Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard attended the Seattle Film Industry Caucus wrap-up meeting on Tuesday, March 4 where outcomes from breakout sessions the week prior were discussed. The group’s engagement and dedication to growing the film industry in Seattle is encouraging.
For those who were unable to attend, the priorities that the group has agreed on are available through the link below. These will be brought to the attention of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the coming weeks.
Washington Filmworks continues the conversation on crowd funding, this time with a focus on rewards. This guest post from Steve Edmiston completes a trilogy, which addresses the challenges faced by entrepreneurs choosing to take their filmmaking dreams to “the crowd.” Find the first two installments here:
Be Careful What You Wish For – The Ongoing Risk in Rewards
As with most competitive, consumer-facing technologies and services, crowd funding “best practices” are evolving with ever-increasing rapidity. Simply put, what worked a year ago may not work today. In the one year since my original posts for Washington Filmworks, Hollywood has “discovered” crowd funding. The Veronica Mars movie campaign topped $5,700,000; actor Zach Braff’s Kickstarter was funded at over $3,100,000; Spike Lee’s proposed film about humans addicted to blood raised nearly $1.5 million. Flame outs from unknown, inexperienced filmmakers abound: the campaign for Kate Allen is Getting a Life raised just $243 of a $5,000,000 goal, earning a headline in The Hollywood Reporter: “Is this the Worst Kickstarter Movie Campaign in History?” If you are interested in learning from other amazing flame outs, sadly, the Kickback Machine is no more, but www.kickspy.com provides useful stats and some search capabilities. There, you’ll find the cold truth – the average failed narrative feature film campaign raises 10% of its requested funding, or $2,863.
Crowd funding may still have a bit of that new car smell, but it’s getting big fast, and with the most significant alteration to the landscape (as of this writing) looming – a possible new gold rush of investment-based crowd funding, Read More…
Looking for film funding? Tracy Rector and Lou Karsen have some advice. Examiner.com recently named the pair “Seattle’s best kept filmmaking secret”, which was a kind accolade, but quite surprising considering that their film projects have been shown on National PBS, Independent Lens, National Geographic, ImagineNative, and at Festival de Cannes. The duo is also the driving force behind Longhouse Media, a nine-year-old nonprofit organization that has produced hundreds of films, runs media programs in tribal schools, teaches after school workshops, administers adult training classes, and programs a film and panel series known as Indigenous Showcase at the Northwest Film Forum.
Karsen and Rector are currently working together to co-produce and co-direct Clearwater. This feature documentary is the cornerstone of Read More…
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 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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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.”
Lillard and Karns began day one at the Read More…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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