Monthly Archives: April, 2017

Keep Zombies in WA!

April 5th, 2017 Posted by blog, get informed, get involved 1 comment on “Keep Zombies in WA!”

Washington Filmworks recently announced that Z Nation will return to shoot¬†Season 4 here in¬†Washington, and that¬†is great news for the state’s film community and its economy.¬†

Securing an episodic series like Z Nation has always been a priority for Washington Filmworks. The presence of a such a production in our state encourages investment in infrastructure and provides long-term, sustainable work for Washington film industry professionals. 

The map below shows how this series has reached communities across the state. Each pinpoint represents a shooting location, a business where Z Nation production spending took place, or the hometown of a cast and or crew member from the show. 



The infographic below is¬†stacked with information about the real-world impact that¬†Z Nation¬†has had on our state, ranging from¬†testimonials¬†of small business owners to hard data on production spending. It’s an effective illustration of the widespread positive economic impact that film and television¬†production has in cities and towns across the state.¬†Share this infographic on¬†social media, with the film community, film supporters, and especially with those of your friends who can only absorb data after its been adequately¬†girded by¬†zombies.

And most importantly, please take a few minutes and share this infographic with your legislators and ask them to support the renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, set to expire on June 30 of this year. Remind them that it is because of this program that Z Nation has been able to keep production spending flowing into a variety of Washington businesses and communities across the state. 

Join Us in Bellingham, Spokane, or Seattle!

April 5th, 2017 Posted by blog, get informed, get involved 0 comments on “Join Us in Bellingham, Spokane, or Seattle!”

Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard is hitting the road next week to participate in a handful of community events around the state. Come mix and mingle and learn how you can get involved with the campaign to Keep Film in WA.

Bellingham –¬†Tuesday, 4/11/17
Virtual Reality Panel & Mixer 
Hosted by Bellingham Film and 
Cascadia International Women’s Festival

Amy Lillard moderates a conversation with Mischa Jakupcak of Mechanical Dreams, Bellingham filmmaker Avielle Heath, and Sandy Cioffi of Fearless 360¬į about an ascendant storytelling medium of our time: virtual reality. There will be demos, so you can experience some of the VR work that has been created already.

6pm – 9pm –¬†Pickford Film Center
1318 Bay St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Spokane РThursday, 4/13/17  
2017 Get Involved Open Meeting
Hosted by Spokane Film Project

Celebrating the return of Z Nation to Washington for its fourth season is at the top of the ticket tonight, but there will be plenty of time for Spokane Film Project to give a general preview of their plans for 2017 and for Amy Lillard to update attendees on the current status of the bill. 

6pm – 8pm – Hamilton Studio
1427 W Dean Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

Seattle – Thursday, 4/20/17
Washington Filmworks Legislative Update

Join us as we toast the end of the end of regular legislative session (April 23) and celebrate the launch of the inevitable 30-day special session! Amy Lillard will give an update on our progress in Olympia and give our Seattle-based advocates a roadmap of how to get involved. 

5 pm – 7 pm – Saint John’s Bar & Eatery
719 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

District 31: Kindle in Motion – Tracks of Her Tears

April 5th, 2017 Posted by blog, Production Spotlight 0 comments on “District 31: Kindle in Motion – Tracks of Her Tears”

Film is no longer just about television, commercials, and feature films. Film content is everywhere around us on kiosks, mobile phones, and even billboards. Seattle-based Amazon recently launched Kindle in Motion which transports readers into the story with videos that complements the narrative of the story. Washington Filmworks recently worked with the the Ballard based Belief Agency who were looking for the perfect location for a scene from the book titled Tracks of Her Tears, written by Melinda Leigh. Washington Filmworks helped the producers find the perfect location for the piece, the Old Buckley Police Station and Jail in Buckley, WA.

District 29: Kia Commercial

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“A number of factors brought this commercial to Washington. ¬†By comparison, production could never have coordinated this shoot in Los Angeles in the short amount of time available. ¬†The variety of locations was a big incentive to come to Washington, so was funding assistance from Washington Filmworks production incentive program.”

‚ÄĒ¬†Doug du Mas, Location Manager

District 44: Villisca

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“Some of the most dynamic filming locations in the US can be found in Washington State. ¬†I find that locals and municipalities are more than happy to help out. Marysville in Snohomish County was very helpful in introducing us to local vendors to get supplies and approvals to complete our production. ¬†Washington is a place of breathtaking landscapes just waiting to be captured.”¬†

— Tony Valenzuela, Producer

Faces of Film: Mia Yoshida

April 4th, 2017 Posted by blog, Faces of Film 0 comments on “Faces of Film: Mia Yoshida”

Welcome to the Keep Film in WA Series ‚Äď The Faces of Film!

This series aims to shine a spotlight on the people behind the films of Washington State, using portraits of them at work to remind the public and legislators the lives (and livelihoods) that are at stake if the incentive program disappears on June 30. Along with each portrait, the cast or crew member will share in their own words the important role that the incentive has had in creating their career and why it is important to have a vibrant film industry in Washington State. We hope that these photographs serve as inspiration, and that you share your story with us ([email protected]) and social media (#keepfilminwa)‚ÄĒand most importantly with the elected officials that represent you in Olympia!

Name: Mia Yoshida

Town/city: Spokane, WA

Describe your work: I have been working on the television show Z Nation as a day player for two seasons. I have worked as a Production Assistant, Set Decorator, Grip, and Electrician on the show.

Years in the industry: 2

Why is Washington State a great place to film?

Washington State is a great place to film because of its incredible versatility. We are able to create any kind of scenario from urban to rural life. Z Nation’s story takes place across the country and we are able to shoot all of this in Washington. This show allows us to showcase the state’s versatility in film.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do? 

What I enjoy most about the work I do is that I am able to meet incredible and talented people doing what they love to create something that can be shared across the country. Working on set I am able to see the passion my crew members exhibit. I am able to learn from their experiences and make my own excitement for film grow.

The incentive program has played a big role in making Z Nation possible. How has this program of bringing more productions into the state benefitted or played a part in your financial or career growth?

Having lived in other countries and states, nothing compares to Washington State. No matter where I go, Spokane has and always will be my home. I studied Digital Technology and Culture at Washington State University and majored in Visual Communication Design at Eastern Washington University. There I learned parts of the post production aspect of film. After an internship with Z Nation Season 2, I was able to work on set where I could see hands on what it takes to make a television series. I immediately took to all aspects of creating a show. I loved it! This new experience helped me find opportunities to build my own career. With these connections, I am able to find work easily and collaborate with others in film here in Washington.

What kind of financial benefits have you seen or experienced from the incentive/working in film in your greater community?

While working as a Set Decorator I went to numerous local businesses for the supplies we needed. What always surprised me was how the owners of these local businesses would be excited when we would stop by for our scavenger hunt for the perfect set decoration. They would get involved and help us with anything we would need. That kind of support from the community made making this show even more meaningful.

What would you like legislators to know about the incentive renewal?

Including myself, the many people I look up to in this industry would lose their jobs if we lost this incentive. What better way is there to showcase our state than with film? With film we are able to grow our community and bring many more business opportunities to Washington.

What would happen to your film career or future work prospects if it were to go away?

The film incentive means that I am able to pursue my dream career of storytelling. Financially, I would not be able to pursue this dream if future work prospects were to go away. Having work opportunities in Washington means that I am able to work with the many talented people I have met in this industry. I look forward to working more with these people to create meaningful, exciting, and inspiring stories.

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Photo Credit: Daniel Schaefer

District 12: Smokiam: Calling the Healing Waters

April 3rd, 2017 Posted by Production Spotlight 0 comments on “District 12: Smokiam: Calling the Healing Waters”

“The most specific service¬†the film¬†office provided was regarding permits and location filming¬†and the detailed knowledge¬†the office was¬†able to give me on the spot as to things I may encounter or have to deal with and the important people to contact to in order to move forward with my locations. I was also very impressed that¬†the office¬†¬†responded so quickly to my initial email.¬†I think its also important to note¬†that as an independent producer sometimes you need the weight of an organization such as¬†Washington Filmworks so that you‚Äôre not just¬†an individual making a cold call. “

‚ÄĒ Paul Quattrocchi, Producer


District 22: Treetop Cat Rescue

April 3rd, 2017 Posted by Production Spotlight 1 comment on “District 22: Treetop Cat Rescue”

Filmed in Olympia, Treetop Cat Rescue was covered by the Thurston Talk. You can read the full article here.

“Canopy Cat Rescue eventually caught the attention of a production company Pilgrim Studios, the company behind hit shows like Dirty Jobs and Wicked Tuna. ‚ÄúOur niece knew someone at Pilgrim and shared what we were doing at Canopy Cat Rescue. The group loved the idea,‚ÄĚ recalls Otto. Pilgrim created a ‚Äúsizzle reel‚ÄĚ ‚Äď an informal commercial intended to shop a new show idea around to networks and Animal Planet snatched it up, agreeing to pay for two pilot episodes.”

‚ÄĒTom Otto, Cat Canopy Rescue

District 23: Sun Up Sun Down

April 3rd, 2017 Posted by Production Spotlight 0 comments on “District 23: Sun Up Sun Down”

“Shooting in Indianola and Kingston, WA was an absolute dream. Not only do the beach views and ferry terminal make for an incredible backdrop in October, it felt like the whole town was invested and welcoming to our shoot. Only in Washington could we get such a warm welcome.”

‚ÄĒ Megan Leonard, Producer