Archive | November 2012

Announcing the Innovation Lab Semi-Finalists


Contact: Jessie Wilson / 206.264.0667

Washington Filmworks Announces Semi-Finalist Filmmakers for Film Cycle of Innovation Lab

Program designed to support Washington resident filmmakers, and those using new forms of production and emerging technologies

Seattle, WA – November 27, 2012 – 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.

The semi-finalist filmmakers will pitch the jury on Friday, November 30th in Seattle, and the jury will recommend finalists to move forward and present to the Board of Directors of Washington Filmworks. Projects awarded funding assistance will be announced at Washington Filmworks’ Annual Industry Update in Seattle on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. (Please see further details about the event below.)

The following is a list of the semi-finalists with a description of each project: Read More…

So Where’s the Content Already?

Testing. Testing. 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.

So how does it work? Writers pen a feature or series pilot and Amazon’s online community provides feedback. Participants serve as an enormous, crowd sourced test audience that evaluates content, informs development, and weighs in on which projects are chosen for production. Originally, Amazon required an eighteen-month exclusive option period for participating scripts and teleplays… that is until the Writers Guild of America stepped in to negotiate that window down to a more reasonable 45 days. Still, even after the original option period expires, Amazon Studios can retain nonexclusive residual rights to any work that participated in the process, in perpetuity. Read More…

Washington Filmworks Approves Eight National Commercials for Funding Assistance


Contact: Jessie Wilson / 206.264.0667
Washington Filmworks Approves Eight National Commercials for Funding Assistance

Program Draws Significant Business from L.A.-Based Production Companies

Seattle, WA – November 14, 2012 – 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.

As always, funding assistance is reserved to support the production companies making the commercials. The following is a list of approved productions: Read More…

Production Notes from Inside “Eden”

This week, 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. He can be reached at: colin[at]



“Basically a low budget film is a crisis waiting to happen.” – Christine Vachon, Producer

“I do know that it is a fact that of all the people who come to Hollywood, I have yet to have a person come to me and say, ‘I am anxious to be a producer.” – David O. Selznick, Producer

In the summer of 2011, I produced the feature film, Eden, which was shot in Washington State in 25 days with 2 additional days of exteriors shot in Las Vegas. With few exceptions, the crew was made up mostly of Washington residents while the lead cast came from Los Angeles and the supporting cast coming from Washington. Read More…

Washington Film and the 2012 Elections

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. If we’ve learned anything over the last few years at Washington Filmworks, that’s how essential it is that our industry remains politically active. Growing Washington’s motion picture industry requires a meaningful partnership between the local film community and our elected officials. Read More…