Archive | January 2014

Trust Your Power

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No matter which team you’re rooting for in Super Bowl XLVIII (Go Seahawks!), be sure to check out this Internet spot from Proctor & Gamble Company’s Duracell Batteries, which shot in the Emerald City in December. The 60-second online video features Seattle fullback Derrick Coleman, who is legally deaf and uses hearing aids, in part allowing him to hear Seattle’s notoriously loud 12th Man fan base.

The online ad, which is part of Duracell’s Trust Your Power campaign, is getting global attention. To date the viral spot has been viewed more than 13 million times and serves as a Read More…

Welcome Juan Mas to Washington Filmworks

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Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Juan Mas as our newest Board Member.

Mas has been entrenched in the indie film world for over 25 years. He is very proud of his humble beginnings at Roger Corman Studios in Venice Beach California. Coming up the ranks the old fashioned way has helped him become a seasoned producer and director of television, film, and theater with budgets ranging from $2000 to $20 million. Read More…

Get the Hollywood Look

Last October, Washington filmmaker Tim Everitt gave an excellent FMI Happy Hour presentation full of insider tips about how to have great visual effects in an independent movie. If you missed the talk, you can now find it online, thanks to The Seattle Film Institute. Everitt’s presentation focuses on getting that “Hollywood Look” using simple visual FX treatments that every filmmaker should be implementing. At the risk of his own career, he spills the beans on quick and easy ways to polish a film at any budget level, including techniques from his work on big budget productions like The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise.

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Everitt is an award-winning motion picture writer, director, cinematographer, and animator. He has served as a visual effects artist and lead animator on major Hollywood films including Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Collateral Damage, Holes, and many others. Currently he owns Seattle-based Tim Everitt Productions, which is actively creating projects for motion pictures, commercials, and new forms of interactive media. You can learn more about his work here.

happyhourfmiFilm + Music + Interactive Happy Hours return this month on Wednesday January 29 with ‘What’s All This About Games?’ Brian Schmidt is one of the Read More…

SpIFF 2014 Blasts Off

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Oscar nominated animated short Mister Hublot at SpIFF 2014

If you haven’t been to the Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) you’re in for a real treat. The festival is a selective offering of world-class films. SpIFF celebrates the launch of its 16th Annual Festival tonight and runs through February 1.

Audiences get access to some of very best international features, documentaries, and shorts made in the past two years. Most of these screenings are an exclusive Read More…

Washington Film Fests 2014

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Photo by Joe Mabel

Winter offers a wonderland of film in Washington. All over the state great film festivals and competitions are gearing up. Last fall we released a list of fests taking place from September to December. Here’s a list of annual events happening from now until the end April. Several of these are still accepting submissions and more information is available on Read More…

Charettes: Get Your Project on This Cart

In 2013 Washington Filmworks (WF) allocated funding assistance to five innovative and diverse projects exploring new storytelling and production models through our Filmworks Innovation Lab. Recognizing the importance of partnerships, WF worked with the University of Washington to workshop these projects in a process known as a charette. Learn more about charettes and the collaboration with UW in this guest post from Carolyn Higgins, a graduate student in the UW Communications Leadership program, and editor of Flip the Media. Photos courtesy of Scott Macklin.

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Charettes: Get Your Project on This Cart

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When Associate Director Scott Macklin visited our Advanced Multimedia Storytelling class in the University of Washington’s Communications Leadership (Comm Lead) graduate program to introduce the idea of participating in a charette, I have to admit I was on squishy ground for a second. A minute. I imagined the NPR Says You panel having a field day with that one. A type of chewing gum? A small, charred object?

Of course architects and land-use professionals would suffer no confusion on hearing the term: they’ve been conducting the multi-stakeholder design sessions known as charettes for years. Originally derived from the Ecole des Beaux Artes in Paris in the 18th century, the charette was a horse-drawn cart that, depending on who you believe, carried the still-glistening-with-wet-ink projects of architecture students to their waiting professors for final grading. The competing version has the students themselves splayed on the bed of the cart, hastily adding the final touches to their projects as the driver hastened toward the waiting professor’s office.

Technology is vastly different today, but the value of meaningful critique and brainstorming are still just as valuable for today’s creative innovators. Filmmakers, combining the age-old practice of storytelling with the latest technology, build dreams rather than Read More…

Live@Sundance

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Sundance 2014 kicks off today. This year’s festival includes screenings of several films with Washington connections, including the world premiere of state incentive feature film Laggies. Still a significant amount of buzz at the festival revolves around a local connection to the cutting edge endeavor Live@Sundance. This daily one-hour show, which fans of the festival can access via YouTube, aims to increase access to festival happenings, both inside and outside Park City.

To produce Live@Sundance, the Sundance Institute has joined forces with public relations giant Weber Shandwick, the official producing partner, director, and content creator for this daily show. Live@Sundance has also aligned with major festival sponsors including HP, Adobe, and Cannon to launch this endeavor. YouTube will provide syndication, streaming services, a Park City studio, and influential Content Creators to participate as featured hosts of the show. Among these hosts are Shira Lazar, co-founder and host of What’s Trending, and Casey Neistat, creator of the HBO series The Neistat Brothers.

Live@Sundance was recently covered by the New York Times, and while Weber Shandwick has offices in Seattle, Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, Live@Sundance has a strong Washington connection in terms of Read More…