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A short film about why Seattle is the greatest city in the world for entrepreneurs, creators and makers of all kinds.
A short film about why Seattle is the greatest city in the world for entrepreneurs, creators and makers of all kinds.
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This short film is a celebration of what makes Seattle the best place in the world for entrepreneurs and creatives to live. It tells the story of the vibrant and supportive community we have for starting companies, betting on dreams, and chasing big ideas.  

Despite being named the #1 tech city in America by The Atlantic, and consistent top rankings on the list of the world's most livable city, we're frequently overlooked as the place to go for people with big talents and ideas. This film will change that.

The film has three goals:

1. Celebrate the creative community.  We have all personally benefited from the Seattle community, and the film will be a reflection back to the community itself on how many amazing companies, events, and projects are based here. In our daily lives we rarely step back to see the entire city, and We Make Seattle will inspire by telling the story of how many great things happen around us.

2. Help recruiters and entrepreneurs attract talent. NYC, LA and even Portland have produced short videos to help local companies tell the story of their city. Seattle has no such film, until now. The film will be the perfect one link to send to convince ambitious creatives, potential business partners, or top candidates from around the world to bring their passions to the northwest.

3. Have the community tell its own story. Everything about this project is built by the Seattle community itself, and led by well known leaders who have benefited from our creative city and want to give something back. We'll be inviting people to contribute in various ways throughout the production of the film.  

All funds beyond our budget will be used to promote the video, as PR and reaching a wide audience is as important as the video itself. 

About the team 

Writer/Director: Scott Berkun, author of many popular books, and long time contributor to Seattle tech and arts events.

Executive Producer: Bryan Zug of Bootstrapper Studios, founder of the film production company that films Seattle Ignite and many local film projects.

Director of Photography: Dan McComb, director of the feature documentary Beyond Naked, principal at Visual Contact, and cofounder of biznik.com.

Producer: Adam Baggett of Bootstrapper Studios.

Design & Shwag: Sara McNally & Constellation & Co. with logo by Jordan Butcher.

This project grew out of the Startup Roundtable that the Mayor’s Office convened in May of last year and is made in cooperation with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office, the Office of Economic Development, and leaders in the local startup community including Chris DeVore and Red Russak as part of the City’s new Startup Seattle initiative.

Track record: Berkun, Zug and McComb have worked on highly successful Kickstarter campaigns, including McComb's feature documentary Beyond Naked, Scott's popular book Mindfire and the Bootstrapper Studios produced Kickstarter video for Shadowrun Returns, which raised nearly $2 million in funding.

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge for this project is getting momentum for it to truly be a Seattle community project. As with all creative endeavors, it's not only the writing and creating that matters -- it's also the hard work of getting the project seen and distributed. We've been working with the wider community to gather momentum for the project and, if we get funded, we will be engaging this broad network as we release. We also plan on dedicating stretch goals to helping get word out.

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    A wonderful set of handcrafted coasters designed by Constellation & Co. boasting the 'We Make Seattle' logo for use in your home, office, or local pub.

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    A beautiful 'We Make Seattle' limited edition poster you can place on your wall, in your office or at events. We'll sign and number these - once they are gone, they're gone. Also includes an iPhone and desktop background.

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    Distribution Team (w/all the schwags!) - While making the film is the first step, distributing and promoting it are equally important. By joining this reward level you are specifically committing resources to magnify our terrific word of mouth with strategic distribution and promotion – and we'll list you as part of the Distribution Team on the dedicated web site for the video. You will also receive 1 ticket to our launch party in Seattle and one set of schwag (1 sticker, 1 coaster set, 1 poster, and 1 t-shirt).

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    We Make Seattle Set Visit (w/all the schwags!) - Come visit the set during production and watch as We Make Seattle comes to life. Set visit will either be during on location shooting or during a fascinating production meeting (maybe you'll get to see us throw chairs at each other). Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness We Make Seattle first hand. You will also receive 1 ticket to our launch party in Seattle and one set of schwag (1 sticker, 1 coaster set, 1 poster, and 1 t-shirt).

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    Grassroots Sponsor Package - Your name and/or logo will be listed as a Grassroots Sponsor in the credits for the video and in all of its promotion. You will also receive 5 tickets to our launch party in Seattle and one set of schwag (1 sticker, 1 coaster set, 1 poster, and 1 t-shirt).

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    Silver Sponsor package - Your name and/or logo will be listed as a Silver Sponsor in the credits for the video and in all of its promotion. You will also receive 10 tickets to our launch party in Seattle and one set of schwag (1 sticker, 1 coaster set, 1 poster, and 1 t-shirt).

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