The Twelfth Annual Motion Picture Seminar of the Northwest

By Gies, Martha | American Cinematographer, August 1979 | Go to article overview

The Twelfth Annual Motion Picture Seminar of the Northwest


Gies, Martha, American Cinematographer


Celebrating a dozen successful years, this friendly forum of film talk in the Northwest has become one of the most vital events of its kind

On June 1 and 2, for the twelfth consecutive year, Seattle hosted the intensive two-day information exchange that is the Motion Picture Seminar of the Northwest. This is the annual event which draws an audience of 900 participants to listen to film professionals who work in every capacity-directing, production, screenwriting, editing, cinematography, make-up, art direction, lab services, suppliers and teachers-from areas as diverse as Santa Monica, Miami and Holland.

As is now traditional, the seminar began on Thursday evening with a sunset dinner and cruise. The speakers-this year there were 26-are especially invited to this kick-off party which is meant to provide an opportunity for participants to socialize with the motion picture professionals who have come to share with northwest audiences their particular insights and expertise.

The Virginia V departed at 6:00 p.m. for a slow cruise around Lake Washington. The bar opened immediately and a three-piece jazz band consisting of trumpet, keyboard and drums began to play. Seattle is a city of mountains, trees, and waterways, and as old and new friends danced and conversed, Mount Rainer, the arboretum and the Olympic mountain range came into view. A catered buffet of salmon and chicken was served on board following a classic sunset. When the boat docked four hours later, darkness had just fallen on a warm June evening.

The seminar properly begins Friday morning at the Seattle Playhouse, on the park-like site of the 1962 World's Fair. A continental breakfast is laid outdoors for the audience to enjoy during registration. Just inside the playhouse lobby, nearly 30 commercial exhibitors are setting up exhibit booths.

Promptly at 9:00 a.m., Keith Cutler, a long-time seminar board member from Vancouver, B.C. and this year's moderator, introduced the first speaker. While it is not possible to summarize the entire two-days' offerings, the following is a distillation of this year's highlights.

Susan Shadburne, the multi-talented producer and writer who was responsible for claymation, voted the 1978 Best Film of the Seminar, described the activities of the "Northwest Media Project," an association unique to the northwest, which distributes 16mm personal film, publishes the Oregon film industry producer's guide, along with other publications, and acts as a clearinghouse for information about regional talent and resources. With offices in Portland, Oregorr and a membership drawn from the entire region, the not-for-profit Media Project has served as fiscal administrator for several grant-funded film projects directed by its various members.

Doug Huse, speaking on "The Role of the Agency Producer," especially emphasized the importance of maintaining a single point of view as a project is impacted variously by writers, legal advisors, the director and cinematographers. Huse screened a number of his own commercial spots including two especially inventive spots for Oldsmobile and Kellogg's Cornflakes. The latter brought a spontaneous applause and Huse remarked wryly that the clients had never actually bought it in the end.

Portland producer Homer Groening, always a popular speaker, talked on "The World of Northwest Filmmaking." Groening is one of those highly fortunate producers whose reputation now enables him to make every film a personal film, no matter who the sponsor. His film clips included a zany potpourri of underwater images, aerial shots, "music" composed of waterdrops and the cry of whales, and Homer's own Zen-like poetic compositions. In a segment from a film about a home for disturbed children, Groening's personal signature, the subjective, voice-over interview was heard:

Groening: Are you involved with surgery or shock?

Children's Home: We don't do either. We do use drugs.

Groening: Do you think it's going to work? …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

The Twelfth Annual Motion Picture Seminar of the Northwest
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.