Extending their outreach in July, Executive Director Amy Lillard and Production Services Coordinator Krys Karns enjoyed a summer day on Whidbey & Camano Islands in the quaint town of Coupeville. They were invited to give two presentations, one to elected officials and one to the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce with attendees from Freeland, Langley and Oak Harbor.
Also, an important stop on their trip was a meeting with Jon Crimmins, Area Manager of Central Whidbey State Parks. The focus of this meeting was to become familiar with the State Park’s permitting process. They now have a better understanding of the pre-production procedures that filmmakers can practice for continued successful film shoots in the parks.
Hosting their morning presentation was Mayor Nancy Conard. Lillard and Karns shared the important impact motion picture production has in Washington State and talked in detail about how Washington Filmworks can help facilitate more production in their area. Most recently Whidbey Island has seen a good amount of production; a Nissan commercial, the non-fiction television series “Island Life” and the Fox episodic “Shut Up and Drive.”
That afternoon Amy and Krys attended the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce luncheon where they gave a presentation about how Filmworks partners with communities around the state. Lynda Eccles, the Executive Director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, has this to say about their visit, “The Coupeville Chamber and Island County Tourism recently hosted a luncheon with Washington Filmworks as our guest speakers, they provided a very interesting and informative presentation on how to work with the film crews, how owners can list their business on the their website and more. Chamber member businesses left the luncheon with a much greater understanding as to how the process works”, said Eccles.
Washington Filmworks would like to thank the community of Whidbey and Camano Islands for their hospitality and interest in partnering with our organization to attract more film production to Washington State.