Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (HPS) has announced its plan to co-produce a second film in the Storm Soldiers franchise with Tytan Creates. “Storm Soldiers II: Weather Warriors” will document the story of one lineman and his two families, the one at home and the one on the line. It is an intimate portrayal of the rigors of the job, the love, and the sacrifices made in the field and on the home front.
Open casting calls began at the International Lineman’s Rodeo Oct. 16. Tytan Creates will be on site to film linemen who want to star as the Storm Soldier. Following the rodeo, the call for talent will be conducted through social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram through the end of October. Once the Storm Soldier is selected, the movie promotion will ramp up and will include interviews and outtakes shared to social followers.
HPS and Tytan Creates produced the original Storm Soldiers movie and since its release in 2013 have developed a strong following among the linemen community. This time around the collaboration includes sponsors, Altec,® Inc. and Burndy,® LLC, to tell a deeper, more personal story.
Altec is a provider of heavy equipment products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets.
Burndy, a subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated and sister brand of Hubbell Power Systems, provides reliable tooling, connection systems and solutions to the utility, telecommunications, data, industrial and instrumentation, and energy industries.
Ken Carlson, HPS VP of Global Sales and Marketing Services explained, “Having sponsors like Altec and Burndy that are iconic in our industry is a testament to the spirit of the linemen community. We are working together to raise awareness about what linemen do and sometimes sacrifice to bring power to our daily lives.”
Filming of Storm Soldiers II: Weather Warriors will follow the selected Storm Solider and weather related outages across North America. As with the first film, HPS and Tytan will seek consultation from Hall of Fame Lineman, Mike Glueckert of NorthWestern Energy to ensure technical accuracy. Glueckert was inducted to the National Lineman Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2012. He is a 30-year veteran lineman and is highly respected among his peers.
“Bringing authenticity to the movie is incredibly important to us. The men and women who work on these lines are heroes so accuracy is key. We still get fan mail from linemen and their family members, thanking us for being true to their story. One, as recent as this week, came from a lineman wife and mother who said after seeing the film she was even more proud of the work her husband and son do. We read and respond to each of those emails. It validates that we’ve captured something special and totally worth doing again, on a deeper level,” said Crystal Mistretta, HPS Brand and Advertising Manager.