): 106 Group

Accessibility Consultants: Prime Access Consulting

Heinzen Media Team:

Writer/Researcher: Julianna Olsen
Editor: Ned Hurley
Videography: John Thain, Nunaka Pictures and Kevin Jacobsen, Story North Productions
Tunnel Animation: Tony Rose, ProMedia Productions
Original Music: Jason Goodyear, Mediaslinger
Sound Design and Mix: Jason Almendinger, Audio Ruckus
Color Grading: Michael Sandness, Agate Color & Post