Be a Participant in the Future of Washington Film

This weekend you have the opportunity to be an advocate for your production and for the future of film in Washington State.

The Innovation Lab Application Meetings are mandatory for those of you who are planning on applying to receive funding through the Lab this cycle. But beyond fulfilling a requirement, attending this meeting will answer FAQs for applicants, demystify the selection process and address common issues with applying.

Participation in our Town Hall Events, which will follow the Innovation Lab Meetings, will give local industry members a unique perspective into the state of the industry right now. It will also educate you about how you can affect change in the local industry and help us keep incentives alive for the coming years. Ask questions, pitch ideas, and make yourself a participant in your future at Town Hall.

See below for the event details.


 

Innovation Lab Application Meetings
If you intend to apply to the WF Innovation Lab, you must attend one of the upcoming Innovation Lab Application Meetings in Seattle, Spokane or Bellingham.
*RSVP to rsvp@washingtonfilmworks.org and indicate which meeting you’re attending*

Seattle: Saturday, July 26, 2014
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus
305 Harrison Street, Seattle
*Torchlight Parade begins at 7:30, so arrive early for parking!*

Spokane: Sunday, July 27, 2014
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Red Lion Hotel at the Park
303 West North River Drive, Spokane

Bellingham: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pickford Film Center
1318 Bay Street, Bellingham


 

Join Us for WF Town Hall Events
Join Executive Director Amy Lillard, WF Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Lance Rosen and James Keblas for our upcoming events in Seattle and Spokane. At these events, Rosen, Keblas and Lillard will outline the action items for the Advocacy Committee for the next six months and will talk specifically about how the film industry can be involved. Lillard will also present the results from the Second Annual Jobs and Vendor Survey. Don’t miss your chance to find out how the film industry can be involved in the future of film and film incentives in Washington State!

Seattle: Saturday, July 26, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus
305 Harrison Street, Seattle
*Torchlight Parade begins at 7:30, so arrive early for parking!*

Spokane: Sunday, July 27, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Red Lion Hotel at the Park
303 West North River Drive, Spokane

Decoding the Supreme Court’s Aereo Decision: The Future Looks Hazy for Cloud Computing

On Wednesday, June 25, the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling stated that the Internet startup Aereo is illegal in its current form. While the Washington film community may or may not be familiar with Aereo, the ruling has noteworthy implications for the future of distribution. As a champion of groundbreaking digital entertainment platforms, Washington Filmworks is directly engaged with new forms of storytelling and distribution through our Innovation Lab. The Lab invests in the local creative economy and encourages the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. As our local film community considers new forms of distribution, keep Aereo’s distribution model on the back burner.

It’s not everyday that we see the Supreme Court ruling on cases that affect how distribution is carried out.

In a nutshell, Sarah Gray from salon.com summarizes the ruling as follows: the ruling states that Aereo infringes on television broadcasters’ copyrights by using antennas to pick up broadcast network television, storing it in the cloud, and transfering it to subscribers via the Internet. Read more about what Gray has to say about the Supreme Court Justices’ ruling on Aereo’s legality and the somewhat hazy line that separates Aereo from other cloud-based and streaming/sharing services.

Photo Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Photo Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais


Decoding the Supreme Court’s Aereo Decision: The Future Looks Hazy for Cloud Computing

by Sarah Gray
June 25, 2014

In a decisive 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court stated that Internet startup Aereo is illegal in its current form. The service uses dime-sized antennas to pick up broadcast network television, store it in the cloud and then transfer it to subscribers via the Internet.

Broadcasters, who were not being paid licensing fees by Aereo, were naturally irked by the new company’s business model. Eventually, the dispute made its way to the Supreme Court. Arguments in American Broadcasting Company (ABC) v. Aereo were heard in April.

In layman’s terms, the ruling states that Aereo infringes television broadcasters’ copyrights. (Extensive background on the case can be found here.) The justices found that Aereo looked too similar to cable.

The decision looks pretty cut and dry for Aereo. However, what does this mean for other cloud-based technology? Full article continued here.

Originally published June 25, 2014. Reprinted by permission, salon.com, June 2014. Copyright© 2014, Salon Media Group, Inc.

State-of-the-Art Teaching Technology at CrewSpace

On a recent visit to Walla Walla, Washington, Executive Director Amy Lillard moderated a discussion on the Northwest Creative Economy as part of the 2014 Walla Walla Business Summit. The Summit focused on the growing role that the film, television, and new media industries contribute to the regional economy. During her visit, Lillard discovered a cutting-edge media lab at the Walla Walla Public Library (WWPL) and was so inspired by what she saw that she wanted to spread the word about CrewSpace.

Funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, CrewSpace is described as a new opportunity for tomorrow’s media creators. A WWPL card is the only requirement to access the free classes that are designed to embody the ideals CrewSpace shares with its funder – to demonstrate creativity, embrace innovation and inspire people to do their best. That card is a golden ticket that gives community members of all ages access to courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of everything from video production to music to graphic design.

Photo Courtesy CrewSpace

Photo Courtesy CrewSpace

CrewSpace is in its infancy. Just two years ago, the idea of adding a technology lab to WWPL began to take shape for Walla Walla Library Director Beth Hudson. She had a chance to observe some tourists peering in closed shop windows and heard them speculating about the business and the age of the building.  She envisioned QR codes on those businesses’ windows, which would deliver all the information they were seeking through the use of high-quality, 90-second videos.  With public libraries committed to making libraries relevant to everyone, including teens, could this be an opportunity for area teens to gain a new set of skills in a subject like filmmaking that most teens feel passionate about?  Could they become the filmmakers? Her inspiration eventually took form in 2013 as an initiative called StoreFront, but first the WWPL would have to figure out how to add the technology they would need.

Enter Jeffrey Townsend. An Emmy-winning writer and associate producer, Townsend also has decades of experience as a production designer in film and has helmed multimedia projects and developed film education programs. He’s contributed to Washington’s film history as production designer on films like Sleepless in Seattle and The Fabulous Baker Boys and worked with renowned directors Martin Scorsese and Nora Ephron before moving to Walla Walla. The Library found the perfect mix of tech savvy and industry experience in Townsend, making him an ideal director for the lab. Townsend designed the technology lab, CrewSpace, as well as the hands-on style and project-based offerings.

The media lab is finding its way. One lesson learned thus far is that plans must be adjusted to best fit the way patrons are actually using digital media, or how they want to learn to use digital media. Jeffrey Townsend teaches film study and works with film students that want to add to their existing skills, while local middle school teacher Dan Calzaretta, whose students are regular winners at film competitions, will hold a six-week class this summer for those who are brand new to filmmaking. Townsend and Calzaretta aren’t the only instructors in CrewSpace. CrewSpace’s instructors come from diverse professional and creative backgrounds and include musician Chris Jonlick, who has written and recorded with Solange Knowles among others and owns NARL Records.

CrewSpace offers a wide catalog of classes this summer including stop-motion animation, green screen photography, digital filmmaking, and music recording and production. If a library patron has a project in mind or a skill they’d like to develop they can put in a request for it. “We encourage our customers to let us know what they want us to offer,” says Hudson. One such request resulted in the development of a course for nonprofits so that they could create their own public service announcements. Another request was for night photography.

CrewSpace focuses on teens and what they need to pursue their dreams.“By providing them with the technology skills they need in order to pursue careers or higher education (which engages their interest, their creativity and their passion) we are cultivating resilient, problem-solving, lifelong learners who are more likely to pick the right path when faced with choices. At-risk teens who struggle with issues of poverty (which often means a lack of online access and access to any cutting-edge technology) and who face academic difficulties, will discover CrewSpace and find that they can enjoy learning through the creative projects we offer them.  When that happens we’ve made important gains for individuals and for the community,” said Hudson.

Photo courtesy CrewSpace

Photo Courtesy CrewSpace

Inspired by the great work coming out of CrewSpace, Hudson is working on getting more exposure for projects produced in the space. Some projects are currently available online and an overhaul of their website is planned for the future to make it more functional and accessible. The Library is hoping that enough content will be produced at CrewSpace so they can compete in film competitions in the future. They recently hosted a youth-produced music event in the spring.The original StoreFront project went so well that after the original five films were produced, the project caught the eye of a teacher in an adjacent community who contacted Townsend for training. The teacher and his class are now working on the next films with plans to edit them in CrewSpace.

Local parents are requesting classes that teach filmmaking and technology to very small children. Seniors are becoming more proficient with their computers and smart phones, businesses are learning to produce promotional videos and commercials, and youth are finding their confidence through the power of creativity and technology. It’s all good stuff that helps pave the road to the new creative economy that Walla Walla is working to build.

Commercialize Seattle Goes Camping

New Latest Work

Congratulations to Royale, a design company based in Seattle and Los Angeles. 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.


ROYALE

Agency or Production Company: Royale
Company Websitehttp://www.weareroyale.com/

Explain yourself, Royale: Royale is a design company that creates top-notch design, photo-real 3D, animation, and interactive development. We believe that design transcends medium and technology to invent creative solutions using both. Our collective of directors, designers, animators, developers, editors and producers are all led by the single vision of creating engaging experiences that influence the behavior of our audience and make them smile a big mustache-clad smile in the process.

 


WHY SHOULD YOU SUBMIT NEW WORK?

When we’re out selling the region as one of the best places in the world to make commercials, we point people to the Latest Work section on the Commercialize Seattle website to show them what we can do here! 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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Don’t Miss the Upcoming WF Events!

Innovation Lab Application Meetings
If you intend to apply to the WF Innovation Lab, you must attend one of the upcoming Innovation Lab Application Meetings in Seattle, Spokane or Bellingham.
*RSVP to rsvp@washingtonfilmworks.org and indicate which meeting you’re attending*

Seattle: Saturday, July 26, 2014
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus
305 Harrison Street, Seattle
*Torchlight Parade begins at 7:30, so arrive early for parking!*

Spokane: Sunday, July 27, 2014
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Red Lion Hotel at the Park
303 West North River Drive, Spokane

Bellingham: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pickford Film Center
1318 Bay Street, Bellingham


 

Join Us for WF Town Hall Events
Join Executive Director Amy Lillard, WF Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Lance Rosen and James Keblas for our upcoming events in Seattle and Spokane. At these events, Rosen, Keblas and Lillard will outline the action items for the Advocacy Committee for the next six months and will talk specifically about how the film industry can be involved. Lillard will also present the results from the Second Annual Jobs and Vendor Survey. Don’t miss your chance to find out how the film industry can be involved in the future of film and film incentives in Washington State!

Seattle: Saturday, July 26, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus
305 Harrison Street, Seattle
*Torchlight Parade begins at 7:30, so arrive early for parking!*

Spokane: Sunday, July 27, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Red Lion Hotel at the Park
303 West North River Drive, Spokane

We hope to see you there!

Photo Courtesy of Regan MacStravic

Mandatory Innovation Lab Application Meetings in Seattle, Spokane, Bellingham

Washington creatives: the Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab is back in action! But if you want to get funded, you’ll need to attend one of our mandatory Innovation Lab Application meetings. See below for information about the upcoming meetings this month, FAQs about the Innovation Lab, and background information.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle, Spokane and Bellingham!


Innovation Lab Meeting Information:
*To attend: Please RSVP to rsvp@washingtonfilmworks.org and indicate which meeting you will attend*

Innovation Lab Meeting – Seattle
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus
305 Harrison Street, Seattle

Innovation Lab Meeting – Spokane
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Conference Room
303 West North River Drive, Spokane

Innovation Lab Meeting – Bellingham
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pickford Film Center
1318 Bay Street, Bellingham


FAQs About the Innovation Lab

  • Q: The Guidelines and Criteria state that funding assistance will only be awarded for the physical production of motion picture content. Does this meant that postproduction expenses are not eligible?
    • A: Washington Filmworks considers all preproduction, production, and postproduction for motion picture content eligible costs, as long as they fulfill the definitions of qualified Washington Spend.
  • Q: I have already shot part of my project. Am I still eligible to apply?
    • A: Principal photography may not commence until the project has been approved by WF and a production agreement has been signed. If you are applying for an episodic project and have already shot a pilot, you may only apply for funding assistance towards episodes not yet shot. All qualified expenditures must be incurred after the date of the Filmworks Innovation Lab Funding Letter of Intent.
  • Q: The Guidelines and Criteria state that projects must comply with all State and Federal laws, including labor laws relating to minimum wage and overtime requirements. Can I have my friends and family volunteer on the production?
    • A: Volunteers are not allowed in a “for-profit” business. Any individual, partnership, association, corporation, business trust, or any person or group of persons acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer, who permits any individual to work, is subject to the provisions of the Minimum Wage Act. http://lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/files/policies/esa1.pdf This means that for-profit productions must pay cast, crew, and extras at least minimum wage and the associated payroll taxes.
  • Q: What happens if I miss this application window? Can I apply again?
    • A: Washington Filmworks will accept applications for this cycle from August 21 – August 28, 2014. WF plans to accept applications again in February 2015.
  • Q: I have applied in past cycles but was not accepted. Can I re-apply?
    • A: If a project is not approved for funding assistance in the current funding cycle, the applicant may submit the project for reconsideration in a future funding cycle if significant changes have been made to the project.
  • Q: The Guidelines and Criteria refers to a Jury. Who are the jurors?
    • A: The identities of the jurors are not released until after deliberations are complete and funding assistance has been finalized.

Program Introduction
The Filmworks Innovation Lab is designed to invest in our local creative community and to encourage the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. By leveraging our existing film infrastructure and the diversity of our in-state technology resources, Washington is uniquely positioned to incubate a groundbreaking digital entertainment platform that fosters a new Creative Economy for Washington State.

What is Available?
The Filmworks Innovation Lab offers funding assistance as a return on qualified in-state expenditures on the production of motion picture content (including labor and talent who are Washington State residents). Projects must spend between $25,000 – $499,999 in Washington and it is important to note that this is not a grant, rather a reimbursement on a project’s investment in utilizing Washington State workers, vendors and goods. The level of funding assistance is determined per project and varies according to each approved project’s merit and application.

Application Process
Washington Filmworks will accept applications from August 21 – August 28, 2014. For a detailed description of the application process, see the current Filmworks Innovation Lab Guidelines and Criteria (dated 5/28/14).

Have questions?  Please direct them to Lab@WashingtonFilmworks.org or call staff at 206-264-0667.

 

Port Angeles – Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

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 Port Angeles – July 2014

Port Angeles Map

 

Historic Port Angeles, nestled into the base of the Olympic Mountains along the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, deserves the title “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.” There is a mix of industry, beauty and Northwest native culture in the midst of the town’s everyday life. The authentic American 1950s, small-town downtown combined with historic brick architecture offers endless filming possibilities. Being situated in the middle of nature provides many urban wilderness-like vistas, both forest- and water-based. Port Angeles has excellent restaurants and caterers that are part of the Olympic Peninsula Culinary Loop, as well as many different housing options from hotels to vacation rentals to B&Bs.

 

Photo Courtesy Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau

Photo Courtesy Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau


Port Angeles Weather

Photo by Val Henchel

Photo by Val Henchel


Port Angeles is a coastal town with mild seasons.  Most of the year, winds from the Pacific Ocean sweep in along the Strait of Juan de Fuca bringing moisture and comfortable cool breezes.  Winds from the Canadian North can often bring snow flurries in the winter, which usually do not linger long as warmer rains wash them away within a few days.  Spring sees a burst of floral color and most everything stays green through the summer.  Due to the relatively wet summers, autumn comes a little later than it does in the rest of the country.  Maple trees begin to turn orange and brown in early October and by November, the town is an entire landscape of evergreens, which are abundant and never out of view against the snow-peaked backdrop.

Average Temperature:
January – High 45.1 F, Low 34.0 F
July – High 68.4 F, Low 51.7 F
Precipitation:
January Rainfall – 4.02 inches
July Rainfall – 0.55 inches
Source: 
Western Regional Climate Center

Projects Filmed in Port Angeles

Photo by Holly Hayes

Photo by Holly Hayes

Films

  • The Hunted, Lakeshore Entertainment / Alphaville Films (2003)
  • The State, Kryptos Films (2002)
  • Wyatt Earp, Warner Brothers (1993)
  • Past Midnight, Cine-Tel Entertainment (1991)
  • The Hunt for Red October, Paramount Pictures (1989)
  • Kid Coulter, Wind River Productions (1984)

Television

  • Ax Men, Original Productions (2008 – 2014)
  • My Five Wives (2013 – 2014)
  • Reflections of Murder  (1974)

Key Locations of Interest

Photo by Val Henchel

Photo by Val Henchel

  • City Pier and Waterfront Esplande
  • Olympic Discovery Trail runs through town (Rails to Trails project)
  • Historic County Courthouse, museum, old post office, Lincoln Middle School and other downtown buildings
  • Hurricane Ridge vistas
  • Industrial locations: wood mills, yacht construction and repair marinas
  • Distant views of Canada across 18-mile Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Peninsula College campus
  • Peninsula Golf Course
  • Art outdoors, both downtown Port Angeles and at Webster’s Woods Art Park
  • Children’s Dream Play Park and Skateboard Park
  • Quiet, hillside neighborhoods overlooking the town below
  • William R. Fairchild International Airport and Rite Bros. Aviation
  • Ediz Hook 3-mile spit of land sheltering the Port Angeles Harbor
  • Historic Camp Hayden at Salt Creek Recreation Area with the remnants of World War II bunkers

Relevant Contact Information

  • Local Film Liaison - Diane Schostak, Executive Director, Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau,  (360) 452-8552, diane@olympicpeninsula.org
  • Agency that issues permits and costs – Brendan Fluckiger, (360) 565-3090
  • Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control - Port Angeles Police Department, (360) 452-4545

Closest Large Washington Airport

  • William R. Fairchild International Airport is in Port Angeles.
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 128 miles from Port Angeles.

Closest Large Cities in Washington

  • Olympia is 122 miles from Port Angeles.
  • Seattle is 84 miles via the Bainbride Island Ferry; 87 miles via the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry from Port Angeles
  • Tacoma is 109 miles from Port Angeles

Accommodations

Photo by Mary Brelsford

Photo by Mary Brelsford

A list of accommodations in the Olympic Peninsula can be found here: http://olympicpeninsula.org/places-to-stay


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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.
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