Archive | October 2013

The Spooky Side of Washington

In honor of All Hallows’ Eve, we flashback a few years. The place, Washington State. If you think of Halloween, the work of legendary director and horror master John Carpenter should come to mind, but did you know that the Evergreen State played host to the last feature-length film he directed?


Washington incentive project The Ward is a horror-thriller film produced locally in 2009. The story follows a young institutionalized woman who is terrorized by a mysterious ghost. It stars Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness), Mika Boorem (The Patriot), and Jared Harris (Mad Men).

Principal photography for The Ward took place in several areas of the state, including Read More…

Submit Your “Latest Work” to Commercialize Seattle


October 28, 2013


Submit Your “Latest Work” to Commercialize Seattle

About Commercialize Seattle

Commercialize Seattle is a business development campaign designed to drive more production and advertising business to Seattle and the region. As part of the campaign we will highlight commercials that were made and produced locally on the “Latest Work” section of the Commercialize Seattle website. Showing the great work we do locally is key to the success of the campaign. So read on to learn about how you can participate!

Criteria For Submission

The following outlines the criteria for projects being submitted to the “Latest Work” section on the Commercialize Seattle website:

  • Projects must be made by a Washington-based production company or agency.
  • Projects must have been shot entirely in Washington State.
  • Projects may be local, regional, or national commercials.
  • Projects may be no longer than 2 minutes in length.
  • The project must have been broadcast or aired online within one year of the date of submission.
  • All projects must be submitted for consideration exactly as published or aired,
  • Projects must have been made for paying clients, except pro bono work for charities and / or non-profit organizations.
  • Submissions may not be made without the permission of the client and / or owner of the rights of the work. The production company or agency submitting work must have properly cleared all names, titles, information, trademarks, service marks and copyrighted materials provided and can affirm that the project is approved for use on the Washington Filmworks and Commercialize Seattle websites, and in related publications.

How To Submit **

Register your Read More…

Join WF 10/30 for FMI Happy Hour

happyhourfmiWhether you need an attention-grabbing state-of-the-art sequence, or a subtle enhancement, Tim Everitt will present a few quick and easy treatments to bring the look of your film up to Hollywood standards. Tim risks his own career to help filmmakers learn how they can do this on their own. The October FMI Happy Hour takes place Wednesday the 30th at Spitfire in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. FMI is from 5 to 7 pm and is open to anyone age 21+. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

everittABOUT TIM – Tim Everitt is an award-winning motion picture writer, director, cinematographer, and animator. His films include Too Fast, Too Young, starring Michael Ironside and Kasia Figura, and Fatally Yours, starring Rick Rossovich, Roddy McDowell, and George Lazenby. Films he has written and directed have won major awards at national and international competitions, including the Houston International Film Festival, the New York International Film and Television Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the Independent Film Producers of America, and many others. Additionally, he has served as a visual effects artist and lead animator on major Hollywood films including Pirates of the Caribbean 3, The Last Samurai, Collateral Damage, Holes, and many others. Currently, he is the owner of Seattle-based Tim Everitt Productions, which is actively creating projects for motion pictures, commercials, and new forms of interactive media.

Make an Ad with the Commercialize-izer App


October 24, 2012


Creature’s Commercialize-izer App For Agency Creatives Automates All The Hard Work of Coming Up With An Original Thought.

A great idea can come from anywhere. And thanks to the Commercialize-izer, ad agency creatives now know exactly where to look. The Commericialize-izer is a mobile and desktop app that writes TV spots for ad people to pass off as their very own.

As part of the Commercialize Seattle campaign, an initiative to bring commercial production to the city of Seattle and state of Washington, the Commercialize-izer takes all the headache out of being a creative.

It’s easy. All you do is:

  1. Select an Ad Cliché,
  2. Select a Seattle Area Landmark,
  3. and Hit the Commercialize Button.

What comes out? Read More…

WF Visits the City of Lakewood and Kitsap Co.

In September Washington Filmworks (WF) staff members Amy Lillard and Krys Karns took a one-day trip to the City of Lakewood and Kitsap County. They spoke to elected officials about the positive economic impact of filming and scouted film-friendly locations. The day started early with coffee in Lakewood where Lillard and Karns meet with Becky Newton, Economic Development Specialist for the City.


From Lakewood they traveled north to the Kitsap Peninsula, which covers  Read More…

Well Played, Renton

Ever want to participate in a filmmaking competition? Get a feel for the experience through this insider’s perspective from filmmaker and community organizer Indy Cho. This guest post part two of two about the Renton FilmFrenzy. Learn about how the City of Renton supports and encourages filmmaking, and the steps they’re taking to make the area a film-friendly destination.

Be sure to check out the shorts produced during the 2013 Renton FilmFrenzy. Screenings are open to the public, all ages are welcome and there’s no admission fee.  Films screen Saturday Oct 19th at 7pm at the Renton Civic Theater and and the top films screen again during the Curvee Awards Gala at the Ikea Performing Arts Center at 7pm next Tuesday, Oct 22.


I glance at the clock of my computer, then look back at the progress of the export as it renders. 60%. Almost there with time to spare. Time to kick back and relax. Why not take one more look at the footage to do a triple check to see if there are any odd exposures or spikes in audio. What could it hurt right? Sometimes ignorance would’ve been bliss, but sure enough, there it was at a little over 3 minutes into my 4-minute film. I quickly stop the export and correct the audio spike and start the clock over again. The clock seemed to have jumped forward at twice the speed and the progress of the export seems to be hanging at 30%. It’s 6:30pm Sunday evening and the turn in deadline is 7pm at the Berliner Pub.

This was the end of another harrowing Renton Film Frenzy at 49.5 hours into the competition. 49.5 hours earlier, I sat at my computer and waited for the email that would contain the “Curveballs” and kick off the Frenzy. At exactly 5pm on Friday evening, I hear the bell as an email drops into my inbox. In the past, there were lines of dialogue, art pieces, locations and props. This year the Curveballs were:

  1. Character:  incorporate a character with the name of Gene Coulon in your film.
  2. Location: include a scene filmed at the Downtown Renton Piazza, Third Avenue. Between Whitman and Burnett Avenues. NOTE: The Harvest Festival is taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  3. Prop: use an airplane in your film. Can be a model, photo, toy, Boeing plane, etc.

I quickly call a crew meeting and we are now making a mad dash to develop a story that will incorporate each of these criteria. Read More…

On Location

Last week, WF featured a post from local Location Manager Dave Drummond about the work of the Locations Department on the Washington incentive feature film Laggies. This week, hear from some of the state’s most seasoned location scouts and managers, as they talk to Media Inc. about their careers, their on-set experiences, and their favorite Northwest locations. Check out an excerpt below, and head over to Media Inc. for the full article.

If you’re ever looking for a Location Manager or Location Scout in Washington, be sure to check out or the Northwest Production Index.


Location Manager Q & A

What do you think makes a good location manager or scout?
Location managing is mostly about people skills. Hearing what the production company wants to accomplish in terms of tone, look, and feel of the overall story. Finding the locations that are needed that fit into the schedule and communicating clearly with each property owner and the immediate community. Developing true and honest relationships is the key. You can’t cut corners here! You have to do your homework. If the shoot requires a last-minute location need, I will have a better chance to solve the issue because I did my homework and developed relationships in the immediate community. If you listen closely to people you meet, the information they offer can often solve issues because of the people they know. It’s not what you know… it’s who you know. – Craig Stewart