DO YOU WANT TO BE LOCATION FAMOUS?
In the 2022 legislative session, a healthy $15M state budget allocation was made to enable attracting more film, television, and commercial production of all kinds.
Consequently, WA Filmworks (the state’s official film office) is now all staffed up and on a mission to lure lucrative projects here to the Evergreen state. To capture a slice of this windfall, the Bainbridge Chamber and Visit Bainbridge Island combined forces to recently host Washington Filmworks Location Scout Vicky Berglund-Davenport on a multi-location scouting trip across the entire Island. Vicky saw enough to be excited, and to agree to return and continue scouting in upcoming months.
Hosting a production at your home or business can have a wide range of benefits – at the low end, allowing shoots in exchange for promotion and visibility can be found, while in the upper echelons, hotel stays, free remodels, and thousands of dollars in location fees could all be yours. The requirements and renumeration vary wildly from shoot to shoot, but the process is broadly the same: WA Filmworks receives a request for a certain kind of location, contacts local organizations (like the Bainbridge Chamber) and attempts to find a look that fits the request, and a location owner willing to provide that look.
Beyond what happens during filming, the post-release benefits of the project you were a part of can extend for years – Kiana Lodge in Suquamish will always be the place where Laura Palmer was found (Twin Peaks), and the Roslyn Cafe forever located in Alaska (according to Northern Exposure) – and decades later, fans still make visits to those locations to take a photo and enjoy a day trip or more…