An eye for directing

February 2, 2010

Local filmmaker looks to ride low-budget horror movie trend to success with ‘Eyes in the Dark’

Reading the script and discussing a scene for ‘Eyes in the Dark’ are (from left) actress Melinda Ausserer, assistant director Robyn Scaringi, actor Jason Robison, director Bjorn Anderson, actor Wayne Bastrup and actor John Symonds. Contributed

On his 26th birthday, Issaquah resident Bjorn Anderson walked into work at the Home Depot and gave his two weeks’ notice. He wanted to pursue his dream of making movies. He started his first script the same day.

“I figured I was young enough that if I was ever going to do it, it would have to be now,” Anderson said.

He never had any formalized film training, but said he watched movies with a critical eye for years.

“I could pay money for film school or pay money for actual film and learn as I go,” Anderson said.

He chose the latter. Read more

Issaquah Blockbuster store set to close

October 28, 2009

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Oct. 28, 2009

Make it a Blockbuster night — but hurry: the Issaquah outpost of the movie-rental giant will close by early January.

A sign at the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store announced the impending closure. A store employee said the store would close Jan. 3.

Blockbuster executives announced a plan in September under which the chain could close as many as 960 stores by the end of 2010. But it remained unclear whether the Issaquah store would be closed as part of the plan.

Blockbuster has struggled as services, such as Netflix and Redbox, sprouted and siphoned business. Customers also became accustomed to competing services, such as DVDs delivered through the mail and movies streamed over broadband connections.

A spokeswoman at Blockbuster corporate headquarters in Dallas could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.