Archive | January 2013

Mapping Innovation

mapping Innovation

As part of our new Innovation Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab, applicants for funding assistance are required to provide a Concept Map with their Preliminary Information Forms. This map should be a visual representation, or diagram, illustrating the various delivery platforms of the story, in particular, where motion picture content is available.

This exercise is intended to give WF a visual of the multi-platform project being proposed, but also helps the applicant conceptualize and generate ideas, stimulate creativity, and show relationships between different platforms. Where does the motion picture content fit into the larger project, and how does delivering a story across multiple delivery platforms help to enrich and enhance the audience experience? Read More…

New WF Funding Assistance Program Opens

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Contact: Jessie Wilson, Jessie@WashingtonFilmworks.org / 206.264.0667  

State Film Program Launches Second Cycle of 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 – January 25, 2013 – Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the launch of the second cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab – the “Innovation Cycle.” 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 Washington Filmworks Board of Directors may commit up to $350,000 annually and funds are administered in two cycles.

The inaugural Film Cycle of the Lab was created to nurture traditional forms of filmed entertainment and recently committed funding assistance to five diverse projects from Washington resident filmmakers. These projects go into production throughout 2013. The Innovation Cycle opens this January and is designed to explore the intersection of storytelling and technology. The program challenges creative entrepreneurs to produce motion picture content that traverses multiple delivery platforms. Read More…

Are You Getting What You’re Paying For?

USCurrency_Federal_ReserveAre you on the hunt for health insurance, or curious if you’re getting the most from your existing policy? Washington Filmworks recently reached out to S. Fisher Qua, Director of Health at the Washington Health Foundation. The Washington Health Foundation is a statewide non-profit with more than 20 years dedicated to making Washington the Healthiest State in the Nation. Below is the second of two guest posts addressing healthcare and health insurance. See the first post in Flipping The System.

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Are You Getting What You’re Paying For?

By S. Fisher Qua, Director of Health at the Washington Health Foundation

Every month the bill comes. Mine’s for $262. My third largest expense behind rent and school loan payments. That $3144 annual payment buys me ONE free visit per year – thanks to provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – with my physician for a physical, five additional visits at $40/piece, and the ‘peace of mind’ that should something go catastrophically wrong with my health I’d be out only $15,000 (leaving me with some pennies in my pocket). Read More…

You Can’t Kill The Killing

"The Killing." Photo by Carole Segal/AMC

“The Killing.” Photo by Carole Segal/AMC

This week it was announced that the television drama The Killing would return to AMC for a third season. The news comes six months after the network initially cancelled the drama. Once again, Netflix played a role in reanimating a “dead” television series.

Following the cancellation of The Killing this summer, Netflix began talks to continue the Fox TV Studios drama online. Read More…

Cutting the Cord

We watch, share, stream, download… The way we consume video has evolved at an insane pace and the era of watching programs exclusively on cable is a thing of the past. Most popular shows can be found online, via sites such as Hulu and Netflix, and with the emergence of tablets and smart phones, consumption has entered an increasingly mobile frontier. Cutting the cord is more possible than ever, thanks to new wireless capabilities and improved Internet access. According to the State of the Media: US Digital Consumer Report, released in the Q3-Q4 of 2012, “274 million Americans have Internet access, more than double the numbers with Internet access in 2000.” Read More…

Flipping the System

WANNA_KEEP_EM_HEALTHYWelcome to next year, Washington! Many of you have New Year’s resolutions that involve taking better care of yourselves and your health. With this in mind, Washington Filmworks reached out to S. Fisher Qua, Director of Health at the Washington Health Foundation. The Washington Health Foundation is a statewide non-profit with more than 20 years dedicated to making Washington the Healthiest State in the Nation. Below is the first of two guest blog posts that address healthcare and health insurance.

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Flipping the System

By S. Fisher Qua, Director of Health at the Washington Health Foundation

Premiums. Deductibles. Coinsurance. Out-of-pocket maximum. CPT codes. WSHIP. WA healthplanfinder. Basic Health. Medicare. Medicaid. Private exchanges. Co-ops.

The U.S. healthcare system is not only fragmented, it is not set up to meet the needs of individuals. In a wicked paradox, people are needed, but not necessary to the functions of healthcare. When healthcare services and resources are so fragmented, disorganized and confusing, how can we expect individuals to navigate the system in any kind of informed, rational way? We are expected to be both engaged consumers AND passive patients; personally responsible for our health AND collectively influenced by factors beyond our control; partners in improving our quality of life AND beholden to the expert opinions of others. Read More…