Minnesota Lottery: The Lighthouse Mouse

As the seasons change and our routines adjust to the world around us, we sometimes forget that it’s not just humans affected by this. When the Lighthouse closes earlier than usual, a lonely mouse, who’s not yet ready to say farewell to the people who visit Split Rock every year, decides he needs to connect with people in one more exciting way. It seems like an impossible task, but sometimes, the biggest surprises come in the smallest packages.

With this ambitious project, Gasket Studios and Engines Running really tested what’s possible for small productions and short timelines. With the historic Split Rock Lighthouse as our base, we spent 3 days shooting inside and outside the state landmark, trying to find as many “perfect shots” as possible. While the Engines Running crew was up in Two Harbors, the animation team was hard at work developing the mouse character featured in this short film. Characters with fur are always a challenge, but once we saw how cute our little mouse hero was turning out to be, we didn’t rest until every shot looked as beautiful as it needs to.

Working with the brilliant creative minds at Periscope and a client dedicated to spreading joy like the Minnesota Lottery, it was the perfect fit to give our little mouse the stage he needed to shine. And to show that yes, sometimes, the biggest surprises come in the smallest packages. 

And don’t forget to check out the official website for The Lighthouse Mouse to see some bonus content as well!

Let's Break IT DOWN.

The Lighthouse mouse
The Lighthouse Mouse
The Lighthouse Mouse

Sneak Peek to Behind The Scenes

3D Mouse Model breakdown

Lighthouse Sky Breakdown

360 HDR Lighting Capture

Split Rock Lighthouse Lens Room Breakdown

Behind The Scenes Prop Build

MN Lottery Lighthouse Mouse prop design
The Lighthouse Mouse Prop Designs
MN Lottery Lighthouse Mouse prop design
MN Lottery Lighthouse Mouse prop design
Lighthouse Mouse Prop Build Process
MN Lottery Prop Construction
The Lighthouse Mouse Prop Designs
The Lighthouse Mouse Prop Designs

Split Rock Lighthouse Live Action Shoot

Behind the Scenes MN Lottery Shoot
Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Video assist monitor for the Engines Running production of The Lighthouse Mouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Engines Running Production
Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Setting up for an exterior shot for The Lighthouse Mouse
An exterior shot of the Split Rock Lighthouse
Holiday lights in the Split Rock Lighthouse