Alarming Pictures commercializes Seattle and makes Ad Critic’s top 20 with a Papa Murphy’s spot. http://creativity-online.com/work/papa-murphys-the-horror-of-hungry-trickortreaters/33012
Creature’s Commercialize-izer App For Agency Creatives
Automates All The Hard Work of
Coming Up With An Original Thought.
A great idea can come from anywhere. And thanks to the Commercialize-izer, ad agency creatives now know exactly where to look. The Commericialize-izer is a mobile and desktop app that writes TV spots for ad people to pass off as their very own.
As part of the Commercialize Seattle campaign, an initiative to bring commercial production to the city of Seattle and state of Washington, the Commercialize-izer takes all the headache out of being a creative.
It’s easy. All you do is:
1. Select an Ad Cliché,
2. Select a Seattle Area Landmark,
3. and Hit the Commercialize Button.
What comes out? An incredible script that will be the envy of any creative presentation. So take that long lunch. Cut out at three. Quit begging for the muse to help you figure out how to sell stuff. Go home and see your family at a reasonable hour, if you’re lucky enough to still have one. And when you do sell that amazing spot, come shoot it in Seattle.
Commercialize Seattle is a project created by Creature for the Seattle Office of Film + Music and Washington Filmworks.
For the desktop or mobile version of the Commercialize-izer, go to www.commercializeseattle.com.
Creature is a creative agency that focuses on design, advertising and innovation to solve business problems for their clients. With offices in Seattle and London, we work with a variety of clients including Truvia, Dickies, Carling Beer, Adidas and moo.com.
For more information visit welcometocreature.com
In 2004, The City of Seattle designated that the first Monday after Labor Day through the following Sunday be known as Buskers Week. In honor of Buskers Week, the Seattle Municipal Tower will be participating in this year’s celebration by featuring five performances by Seattle street musicians on the Level Six Plaza during the week of September 9-13. All performances will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Performers include: Wasserman, Raven Zoe, Razz, Jim Page, and Whitney Monge.
Want to be a film director in Seattle? The Seattle Office of Film + Music illustrates how one member of the local film community does it with its newly-released infographic that breaks down the actual income of a filmmaker into four categories. The take away, Seattle is a commercial film town, and from directing big campaigns to corporate videos to collaborating on narrative projects, Seattle’s film directors need to be a resourceful bunch to make a living. According to the director being profiled, this is a good thing because commercial work pays well and builds the professional network and skills needed to make the passion-driven projects possible.
The Seattle Police Department is offering a Security Training Program on Sunday, July 21, beginning at noon, at the Seattle Police Department headquarters. The class is not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both the patrons and the employees. Topics of instruction will include screening patrons, handling problem situations, and tips on shutting down and dispersing patrons. Registration and a $60 feel is required. For more information, click here.
The Seattle Film Institute recently moved to a new location in the Interbay neighborhood into a 10,000 square foot facility which includes sound stages, digital editing labs, and a 50 seat movie theater! They are having an information session tomorrow, Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am at their new home.
Faculty will talk about SFI’s Professional Certificate Programs, Undergraduate Degree Programs, and Graduate Degree Programs. This is a great opportunity to see our new facility, meet faculty members and other prospective students, and get all your questions about our programs – including financial aid and scholarship information – answered
To reserve your spot, RSVP by phone (206.568.4387) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ). And they’re always happy to schedule individual visits to SFI. For more information, visit www.seattlefilminstitute.com
The Seattle Film Institute offers professional certificates, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers. Students receive a real world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals. And every SFI student can participate in our nationally recognized internship program.
Their next two program start dates are September 16, 2013 and March 3, 2014. The Seattle Film Institute is approved to accept International Students.
Ten Month Professional Certificate Programs
- Filmmaking (AA/BA Options)
- Acting for Film
- Sound Design and Recording Arts
- 3-D Animation
- Motion Graphics
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film
Students with an AA degree or the equivalent college credit can earn their BA in less than one calendar year.
Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking
Accelerated Degree Program – 6 quarters in 16 months
Master of Arts (MA) in Producing for Film
4 quarters in 10 months; evening classes
Master of Arts (MFA) in Producing
Blends the hands-on skills of a filmmaker with the business skills of a producer
Master of Music (MM) in Composing For Film
The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
Did you ever dream of playing music for a living only to be told to get a real job?
The Seattle Office of Film + Music aims to challenge that notion with its newly-released infographic that illustrates annual revenue of three up-and-coming fulltime Seattle musicians and how they do it. The infographic came to life after James Keblas, the Director for Seattle’s Office of Film + Music, was asked by a young musician, “how can I quit my day job and just play music?” Inspired by the question, Keblas reached out to other successful musicians to find out specifically how they do it.
The three musicians, each from different genres, willingly opened up their 2012 financial records and let Keblas’ team try and make sense of how the money flowed. “It was important for us to find musicians who modeled a middle class living,” said Keblas. “We are trying to show that this kind of a living can be done without having to be rockstar.”
From the financial analysis it was decided that there are six primary areas in which musicians bring in income. While the percentages of the musician’s revenue were different for each person, the categories held true. The musicians also gave some tips on how to have the best success in each category:
- Licensing and Publishing – Companies, TV, Film, Commercials buy your music. Tip: Send out a monthly digital newsletter of your music to music supervisors with new songs ready for licensing.
- Music Sales – CDs, downloads, streaming. Tip: You and your fans give away one free song on social media platforms to hook folks to buy more songs.
- Merchandise Sales – T-Shirts, branded band-aids, condoms. Tip: You will increase merchandise sales by over 50% if you’re sitting at the table where the goods are being sold.
- Live Performances – Concerts and touring. Tip: Don’t dismiss the earning potential of busking. Musicians at Sea-Tac Airport and the Pike Place Market are averaging over $100/hour in tips.
- Studio Work – Film & video game music, studio or backup musician. Tip: Make friends with people in the tech world who need music scored for game or app development.
- Instruction – Teach others music. Tip: Do group lessons and get the biggest paycheck for your time.
“I was surprised to learn how accessible the opportunities to make money are in music while also being incredibly complicated to navigate,” said Keblas. “My hope with this information is to demystify the business of music and for artists to be in more control of a thriving musical destiny.”
The take away for Keblas from this research? “It’s clear that if you want to make it as a musician, you need to have a business strategy for a majority of these revenue streams, if not all of them. No one said it was easy, but if you have the musical skills and the perseverance, you can do it.”
The infographic was made by Killer Infographics, an infographic design firm located in Seattle’s tech-savvy Fremont neighborhood. Their infographics are built by a team of highly talented artists. Led by Internet marketers, their staff creates viral-worthy infographic designs that get the attention they deserve.
The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) has announced the first Seattle’s Harlem Renaissance Award winner, Oscale Grace Holden (b. 1930), an international pianist and voice of jazz and African American music who was born and raised in central Seattle. The award will be presented at the LHPAI Gala Meet Me at the Savoy on Saturday, June 29 by Jacqueline D. Moscou, artistic director, LHPAI. Proceeds from the Gala will support the LHPAI Youth Performing Arts Academy and Summer Musical; tickets are available now at brownpapertickets.
“Ms Holden is a legend. She exemplifies the deep community and artistic roots that are at the heart of what we do,” said LHPAI executive director Royal Alley-Barnes. “We are so proud to count her in our community and pleased to be able to offer this recognition of her long contributions to the Seattle Diaspora community.”
Holden was born to Leala and Oscar Holden in 1930. Oscar Holden (1886-1969) was known as the patriarch of Seattle jazz, and the Holden children, Grace, and her brothers Oscar Jr., Dave, Ron, and Jimmy were all musicians who played in Seattle in the late 1940s and beyond. By 1930, when Grace was born, Oscar Holden was a seasoned, highly successful musician. Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1886, Holden moved as far away from the South as possible, distancing himself from his past, and the prejudices he felt growing up there.
Grace was influenced by the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Lena Horne and Dinah Washington. She played jazz with young Quincy Jones in Charlie Taylor’s pioneering swing band in the 1940s with her brother Oscar Jr. Performances at Jazz Alley, Club New Orleans, Root’s Picnic, Festival Sundiata, Experience Music Project and Admiral Congregational United Church of Christ have put Grace on the national and international Jazz map. Grace Holden still sings in her church’s gospel choir.
Grace Holden’s family maxim to “never stop learning and never stop trying to learn,” fits particularly well with the mission of LHPAI and LHPAI’s youth and young adult performing artist programs.
The above account of Holden’s life is excerpted from HistoryLink.org; more on Grace Holden here.
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) has received an award from the Jazz Education Network (JEN) and the Herb Alpert Foundation to support the SRJO’s Jazz Scholars Program, expanding the program for the first time to Denny International Middle School and Aki Kurose Middle School. Jazz Scholars is a school-partnered program providing jazz technique and instrumental music lessons for low-income and minority band students. The JAZZ2U Grant funds a concert and clinic at Aki Kurose Middle School on June 13 that will introduce students to jazz music, and encourage students to sign up for the SRJO Jazz Scholars program.
Now celebrating its 18th concert season, the 17-piece SRJO is co-directed by saxophonist and arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member of the UW School of Music and an authority on the music of Duke Ellington, and drummer Clarence Acox, award-winning conductor of the Garfield High School bands. The ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards, including Golden Ear awards from Earshot Jazz for “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” and “Concert of the Year,” and two “Starlight Awards” from the Kirkland Performance Center. Several members of the all-star group have been named to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, with bassist Phil Sparks most recently inducted at the 2009 Golden Ear Awards.