Zoo Break Productions and Incentives for Greatness

Mischa Jacupcak is a Seattle filmmaker who is sick of hearing about tax incentives. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the local film community, you’ve heard this term a lot. Cities, states, provinces, and countries establish tax incentives to lure film and TV projects from Hollywood. The reason why we see so many…

SIXR Opens a Door to the Golden Age

I just started reading a book called The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Places. The author, Eric Weiner, sets out to explore why certain places give rise to high concentrations of creative, innovative thinkers. I’m still early in the narrative, when Weiner is wandering around present-day Athens, ruminating on the legacy…

This One Picture I Took

When I was a teenager, I worked as a sports reporter for my local weekly newspaper, the Skagit Argus. I covered high school sports, including a spectacular run by my high school basketball team, which won state two of the four years I was a student, and which produced future NBA and MLB pro Mark…

Gathering and Making History

Sometimes it’s possible to appreciate history in the making as it unfolds around you. The past couple years, Seattle has planted a flag for virtual reality, and this week we witnessed the community reaching out, welcoming an industry pioneer, and forming alliances. I’ve had many moments recently when I’ve savored the feeling that someday, when…

Renaissance Guys

Navigate to the intersection of art and science and you’re liable to run into weird visionaries. Two recent books, which I read back to back, suggest that the art-science mashup has been the province of radical thinkers since at least the fifteenth century. Walter Isaacson’s illuminating biography Leonardo da Vinci walks us through the Renaissance…

Mosaic, Muralize, and New vs. Old Media

Monday night, in HBO’s stylish offices downtown, Geekwire hosted a chat with Steven Soderbergh, the director of such movies as Traffic and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and writer Ed Solomon, who were in town to promote a project called Mosaic. This filmed experience is a branching story that can be viewed via an app, but…