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.
This year, The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will again work with KCTS 9 to present the Reel NW Award, which is presented to a feature-length film in the Northwest Connections section of SIFF’s films. In 2012, the inaugural Reel NW Award went to Eden, directed by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths.
Selection as a Reel NW Award winner indicates excellence in storytelling as reflected in writing, character development and story structure, story-enhancing production values, and a creative spirit emblematic of independent filmmaking.
The winning film will receive a $2,500 cash prize from KCTS 9 and an offer to be broadcast on KCTS 9’s Reel NW independent film series, contingent on meeting broadcast requirements. To be eligible for consideration, a film must not have a distribution deal in place when reviewed by the Reel NW Award jury. The jury is comprised of Randy Brinson, Executive Director of Programming for KCTS 9; Lyall Bush, Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum; and our very own Chris Swenson, Film and Special Events Program Manager at Seattle Office of Film + Music.
While Sasquatch is taking the headlines this weekend, the 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival is taking over the Seattle Center Campus with art, dance, music, and fun for the entire family. Best of all, its free. The four day long festival boasts an enormous amount of activities to participate in. The laid-back atmosphere can give you a sense that, while there are an overwhelming amount of options available, experiencing Northwest Folklife is not to be rushed. The open grounds of the Seattle Center will carry you on to what ever sparks your interest. This year, the musical options are plentiful and more diverse than ever. While you plan you weekend, consider these options:
Fin Record’s Showcase (Friday, 6:00pm) – Ballard Label, Fin Records will have a few of their bans perform including, Lures, Low Hums, and Red Jacket Mine
The Soul of Seattle (Saturday, 6:30pm) – Feel rhythm and groove of homegrown soul music
Northwest Fiddle Traditions (Sunday, 11:40am) – Join two of the Northwest’s premier fiddle players, who also help found NWFolklife, for some down home rustic music
Vamos! – A Latin Dance Party (Sunday, 6:30pm) – Get your dancing shoes on and move your hips to Latin vibes
You Can’t Fake Fresh- NW Live Hip Hop (Sunday, 7pm) – Hip hop at Northwest Folklife? Yup!
and much much more!
(don’t forget about the drum circles!)
For more information check out the full schedule on the Northwest Folklife website.
Looking for a new business location? Seattle-Tacoma International Airport serves 75,000
travelers/potential customers each day. It has recently become an even more lively place to do business with the addition of live performers through the Experience the City of Music program.
A limited number of new leasing opportunities in Sea-Tac Airport will be open soon, and an upcoming outreach session is a chance to learn more about doing business at the Airport.
The event will be held today, May 23, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Airport’s Conference Center. RSVP here.
In March and April, SIFF set loose four filmmaking teams into four Seattle neighborhoods to produce this year’s “Fly Film Challenge” short films. Local filmmakers Ben Andrews, Amy Esner, LuLu Gargiulo, and Curtis Taylor chose their neighborhood location from a hat, and then assembled all-local casts and crews to work exclusively on the Capitol Hill, Fremont, Georgetown, and Chinatown/International District, respectively. Each team had five days to shoot and edit their film. Washington Filmworks, producers of the Fly Film series, enlisted the City’s Office of Economic Development to connect the filmmakers with neighborhood chamber liaisons from each of the four neighborhoods. Directors for each of the four Fly Films are scheduled to attend the May 27 premier at the Egyptian Theatre.
Here are links to the eight Fly Filmmaking Challenge 2013 films, scheduled for May 27 and June 05 at Egyptian Theater and SIFF Cinema Uptown, respectively:
Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced the 2013 recipient of the 8th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer Emeritus of Digital Kitchen®.
“Paul’s impressive filmmaking and commercial film career, his championship of Seattle as a thriving commercial film production city, and his commitment to the local filmmaking industry make him an obvious honoree this year,” said Mayor McGinn. “I congratulate him on his work and thank him for being a leader in our local film industry.”
The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. The award presented is artwork created by artist Dale Chihuly.
After spending 15 years in the ad agency business, Paul Matthaeus founded Digital Kitchen (DK) in 1995 with the mission to apply entertainment principles to brands- and in turn- branding principles to entertainment.
Not only has DK grown into a creative force that traverses entertainment and advertising- winning many accolades along the way- Matthaeus has developed the careers of countless digital artists and filmmakers, through DK’s home office in Seattle and satellites across the nation.
“Unlike most filmmakers, I’ve spent my entire life and career in Seattle,” said Matthaeus. “This city has played a seminal role in who I am, and has defined my outlook on business and creativity. I think to a great degree, this honor validates Seattle as a world-class creative center.”
Read more in the full press release.