Local Filmmaking Resources
Washington Filmworks (WF) is a non-profit organization formed as a state agency to encourage growth in the film and video production industry, for the economic benefit of Washington State. WF assists filmmakers in many ways, including providing location scouting assistance, liaison referral, accommodations, permits and troubleshooting.
Seattle Office of Film + Music
The City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music is devoted to promoting Seattle’s film and music industries. The office offers a streamlined resource for filmmakers and musicians working in Seattle, including creative tax incentives and professional business development opportunities.
Gear and Studio Rental
Retail: (206) 624-1100 / Rentals: (206) 233-0211
Locally owned; provides retail and rentals for video and photography gear, facilitates repair services and offers education. Northwest Film Forum members receive a 20% discount on Glazer’s Rental equipment, subject to product availability and Glazer’s rental guidelines. Members also receive 10% off retail bags, tripods and filters. Must show valid membership!
517 Dexter Ave., Seattle, WA 98109
Oppenheimer Cine Rental
Oppenheimer has been renting and servicing Film and Digital Cinema Cameras, Cinema Lenses, and related equipment since 1979. They are the largest and most experienced camera rental house between Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC, serving the entire Pacific Northwest region, including Alaska and Western Canada.
7400 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
email Holly in administration at holly (at) oppcam.com
Koerner Camera Systems
ILLUXION is a team of cinematography-obsessed commercial filmmakers. Light is the paint we use to drench our canvas of pixels. In front of the lens we create complex images. Behind the lens we create processes that produce consistent, quality results.
Pacific Grip & Lighting Inc.
“With offices in Portland and Seattle, we offer the largest selection of lighting and grip equipment in the Northwest. Knowledgable employees with a passion for customer service are here to answer questions, work with your budget and make sure you have the most successful shoot possible.”
“We’re passionate about putting the essential tools to create within arms’ reach. KitSplit helps filmmakers, photographers, and artists get the gear they need to make incredible work. We also help equipment owners safely make money renting gear out when they’re not using it. Called “the Airbnb of cameras” by No Film School, Forbes, and Fast Company, our community marketplace connects creative professionals with owners of top notch equipment, including rental houses, production companies, and individuals.”
Video Equipment Rentals
“Everything You Need, Every Time. We’re the go-to company for bringing experiences to life. Clients rely on us for the largest inventory of rental equipment in the world as well as our deep expertise in Audio, Video, Lighting, LED, Cameras, Rigging, Media Servers, Fiber and more.”
John Davidson Color
As an award winning colorist, John Davidson has created color styles for a vast number of clients for feature, indie and documentary films, commercials, web spots, television series, music videos and corporate projects. John’s years of experience and personality make him very easy to work with and trust. He can first work with you by testing your footage – helping you decide the style that you are looking for while building a strong trustful relationship. AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MAGAZINE quotes International Producer/Director Martin Smith as stating “I’ve been producing for 30-plus years, and John Davidson is probably the best colorist I’ve come across anywhere in the world.”
info (at) jdavidsoncolor.com
“In 2002, Clatter saw the convergence of audio and video workflow, tools and project timelines as an emerging trend in the industry. We embraced the desktop video revolution by opening three video editing suites next door to our audio rooms to take advantage of the increased efficiency and collaboration available with this arrangement. Over the last 15 years, we have matured into a full-service video post facility, using DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, Premiere Pro and many more tools. Here you’ll find that same advantage in collaboration, efficiency and workflow we envisioned so long ago.”
Jack Straw Productions
“Jack Straw Cultural Center is the Northwest’s only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. A community-based resource since 1962, we provide a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and our Gallery Residency Program; art and technology education for all ages; arts heritage partnerships; and radio production. Our full-service recording studio is also available for a range of arts projects.”
email jsp (at) jackstraw.org
Here for all of your audio post-production needs.
“It’s been nearly 30 years now and the team at Bad Animals has built a success story in the Pacific Northwest. A bevy of awards and accolades have been added to the shelves in the lobby, clients continue to ring with local talent checking to see what’s happening here.”
“We at Glenn Sound provide the highest quality recording and production services to artists and businesses who seek to have their ideas brought to life in the most creative ways. Our depth of experience allows us to work collaboratively with clients to provide a wealth of services – from concept and composition to completion – using small but highly motivated staff. Glenn Sound has been called a “creative oasis”; we like to think of it as providing a comfortable environment for artists and creators to realize the full potential of their vision.”
24 Roy St. #346, Seattle, WA, 98109
email info (at) glennsound.com
DVD Duplication & Authoring
(206) 624-DUBS ex. 3827
Dubs, Inc. is a full service post-production studio that offers video tape duplication, CD & DVD Duplication, full service & 4 wall edit suites, DVD authoring, digital file encoding, PAL standards conversions, electronic media delivery, hardware mpeg-2 capture, footage digitize for offsite editing, tape vaulting, same day turnaround. Dubs Inc. can work with the following formats and more: HDCAM-SR, HDCAM, DVCPRO-HD, HDV, DIGIBETA, BETA-SP, BETACAM, DVCAM, DV, DVCPRO-25, DVCPRO-50, 1”, 3/4”, DIGITAL8, HI8, VHS, DVD, BLU RAY, RED FILES. Northwest Film Forum members receive a 50% discount on all services.
1601 2nd Avenue Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98101
Fax: (206) 624-3854
orders (at) dubsinc.com for estimates
Hours: 9am–5pm (M-F)
Seattle Video Transfer
Video to DVD transfer as well as video production. By appointment only.
“We’ve got two decades in the Entertainment Industry, over a decade of Video Production, and are accredited with having Executive-Produced (9) musical CD’s. The folks at Seattle Video Transfer can provide video transfer, 35mm slide conversion, CD or DVD duplication, video production or HD Videography services at minimal cost to you and with quick turnaround!”
To email, please contact through their website.
Film to Video Transfers
“Camera One is a film production company with offices in Seattle, Washington. We specialize in adventure, travel and educational films as well as auditorium presentations for national and state parks. Because our filming takes us to some of the most beautiful places in the world, we supply a great deal of footage for broadcast programming and high-end commercials.”
Student Filmmaker Resource List, compiled by Octane Seating
In this post, Octane Seating provides an overview of Resources for the Student Filmmaker to realize their projects. The list compiles low- and no-cost options for each stage of filmmaking from pre-production to distribution. Check it out for advice on set design, where to source license-free music and visual effects from, where on the web you can find more specific filmmaking guidance, and more!