Over the last six weeks, Spirit Vision Films has been engaged in creating a short documentary film for the Pacific Northwest Fiber Web, highlighting the niche wool industry in the Pacific Northwest.
We were commissioned by the Northwest Cooperative Development Center from Olympia, Washington to film and interview various people and businesses engaged in this industry including sheep farmers, wool processors, yarn shop owners, and artisans.
The PNW Fiber Web had been given a grant through the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development fund to pay for the film. Only there was a slight catch; it had to be used by the end of December, 2015!
Spirit Vision Films signed a contract to produce the film on December 10th, 2015. Only two weeks before Christmas! Fortunately for the participants of this endeavor, the grant was extended through January 31st, 2016. But that still left only about six weeks at the beginning of the holiday season and in the middle of very poor winter conditions for shooting outdoor activities to film and edit this 12 minute documentary.
Working with Marcia Adams as a liaison to the businesses and folks associated with the wool industry and co-producer from the PNW Fiber Web and Makayla DeScala my assistant and second camera operator we raced around western Washington doing interviews in Quilcene, Port Gamble, Port Ludlow, Whidbey Island, Carnation, and on the Key Peninsula near Longbranch, Washington. We wrapped up filming in the second week of January and handed the PNW Fiber Web their finished film on January 26th, five days before our deadline! To say they were pleased was an understatement.
Spirit Vision Films would like to thank Diane Gasaway, Executive Director of NW Cooperative Development Center for all her help, as well as Marcia Adams of PNW Fiber Web for working tirelessly to see this film become a reality. We would also like to express our gratitude to all those who took part in this documentary and all their help with its creation.
Here is our production of Pacific Northwest Fiber Web: Enjoy!