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Flipping the System

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Welcome to 2013, Washington. Many of you have New Year’s resolutions that involve taking better care of yourselves and your health. With this in mind, Washington Filmworks reached out to S. Fisher Qua, Director of Health at the Washington Health Foundation. The Washington Health Foundation is a statewide non-profit with more than 20 years dedicated to making Washington the Healthiest State in the Nation. Below is the first of two guest blog posts that address healthcare and health insurance.

Production Incentive Film A BIT OF BAD LUCK Wraps Principal Photography

December 19, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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The Washington Filmworks production incentive project A Bit of Bad Luck recently wrapped principal photography after shooting 22 days in Seattle and Morton, Washington. Written and directed by John Fuhrman, the film stars Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), and Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate). The film was produced by Gerrarda O’Beirne, in association with Meadow Point Motion Pictures and LolitaMoon Productions.

Tools of the Trade

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MakerHaus is set to open early next year in Fremont, and will be one of the first businesses of its kind to come to Seattle. Part fabrication shop, part classroom, the organization is intended as a place for craftsmen, designers, fabricators, and other creators to work, learn, network, and build community. How could you utilize the resources at MakerHaus?

Washington Knows How to Party

December 14, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Big thanks to our awesome statewide film community, who was out in full force at our Seattle Two-Part Party last night.

Spokane Recap, Seattle Party Next

December 11, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Up next this week is our Seattle Two-Part Party on 12/12/12. Join us this Wednesday for our Annual Industry Update and celebration with the community. We’ll announce the funding assistance recipients for the Innovation Lab that night too! More information on the evening here.

December 2012 Whidbey And Camano Islands

December 7, 2012 Locations Newsletter
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    Whidbey and Camano Islands are located in Island County, Washington, total population 75,000. Rural, yet sophisticated, the…

A Toast to the Jury

December 4, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Following a whirlwind weekend, filled with passionate pitches, feedback sessions, and a much-needed reception, Washington Filmworks finally knows who will be awarded funding assistance from the first ever Film Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab.

Announcing the Innovation Lab Semi-Finalists

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Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the five semi-finalist filmmakers for the inaugural Film Cycle of the Innovation Lab. A jury of industry experts, representing all facets of pre-production, production, marketing and distribution chose the 5 semi-finalist filmmakers from a diverse collection of twenty-three quality applications for funding assistance.

So Where’s the Content Already?

November 16, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Over the last few years the online retail giant Amazon has been experimenting with a controversial new business model for producing original content. Amazon Studios was created to gather scripts, test projects, and determine whether audiences found those to be commercially viable. The studio claims they offer opportunities for new voices and promote the platform as open to anyone. However opponents accuse Amazon of developing a system that takes advantage of green writers, holds their intellectual property hostage, and eventually strips them of valuable rights to their material.

Washington Filmworks Approves Eight National Commercials for Funding Assistance

November 14, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved funding assistance for eight national commercials since the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was renewed during the 2012 legislative session. These eight commercials spent an estimated $2.2M in Washington’s statewide economy in five short months. Production took place in diverse locations throughout Washington State, including Anacortes, Port Angeles, La Connor, and Seattle.

Production Notes from Inside “Eden”

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Washington Filmworks reached out to one of our incentive alumni Producers, Colin Plank, to pen a guest post about lessons learned through the process of making a feature. Colin is a Producer at Centripetal Films based in Seattle. His film, Eden, will be released in theaters in early 2013. Eden is his first feature film.

November 2012 Vancouver

November 7, 2012 Locations Newsletter
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  Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascades, on the bank of the Columbia River, Vancouver USA…

November 2012

November 7, 2012 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ WF APPROVES 8 NATIONAL COMMERCIALS Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has…

Washington Film and the 2012 Elections

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Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, we vote on several political offices and initiatives. There are many factors that can inform your vote for an elected official and we hope that a candidate’s support of your livelihood is one of them.

Do You Binge View?

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The industry has been buzzing this year about the growing sport of marathon television watching, popularly coined as binge viewing. Binge viewing is defined as consuming three or more episodes of a television series in one sitting.

How To Festival

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Washington Filmworks invited Kathleen McInnis to pen a guest post designed to help filmmakers think strategically about working the film festival circuit. McInnis has guided films through their festival premieres at Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Galway and San Sebastian film festivals among many others. She has been a festival programmer and director at such festivals as Seattle, Slamdance and Palm Springs ShortFest.

Have Show Will Travel

October 9, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Word out of Los Angeles is that the film industry is packing its bags. According to Film L.A., the non-profit organization that coordinates permitting for entertainment shot on location in Los Angeles County, many filming categories they track are in decline, some experiencing severe losses.

October 2012 Walla Walla

October 7, 2012 Locations Newsletter
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Historic Walla Walla is a thriving, friendly community, located in the heart of southeastern Washington’s beautiful wine country….

October 2012

October 7, 2012 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ RECENT INCENTIVE FILMS NOW AVAILABLE  Haven’t had the opportunity to catch all the recent Washington incentive films…

Lots of Washington Film Available in October

October 5, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Haven’t had the opportunity to catch all the recent Washington-produced films yet? No problem. October is a great month to watch several of these movies through your local cable provider, stream them online, rent on DVD, or catch them in theaters.

You Are Invited – FMI Happy Hour Tonight

October 3, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with policy makers who can directly influence the growth of our state’s creative industries. Join us tonight, 10/3/12, from 5-7 p.m. at the Film Music and Interactive Happy Hour in Seattle.

Help Us Address the Tough Questions at the Seattle Film Summit

September 27, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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This guest post is from Ben Andrews, independent filmmaker and co-founder of Evil Slave LLC. His passion lies in creating a truly viable and robust film industry in the state of Washington. Ben is one of the organizers of the Seattle Film Summit, which will be held at the Northwest Film Forum this Saturday, Sept. 29th, in conjunction with the Local Sightings Film Festival. The summit is a day-long, participant-directed conference, where attendees and speakers address the tough questions of the local film business.

WF Welcomes Newest Board Member

September 26, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed our newest Board Member, Paul Matthaeus, to represent interactive media and emerging forms of motion picture production. Paul Matthaeus started Digital Kitchen (DK) as the studio for the ad agency he founded in 1992.

The SAG-AFTRA Merger and You

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This year members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted to merge into one union, known as SAG-AFTRA. For this week’s guest blog post, Dena Beatty graciously answers questions from Washington Filmworks about the effects of this merger on area talent and producers.

Crowd Funding is Still a Gift

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Washington Filmworks continues the conversation on crowd funding with the second in a series of 2 guest posts…

Some Crowd Funded Growing Pains

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Change. A major change in how we think about financing independent film has not only arrived, it is maturing – crowd funding. And more change is coming. It seems that everyoneis embracing this newest gift to the “democratization” of the filmmaking journey. But is the change all, and only, good? Does the “gift” come with a catch?

September 2012 Port Townsend

September 7, 2012 Locations Newsletter
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THE CITY OF PORT TOWNSEND Discover the authentic charm of a Victorian Seaport with its maritime heritage and…

September 2012

September 7, 2012 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ WF ANNOUNCES The Washington Filmworks Board of Directors has approved funding assistance for six new projects, including…

Production Incentive Feature Film ONE SQUARE MILE Wraps Principal Photography

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One Square Mile marks one of ten projects approved for funding assistance through Washington Filmworks after the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was renewed during Washington’s 2012 legislative session. These ten projects will inject an estimated $8.6M in the statewide economy in five short months.

Deadline Extended for the Filmworks Innovation Lab

August 28, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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The deadline for submitting preliminary forms to the Filmworks Innovation Lab (Film Cycle) has been extended until Friday, September 7th at 5 p.m.