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This is Where He Feels Most Alive

Illinois is known for its world class attractions, cities and rich history. But the state is also home to a thriving community of artists, designers and craftspersons who take pride in their work and where they live. Mode Project traveled to tiny Dow, Illinois to film woodworker David Stine as he created a wood and metal logo for an upcoming digital series on the makers of Illinois.

The Illinois Made series will tell the story of how Illinois artisans, makers and doers are impacting Illinois culture and reshaping perceptions of the state. This teaser film’s goal was to capture David Stine’s enthusiasm for Illinois and the importance of place to the broader Illinois maker movement.


Mode Project’s ability to find and compose beautiful shots elevates their visual storytelling from their competitors. A true find. Mode was very buttoned up and prepared, the shoot went flawlessly.
— Dan Bruce, Executive Creative Director, JWT