Archive | March 2013

BOX WALK Begins

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In late 2012, Washington Filmworks committed funding assistance to five projects helmed by emerging Washington filmmakers through the inaugural Film Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. Tony Fulgham’s Box Walk is the first of those projects to go into production. The short film is a coming-of-age story set in rural Eastern Washington, that spans almost two decades. A quiet thirteen-year-old and his rough and silent stepfather track down a wounded deer. The lessons learned in those dark woods aren’t fully realized until seventeen years later, when the teenager, now a grown man, pays a visit to his stepfather.

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This March the short film shot for five days, bringing production into more remote areas of Washington, including Moses Lake, Soap Lake, Mazama, Winthrop and Cle Elum.

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To learn more about their progress check out the film’s Facebook Page. Washington Filmworks couldn’t be more thrilled for Fulgham and the cast and crew of Box Walk.

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Photos from the set courtesy of production.

Northwest Heads Southwest

Lissa Gruman, Amy Lillard, Greg Campbell, Steven Ariel  and Nick Pagel

Lissa Gruman, Amy Lillard, Greg Campbell, Steven Ariel and Nick Pagel

South by Southwest, the massive annual music, film and interactive festival in Austin, Texas, wrapped on March 17. A delegation from Washington was in attendance to network and talk to filmmakers about what Washington State has to offer production. Washington Filmworks, Warren Etheredge, and KCTS joined forces with the Washington Wine Commission and Trace of the W Seattle, to host several filmmaker dinners and cocktail receptions during the fest. The dinners, prepared by Trace Chef de Cuisine, Steven Ariel, and his team, showcased the best of Washington wines and food. Read More…

Last Chance For Your Voice To Be Heard – Take Our Survey

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Did you work on any of these productions? These are just a handful of the dozens of incentive feature films and commercials that were made in Washington thanks to the state film incentive. (See the survey for the complete list of 2012 incentive projects).

Washington Filmworks has created more than 5,000 jobs. It’s our goal to create even more. This is your last chance to be heard in this important survey of the Washington Film Industry. So whether you’ve worked on dozens of incentive projects or none, your voice is so important!

Washington residents who work in the film industry are urged to take our first annual job survey for cast and crew. Our survey will close Monday, April 1st. This survey is intended to track the work you did in 2012 (January 1 through December 31). Our goals are to:

  • Better understand how Washington State film professionals create their careers
  • Better understand how our industry contributes to the larger economy
  • Grow more opportunities for film workers across the state

The results of this survey will be published in Washington Filmworks’ Annual Report on the Film Industry, which will be published in spring 2013. This report will be shared with elected officials and used as a tool to help build and support a sustainable film industry in Washington State. We value confidentiality. You have the option of remaining anonymous.

Washington Residents can access the survey and find out more here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/98PSMMQ

Please only complete the survey once. If you have already taken it, thank you. 

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For more information about the survey, please contact our office (206) 264-0667 or email info@washingtonfilmworks.org.

About WF:  Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support, as well as financial incentives.

And the Crowd Goes Wild

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Two words, Veronica Mars. Many know the name from the popular crime-drama series that ended in 2007 after 3 seasons. Yesterday the series began making a lot of noise on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. In less than 10 hours a campaign known as the “Veronica Mars Movie Project” surpassed it goal of $2 million, potentially rewriting the way studios and filmmakers fund future endeavors. 

The Veronica Mars team has tried multiple avenues to get their project on the big screen. Eventually series creator, Rob Thomas, approached Warner Brothers to ask for their blessing to launch a Kickstarter campaign, in order to fund a Veronica Mars movie. Fans were asked to pledge various amounts in return for a series of rewards.

In a matter of hours, the Veronica Mars Movie became the first Kickstarter campaign for a major motion picture to reach $1 million in pledges. In a few more hours that record was then smashed when the project hit is campaign goal of $2 million. As of 10 a.m. this morning the backers keep increasing by the second, and with 29 days remaining until the campaign closes, it’s hard to tell what the final amount might be. 

Imagine having to organize and distribute those rewards to 44,000 backers (and climbing). Read More…

Washington Heads to Austin

SXSW, one of the most anticipated music, film, and interactive gatherings of the year, kicked off this weekend in Austin TX. The 11-day festival is host to original music, independent films, and emerging technologies from around the country. In recent years, Washington incentive films have done their part to represent the state’s film industry. Last year three Washington incentive films played at SXSW. Eden, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Fat Kid Rules the World beat out more than a thousand entries to win their coveted spots at the festival. 

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Improvement Club, a feature film by Dayna Hanson.

This year’s festival is no different. Multiple artists and creative professionals are representing Washington in Austin. Seattle filmmaker, Dayna Hanson, premiered her hybrid narrative film, Improvement Club. The movie follows a rag-tag troupe of Seattle performers as they attempt to expose the American Revolution’s fatal flaws. Read More…

Film is Brewing in Tacoma

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A group of passionate filmmakers have come together to form the 253 Film Collective. This group is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and sustainable film and media community in Tacoma, by encouraging, mentoring, and promoting local filmmakers and businesses. The 253 Film Collective is committed to sustaining and growing opportunities for more motion picture production in the city.

Amy Lillard, WF Executive Director, and Krys Karns, WF Production Services Coordinator, visited the collective last month. They gave a presentation on the business of film in Washington State and discussed the ongoing importance of maintaining relationships with elected officials. The ladies had a great time learning more about the collective and meeting with area filmmakers. Read More…