Port Townsend: It’s a wrap; Movie Makers finish “The Courthouse”

PORT TOWNSEND — It is 8:30 a.m. Friday and the upstairs lounge of the Silverwater Cafe is already hopping.

Behind the bar, the bartender is setting out glasses and bottles.

People are moving chairs, hanging up signs and setting up lights.

In the narrow back hallway, actors are checking makeup, consulting scripts and finding props.

Welcome to the 11th day of filming “The Courthouse.”

“This is the second week of shooting,” said Matt Wallace, production manager.

“We took Sunday off.”

The movie is a community effort by volunteers under the umbrella of Port Ludlow Movie Makers, a group of people interested in film craft.

Overcoming lack of experience and other challenges, they completed the feature-length film within the allotted two-week time frame.

“They buckled down to the task and got it done,” director Jack Ravage said.

Ravage, who lives in Sequim, is a professional film-maker who volunteered his expertise.

But with a few exceptions, almost everyone else on the production was a novice with no film experience.

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