Join Us Friday, November 22 for a Public Conversation!
The City of Seattle has gone and continues to go through massive changes due to shifts in technology, culture, and demographics. In its 28 years of service to the industry, the Office of Film + Music recognizes the urgent need for innovative and nimble solutions to adjust for these changes and prepare for the future. Many questions and concerns have come up in this process and we’re committed to answering them and continuing to listen.
Please join us 6:00pm-8:00pm next Friday, November 22nd, at El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave S, just north of the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station) for a conversation about the Office of Film + Music! This public meeting is to offer a friendly setting to discuss some concerns and answer questions we’re hearing about proposed changes for the office. You can bring your question to the event, or send your question in advance by clicking here. The event is free and open to the public – hope to see you there!
Chris Swenson, Film + Special Events Program Manager
September and October 2019 Seattle Film Permits
Fall days bring low cloud cover, a fine mist of constant rain, and the Patina of Seattle! The Summer slam is done, but we’re seeing plenty of productions continue their work outside, led by 42 commercial productions and 22 still photography shoots.
Here’s the breakdown of local crew hired by production category, and most popular Seattle neighborhoods in the months of September and October.
Production Type (104 permits in September and October, hiring a total of 1,444 local cast and crew)
- 42 Commercial / Advertising
- 7 Corporate / Industrial
- 4 Documentary
- 5 Feature Films
- 3 Music Videos
- 1 PSA
- 7 Short Films
- 22 Still Photography
- 1 Student Film
- 1 TV/Other
- 5 TV / Reality
- 2 TV / Series
- 1 VR / AR
- 3 Web Series
Neighborhood Council Districts (showing productions with multiple shoots in September and October 2019)
- District 1 – 9 productions
- District 2 – 7 productions
- District 3 – 11 productions
- District 4 – 11 productions
- District 5 – 1 productions
- District 6 – 8 productions
- District 7 – 38 productions
Top 5 Filming Neighborhoods (September and October 2019)
- Queen Anne – 14 Productions
- Downtown – 8 Productions
- Pioneer Square – 7 Productions
- Cascade / Eastlake / South Lake Union – 7 Productions
- Beacon Hill – 6 Productions
Film Production in Seattle Impacts Look Ahead
The Third Chapter of the Seattle Squeeze
The third chapter of the Seattle Squeeze will last through 2024. Seattle’s downtown will continue to be in a state of transition to meet the needs of our growing city, and along with that comes some impacts to keep in mind!
Chapter Three of the Seattle Squeeze includes:
- The start of tolling in the SR 99 tunnel on November 9.
- Connect 2020: Weekend LINK closures in downtown Seattle on October 12-13, October 26-27 and November 9-10 to prepare for a 10-week period of major light rail service impacts beginning in January 2020.
- Ongoing impacts related to Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition.
- The start of construction of the new Alaskan Way on the Waterfront begins this fall.
- More bus service was added on September 21 to help commuters get into downtown
- The Fairview Avenue Bridge closure, which started September 23 and will last for up to 18 months while crews rebuild the aging, wooden structure
New 24/7 Red Bus Lanes on Olive Way
Brand new red bus lanes have been placed on Olive Way between 4th Ave and 8th Ave. Previously, these lanes only prioritized buses at certain times of the day, but they will now be solely devoted to keeping buses moving reliably 24/7. This is part of SDOTs overall goal to have 90 new blocks of red bus lanes by the end of 2020.
Expansion of Weight Restrictions in Pioneer Square
Vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds are no longer allowed to park or drive in the lane closest to the sidewalks on First Ave in Pioneer Square due to concerns about the underground road support structures. In addition to this, the same restrictions are now applicable to additional side streets in Pioneer Square as outlined on this map. For full details about the project, please see SDOTs blog post, which will be updated with new information to reflect the additional restrictions shortly.
SR99 Tunnel Tolling Begins November 9
The exact timeline has not been shared, but we should expect a start date sometime in late summer. Once tolling begins, the general pattern for drivers is to return to surface streets to avoid the tolls. Stay tuned for more information as it’s shared by WSDOT. More information on SR99 Tunnel tolling here.
Need Help with a Location? Hire a Local Locations Professional!
Keeping your schedule is critical to the success of your production. Navigating multi-location shoots requires intent and expertise. When scouting and shooting, we always recommend hiring one of the region’s location professionals. They are the experts and can help you navigate the landscape and permitting processes in Seattle and the region:
- NWScouts.com: Seattle region location scouts and managers
- Reel Crew: Washington Filmworks crew database
- NWFilm.com: Northwest Production Index
As always, please contact the Office of Film + Music any time if you have questions or input.
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