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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.


August 24, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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2012 has been a year of major changes at Washington Filmworks (WF). We wanted to take a moment to share some of our significant endeavors this year.

The Power of the Crowd

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Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding platforms are invaluable ways to access the power of the crowd to finance a film. How do you choose which to go with? We’d love to hear from Washington filmmakers on this.

The Lady Washington

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Ahoy, Mateys! Filming was underway aboard the 112-foot, 99-ton ship the Lady Washington on Aug 9th. A production took her out near Aberdeen, WA, close to the mouth of the Chehalis River on Grays Harbor, where cast and crew were busy filming scenes for a feature film set in the 19th century.

There’s a Hole in The Bucket, Dear Liza

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Washington Filmworks has recently published a series of blog posts for emerging Washington actors. Gordon Adams of Big Fish NW Talent responded by offering additional context to this developing discussion.

McKenna’s Statement

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Earlier this week Washington Filmworks wrote about gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna’s interview on KUOW. After the interview, Washington Filmworks requested a statement from his campaign…

Inslee’s Statement In Support of Film

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Washington Filmworks is pleased to share with the film community that gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee published a statement in support of the film industry on his blog yesterday.

Innovation Lab FAQ

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We are officially accepting proposals for the Film Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab.  Filmmakers have until Friday,…

Aug 2012 Shoreline

August 7, 2012 Locations Newsletter
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THE CITY OF SHORELINE Shoreline offers classic Puget Sound beauty and the convenience of suburban living with the…

August 2012

August 7, 2012 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ SUBMISSION EXTENSION FOR THE FILMWORKS INNOVATION LAB The deadline for submitting preliminary forms to the Filmworks Innovation…

The Governor’s Race and the Future of Film in WA

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Today Washington’s Attorney General, Rob McKenna, spoke with Steve Scher from KUOW about his ongoing campaign to be our state’s next Governor. Although the Attorney General has not made his position about the production incentive program public, his on air comments this morning may be of interest to the statewide film industry.

Film and the Internet – Equal Access for All?

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The Internet can be a powerful tool for filmmakers, but do all projects have the same potential for success?

New Standard Program Guidelines & Criteria Available

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We have revised the Guidelines and Criteria for our standard program. You can find an overview of the changes online.

Breaking Into the Biz – Tips for Emerging Actors (Part 2)

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So how does an actor set herself or himself apart from the pack, secure work, and build a career when the field is supersaturated? One could argue that an essential component is lifelong education. Classes on technique and craft can grow an actor’s skills, but educating oneself on the business side is also vital.

State Film Program Launches the Filmworks Innovation Lab

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Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the launch of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The program is designed to invest in Washington’s local creative community and to encourage the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology.

Breaking Into the Biz – Tips for Emerging Actors (Part 1)

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Washington Filmworks is frequently asked how local actors find work, and accordingly, how an actor can build a career from the opportunities available in our state. We’ve solicited some advice from our region’s busiest actors and assembled some introductory suggestions and resources…

July 2012

July 7, 2012 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ WF ANNOUNCES Washington Filmworks has approved funding assistance for three new projects, bringing the total number approved…

Guerrillas with Guns Gone Wild

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Last week Washington Filmworks had an interesting series of calls from concerned individuals in the southeast corner of the state, between Clarkston, WA and Lewiston, ID. Word was that a film crew was in the Lewis-Clark Valley and people had become uneasy when they spotted a U.S. Border Patrol boat pursuing two other vessels that appeared to be Vietnam-era patrol boats, complete with large caliber guns mounted on the front.

Washington Incentive Filmmakers on SIFF TV

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In June, Washington Filmworks had a lot to take in at the Seattle International Film Festival. With six incentive features and more than fifty films that were made in Washington, the immense talent of the Evergreen State’s film industry couldn’t have shone brighter.

Exciting Changes at Washington Filmworks

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In recent weeks, Washington Filmworks has been travelling the state to discuss our film community’s legislative success.  We’ve…

June 2012

June 7, 2012 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ WF ANNOUNCES Washington Filmworks has approved funding assistance for a national commercial from LA based production company…