Archive | June 2014

Z NATION Invades Washington

Syfy’s action-horror series Z Nation began production on May 15 in Spokane and is slated to continue throughout the summer. The episodic series was approved for funding assistance through Washington Filmworks (WF) and it’s intended to be a “Washington State production through and through,” according to series producer Rich Cowan. Media Inc.‘s George Riddell spoke with the production and got the scoop on how things are progressing. See how Z Nation‘s production is shooting off to a fast start and learn why Cowan believes that scripted television is the future for Washington film.
Photos by Oliver Irwin

Photos by Oliver Irwin

Z Nation Invades Washington

by George Riddell
June 11, 2014

The zombie horde has overtaken Spokane and the Washington film production community is elated. On Thursday, May 15, production began for the first season of the new Syfy series Z Nation, an action-horror series that depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.

With a 13-episode commitment from Syfy, production is slated to continue in Spokane all summer. The five-month production will employ 200 actors, the great majority of them from Washington State, plus as many as 1,300 Washington extras. In addition, the 100-person production crew is largely made up of Washington residents, as well.

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Originally published June 11 2014. Reprinted by permission,, June 2014. Copyright© 2014, Media Index Publishing Group.

WF Visits Winthrop & Scenic Methow Valley

Winthrop General Store

The Winthrop General Store

Summer is here, bringing sunshine and perfect weather for a liaison visit to the Methow Valley. This June, Krys Karns, Washington Filmworks (WF) Production Services Coordinator, traveled up beautiful tree-lined HWY 20 to begin scouting locations for WF’s ReelScout Online Location Database. Her first stop was the town of Mazama where she met with Kristen Smith, one of WF’s regional film liaisons and the Marketing Director of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Architecturally modern homes surround the Read More…

Bright Lights On the Bayou: How Louisiana’s Film Industry Got a Leading Role

Washington Filmworks continues to track film economies in other jurisdictions. Louisiana’s film industry is thriving and their state-funded tax incentives play a huge role in winning more business. Get an idea of how the Louisiana film incentive, one of the first in the nation, is generating economic gains and luring filmmakers to New Orleans and other areas of the state.

Bright Lights On the Bayou: How Louisiana’s Film Industry Got a Leading Role

May 27, 2014

Written out in giant, white letters across the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood has been synonymous with the film industry since the early 20th century. An unlikely rival, however, has emerged as a formidable player in the industry. Though it may lack the iconic sign of its West Coast counterpart, Louisiana saw 18 major motion pictures filmed within state lines in 2013 – 3 more than California.

Why are so many more movies being filmed in Louisiana? Full article continued here.

Originally published May 2014. Reprinted by permission,, June 2014. Copyright© 2014, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Commercialize Seattle – The Beauty of Washington State

New Latest Work

Congratulations to Nimia, an agency based in Seattle. They are now featured in the Latest Work section of Commercialize Seattle. This business development campaign is designed to drive production and advertising to the region and the Latest Work section of the Commercialize Seattle website showcases some of the very best commercial work coming out of Seattle and Washington State.



Agency or Production Company: Nimia

Explain yourself, Nimia: We represent over two thousand filmmakers by granting them total autonomy over their video assets. Production companies and independent filmmakers use the Nimia Platform as their single resource for business-to-business management of digital video content. The Platform facilitates the archiving, retrieval, and sending of video files. Clients are able to create presentations, license, and distribute video assets seamlessly. As the agent for over two thousand production companies and filmmakers, Nimia’s success can be attributed to providing superior policies, innovative technology, and tailored legal support.



Seattle and Washington State are some of the most beautiful places in the world to make commercials and when we’re out selling the region, we point people to the Latest Work section on the Commercialize Seattle website. The campaign highlights locally made commercials and is a hub where brands and agencies look to find great talent. Local production companies and ad agencies should register and learn more.

We frequently showcase new work, so get registered and submit. Then we can show you off to the world. Remember, advertising is the best thing any of us can do!






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Making the Most of the Filmmaking Lottery – Jessica Valentine Gets Her “First Shot”

In just a few days Jessica Valentine will get a chance to call all the shots. She is one of three winning writer/directors in the 2014 Jameson First Shot Short Film Competition. Her lead actor – Uma Thurman.

Photo by Erik F. Simkins.

Photo by Erik F. Simkins.

Valentine is a resident of Bellingham, Washington and has been working in film for about a decade, but she’s also a visual artist with paintings, sculptures, and jewelry in local galleries. She’s lent her skills to a number of films as a makeup artist, including a position doing special effects make up on Washington incentive film Eden, directed by Megan Griffiths. Jessica has a broad skill set, as building a career in the film industry often requires. She acts and produces. She’s done locations and production coordinating, and often partners with her husband, filmmaker Richard Valentine, to produce narrative and industrial projects. But it is her writing that led her to Uma.

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Media Inc. Has New Focus on Pacific NW Film Production

mi-logoIf you haven’t heard, this spring longtime Pacific Northwest publication Media Inc. announced a re-focus of its content and an increase its editorial resources to provide exclusive coverage of the region’s film and video production industry. Media Inc. has been an industry leader for thirty years, covering the Pacific Northwest creative, film production, marketing and advertising industries.  The re-formatted magazine and digital edition now provides dedicated coverage solely to the region’s film and video production industry. Read more here.

The June/July 2014 issue is now available in print and Media Inc. offers Featured Articles online. Do you have industry or production news about Washington? Drop them a line. They accept new story ideas and article submissions.

Everett – Second Largest West Coast Marina

Washington Filmworks (WF) uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. Find previous installments archived on our website and on the WF Blog.


City of Everett – June 2014

Everett is situated on Port Gardner Bay at the mouth of the Snohomish River between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Nearly 50 miles of freshwater and saltwater shoreline and the second largest marina on the West Coast provide a variety of natural backdrops for film. A working waterfront and remnants of the city’s gritty mill town beginnings remain today. Downtown has a distinctively small town feeling with historic buildings and tree-lined streets. Everett has a variety of neighborhoods- from old, stately homes to modest, working class homes with well-kept, beautiful yards.

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