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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 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,, 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.


Agency or Production Company: Royale
Company Website

Explain yourself, Urban Legend: 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.



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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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 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 River Inn, Conference Room
700 North Division Street, 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. 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 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
January Rainfall – 4.02 inches
July Rainfall – 0.55 inches
Western Regional Climate Center

Projects Filmed in Port Angeles

Photo by Holly Hayes

Photo by Holly Hayes


  • 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)


  • 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,
  • 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


Photo by Mary Brelsford

Photo by Mary Brelsford

A list of accommodations in the Olympic Peninsula can be found here:


1411 Fourth Ave., Suite 420
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 264-0667
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.

James Keblas and Lance Rosen to Co-Chair Advocacy Committee


Contact: Kaleigh Ward, Interim Communications Coordinator / 206.264.0667

Washington Filmworks Taps James Keblas and Lance Rosen to Co-Chair Advocacy Committee 

Town Hall Events in Spokane and Seattle Scheduled July 26 and 27.

Seattle, WA - July 7, 2014 Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to announce that James Keblas and Lance Rosen have been appointed as Co-Chairs of the organization’s Advocacy Committee. The Advocacy Committee is primarily responsible for advising the Board of Directors on legislative strategy and will work on important issues such as relationship building with elected officials and the status of funding for the production incentive program.

The agenda for the Advocacy Committee will be presented at two Town Hall events scheduled in Seattle and Spokane in July.  At these events Keblas, Rosen and Executive Director Amy Lillard will outline the action items for the committee over the next six months and talk specifically about how the film industry can be involved.  Lillard will also present the results for the Second Annual Jobs and Vendor Survey.

The following is the information for the Town Hall events:

Town Hall Event – Seattle
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus
305 Harrison Street, Seattle

Town Hall Event – Spokane
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Red Lion River Inn
700 North Division Street, Spokane

“James and Lance have a long history of leadership in the film industry and both have been key partners in helping to make WF a success. They are a great addition to our efforts to grow the film incentive program in Washington State. We all look forward to working with them,” said Don Jensen Chair of the Board of Washington Filmworks.

About James Keblas

James Keblas was recently named President of Creature, an advertising and design agency in Seattle and London where he champions the agency’s approach to solving problems with creativity. He is a celebrated national economic development leader in the areas of arts and entertainment and represents creativity, commerce and culture in a manner that gets him up early in the morning and staying out late at night.  Before Creature, James served for 9 years as the City of Seattle’s Director for the Office of Film + Music driving the city’s creative economy.  He was co-founder and Executive Director of The Vera Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit music and arts center run by-and for-youth in Seattle.  James is a punk rocker, an American Marshall Fellow and was named one of 50 most influential people in Seattle.  He is married to an artist and musician and they have identical twin boys.

About Lance Rosen

Lance Rosen has been an entertainment lawyer in Seattle since 1992, after service as Director of Business & Legal Affairs for The Disney Channel. Rosen has been lead production counsel on dozens of Northwest films and has been otherwise involved with dozens more. Along with Brian Lewis, his partner at the boutique entertainment/media law firm Rosen Lewis PLLC, Rosen has counseled creative artists and creative businesses in all media.  Rosen was an integral part of the team in that led the way to the creation of Washington Filmworks in 2006.

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, offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives.


Commercialize Seattle Hits The Beach

New Latest Work

Congratulations to Urban Legend Productions, 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.


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Agency or Production Company: Urban Legend Productions
Company Website

Explain yourself, Urban Legend: Urban Legend Productions is a full-service, live-action and editorial publication company. We specialize in television commercials, branded content, and branded industrial films. Urban Legend Productions is based in Seattle and was established in 2001 by Jack Barrett, a 17-year veteran of the film industry. Integrating his skills as both a director and editor, Jack brings a unique sensibility to the process of storytelling. We think you’ll find this “director/editor” methodology not only a sensible approach, but also refreshingly efficient.



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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Coffee Talk: Northwest Film Forum Visits Washington Filmworks

Last Friday Washington Filmworks (WF) held what will now be the third installment of a new recurring event we like to call “Coffee Talk.” Coffee Talk is an informal chat between WF staff and local film industry professionals and arts organizations held on the last Friday of each month. The intention is to sit down with our local affiliates to better understand what it is they do, how our work and missions intersect, and what we can do to support like-minded projects moving forward.

Last week, we met with David Falcon Ayala, Molly Michal, and Courtney Sheehan from Northwest Film Forum. Not only were we impressed by the breadth of resources the Film Forum has to offer filmmakers and media makers alike, but we were equally excited to learn about their developing programs. Take a quick peek inside our Coffee Talk.

NWFF Visit June 2014

Amy Lillard of WF with David, Molly, and Courtney of Northwest Film Forum

What’s Happening at Northwest Film Forum

Whether or not you’re familiar with the regular programming and offerings from the Film Forum, they have some pretty interesting things in the works right now. They’ve started a new series about the convergence of the gaming and film industries called “Agents of Convergence” co-presented with local company Imagos Films. The first co-presenter of the series was transmedia guru Mark Long, creator of Radical Studios‘ hit comic series Shrapnel, publisher of the PC combat game Hawken and formerly of Meteor Entertainment and Zombie Studios. Northwest Film Forum is also partnering with the Seattle Polish Film Festival to launch a new series called “Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema,” which is a collection of Polish films all handpicked by Scorsese. Finally, the Film Forum tweaked their summer youth camp programs this year by adjusting to demand and doubling their offerings. And rightfully so, all classes sold out over a month earlier than they have before.

Who Does Northwest Film Forum Serve?

The connective tissue that binds all the goals that Northwest Film Forum seeks to achieve is the desire to deepen their members’ engagement in film. They are all about providing a home to explore curiosities about what film is, which ultimately makes the concept of “Cinema” more accessible.

While the Film Forum originally started as a production collective, they now find themselves constantly adapting to the incessant changes in the media-making world. While sitting around the coffee table, the Film Forum and WF both stressed the importance of learning to collaborate in the media world.

“We have to learn to work together as a creative community to make those integrations happen,” Executive Director of WF, Amy Lillard, said.

Northwest Film Forum’s membership numbers range between 600 – 1000 members at any given time. Many of those members consist of creative industry professionals and family audiences. They’re seeing significant growth in their family audiences, mostly due to their Children’s Film Festival. “It’s inspiring a different curiosity about the world,” Program Director Courtney Sheehan said. “More kids are wanting to learn how to make films and are getting to be much more hands-on about their learning.”

Youth class at the Film Forum. Photo credit: Margaret Schuler

Youth class at the Film Forum. Photo credit: Margaret Schuler

What Northwest Film Forum Has to Offer

No matter what stage of the filmmaking (or media making) process you find yourself in, chances are, the Film Forum has a resource to match your needs and to help you reach the next level with your production. They offer education on everything from film criticism to production to financing to Digital Cinema Package (DCP). In fact, they’re able to accommodate the entire life cycle, start-to-finish, of a film in house.

As Marketing Manager and Development Associate Molly Michal said, “we want to be able to support artists no matter what medium they’re working with.”

Beyond physical classes, NWFF also has a fiscal sponsorship program, awarded competitively, which allows private film productions to extend the Film Forum’s nonprofit umbrella, making some grants available and extending tax benefits to individual donors.

Another interesting resource we learned about is the literal vault of 16mm reels that Northwest Film Forum has acquired from educational institutions and other benefactors. These are curated to present an occasional series of films from the vault.

NWFF_Students_Please Credit Elisa Huerta-Enochian

Students at a Film Forums’ class. Photo credit: Elisa Huerta-Enochian

What’s Coming Next for Northwest Film Forum

As with any organization, the goals for the immediate future range from concrete to budding. They’ll be revamping their website to bring a cleaner look to the face of their online presence, including clarifying and detailing their resources for filmmakers, film students and film lovers.

David Falcon Ayala, Business and Systems Manager at the Film Forum, said he also has some infrastructure-based goals for the coming year. He’d love to see Northwest Film Forum explore creating a more interactive venue space that has expanded capacity for transmedia projects.

Most importantly, all three of our guests stressed that they want to firmly communicate to the community that the Film Forum can be a space for the creative community to host their workshops, demo products, hold meetings, hold castings. You name the stage of your project, Northwest Film Forum will be your stage for its completion. And it will move you on to the next.

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.

Full article continued here.

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…


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