It’s been a slow but steady summer for us at We Make Seattle. I’m here with good news and some updates.
Project Contributor Update. We have a reshuffling of contributors to the project. Original plans were for some of the good folks at Bootstrapper Studios to take a lead role in editing and post production, but schedules changed and we made some adjustments in response. Bryan Zug (our Executive Producer) and I will work on the final edit together. Jen Zug of WhatNowExactly, project manager extraordinaire, has also stepped in to help with the final production tasks on our docket.
Composer Hired. We hired Emmy award winning composer Joshua Myers, who runs Seattle based music house Cinecue, to do the soundtrack for us. He already has put together sample tracks that we’ve given feedback on.
Final footage near complete. After our v4 of the film’s rough cut (currently length 3:35) we made a production list of additional footage we needed, including shoots in Fremont, Capital Hill and downtown. Thanks to DP Dan McComb and cameraman Maurice Morales most of this footage is in the can already. Bryan Zug and I have a major editing session scheduled for this weekend, where we’ll put together our first release candidate for the film.
We expect to finish up the project this fall. After the aforementioned editing session we’ll put together a final timeline, set a date for the launch party, and get the final stages of this project in gear.
Thanks for your (well tested) patience and support. We are getting close.
Its been awhile since the last update, but we’re still rolling along on We Make Seattle (If you’re a backer you should see a more detailed update on Kickstarter this morning).
Over the last two weeks we brought Robi Ganguly (CEO of Apptentive) and Karen Clark Cole (CEO of Blink UX) back into the studio to rerecord some of their narration. We worked at the wonderful Clatter and Din on 1st ave right by SafeCo (with Henry’s Tavern conveniently located downstairs).
Aleecia and Dan from our production team stopped by to assist, and Dan and I took some photos.
I also met with Adam Wygle at Boostrapper Studios yesterday to review the last rough cut and bring him up to speed to take over editing duties. We’ll be meeting again soon to come up with a final shopping list for remaining footage we need, a plan for music and the final list of work for the big push to finish things right.
Thanks for your patience and support.
We are back from an extended holiday break – as we’re all volunteers on WMS we needed the holidays to catch up on the work that pays our bills and take a breather. Sorry for going silent – it’s the great sin of kickstarter projects (“are they even still alive? did they take our money and move to the Bahamas?”) and I’ll do my best not to let it happen again. Apologies.
As a recap, we finished up last year with four more location shoots, bringing our total up to ~12 total locations filmed so far:
- Dance party on the step sculptures of Broadway / Cap Hill
- 15th ave / Cap Hill b-roll
- Pioneer Square design festival
- Neighborhood b-roll footage (Fremont, Ballard, Cap Hill)
- South Lake Union b-roll
As I write this I’m working on copying and converting the 100s of gigabytes of footage, getting organized to edit for our second rough cut of the film.
We also worked on a revision to the narration script in January, tightening how the different voices fit together and getting the overall length down to under 4 minutes.
The focus now is on editing together a second rough cut of the film. Once that’s done we’ll have a clear idea of what remaining footage we’ll need and how to finish up the project.
Feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or thoughts or want me to bribe you out of noticing this project has gone on for a long time with several beers.
Cheers, thanks for your support and trust,
-Scott & WMS Team
We’re changing things up for next week. We’ll be hanging out with the fine folks from UXHH.
They’re hosting an event on the same night, so we’re partnering up to hold a double happy hour. Double happy hour means double the fun, so don’t miss out.
New venue: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel (411 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101)
Same time: 6-8pm
– The We Make Seattle Team
We were in Downtown Seattle yesterday visiting the Whitepages office.
Their lobby has their logo and a wall of all of their employees in the Seattle office along with a computer to IM whoever you’re visiting.
Bike storage FTW.
Treadmill desk if you want to workout while working.
Collaboration / relaxation spaces equipped with scooters.
We were told these are the most comfortable bean bags and not to sit in them because we won’t want to get up.
Tiger mask, hat, something? The little purple guy is used to identify one of Whitepages’ teams.A big yellow hat is available to wear if you want to act like a cowboy.
All their desks are convertible to stand-up desks, which is cool.
Isolation pads. We were told sitting in them blocks out most of the sound from the rest of office.A robot for remote workers to control and participate in meetings. Or used to creep out and torment co-workers by having it follow them around all day.
Thank you for showing us around your office Whitepages!
We appreciate all the support and feedback we’re receiving about indoor filming locations. Please keep suggestions coming.
We’re hosting a final 2014 happy hour before the holidays. Come hangout, talk about 2014, what you’re planning to create in 2015 or whatever is on your mind.
Where: Yard House – 1501 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (website)
When: Wednesday December 17th, 6-8pm.
Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-make-seattle-happy-hour-1217-tickets-14863265427
We stopped by to visit the fine folks at Intentional Futures as potential office location for the film.
They’ve got lots of wide open work spaces, were super welcoming, and suggested we could re-arrange their space for a shoot (which might be necessary to get the aesthetic we’re going for).
They had lots of modified walls for brainstorming.
They also had a conference room hidden behind a massive metal door.
Plus, a bean bag toss area.
Oh, and we can’t forgot the tele-conference robot that the person on the other end controls, which was right next to their massive touchscreen computer (no we didn’t steal their log-in credentials).
Thanks for hosting us Intentional Futures!
We had the privilege of visiting Westward as a potential restaurant to be featured in our film.
They weren’t open while we were there, but there was plenty to explore.
Their bar is amazing.
Lots of fun little aspects to the place.
Thanks for the hospitality Westward!
We’re postponing tonight’s event until 12/17 due to travel and illness among team members. Many apologies for the late notice.
We visited the fine folks at Jackson Fish Market this morning to scout their work space as a possible site for the film.
They’re located in the historic Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, which formerly housed the immigration services offices.
The building’s interior is very sterile, but stepping into the elevator I could tell there were creatives about.
Lots of cool possibilities in their office, from The Computer Museum to their lego room along with the friendly folks who work there.
Thanks for the hospitality Jackson Fish Market!
Stay tuned for other posts about our scouting trips.