Monthly Archives: May, 2017

District 10: Shut Up and Drive

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“This project is just one of many filmed on Whidbey and Camano Islands. We really appreciate the insight and support of the team at the film office. They have taught us how to work with industry professionals to ensure projects go smoothly for everyone. Their knowledge has been invaluable to Island County and we are extremely grateful for our partnership.”

– Sherrye Wyatt, Public Relations Manager, Whidbey & Camano Islands Tourism and Film Liaison for Island County

District 9: Atomica

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District 11: Fat Kid Rules the World

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“What’s easy to forgot is that a script can be made anywhere in the world. While locations are important, the availability of funding through Washington Filmworks is really what helped seal the deal. You add in an amazing and passionate local crew and I couldn’t have found a better home for my directional debut.”

– Matthew Lillard, Director Fat Kid Rules the World

District 36: Glad Force Flex Spot

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As a long time Washington location professional, I have seen the role that the film industry plays in the stimulating the economy of Washington communities. I have seen money spent in car rental agencies, restaurants, hotels and many other businesses in the state. Washington Filmworks plays a very important role to ensure they are up to date with the latest production resources that can help bring production to the state.

– Mark Freid, Location Manager

District 6: West of Redemption

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“Thanks to Washington Filmworks we were able to return to Washington to work on the eastern side of the state. We found arid Southwestern looks within miles of Spokane and were able to work with the professional Washington crew members we enjoyed working with a couple of years before.”

– Larry Estes, Producer, West of Redemption

District 3: Z Nation

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“By bringing Z Nation to Washington, we’ve discovered a stunningly beautiful and varied landscape which can double for just about anywhere in the world. We were also pleased to find a hard working culture of incredibly dynamic and talented locals. The incentive program is not a ‘hollywood handout,’ rather it’s an investment into the local community. The reach of production dollars goes far beyond our local cast and crew. We shop locally. We buy materials from local suppliers and use local services. From auto repair to beauty supplies; building supplies and props; groceries and rent; most of our budget goes right into the local Washington economy.”

– Steve Graham and Jodi Binstock, producers of Z Nation

Faces of Film: Tania Kupczak

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Welcome to the Keep Film in WA Series – 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)—and most importantly with the elected officials that represent you in Olympia!

Name: Tania Kupczak

City: West Seattle

What do you do? Briefly describe your work: 

These days, I mostly work a set decorator. I collaborate with the director, cinematographer and production designer to realize the look of the project. My work tells a visual backstory about the characters through their surroundings. In my life, I move back and forth between film and designing for theater and also doing titles and end credits as a side gig.

Years in the industry: 13

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do? About being on set?

My favorite parts of my job involve NOT being on set. I love dressing a set with my crew before production arrives, and getting to dig into the history of the characters who will inhabit it. I also love meeting location owners and hearing the stories of their places, shopping for set pieces at out-of-the-way spots, and getting to travel to strange corners of Washington that I would otherwise never encounter.

What kind of financial benefits have you seen or experienced from the incentive in your great community?

On a larger budget feature, my set decorating department will spend between $20,000 – $40,000 at thrift stores, lumber yards, equipment rental places, print shops, hardware stores, specialty fabrication businesses, artist studios and home decorating shops. I try to spend that money at local businesses whenever possible and recycle the resources back into the community at the end of the shoot.

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

I’d like to dispel the notion that big-budget productions truck in all of their own people and resources, disrupt a small community and then leave again without making a positive impact. Most of the crew hired by out-of-state productions is made up of Washington residents who choose to live and work here because we love it here. The money from the incentive program is directly helping us stay employed here at home.

What would happen with your film career and life if it were to go away?

I would be faced with the choice of having to be away from home for work for a large portion of each year. At this point in my life, I’d likely seek out another career instead of moving elsewhere, and give up the film work for something more sustainable.

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Cynthia Geary for the Film Incentive

May 3rd, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Cynthia Geary for the Film Incentive”

You may know her as the actress who portrayed Shelly Tambo on Northern Exposure, but Cynthia Geary’s biggest role may just be as a mother of two school-age girls. And as a longtime resident of Washington State, she understands the gravity of the situation concerning education funding, but she doesn’t see education and film as competing issues.

Instead, she points out that the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program serves as a source of tax revenue for Washington and suggests that the presence of a healthy film industry in the state will actually benefit the public school system. And the data bears that out. Since 2007, film productions have brought in an estimated $116 million in in-state spending. That includes taxable production spending at local businesses like restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and hotels, as well as location rental fees, which are also taxed by the state. The bottom line is: more in-state spending means more tax revenue for Washington, which can be used to fund education.

This Public Service Announcement (PSA) was produced by students and faculty at the Seattle Film Institute as part of a series supporting the Keep Film in WA campaign—in case you missed them, past PSAs can all be found on our YouTube channel.

We’re especially grateful to Cynthia Geary for lending her voice to this campaign and sharing her unique perspective as a Washington State parent and film industry veteran. 

Call to Action:

Share this PSA on social media and email it to your legislator.

Remind legislators that increased business activity means increased tax revenue, and that the modest investment we make in the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program has shown to generate economic growth and significant taxable in-state spending. 

Introducing Production Spotlight!

May 2nd, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Introducing Production Spotlight!”

American Grit, District 2


In our ongoing effort to empower the film community with advocacy tools, we are pleased to introduce the new series, Production Spotlight. This series features one film production in every legislative district, a reminder to elected officials that the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program benefits urban and rural communities across the state.

Beachfront Bargain Hunt, District 19


It’s important to remind legislators that Washington Filmworks is the only statewide agency that markets Washington as a destination for motion picture production. The production incentive program and the more than 20 years of production resource information available through the film office division are invaluable tools that help local and national filmmakers bring their commercials, feature films, nonfiction television shows and student films to life.


Lucky Them, District 27


Production Spotlight debuts today profiling a diversity of projects that have filmed in districts 2, 17, 18, 19, 21, and 27. If you live in one of those districts, check out the Call to Action below and write your legislators TODAY.  In the coming weeks, watch for this page to grow as the spotlight moves across Washington, creating an extensive portrait of the work that this state’s film industry has already created and hopefully inspiring support for the renewal of the MPCP, which helps make it all possible.

Call to Action:

Check out our Production Spotlight section to learn what’s been filmed in your hometown! When you see your district come up, share the link with your legislator to let them know that film production benefits your district as well.

Do you have a project you’re working on or planning in your district? Include some info about your plans when you contact your legislator, and remind them how much potential there remains for growth in the creative economy, right here at home. Don’t know who your legislators are? Find them here.