Archive | February 2014

The 12-Hour Workday

By Greg Smith


Most of us who work as crew in freelance film production at least start their career loving their work. It’s a good thing too because it can be very hard to build a stable career in the film business. Working as a freelance crew person you have no control over when work happens, how much work a production may bring or whether or not you’ll be the one hired to do it.

If you’re committed to carving out such a career you do what it takes to get hired and keep getting hired. Hopefully you have or develop a skill-set that keeps you in demand but no matter what, at some point the need to get hired and stay hired comes with a certain amount of sacrifice. It’s a competitive environment and the reality is that if you’re not Read More…

The Odds and Ends of Oscar

Decisions. Decisions.

Decisions. Decisions.

The 86th Academy Awards take place this Sunday, March 2. Do you have your outfit ready? Have you brushed up on your behind the scenes trivia? Have you filled out your official Oscar ballot? If not, be sure to show some solidarity and check the box for Washington-based screenwriter Bob Nelson. The Whidbey Island resident is a nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category for Nebraska. Congratulations, Bob!

Arguably the world’s most anticipated awards show, the annual Academy Awards can be a complicated Read More…

Seattle – Let’s Roast the Keblas

Nine years of good deeds can’t go unpunished. Join the fun as a surprise panel of James Keblas’ friends, colleagues, and admirers show their gratitude to the former Director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music with cheap jokes and low blows. The roast happens Wednesday, February 26 at Showbox Market, 1426 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Doors open at 6 pm, and the show begins at Read More…

Seattle Film Industry Caucus Continues Tomorrow

Film industry members meet to discuss the future of film in Seattle.

Film industry members gather to discuss the future of film in Seattle.

Board members and staff from Washington Filmworks (WF) attended the Seattle Film Industry Caucus event on Tuesday, February 18, at St. John’s Bar & Eatery on Capitol Hill. The Seattle Film Industry Caucus is a group of film industry professionals invested in working with City of Seattle and Washington State officials to ensure the continued growth and success of the Seattle film industry. The brainchild of Krk Nordenstom, the inaugural event attracted over 100 attendees. Several members of the film community, including Kate Becker, the new Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, were invite to speak about their vision for the Read More…

Get to Know Kate Becker

Washington Filmworks welcomes Kate Becker, the newly appointed Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music. Becker is wildly accomplished and her history in Seattle runs deep. As the film community gets to know her better, here are ten things to help break the ice. A warm welcome to Kate!

Kate Becker

Kate Becker

Kate Becker was appointed director of the Seattle Office of Film and Music in February, and most recently served as a strategic advisor to the City of Seattle, focusing on nightlife, marijuana, and I-502 implementation policy. Prior to working at the City, Becker served in leadership roles at Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and The New Art Center in Newton, MA. She also co-founded The Read More…

WF Tours Bellingham and Whatcom County


Hovander Historic Park

In January Washington Filmworks (WF) Executive Director Amy Lillard and Productions Services Coordinator Krys Karns spent two days visiting Bellingham and areas of Whatcom County, Washington. Their host for this visit was film liaison Loni Rahm, President and CEO of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. She shared that “tourism is a natural ally of multimedia and film production. A primary goal of destination marketing involves communicating and stimulating the senses of a potential traveler in a way that creates curiosity about a place or an experience. Nothing helps tell that story quite like film.”


Frank Culp of Lake Whatcom Railway and Krys Karns

Lillard and Karns began day one at the Read More…

Washington Workers – Please Take Our Jobs & Vendor Surveys

On the set of The Maury Island Incident in Burien Washington. Photo by Michael Brunk /

On the set of The Maury Island Incident. Photo courtesy of Michael Brunk /


This year’s surveys are now closed. Thanks to all who participated.

Attention Washington Workers! W-2s = WF. Please take our Jobs & Vendor Surveys.

You should have received your W-2s from employers by now. That means it’s time for the 2nd Annual Washington Filmworks (WF) Job Survey. New this year is a Vendor Survey as well. We listened to the community and heard the need for a vendor survey to better understand film businesses that support the industry and have year-round staff.

These surveys are vitally important in explaining why film is important in Washington State. Results from the surveys will inform the WF legislative agenda as we work to create a stronger and more sustainable local film industry.

Whether you work freelance, own a production company, or own a film support services company, help us better understand how Washington film professionals create their careers. We want to better comprehend how our industry contributes to the larger economy.

Access both surveys through the links below through March 15. Remember the information collected is confidential. Please only complete a survey one time.

  • Film workers and film support workers, please take the Jobs Survey
  • Principals of a production company or a film support service company, please also take the Vendor Survey

For more information about these surveys call our office at (206) 264-0667 or email       

About Washington Filmworks: 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, and offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives.

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