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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A grim future for Portland’s film industry?

by admin

Don’t let the Portland Business Tribune‘s headline scare you!*

While we might not see another Grimm for a while, there are lots of productions coming down the pike in Oregon, from cable series (including The Librarians Season 4), to projects for newer digital platforms (think Hulu, YouTube Red, Amazon and the like), to independent features and commercials.

That’s not even counting the magic happening over at LAIKA and other animation companies, our thriving video game production scene, nor the forays into virtual reality and augmented reality, all taking place right here in Oregon.

In all, we’d say that in terms of the entertainment industry, the future is bright for Portland and the whole state!

*We just had to be a little coy at the Portland Business Alliance breakfast, as many of the projects hadn’t been announced yet. Stay tuned!

A grim future for Portland’s film industry?

‘The Librarians’ will soon be the only series being filmed in Portland.

A mystery worthy of Grimm hung over a discussion of the Oregon film and video industry last Wednesday morning.

To be solved, what is the next major TV series to be shot in Portland after the popular supernatural thriller on NBC wraps up its sixth and final season this year?

Lobbyist Janice Shokrian, executive director of the Oregon Media Production Association, said she has some clues but is sworn to secrecy. Although Shokrian said some new shows are in the works, the next Portland-based one might not be a conventional seasonal network show like Grimm or Portlandia, the cult comedy nearing the end of its run on IFC.

“Traditional series are not something that many companies want to invest in anymore,” said Shokrian, explaining that one-time and short-run series on such subscription-based media platforms as Hulu and YouTube Red are becoming more and more popular.

The question of what follows Grimm and Portlandia in Portland is not merely one about entertainment options. As the Portland Business Alliance learned at its monthly breakfast forum, such productions pump millions of dollars into the state, regional and local economies every year. Film and TV production companies have spent over $350 million on wages, supplies and services in Oregon over the past year and a half, said Shokrian, whose organization was formed in 1982 to advocate for more such productions in the state.

Link to full article.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Portland Viewing Party for “The Librarians” Series Premiere

by ranielle

TheLibrarians

Sunday, December 7, 2014
7:30PM
(show airs at 8:00PM)

Morrison Hotel Bar
719 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

From our friends at APP-NW, OMPA and SAG-AFTRA, as well as Chris Joseph of Portland’s Morrison Hotel Bar, Portland’s film and TV community is graciously invited to a no-host viewing party!

OMPA has offered to help us reach our food drive goal before we return our donation barrels! To be entered to win a door prize at the screening, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank. Thank you so much!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lana Veenker receives OMPA Award of Excellence

by admin

Our own Lana Veenker is the recipient of the Oregon Media Production Association‘s 2014 Award of Excellence.

The award “recognizes an individual who has reached the highest level of excellence, craftsmanship and integrity and has helped set the bar for professionalism in Oregon’s industry.”

Read all about it in the February 2014 issue of The Callsheet:

Many thanks to the OMPA and the Oregon film and television community for this honor!

Link to original article.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Oregon Actors: We Still Need Your Help!

by admin

Our Industry Day at the State Capitol on May 2nd was a huge success, but we still need to keep film and video in the forefront of the legislators’ minds. They are being bombarded with a lot of different interests, and we don’t want to be left out when they finalize the state budget.

So, if you’re an actor in Oregon, if you want to double the amount of film and TV productions shooting in our state, and if you haven’t done this already, we need your help right now. Get out those headshots and resumes and a Sharpie!

Please follow the instructions below and share this page with all the Oregon actors you know.

This is in support of our efforts to expand OPIF, the Oregon Production Incentive Fund, which is responsible for the huge increase in production in Oregon over the past few years. If our bill passes (HB2267), the fund will DOUBLE, meaning twice as much work for all of us. Time is of essence.

Industry Day at the State Capitol, May 2nd, 2013
Industry Day at the State Capitol, May 2nd, 2013

1. Get out TWO headshots and resumes and TWO manila envelopes.

2. Address one of the envelopes to:

Senator Richard Devlin
900 Court St. NE, S-211
Salem, OR 97301

3. Address the other to:

Representative Peter Buckley
900 Court St. NE, H-272
Salem, OR 97301

4. Make sure each of your headshots is stapled back-to-back to your resume.

5. Hand write a truthful personal note about how you have benefited from film & TV production in Oregon.

Write on the resumes themselves or on sticky notes attached to the resumes.

Examples:

  • “Thanks to Grimm, I got braces for my kid. Please support HB2267.”
  • “I’m still receiving residual checks from Twilight. Please support HB2267 and expand our incentive program.”
  • “I haven’t had to move to Hollywood, thanks to Oregon’s film incentive program. Please support HB2267.”
  • “I want to work more in my home state. Please support HB2267 and expand OPIF.”
  • “2012 was Oregon’s busiest year yet for film & TV production. Let’s keep building this clean, green, creative, high-tech industry.”
  • “Look at all the credits on my resume from projects that shot in Oregon! Help build the momentum and expand OPIF. Support HB2267.”

 

OPIF Resume

IMPORTANT: IF YOU LIVE OR WORK IN THE DISTRICTS OF SENATOR DEVLIN (Tualatin and surrounding areas) OR REPRESENTATIVE BUCKLEY (Ashland and surrounding areas), PLEASE SAY SO ON THE APPROPRIATE NOTE.

Devlin’s District Map:

Devlin Map

Buckley’s District Map:

Buckley Map

6. Put one headshot/resume in each envelope.

7. Put $1.12 in postage on each envelope and MAIL THEM NOW.

Senator Devlin and Representative Buckley are co-chairs of the Oregon Legislature’s Ways & Means Committee. Their support of the expansion is critical. We want to bombard their offices with hundreds of headshots and resumes, so that they can see how strong the support is for HB2267.

8. Share this blog post with all of the Oregon actors you know, via social media, email and word of mouth.

Click the share button, copy and paste the URL, or get on the phone now.

PS: If you’re not an actor, but you work in the Oregon film & television industry, you can mail your production resume and a personal note to Devlin and Buckley. Be sure to mention if your home or business are in their districts.

9. Remain in close touch with your state legislators

A few ideas from OMPA to help keep the momentum going from Industry Day:

  • Mail or email a letter in support of HB 2267 to your legislator (a sample letter is posted on the OMPA website). You can find your Oregon legislators’ contact info here
  • If you met with your legislators (or their aides) on May 2nd, please send them a thank-you note and remind them what film and video means to your livelihood
  • Sign up for your state legislator’s email list (some have an opt-in form on their legislative home page; others you can request to join by emailing them directly)
  • Attend your legislator’s Town Hall meeting in your district (check the press releases on the Oregon Legislature website or click News on your legislator’s homepage)
  • Keep the message positive and consider the amount of budget juggling the 90 legislators need to do
  • Any time you make a new interaction with your legislator, let the OMPA know by sending an email to info@ompa.org

Reminder: We want you to contact your STATE legislators about this issue, not your US senator and congressperson!

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP. Together we can blow the lid off of Oregon production, creating more jobs for all.

Let’s do this!

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Oregon Actors: Urgent Call to Action

by admin

If you’re an actor in Oregon and you want more film and TV productions to shoot in our state, we need your help right now, so get out those headshots and resumes and a Sharpie!

Please follow the instructions below and share this with all the Oregon actors you know.

This is in support of our efforts to expand OPIF, the Oregon Production Incentive Fund, which is responsible for the huge increase in production in Oregon over the past few years. If our bill passes (HB2267), the fund will DOUBLE, meaning twice as much work for all of us. Time is of essence.

1. First, go to http://ompa.org/events and RSVP for our Industry Day on Thursday, May 2nd at the State Capitol.

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This is the crux of our campaign to increase Oregon’s film incentive program and we need a HUGE turnout to demonstrate to legislators how badly we want it.

Clear your schedule and plan to stay the whole day, if you possibly can. If not, at least plan to be on the steps of the Capitol Building in Salem on May 2nd from 12:45-1:45 pm for our rally and photo op. We need the crowd to be MASSIVE.  Be there and bring friends, but be sure to RSVP first.

2. Get out TWO headshots and resumes and TWO manila envelopes.

3. Address one of the envelopes to:

Senator Richard Devlin
900 Court St. NE, S-211
Salem, OR 97301

4. Address the other to:

Representative Peter Buckley
900 Court St. NE, H-272
Salem, OR 97301

5. Make sure each of your headshots is stapled back-to-back to your resume.

6. Hand write a truthful personal note about how you have benefited from film & TV production in Oregon.

Write on the resumes themselves or on sticky notes attached to the resumes.

Examples:

  • “Thanks to Grimm, I got braces for my kid. Please support HB2267.”
  • “I’m still receiving residual checks from Twilight. Please support HB2267 and expand our incentive program.”
  • “I haven’t had to move to Hollywood, thanks to Oregon’s film incentive program. Please support HB2267.”
  • “I want to work more in my home state. Please support HB2267 and expand OPIF.”
  • “2012 was Oregon’s busiest year yet for film & TV production. Let’s keep building this clean, green, creative, high-tech industry.”
  • “Look at all the credits on my resume from projects that shot in Oregon! Help build the momentum and expand OPIF. Support HB2267.”

 

OPIF Resume

IMPORTANT: IF YOU LIVE OR WORK IN THE DISTRICTS OF SENATOR DEVLIN (Tualatin and surrounding areas) OR REPRESENTATIVE BUCKLEY (Ashland and surrounding areas), PLEASE SAY SO ON THE APPROPRIATE NOTE.

Devlin’s District Map:

Devlin Map

Buckley’s District Map:

Buckley Map

7. Put one headshot/resume in each envelope.

8. Put $1.12 in postage on each envelope and MAIL THEM NOW.

Senator Devlin and Representative Buckley are co-chairs of the Oregon Legislature’s Ways & Means Committee. Their support of the expansion is critical. We want to bombard their offices with hundreds of headshots and resumes prior to Industry Day on May 2nd.

9. Share this blog post with all of the Oregon actors you know, via social media, email and word of mouth.

Click the share button, copy and paste the URL, or get on the phone now.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP. Together we can blow the lid off of Oregon production, creating more jobs for all.

PS: If you’re not an actor, but you work in the Oregon film & television industry, you can mail letters to the same effect to Devlin and Buckley. Include your production resume and a personal note. Be sure to mention if your home or business are in their districts.

Let’s do this!