“And Action!” WA Legislature Looks to Up Incentives for Making Movies Here
The Washington Legislature looks set to invite more movie sets. A proposed increase in motion picture production subsidies would match what Oregon offers.
Nearly every state now offers some mix of tax incentives, credits or rebates to attract movie and TV producers to film there. Washington state’s motion picture subsidy, according to industry players, currently ranks near the bottom nationally.
This year, the Washington Legislature looks to change that after a lobbying push from people in the creative community. A proposed increase in the annual subsidy pool from 3 million to 20 million dollars per year has won bipartisan backing.
Twenty million is the same as what Oregon allocates to film incentives annually, but is way below British Columbia’s open checkbook. The director of Washington Filmworks, which acts as the state film office, calls the support “Incredible, incredible…” and says it means Washington could get bigger budget films and TV series.
Musicians Turn To New Software To Play Together Online
Since the pandemic started, musicians have been trying to find ways to play together in real time online. Two platforms — Audio Movers and Jack Trip — offer promise. Continue Reading Musicians Turn To New Software To Play Together Online
‘Hair Love’ Uses Animation To Bring A Story Of Natural Hair In Black Families To Life
Conceived and directed by Matthew Cherry, it follows the story of an African American father — Stephen — and his daughter, Zuri. Stephen is trying to learn how to do Zuri’s glorious natural hair. Continue Reading ‘Hair Love’ Uses Animation To Bring A Story Of Natural Hair In Black Families To Life
FILM REVIEW: To Infinity And … Be Done. After 4 Films, Have We Finally Outgrown ‘Toy Story’?
Though it’s as dazzling as you’d expect from a Pixar animation, Toy Story 4 is also more ungainly than its predecessors, with coarser humor and audacious plot leaps that don’t always pay off. Continue Reading FILM REVIEW: To Infinity And … Be Done. After 4 Films, Have We Finally Outgrown ‘Toy Story’?