Author Archives: Christopher Wood

Raising KHANE

Christopher Cline’s New Film A Black Homage to Orson Welles Hell hath no fury like a lover scorned. Spartan king Menelaus loses Helen to Paris, and he launches a thousand ships to reclaim her and raze Troy as a pretty … Continue reading

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Pen That Next Screenplay at The Writer’s Lodge

(originally posted in The Weekly Volcano on May 15, 2012) I wouldn’t go so far as to say The Writer’s Lodge in Seattle will cast a spell over all visitors, but the ambiance does work some kind of magic. A … Continue reading

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The Lost ‘Weekend’: Pete Anderson Moves On with ‘The Wait’

This year I’ve decided to watch safely from the sidelines as the gift-giving game heats up. Everyone looks to want a piece of the action – while Aunt Darlene knits the pinky on your new pair of gloves, filmmakers like … Continue reading

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A Big Break

Pete Anderson Keeps Latest Film Local I consider myself only a part-time filmmaker, so I can’t say I belong in the same league as someone like Pete Anderson. When he told me Break marks not only his seventh time in … Continue reading

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Sit Back and Watch

Seattle’s Couch Fest Films Goes Home It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that on any given day a film festival is brewing in some corner of the world. But in our small slice of Western Washington, they all tend … Continue reading

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Seeing Double

Like its wandering father-and-son protagonists, the charming, locally-produced short Scamp is on the move. The film left its Tacoma birthplace and rode the boxcar north to Seattle’s Central Cinema, where this Saturday June 4 you can spot it at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (details at The rough and scruffy vagabonds in Scamp offset the crisp, clean visuals of downtown photographed by Chris Joseph Taylor.

The cinematographer-editor has found himself juggling numerous projects in recent months. While seeking a Bachelor’s in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from the Art Institute of Seattle, he makes time to assist director Andrew Finnigan on color correcting his full-length Fantastic Confabulations (also shot by Taylor). And I caught him last week in the midst of editing his latest entitled A Man, Buried, a quirky short with a wonderful premise – drunkard’s family digs up a better version of him in the backyard.

With such a concept you know audiences will expect at least some visual tricks (i.e. seeing the same actor twice in one shot), but Taylor didn’t consider the challenge too daunting. “(The effects) came out really well,” he notes. “There’s a shot where…they’re playing chess with each other (a single actor photographed twice), and one reaches across and punches the other one.” Taylor laughs. “It’s pretty awesome.”

Speaking of seeing double, in case you miss Scamp this weekend it plays later in the summer at the Columbia River Gorge Film Festival.

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Perfect Timing

All Eyes on Tacoma Feature Do you know Joe? In case you don’t, actor-producer Joe Rosati has entertained Tacoma for the past several years with a stack of film roles that continues to rise. My own first encounter came in … Continue reading

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Looking Back – And Moving Forward

Eric Moseley Keeps His Eye (and Camera) on Homelessness Let’s begin with a seemingly out-of-the-blue stereotype about the homeless: They don’t have their own websites. Another: They lack both the means and drive to engage in artistic pursuits. Well, Eric … Continue reading

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72-Hour Film Contest Hits Tacoma

We all have that filmmaker inside us, tapping on the walls of our skulls and pleading for release in patient tones. This time of year, however, the polite knocking turns into an incessant pounding, as less than three weeks remain … Continue reading

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Seeing the “Light”

If you saw Tom McIntire’s Greenspoke at the 2009 Tacoma Film Festival, then you didn’t see it. Huh? To clarify, you couldn’t watch the short in the way originally intended by its writer/director. Besides the inescapable drop in visual quality … Continue reading

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