Washington Governor Jay Inslee poses with zombie extras on the set of Z Nation during a recent visit to Spokane.
Effort Underway to Raise Washington Film Incentive Cap

By George Riddell Editor Currently, the state of Washington is one of 38 states offering film production incentives. Qualifying feature films, episodic TV series and commercials can receive rebates of as much as 35 percent of their in-state expenditures. However, with an annual cap of just $3.5 million, Washington’s incentive is one of the smallest […]

Corinne Foster puts the finishing touches on actor Derrick Walton-Cooper.
Bringing the Undead to Life: The Magic’s in the Makeup Team

By Stephanie Hoover & Crystal Foley Guest Columnists Blood, gore and guts—all the stuff we love about zombie flicks—wouldn’t be possible without a great makeup team. However, with the exploding popularity of zombie shows, it takes more than greatness for a series to stand out. It takes a unique spin on the oft-created apocalypse, which […]


Florian Perinelle works with the Lord Portley-Rind puppet.  Credit:  John Leonhardt / LAIKA, Inc.
Behind the Scenes with LAIKA

Oregon animation production studio takes us inside the making of The Boxtrolls Released on September 26, The Boxtrolls is the latest animated masterpiece from Hillsboro, Oregon-based LAIKA. Shot on-site in 3D, The Boxtrolls is a stop-motion, hand-drawn, and CG hybrid movie based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure book Here Be Monsters. The film is several years in […]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee poses with zombie extras on the set of Z Nation during a recent visit to Spokane.
Effort Underway to Raise Washington Film Incentive Cap

By George Riddell Editor Currently, the state of Washington is one of 38 states offering film production incentives. Qualifying feature films, episodic TV series and commercials can receive rebates of as much as 35 percent of their in-state expenditures. However, with an annual cap of just $3.5 million, Washington’s incentive is one of the smallest […]

Corinne Foster puts the finishing touches on actor Derrick Walton-Cooper.
Bringing the Undead to Life: The Magic’s in the Makeup Team

By Stephanie Hoover & Crystal Foley Guest Columnists Blood, gore and guts—all the stuff we love about zombie flicks—wouldn’t be possible without a great makeup team. However, with the exploding popularity of zombie shows, it takes more than greatness for a series to stand out. It takes a unique spin on the oft-created apocalypse, which […]

Bill Pullman on set. Photo by Lacy Jarrell
Movie Filming Gives Boost to Economy in Klamath Falls

By Holly Dillemuth Klamath Falls Herald and News Between restaurant meals, hotel stays, catering, and everything in between, the filming of Brother in Laws in the Klamath Basin of Oregon is slated to bring $700,000 into the Klamath Falls area, according to film location manager Michael Chickey. The economic boost is in addition to added […]

Grimm shoots season four in Oregon. Photo by Scott Green/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Oregon Production Update: A Wrap and Welcome Back

By Susan Haley Associate Editor Oregon’s crew and vendors are scrambling to fill production needs as two successful TV shows return, and a number of smaller film productions start shooting this fall. The state is happy to welcome back Grimm (season four) and Portlandia (season five), both with production offices located in Portland. Greenroom (Portland), […]

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Black Road: Crafted to Make a Profit

The new culture of film entrepreneurship, regional film investment & artistic sustainability By Anne Lundgren Guest Columnist The science-fiction thriller Black Road was filmed this summer over 21 days on a shoe-string budget in the hills of Ashland, Oregon. The film is the third that we’ve made in Southern Oregon, after the baseball comedy Calvin […]

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Laggies Makes its Seattle Debut

Photos by Regan MacStravic Renowned Seattle director Lynn Shelton was hoping to screen her latest offering, Laggies, at Seattle International Film Festival, like she has with most of her previous films. “I begged (distribution company) A24,” she explained to a rapt audience at SIFF’s Women in Cinema festival in September. But the New York-based company, […]

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Z Nation Casts Washington Actors to Fight Zombies

By George Riddell Editor Photos By Oliver Irwin As the Northwest summer shines on, production continues in Eastern Washington on Syfy series Z Nation. The zombie-centric show is being shot in and around Spokane, and three Washington-based actors have been cast as series regulars. Russell Hodgkinson, represented by Topo Swope Talent, plays Steven “Doc” Beck, […]

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