Behind the Scenes: George Borchers, Set Construction

The characters in “Breeding Grounds” live in a former FEMA facility that has evolved into a safe haven for producing the next generation of America’s leaders. In this behind the scenes interview, George Borchers talks about how he and his team built a realistic world on a micro budget.

George is an original SFC member and he’s worked on all three of our projects to date. His background in theatrical set construction and lighting is invaluable to raising the production value of SFC’s projects. Learn more about George on IMDB.

Behind the Scenes: Byron Hammar, Production Assistant and Extra

In this behind the scenes interview, Byron Hammar sheds light on the glamor and fun of two of moviemaking’s most thankless jobs, the production assistant and the extra.

“Breeding Grounds” is Byron’s first SFC film. A native of Washington state, he grew up making movies with his neighborhood friends. Until “Breeding Grounds,” he was living a Bojack Horseman-like existence in Seattle, reflecting on his former glory from the comfort of his couch. We expect “Breeding Grounds” to be a turning point in Byron’s journey as a filmmaker…

Behind the Scenes: How I Got Pregnant

“Breeding Grounds” actors Katie Hemming and Ronda May Olshefski demonstrate how their unique approaches to appearing pregnant in their roles as Rachel S. and Emily C. , the sister wives featured in the Eastern Reach orientation video, “Interview With A Triple.”

Behind the Scenes: Ronda May Olshefski and Katie Hemming as Emily C. and Rachel S.

Ronda May Olshefski and Katie Hemming co-star in the behind the scenes video, “How I Got Pregnant” and play sister wives in “Interview With A Triple,” one of the transmedia storyworld videos from the Eastern Reach archives. They also appear together in the marketplace scene of the short film, “Breeding Grounds.”

Ronda May Olshefski is a freelance actress and model in the Seattle area. Her feature film credits include supporting roles in “Spaceship Terror”—picked up by Robin Hood films, “Blood Demon Rising”, and “Sisterhood of Death.” She landed the lead role in the marketing trailer for the film “Red Tide”, as well as a guest star role in Epytombs; local TV commercials for Honda, Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery, and Bruce Titus Subaru; and music videos from local artists. Ronda’s print work includes DList Magazine as a 007 agent and Kai’outi Magazine as a Faerie Queen in “Beyond the Veil.” See more of Ronda’s work at her website, www.rondamayolshefski.wix.com/actress, and follow her on Facebook.

Katie Hemming is a film, television, and commercial actor in the Seattle area. Most recently, she co-starred in the chick flick horror feature “Marla Mae” and is currently shooting lead roles in the short films “Call 2 Romance” and “#kidnapped.” She grew up in Tacoma, WA and has a background in music, theatre, and opera. Check out more about Katie on her site: katiehemming.com or at IMDB.

Behind the Scenes: Pearl Klein as Sister Aubrey

Pearl Klein stars as Sister Aubrey, the visionary leader of the safe haven, Eastern Reach. In this behind the scenes interview, Pearl offers insight into her character and the procreative society she has created.

Pearl started acting at the age of 39 in “The Vagina Monologues.” Until then, she was a college English instructor and poet; now she is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and video editor. This was her first time on a SFC project. Find out more about Pearl at Bold in Seattle or at IMDB.

Behind the Scenes: Matt Dy as Byron

Matt Dy stars as Byron, a pacifist who has has one last chance to find love and dignity by “doing his duty” with Eastern Reach’s newest recruits, Georgie and Ellen. In this behind the scenes interview, Matt analyzes his portrayal of Byron and how Byron claims his humanity in a world gone crazy.

Matt Dy discovered his passion for acting through learning how to direct. He graduated from Seattle Central Community College’s Film and Video program in 2007. His acting talents are in demand in the local independent filmmaking community. This is his first SFC project.

Behind the Scenes: Tabitha Bastien as Georgie

My name is Tabitha Bastien and I’m a film and television actress based in Seattle, WA.  I have had the pleasure of appearing in a wide range of independent films and web series, including lead roles in the feature films “The Anatomy of Monsters” and “The Anniversary” and have recurring roles in “Epytombs” and the award-winning series “STILL.”  I am originally from the Pacific Northwest and started performing at a young age, with lead roles in community theater productions and spent several years fronting the band Crush Uncrush.  Outside of the entertainment world, I am a proud vegan, animal rights activist, horror movie fan and lover of David Lynch films.

This is my first time working with SFC, but have worked with one of the Producers, Jeff Barber, on a previous film project.  I will be playing the role of Georgie in Breeding Grounds and had so much fun working with this wonderfully talented cast and crew.  Pleases visit my website to see some of my work at www.TabithaBastien.com and I look forward to sharing our film with all of you!

Behind The Scenes: Telisa Steen as Ellen

Telisa Steen stars as Ellen, an injured ex-marine who finds her way to the post-war survival community Eastern Reach with her ward, Georgie. In this behind the scenes interview, Telisa talks about her experience working on Breeding Grounds and her interpretation of her character, Ellen.

Telisa is a local actor who works in film, television and commercials. She loves working on challenging character roles such as Ellen in Breeding Grounds. This was her first time on a SFC project, and she hopes it will be the first of many! Find out more about Telisa at her website: telisasteen.com, or at IMDB.

That was fun!

Breeding Grounds is done!

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We did our final render tonight and we are currently uploading the film to it’s first film festival submission. Congrats to the team! You should be proud. Come to the public premiere and you will see for yourself! Details are coming soon.

SFC NEWS!!!

Welcome, the Collective gears are turning.

The Seattle Filmmakers’ Collective (SFC) was formed as a creative hub for filmmakers, with the succinct vision of honing our skills alongside other aspiring and growing professionals and—most importantly—making movies.

Good movies. Lots of them.

However, the SFC is more than a production studio. It’s an access point for filmmakers inspired to step out, work hard and be part of the growing film world in Seattle. Now, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Behind the scenes, we’ve been laying the groundwork for something BIG. Finally, we are excited to announce:

The SFC Film Lab

This is a multi-faceted educational program about “everything film.” The Film Lab’s workshops and classes are a great way to learn skills that let you step into the film industry with more credibility and confidence. Screenings and special events will allow artists to showcase their work, and connect with other filmmakers. Through seminars and panel discussions, we can spotlight and share the wisdom and experience of film professionals, as well as stimulate dialogue of new and evolving ideas. Ultimately, The SFC Film Lab is a “breeding ground” for new talent, a vehicle for rookies and pros to improve their filmmaking skills!

So, here we stand at the intersection of passion, craft and community. The Film Lab committee, who’ve been peddling hard behind the scenes, are excited! We are building something to help film artists of Seattle.

Sincerely,

The SFC Film Lab Committee:

Karen Mann

Joshua Smith