36 Reasons Seattle Wins At Life

February 4, 2014

Interesting how many of these fall into our non-goals for the film. Lots of cliches and common references (Space Needle, Fremont Troll) show up in here.

I’d like to put together a similar list, but comprised of places, elements and aspects that aren’t commonly talked about. The real Seattle that locals love, not what earns attention from the tourist.

Portland Ad during Superbowl?

February 3, 2014

Did any of you catch the “Portland Happening Now” ad during the Superbowl?

It’s part of a series of advertisements. The spot I saw was 30 seconds, but here’s a 60 second version.

Production update (audio interviews complete – round one)

January 27, 2014

Hi supporters, fans and other folks. This is Berkun here with the latest update.

Things have been rolling along here at WMS HQ (we don’t have a HQ of course, but it’s fun to say) and I have some news on the production of the film to share.

As mentioned in the past, I’m building the audio for the film first, using interviews local creatives and entrepreneurs. DP Dan McComb and I have completed 5 interviews to date (officially known as: round one). Here’s a photo of interview #4, of me interviewing Jesse Smith, star of the local Deep Prep cooking show.

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Schwag is in the mail

December 23, 2013

Last week the production team had a marathon schwag party at producer Adam Baggett’s Belltown abode. With beers and pizza (carefully) in hand we folded, packed, labeled and stamped every single package for each of you wonderful supporters. We put extra TLC and good vibes in each and every package.


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Production & schwag update: work underway

December 19, 2013

Hi folks. Apologies for taking so long since the last update on the production of the short film We Make Seattle. It’s entirely my fault so if you have been giving dirty looks to the website or any of the crew, please re-aim those looks right here at yours truly.

I’m pleased to report significant progress. Over the last month I’ve done audio interviews with three local entrepreneurs and creatives. These have gone well and I’ll continue doing them over the next few weeks. Soon we’ll post here on the blog with profiles of the people we’ve interviewed to share the stories we’re capturing and invite you to into the process.

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Ticket Schwag Update

December 12, 2013

Hola backers!

Wanted to touch base with the party-goers. You may have read about the other schwags nearing completion in our last update. You may have also noticed an absence of ticket schwag mentions.

Not to worry – we didn’t forget about you. We’ve decided that the “ticket” is admission to the amazing launch party – meaning we won’t be sending you a physical ticket. Instead, we’ll have your name on our VIP list, which gives you access to the party, food and beverages, along with the first screening of the film.


– WMS team

Audio interviews and schwag production

October 24, 2013

Greetings from the ‘We Make Seattle’ pre-production zone. We’ve been busy at work and have two updates for you.

Casting audio interviews

Scott Berkun's audio interview kit for We Make Seattle (med)

Since our last update, we’ve equipped Scott, our fearless writer/director, with his portable audio interview kit (see photo) and he’s been coordinating interview schedules with 10 candidates we’re considering for the film. From these initial interviews, the plan is to pick three specific people whose stories capture what is so special about Seattle as a great city for entrepreneurs, creatives, and makers.

We call this the ‘glamorous’ part of pre-production – which comes entirely down to coordinating schedules with a lot of interesting busy people via email and phone.

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Cast and pre-production updates

October 4, 2013

Since the backer meeting a few weeks ago we’ve been meeting regularly and working to cull down our list of over 60 possible candidates as subjects to the film to a workable number. I (Berkun) have been leading the process and have finally made some headway. I have about 10 candidates and will be reaching out to some of them over the next few days.

As the vision describes, we’re looking primarily for voices that can tell first person stories of why Seattle is a great place for creatives. In terms of production, the first material we’re after is audio.

I’ll be recording interviews with some of the candidates from the list and weaving together a very rough audio track for the film. We’ll discuss this in our production meeting and only then plan for what visuals will match the story we’re telling. This process makes tremendous sense, but it does mean a slower process for putting the film together.

I’ll keep you posted as these interviews roll along.