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Bringing the Undead to Life: The Magic’s in the Makeup Team

Makeup artist Corinne Foster and actor David Schaefer.

Makeup artist Corinne Foster and actor David Schaefer. Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer

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 is exactly what Syfy’s newest show, Z Nation, aims to do. Corinne Foster, the makeup department head, said finding the originality in her interpretation of zombie makeup is her favorite part.

“I love the creativity of it, and the chance to just do something [the way] you think it should be, rather than what other people think it should be,” said Foster. “Creating zombies gives you the chance to create the unknown, so nothing you do is wrong and it doesn’t matter, ultimately, as long as it looks really cool.”

Zombified actors (l to r) David Schaefer, Brian McElroy, Nicole Suba, Caleb Miller and Benjamin Ginsborough-Hron.

Zombified actors (l to r) David Schaefer, Brian McElroy, Nicole Suba, Caleb Miller and Benjamin Ginsborough-Hron. Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer

Z Nation takes us three years into the apocalypse with a cast of survivors on a mission. As the survivors in the series travel across the country, we meet a variety of zombies along the way—including nuclear zombies, toxic zombies, oil zombies, and dust cloud zombies.

As opposed to many other zombie series and films, many of the ‘Zs’, as zombies are dubbed in Z Nation, are characterized. Because the show takes place a few years into the apocalypse, several current zombies have been surviving for a while before being infected; therefore many of them have background stories and connections with the present survivors. Foster said she and her team have enjoyed the variety and challenge of emulating the characters in the zombie makeup.

David Schaefer

David Schaefer. Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer

“Because we’re playing with the idea that their speed is varied based on how long they’ve been decaying, it makes it a lot funner [sic] in the fact that every zombie kind of has its own style of movement and personality from each episode,” she said.

It’s not enough to just think up an awesome looking zombie; Foster must also think about how that zombie will appear after it goes through post-production. She says she did about 10 makeup tests in order to make the zombies look realistic once filters were applied.

“We had to find the right color palette that translated through the color treatment to get that look of what we were going for,” she said. “In person they’re really green.”

Foster, who heads Synapse FX in Los Angeles, is no stranger to zombie makeup. She has worked on two other zombie specials for Syfy, Zombie Night and Rise of the Zombies. However, the team has run into a few issues with their preferred water-based makeup, Kryolan Aquacolor, while on set in Spokane, Washington. Retouching has been a constant, said Foster, because the makeup isn’t staying on as effectively. She speculates this may be due to the hard water in Spokane or possibly the difference in altitude and elements.

Corinne Foster puts the finishing touches on actor Derrick Walton-Cooper.

Corinne Foster puts the finishing touches on actor Derrick Walton-Cooper. Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer

“We definitely have had a little bit more of a rough time in needing to stay on top of their touch-ups and… the fact that the weather changes constantly,” she said. “It’s so hard to figure out, like, ‘how much do we seal them today? It’s a sunny day! Oh wait, it’s raining.’”

The makeup team consists of four artists from L.A. and three recruited artists from Seattle. Due to the fast-paced environment and limited budget restrictions for the show, the team uses a modeling technique that is applied with sponges in order to get the right skin texture.

Going from human to zombie can take a while. Dependent upon the extent of prosthetic makeup needed, featured zombies may be in the chair for as little as an hour and a half or as long as four hours. Background extras are typically in the chair for 30 to 45 minutes. All the extras are from the Pacific Northwest, Foster said, and are refreshing to work with.

Actor Tommy Goodwin

Actor Tommy Goodwin. Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer

“We’ve had a lot of really, really great extras that are all from the Northwest. I feel like the difference in people we have here versus in L.A. is that these people are excited at the idea of being a zombie,” she said. “Having them be excited…  makes it that much more fun and just makes it better because they want to be in it and they want to be scary.”

Foster has also enjoyed creating the looks for the main characters. Her favorite character to make up is “Murphy,” the only known survivor of a zombie bite, played by Keith Allan. As a survivor he has a few zombie battle wounds, to say the least, and is always in full character makeup.

“I think in general creating his look is by far my favorite thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the idea of him and what he is.”

Creating the undead every day is no easy task, and makeup has the longest days on set, along with wardrobe and transportation. Foster said her shortest day has been 13 hours, while her longest has been 20 when there are large scenes with a lot of extras. She said one day they had 53 extras, which understandably required all seven artists on set.

Luckily, Foster said she has had a few chances to unwind and explore a bit of the Pacific Northwest. She enjoyed an introductory visit to Seattle over the Fourth of July and also traveled out to the rainforest and Forks for a little Twilight sightseeing.

While the Z Nation crew may be filming in Washington, season one will not be taking us there in the show. However, Foster said there is still hope the survivors may make their way up to the Pacific Northwest.

“I believe they cross through on their way to California,” she said. “But that won’t be until season two, if there is a season two!”

Z Nation is giving a different perspective on the zombie story. Picking them out of the bumbling hoard, and creating individual characters. Zombie identity is changing and Foster and her team are going to show us what that looks like.

Oregon Production Update: A Wrap and Welcome Back

(l to r) Grimm stars Russell Hornsby, David Giuntoli, and Schakal film an episode for season four.

(l to r) Grimm stars Russell Hornsby, David Giuntoli, and Schakal film an episode for season four. Photo by Scott Green/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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), Brother in Laws (Klamath Falls) and Cabin Fever: Reboot (Molalla) are three feature films also in various stages of production.

Thanks to Oregon’s legislature and support for the film incentive program, increased filming in the state has allowed businesses to grow as they deal with the demand for gear and equipment. Suppliers are able to add to their inventory and services to meet needs, and that makes for a more sustainable growth.

Portland’s Gearhead Production Rentals moved into a new facility last year that includes 15,000 square feet. The company employs four people full time, several part-time employees and has eight trucks that stay busy. Gearhead’s Don Rohrbacker says, “We’ve seen steady increase in long-term projects, television series in particular. Both rentals and sales to feature work and local commercial production remains important. This has caused us to move into the larger facility, expand our offerings across the board. In addition to the trucks and supplies you may be familiar with, we now offer a two-ton production supply cube, overflow parking and an insert stage soon to be completed here at 4720 SE 26th.”

Grimm shoots season four in Oregon. Photo by Scott Green/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Grimm shoots season four in Oregon. Photo by Scott Green/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Larger shows also give local crew and cast opportunities to grow in their own experience and add to their resume. Many then go on to bring their talents to smaller shows. Christina Kortum, of Ravenous Studios, is one such crewmember. In 2006, Kortum had an opportunity to work on a small film. The increased demand for her work allowed her to form her own company in 2009. Since then she has worked on Grimm, The Librarians, Portlandia, Wild and numerous local films, and is currently the key SFX makeup artist for Cabin Fever: Reboot, shooting in Molalla, Oregon.

Says Kortum, “I feel incredibly fortunate living in Oregon in that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in larger productions that come to town, as well as more intimate indie projects such as Cabin Fever, where I get to be a part of the design process.”

In addition to welcoming returning shows and new films, Oregon also saw The Librarians wrap its first season. This exciting new TV series is from Electric Entertainment, which also produced the highly popular shot-in-Oregon TV series Leverage, as well as the TV movie Librarian trilogy. Electric has proven itself as much a fan of Oregon as Oregon has of executive producer Dean Devlin and the company. They have consistently made a point of utilizing as much of the Oregon crew, cast and services as are available.

“We had an amazing time shooting the first season of The Librarians in Oregon. It was so great being back in the Pacific Northwest, working with the crew that we love on a project that is so special to us. I think I speak on behalf of Dean Devlin and all the producers of the show when I say that we certainly hope that we’ll be back next year. Our fingers are firmly crossed for season two and beyond,” said producer Rachel Olschan.

The Librarians premieres on December 7 on TNT.

Oregon appreciates the return business and is also proud of its talented crew, vendors and actors!

Amazon Pilot Shoots in Seattle

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An original pilot from Amazon Studios is currently being shot in Seattle and surrounding areas.

The Man in the High Castle, based on the 1962 book by Philip K. Dick, is scheduled to shoot through mid-October, and has already been spotted at Union Station in Pioneer Square, the Old Rainier Brewery in Georgetown, and at the top of Queen Anne Hill, among several other locations. Media Inc. spotted the production at the Old Rainier Brewery and snapped the pictures seen here.IMG_2016

In addition to Seattle, the pilot also filmed in Roslyn, Washington, among other locations.

Here is the pilot’s premise, according to Deadline.com: The project is set in 1962 and explores an alternative reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II and occupy the United States, with the East Coast controlled by the Nazis and the West Coast owned by Japan, and a chunk of the Midwest still up for grabs.

The Man in the High Castle is being produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Scott has been trying to adapt Dick’s Hugo Award-winning novel for years, and had even struck a deal for a four-part mini-series in 2010 with BBC, and again in 2013 with Syfy, but nothing ever came to fruition. IMG_2023

From writer/executive producer Frank Spotnitz (best known for his work on The X-Files) and director David Semel, the pilot stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), Cary Tagawa (Beyond the Game) and Rupert Evans (Hellboy).

The Man in the High Castle is part of Amazon Studios’ third annual pilot launch, in which Amazon will determine which pilots will be picked up based on viewer feedback. Sources speculate that although the pilot is being filmed in Washington State, it is unlikely that the series, if picked up, would film here due to lack of incentive funds.

Z Nation Casts Washington Actors to Fight Zombies

By George Riddell Editor
Photos By Oliver Irwin

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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, an ex-drug dealer whose nickname was earned by his knowledge of “pharmaceuticals.”

Pisay Pao is represented by TCM Models and Talent. Her character, Cassandra, is a mysterious woman with a very dark past. “She’s like a feral animal,” Pao says. “She’ll do whatever it takes to survive.”IMG_1375

Nat Zang, represented by Big Fish NW Talent, plays 10K, a young survivalist with a tragic past.

Because of its production location and status as a Washington film incentive project, Z Nation has provided unusual access to Washington’s pool of actors to work on a network series. This is Zang’s first on-camera acting experience.

“If it wasn’t shooting in Washington, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to audition,” he says. “It gives a lot of local Northwest talent the opportunity to work.”

Pisay Pao

Pisay Pao

Becky Reilly with Big Fish NW Talent is one of the talent agents who was on the frontlines during the Z Nation casting process.

“Actors from all over the state, with varying levels of ability, are getting opportunities not seen by thousands in other markets, including California,” she says. Reilly’s agency is heavily involved with casting of the extras for the series, which are mostly comprised of the ‘zombie horde.’

Nat Zang

Nat Zang

“Throughout this process, Big Fish has had first contact with more than 2,400 Spokane-area locals just aching to be zombie extras,” she says. Through just the first two weeks of production, they had billed for 320 man-days for extras alone.

The local talent agencies and actors aren’t the only ones who benefit from the Spokane production. The economic impact is felt by related businesses, as well.

“Actors wanting to up their game for the future, or prep prior to auditioning, are flocking to the region’s coaches for assistance,” says Reilly. “They’re also working with the various video production services to help their video auditions look as good as they can be.”

Russell Hodgkinson

Russell Hodgkinson

In addition to providing unique work opportunities for the actors, the Eastern Washington production is also a welcome shooting environment.

“I love shooting in Washington,” says Pao. “Every time I walk on set, I’m either walking into somebody I know, or meeting somebody who I know I’ll run into later. That’s the community here and it’s something the L.A. cast and crew became part of immediately.”

She adds, “Both the Seattle and L.A. crew have been really impressed with Spokane’s diverse landscape. The possibilities are just endless here.”

 

George Riddell is Executive Editor of Media Inc magazine and media-inc.com.  He is President-Producer/Director at BigHouse Production LLC.  In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the American Advertising Federation in Washington DC  and is the national chairman of the American Advertising Awards committee.

Clackamas County Celebrates Film Industry with Librarians Event

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On June 28, about 250 invited guests received a backstage tour of a network television program being produced in Clackamas County. The invitation-only event for the Oregon Media Production Association was hosted by Electric Entertainment, and sponsored by Clackamas County Business and Economic Development Department, Tourism and Cultural Affairs and PGE.The Librarians set tour 2

Guests were treated to an exclusive tour of the set of the upcoming TNT television series The Librarians.  A portion of the 10-episode series is being filmed at a warehouse in the Clackamas Industrial Area. The show’s production is projected to create approximately 750 full-time jobs held almost exclusively by Oregonians and infuse about $26 million into the local economy.Dayan_Sylvan_Morrgan-1

The Librarians premieres December 7 on TNT.

Working with the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Clackamas County provides support to the film, video and multimedia industry to support the industry’s investment in the County. The economic The Librarians set tour 1development team is responsible for marketing and attracting media-related businesses to the County. An example of that support and assistance is the countywide permitting process that simplified and streamlined the permitting process for potential film locations within the County, which recently received a National Association of Counties Achievement Award.

Washington Filmworks Hosts Seattle Town Hall Meeting

By Douglas Horn

On Saturday, July 26,  Washington Filmworks presented a Town Hall event at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle.

WF board president Don Jensen opened the meeting and recapped the current situation with WF being unable to award any more incentive money for feature films, television series, or commercials until January 2015 due to reaching the $3.5M cap on annual incentive fundraising. He announced that the board’s key goal going forward is to work to increase the annual cap and to that end, the board has appointed James Keblas and Lance Rosen to co-chair the advocacy committee with this specific goal.

WF executive director Amy Lillard then presented an update on WF activities during the past year, beginning with results from the recently completed jobs and vendor surveys. The vendor survey—new this year—had 96 respondents, 88 of which were in Western Washington and 12 in Eastern Washington. The companies surveyed reported a total of 953 employees and $32M in economic activity from film and video projects. The jobs survey had 514 respondents. Ninety percent of respondents were from the western part of the state and 32% reported that they also worked outside the state (presumably due to a shortage of jobs within Washington).

Ms Lillard then reported on the incentive program, which is currently incentivizing two large productions: the SyFy Network series Z Nation currently filming in Spokane and Captain Fantastic, a feature film starring Viggo Mortenson. Further, when these projects were approved, there had been five other projects in to process of applying which the board had to turn away. These prospective projects totaled $55M in economic activity for the state that was lost due to the incentive cap.

Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard (L) leads the Seattle Town Hall meeting with Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Lance Rosen (C) and James Keblas (R)

Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard (L) leads the Seattle Town Hall meeting with Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Lance Rosen (C) and James Keblas (R)

Advocacy committee co-chairs James Keblas and Lance Rosen spoke about their committee’s efforts to raise the annual cap on the incentive so that the industry can continue to grow in the state. They noted that WF is the only state incentive that the Washington State Labor Council has endorsed.

Douglas Horn then introduced the newly launched social media hashtag campaign for the Washington State film and video industry: #FilminWA. The hashtag is meant to be added to social media posts and pictures (ie. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) to help create a central, searchable clearinghouse for Washington State film industry information and an easily tracked metric for social media engagement within the industry.

Lacey Leavitt and Krk Nordenstrom then presented information about the newly reorganized WAFilmPAC, a political action committee with the purpose of promoting the film and video industry to state legislators. Leavitt and Nordenstrom are officers, as is Ronald Leamon, who serves as president. WAFilmPAC will be raising funds and providing information about state legislators’ positions on film industry issues for August primaries and the November general election.

The meeting closed after a vigorous question and answer period between the audience and presenters. A similar town hall meeting took place in Spokane on Sunday, July 27th at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

The Librarians: Around the World in Oregon

 

Librarians star Noah Wyle (left) with executive producer Dean Devlin.

By George Riddell Editor
Photos by Scott Patrick Green

Principal photography for new TNT series The Librarians began in Oregon on April 10, and is expected to continue through July. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series from executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment, which previously produced MGM’s Flyboys and Emmy-winning mini-series The Triangle for Syfy Channel.

On set of The Librarians.

On set of The Librarians.

The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. The series is based on The Librarian films starring Noah Wyle, which previously aired on TNT. The series stars Rebecca Romijn and Wyle, who will reprise his film character in a recurring role. Other cast members include Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim.  Emmy winners John Larroquette and Bob Newhart are cast to appear in recurring roles.

The series’ storyline, which features globe-trotting adventure in every episode, requires that the production team take full advantage of the wide range of available locations in Oregon. The Electric Entertainment team is already familiar with the many things Oregon offers to filmmakers. In fact, Electric shot seasons two through five of TNT series Leverage in Portland from 2009-2012.

Series producer Rachel Olschan said it’s no accident they came back.

“After Dean Devlin produced the show Leverage, he fell in love with the state and its talented crewmembers,” she said. “We worked with Vince Porter and his office, as well as the Oregon legislature, to make it possible for Librarians to come to Oregon.”

Executive producer Dean Devlin (left) with Christian Kane and Lindy Booth.

Executive producer Dean Devlin (left) with Christian Kane and Lindy Booth.

The Librarians is being shot over 73 production days on location in several counties around Portland, as well as on the Electric Entertainment soundstages in Clackamas. Electric created the facility by converting over 60,000 square feet of warehouse space into state-of-the-art soundstages. Stage shooting includes work on the studio’s blue screen stage—the largest in the Northwest.

Olschan said the shoots so far have been successful.

Emmy-winning actor John Larroquette (left) and Dean Devlin.

Emmy-winning actor John Larroquette (left) and Dean Devlin.

“Production is going fantastic,” she said. “While the show is more complex than Leverage, our cast and crew are doing a great job. We couldn’t be happier.”

According to Olschan, about 97 percent of the cast is comprised of Oregon talent.

“One of the best things about shooting here is the talent pool—both the crew and the local actors,” she said.

The Librarians is set to wrap production in July and premiere later this year on TNT.

Z Nation Invades Washington

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By George Riddell Editor
Photos by Oliver Irwin

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.

Series producer Rich Cowan stresses that it’s all by design.

“That’s the goal,” says Cowan. “The whole idea is to have this be a Washington State production through and through.”Z Nation IMG_0094 Z Nation IMG_0171

Nike Imoru is the lead casting director for Z Nation, and she is so enthused about the production that she has moved from Portland to Spokane. Imoru jumped at the chance to cast the series as soon as she learned that about 50 percent of the roles would be given to regional actors.

“This is unprecedented for the Northwest, not just for Washington State,” says Imoru.

At press time, the series’ lead regulars had not been announced, but Imoru confirms that three of the eight principal roles went to Washington actors.

The casting process for Z Nation generated “staggering numbers,” she says. “We received 1,100 submissions for the lead roles.”Z Nation IMG_0539 Z Nation IMG_0385crop Z Nation IMG_0398

On May 3, more than 600 people showed up for Zombie School Day in Spokane to apply for roles as zombies in the series. In all, there are 200 speaking parts throughout the 13 episodes, and Imoru expects to fill many of those with Northwest actors.

“This is my ultimate goal being realized,” she says.

Cowan agrees that Z Nation will boost the state’s stable of acting talent, saying, “Having a very high proportion of Washington actors will help build up the talent pool here.”

The decision by Syfy and series producers to shoot in Washington was greatly influenced by the approval of funding assistance through the Washington State Film Incentive program, which is administered by Washington Filmworks (WF).

Said Don Jensen, Filmworks Board chair, in a statement, “Securing an episodic series has always been a priority for WF, as it represents good paying jobs and consistent work.”

Crew jobs for the production have attracted workers from throughout the state. Cowan, who is the founder of Spokane production company North By Northwest, stresses that even with actors and production crew migrating to Spokane from all over Washington, there has been no need for a “settling-in period” for the new arrivals.Z Nation IMG_0716 Z Nation IMG_0639

“Many have been on our crews before,” he says.  “Everybody knows each other.”

Second AD Tony Becerra is a Seattle-based crewmember who has joined the Z Nation production for the summer.

“I’m happy to be side by side with some of the most experienced film crews we have in Washington State,” says Becerra. In addition to crewmembers from the Spokane area, Becerra says there is a mix of Seattle film people, as well.

“Everyone’s been very welcoming,” he says. “The production is fast-paced like any TV show, but not anything new for Washington State crew.”

Indeed, shooting got off to a fast start.

“The first day was a main unit day,” says Cowan. “They shot 6 to 7 script pages with about 30 different set-ups.”

And how do the large number of zombies affect the production?

Becerra says it’s mainly a scheduling issue, for “wardrobe distressing, prosthetics, and FX blood, to get people ready on set.” He adds, “Thankfully our costume designer, Lisa Caryl-Vukas, is always prepared for the additions and changes we go through during production.”

For Cowan, Z Nation marks the beginning of something really important for the state.

“This is a foundation for the future in Washington,” he says. “I firmly believe scripted television is the future in Washington.”

And it’s not just shooting. Cowan confirms Z Nation will be delivered in its entirety from Washington to the network, “including all post, sound, everything. Nobody in L.A. touches it. It leaves the state fully done and deliverable.”

At press time, VFX and sound providers had not yet been announced for Z Nation, but announcements are expected soon, since principal photography for episode one is schedule to be completed in June.

Washington Film and Series Demand Empties Coffers

Washington Filmworks announced today that the state’s film incentive program has recently approved funding assistance for one episodic TV series and one feature film production. Filmworks also announced that this assistance has essentially exhausted the program’s available funds for such projects for the remainder of 2014. Washington’s film incentive program is capped at $3.5 million per year.

The TV series is “Z-Nation,” slated to begin production in May in Eastern Washington, with episodes scheduled to air starting this fall on Syfy.  The feature film is “Captain Fantastic,” scheduled for production in Seattle this summer.  Both major productions will provide a boost to the Washington film production industry, representing hundreds of cast and crew jobs.  And both are filming in Washington, at least in part due to financial incentives provided through Washington Filmworks, which administers the state’s film incentive program.

However, according to Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, the lack of additional incentive funds in 2014 means other projects that might have considered shooting in Washington this year will choose to work in other states that can provide funding assistance. “There were a number of film projects interested in shooting in Washington,” Lillard says. “But, although they still see Washington as a desirable filming location, they will now shoot in the states that can provide financial assistance.”

Washington’s controversial cap is widely believed to prevent the state’s film industry from being competitive with other states which have larger incentive funds, to entice motion picture and television projects to film in their states. Writer/Director Douglas Horn believes the current situation illustrates the problem well. “Perhaps it was necessary to reach this point where Filmworks has to turn away all new film productions until 2015 so that it is clear to everyone how our capacity and the economic opportunities for the state have outpaced the incentive cap,” Horn said.  Filmworks has done a good job in the past of doling out projects throughout the year, but there’s no longer any way to hide how far the economic potential for film in the state has exceeded the current incentive.”

Washington Filmworks also allocates a portion of the state’s incentive funds to support commercial production projects and in-state film projects by Washington based filmmakers.  These programs also comprise a portion of the state’s $3.5 million cap.