Feature Film ‘A Bit of Bad Luck’ Wraps Shooting in Seattle and Morton

The Washington Filmworks production incentive project A Bit of Bad Luck recently wrapped principal photography after shooting 22 days in Seattle and Morton, Washington. This is one of 15 projects approved for funding assistance by Washington Filmworks. These 15 projects spent an estimated $10 million in Washington’s economy in five months.

 

“Our movie was shot in Seattle and Morton, and the locations were perfect for us to tell this story. The incentive made it possible for us to stay and film here in Washington. Without the incentive we would not have had the funds to complete the project, and just as important, there would not have been such talented crew available locally to support the production,” said Producer Gerrarda O’Beirne.

 

The feature film was written and directed by John Fuhman and stars Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), and Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate). It tells the story of Brooks Caldwell, a man who has it all: money, power, and a beautiful socialite wife. When Brooks plans a weekend romp with his young mistress, his wife sets in motion an elaborate plot of revenge.

 

Want to golf on a downtown Seattle street? Tomorrow you can!

Have you ever wanted to drive a golf ball on a downtown Seattle street toward Mount Rainier?  For a day, you can!  Intuit will be in town Tuesday, April 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., creating a driving range on 2nd Avenue to film a commercial for its GoPayment mobile credit card reader.

Participants can receive a free golf ball, hit a bucket for $3 or improve their game with a 10-minute lesson by former PGA tour player Jeff Coston for just $5—paid with plastic.

The Office of Economic Development is excited to host this commercial production in Seattle. Commercial and corporate work is the  cornerstone of the local film industry, accounting for one third of all permitted filmwork in Seattle. The City’s ability to attract and accommodate this type of large scale production helps to grow the local industry. The Intuit “GoPayment” production is hiring over 100 film crew work days, is working with numerous local vendors, and has booked 58 hotel room nights for traveling crew.

So come out of your office for a once in a lifetime opportunity to put your golfing skills to the ultimate test, with a 200 foot long golf range in the middle of Downtown.  More information can be found here.

Seattle ranks second in ‘Super Green’ cities of America

 
Seattle ranks second in ‘Super Green’ cities of America   
Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle ranks second in the U.S. for its percentage of “super green” consumers in a recent study by Scarborough Research. The study showed that “super green” consumers, who in engage in the highest amount of environmentally friendly activities, account for 5 percent of all U.S. adults and tend to have high incomes along with high spending. Any marketer who wants to capture the American high spending population – could benefit from green-focused marketing, promotions and products.

Summer films mark a wrap for film industry in Washington State   
Komo News
Four Feature films are being made in Seattle this summer. But after that, it’s most likely a wrap for the film industry in Washington. Lawmakers are withdrawing financial incentives that allowed for a 30 percent rebate for using local crews and vendors. Without the incentives, film production companies will look to 40 other states still offering Hollywood deals.

Seven money mistakes entrepreneurs make   
Entrepreneur
Here are seven common personal-finance mistakes that young entrepreneurs make – and how to avoid them. Some mistakes include overinvesting in the business, not paying yourself, mixing personal and business assets, using personal credit cards for business, and failing to plan for the worst.

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The PR pro’s guide to Facebook

The PR pro’s guide to Facebook   
Mashable
Facebook has become an essential go-to tool for marketing your business. The problem that many businesses have is they don’t understand how to effectively use Facebook to attract and maintain customers. Learn how to effectively use Facebook to gain a loyal customer base.

Be part of the largest B2B tradeshow in the region!   
Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Don’t miss the largest event of the year for visibility and networking! Make connections with more than 1,500 attendees, experience the goods and services of 180 exhibitors and win great prizes in the WaMu Theater at Qwest Field! Don’t miss out! 

Serious filmmaking last week in Belltown   
TechFlash
TechFlash profiles last week’s Xbox film production in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Over 40 high-wage cast and crew were hired by Seattle’s World Famous ad agency to produce the week-long commercial production. World Famous worked closely with Seattle’s Office of Film + Music, Seattle Grip & Lighting Company, and Local 488 Studio Mechanics Union to permit, supply, and manage the film shoot.

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As a service to the Seattle business community, the Office of Economic Development curates a daily business news blast, Daily Digest. As a feature on Bottom Line, we’re posting a handful of stories from the Daily Digest every day.  Find the stories informative or helpful? Keep checking Bottom Line or sign up for Daily Digest to receive the full version in your inbox every day. Subscribe to the Daily Digest here.

Washington Film Works, promoter of local film industry, reaches 2009 fundraising goal

The vitality of Washington’s film industry owes to the hard work of many local organizations, including the Seattle-based not-for-profit WashingtonFilmWorks (WFW). This month, WFW reached its annual fundraising goal, successfully raising $3.5 million for 2009.

The money allows WFW to facilitate an aggressive incentive, offering funding assistance to film, television, and commercial productions shooting around the state. These productions represent economic opportunity for the state by creating family wage jobs and generating increased revenue among local businesses.

Since launching the program in February 2007, WFW has approved 31 productions for funding assistance, including 16 feature films, 4 movies of the week for television, and 11 commercials. These projects create family wage jobs that provide health and retirement benefits and represent an estimated $34.4 million dollars of direct spending in Washington State.

WashingtonFilmWorks is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that manages the state film program. Its mission is to promote economic vitality in Washington State by encouraging growth in the film and video production. The Seattle Office of Film + Music works in collaboration with WFW to ensure that Washington State continues to serve as a premiere destination for motion picture production.