Archive | July 2012

New Standard Program Guidelines & Criteria Available

Legislation to renew WF went into effect on June 7.  Since that time, we’ve been working hard to implement required and approved changes to our existing program.  As a result, we have revised the Guidelines and Criteria for our standard program. You can find an overview of the changes online.  Productions interested in funding assistance through WF’s standard incentive program will want to familiarize themselves with the new guidelines and criteria, which are now available on our website. Read More…

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

The celebrated American playwright, Edward Albee, said, “there are always going to be more actors than anybody can ever use.”  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 ongoing education.  Classes on technique and craft can grow an actor’s skills, but educating oneself on the business side is also vital. Read More…

State Film Program Launches the Filmworks Innovation Lab

Program designed to commit funding assistance to Washington resident filmmakers and to projects utilizing new forms of production or emerging technologies.

Seattle, WA – July 19, 2012 – 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.  The Board of Directors of Washington Filmworks may commit up to $350,000 annually and funds will be administered in two cycles – Film Cycle (opens August 2012) and Innovation Cycle (opens January 2013). Read More…

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

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 (although this should not be viewed as a comprehensive catalog).  Look at this as a set of tips and tricks that can help jumpstart an actor’s research and move their career to the next level. Read More…

Guerrillas with Guns Gone Wild

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.  An area resident boldly approached to inquire what was going on, and to let the involved parties know that the activity was frightening people. Reportedly, a person in uniform told the individual the filming was secret and that the crew had not alerted anyone due to the hush-hush nature of the project.  This made the individual suspicious, which prompted a call to a local radio station, which then prompted calls to Washington Filmworks and the Idaho Film Office. Read More…