Archive | September 2012

Help Us Address the Tough Questions at the Seattle Film Summit

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.

There’s a ton of filmmaking talent in this state, but it is not being utilized to the extent it could be. Yes, we have a vibrant independent film community, but the truth is, if you want to get paid, you have to do commercial work, and frankly there’s not enough of that to go around.

We need a robust, native film industry in this state that can provide well-paying, stable jobs for Washington residents. How do we accomplish that?  That is what the Seattle Film Summit is about.

When we started assembling the panelist roster I was inspired by the response by our industry, community, and governmental leaders. These people are passionate about Washington film. They are not being paid to be at this event, they are attending because they think it is important. They are not coming to talk AT the attendees, but to talk WITH them. To discover the answers together.

I can’t wait to see what comes out of the summit. We will use the collective knowledge of everyone who participates to build a living charter, a unified direction for Washington film.

Join Ben, Washington Filmworks and other voices of the Seattle film community this weekend at the Seattle Film Summit. Registration is required and more information on the schedule and panelists is available through their website.  Be a part of the conversation.

WF Welcomes Newest Board Member

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. With training in photography, filmmaking, advertising and marketing communications, he chartered DK to advance experimentation and creativity in full-motion electronic media, leveraged with strategic marketing. DK was twice-voted best by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, and in 2002 and 2007 won the Emmy® at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. DK has been nominated for more Emmys than any company of their kind. In 2011, DK took the Grand Prix at Cannes® for their immersive digital experience created for the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Matthaeus has been a keynote speaker for the AIGA, Broadcast Design Association, FlashForward, Hallmark Symposium, SIGGRAPH, AdClub, INVERGE and Graphic Artist Guild. His books and commentaries on advertising, technology and creativity in marketing have earned him a reputation as a futurist and thought leader.

The SAG-AFTRA Merger and You

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 answers questions from Washington Filmworks about the effects of the merger on area talent and producers.  As the Screen Actors Guild Executive Director for the Pacific Northwest Branches, Dena helps facilitate SAG contracts and performer related issues in the region.  She also serves as the talent expert on advisory committees for the top industry associations in both Washington and Oregon, where her expertise has been sought out by industry leaders throughout the region.  Dena has written articles on performer issues for various northwest publications and was the subject of a Media Inc. article focused on Oregon and Washington performers. Read More…

Crowd Funding is Still a Gift

Washington Filmworks continues the conversation on crowd funding with the second in a series of 2 guest posts from Steve Edmiston.  Here Steve discusses the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act).  If you’re not familiar with the JOBS Act, the ongoing considerations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the potential impact on crowd financing, some links are provided at the end to help jumpstart your research.

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Some Crowd Funded Growing Pains

Washington Filmworks has recently dedicated several blog posts to the discussion of crowd funding and whether or not the model is accessible for everyone.  This week, Seattle-based filmmakers from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions broke the Kickstarter funding record for their project The Gamers: Hands of Fate.  Having raised $405,000, they are officially the “most funded Kickstarter film to date.” Producers of The Gamers have also successfully funded projects like JouneyQuestWranglers of Death, and Demon Hunters utilizing this financing method.

This week we’ve also reached out to one of our local “crowd funding experts”, Steve Edmiston, to weigh in on the sustainability of securing film financing through crowd funding platforms.  Steve is with Invicta Law Group, where he focuses 26 years of experience for his business, IP, and entertainment industry clients. He is a screenwriter and producer, with feature films including Crimes of the Past, A Relative Thing, Farewell to Harry and has also written and directed multiple award-winning shorts, including local favorite The Day My Parents Became Cool.   Steve teaches at the Seattle Film Institute and the University of Washington and can be reached at sedmiston[at]invictalaw.com.

Below is part one of two posts on the issue. Read More…

Production Incentive Feature Film ONE SQUARE MILE Wraps Principal Photography

Drama about reluctant mentor and his troubled protégé stars Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins and Kim Basinger. 

Seattle, WA – September 5, 2012– Washington Filmworks’ production incentive project One Square Mile, starring Kelly Blatz (Prom Night), Academy-Award® nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Burn After Reading) and Academy-Award® winner Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile) just wrapped principal photography in Seattle this past week.  The feature film was written by Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie and directed by award-winner Charles-Olivier Michaud (Snow and Ashes, 2010 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Prize).  The film shot for 25 days at locations throughout Seattle such as Fishermen’s Terminal, the Ballard Locks, Rainier Beach and Garfield High School. Read More…