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Some Crowd Funded Growing Pains

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Change. A major change in how we think about financing independent film has not only arrived, it is maturing – crowd funding. And more change is coming. It seems that everyoneis embracing this newest gift to the “democratization” of the filmmaking journey. But is the change all, and only, good? Does the “gift” come with a catch?

Production Incentive Feature Film ONE SQUARE MILE Wraps Principal Photography

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One Square Mile marks one of ten projects approved for funding assistance through Washington Filmworks after the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was renewed during Washington’s 2012 legislative session. These ten projects will inject an estimated $8.6M in the statewide economy in five short months.

Announcing the Innovation Lab Semi-Finalists

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Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the five semi-finalist filmmakers for the inaugural Film Cycle of the Innovation Lab. A jury of industry experts, representing all facets of pre-production, production, marketing and distribution chose the 5 semi-finalist filmmakers from a diverse collection of twenty-three quality applications for funding assistance.

A Toast to the Jury

December 4, 2012 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Following a whirlwind weekend, filled with passionate pitches, feedback sessions, and a much-needed reception, Washington Filmworks finally knows who will be awarded funding assistance from the first ever Film Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab.

Innovation Lab Deadline Extended to 03/08/13

February 28, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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This spring the Filmworks Innovation Lab will commit funding assistance to filmmakers utilizing new forms of production and…

Those Little Gold Men

February 19, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Evolution of the Gaming Console

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Gaming consoles have evolved by leaps and bounds from what they were a decade ago. Today’s consoles not only act as a platform to play games, but also allow users to watch HD & Blu-ray disks, store & listen to music, and connect to the Internet. By connecting to the Internet, users are able to play video games with people around the word, and access more content. Game console owners can now access YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix and stream content in a matter of minutes.

Breaking the 4th Wall

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Lance Weiler is challenging the ways that the motion picture content and audiences interact to create an immersive, transmedia experience. He believes that the next generation of motion picture content lies beyond the “fourth wall.” Each of Mr. Weiler’s projects explore the innovative potential of multiplatform storytelling.

As Shown on Netflix

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A new and emerging trend in original programming is bypassing network television and going straight to online platforms. Netflix is ahead of the game in the race to produce and host online content. Their newest “online only” series is House of Cards, directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey. Spacey plays Representative Francis Underwood, a ruthless politician on a crusade against the presidential administration that turned its back on him.

Mapping Innovation

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This exercise is intended to give WF a visual of the multi-platform project being proposed, but also helps the applicant conceptualize and generate ideas, stimulate creativity, and show relationships between different platforms. Where does the motion picture content fit into the larger project, and how does delivering a story across multiple delivery platforms help to enrich and enhance the audience experience?