Roy W. Dean Fall Filmmaker Grant Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Fall Grant.   The grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services.  Films can be documentaries, short films, and features and must be unique and contribute to society. Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2014

New this year for the grant is the Britt Penrod Audience Award.  Twenty finalists chosen for the grant will have the opportunity to enter their trailers in competition for a $250 cash prize.  Trailers will be posted on the Roy W. Dean Grant Facebook contest page for site.  Fans get to view the trailers and vote for their favorite. 

Even if you apply and don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean, head of the non-profit grant sponsor From The Heart Productions and author of “The Art of Film Funding” now in its second edition.

Testimonial about the grant:
One Woman’s Legacy of Helping Filmmakers From the Heart

For more information on the grant, you can go to:
or email [email protected].

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Stop-Motion Series in Eastern Oregon Needs Your Help

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Chuck Peters, a small town filmmaker and LEGO stop-motion animator has launched his Kickstarter campaign for his latest project Hak and Gnasher.  The campaign’s aim is to raise $1350.00 for acquiring the necessary LEGO bricks, animation software, and a DSLR camera to allow him to produce his web series Hak and Gnasher in house.  The campaign is over half over, with only 25 days left, and he has raised 67% of the goal so far.

Boinx Software, developer of the popular stop-motion animation apps iStopMotion for iPad and iStopMotion for Mac, recently published a story to their blog to help raise awareness for the Hak & Gnasher Kickstarter campaign. To read the blog, click here.

Chuck first popped on the YouTube scene with the stop-motion series titled “Planet TR-57”; a cooperative comedic project that he worked on with Chris Wunz, and Jonathan Griffith of Valley Video Services back in March of 2009.  In 2010, the show met its untimely end and the group went their separate ways but Chuck has always yearned to return to stop-motion animation.

Chuck’s small stop-motion studio is located in La Grande, Oregon and utilizes the skills and energy of small town artists and actors that inhabit it. Hak and Gnasher are slated to begin production late 2014/Early 2015. Episodes will be available at Chuck’s YouTube website at and through his Facebook page www.facebook/chuckitfilms in 2015. Chuck’s production website is

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VFX/PDX and OMSI Science Pub present: Cardboard Castle + Live MoCap with CCC, 8/19 @ Crystal Ballroom

Join us for a night dedicated to all things imagination as Cooper Johnson & his crew at Cardboard Castle will guide us through inspiration laden breakdowns of their recent work.  Also on hand will be Damon Redmond (Art Director at SuperGenius by day/instructor at CCC by night) and DMC department Director Andy Mingo from Clackamas Community College, both strapped with a loaded Motion Capture setup, with intent to demo it!  There are some lively things happening down at CCC, which will be undeniably clear after seeing the tech in action.
All bundled up within the framework of a OMSI Science Pub night (which needs no intro) and, with the Crystal Ballroom as the venue, all signs point towards the makings of an incredible evening.  Come watch the pixels fly!


Tuesday, August 19th
Doors 5pm, Presentation 7-9pm
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside, Portland
Age 21+, minor with adult
OMSI suggested donation:  $5

More info at and an extended blurb over at the OMSI website.

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Oregon Girl Turns Web-series into Major Hollywood Deal

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This is one of those local success stories that we love to hear.  If you haven’t already read the recent story in Willamette Week, “80 Million Paige Views: How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal,” we definitely suggest taking a look at the full article.

Paige McKenzie, who lives in rural Oregon, about an hour outside Portland started her YouTube ghost series, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, in 2010.  Earlier this year, her series (now produced by her mother Mercedes Rose) caught the eye of the Weinstein Company. In early May, the film studio announced it would turn Sunshine Girl into a book series and movie franchise, with McKenzie to star. The first book is due out March 2015, with a second to follow soon after.

We would like to give a big congrats to Paige and Mercedes!  Read the full article on Willamette Week’s website here.

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Storytelling Matters. Join Us and Win $100,000 in Amazing Filmmaking Awards

When was the last time you told a story that you felt so connected to, that if you could, you would tell it entirely for free? And as a storyteller, when was the last time you made a film that truly moved people, and intensely reminded you of your passion for this craft?

Inspired by 10 years of filmmaking, 7 years of giving back, and 1 about-to-launch filmmaking platform, we are excited beyond words to announce Storytelling Parade.

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Eastern Oregon Film Festival: Call for Entries 2015

10527480_815468441798227_7075829521956691079_n-1Filmmakers are invited to submit works for consideration in the 6th Eastern Oregon Film Festival —held in La Grande, OR, May 7-9, 2015.

EOFF has been graced by many artists and industry professionals—whether in-the-flesh or via Skype Q&A—including Terence Nance, Matt Porterfield, Ornana, Elizabeth Mims, Nandan Rao, Kentucker Audley, Dustin Guy Defa, Zach Weintraub, Lucas Leyva, Tristan Patterson, LAIKA,Evan Glodell, Sophia Takal, Jessica Oreck  and many more.


  • Secure Online Screener—VIMEO ONLY. No discs. No Youtube links.
  • Submissions must have been completed after August 2012.
  • Payment via check or PayPal only.
  • Preference is given to premieres and works not yet available on the Internet. However, if your work is on the internet you will not be excluded from consideration.


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Oregon Sci-Fi Feature “A Morning Light” on Kickstarter



Extraterrestrial visitation. Ecology. Wilderness. Human Psychology. Human Nature. The mechanistic response to be fearful of things we do not understand—of that which lies outside of our limited understanding. 


Oregon filmmaker Ian Clark is raising funds on Kickstarter for A MORNING LIGHT—a stark, feature-length portrait about alleged alien abduction phenomenon. Starring Zach Weintraub and Celia Rowlson-Hall.

Shooting September 2014 in La Grande, OR—read about it at Filmmaker Magazine and Tribeca.




Kickstarter Inquiries • Ben Wiessner / [email protected]

501c3 & General Inquiries • Ian Clark  / [email protected]

You can keep up with the project on twitter and facebook.

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Hinge Digital and Roundhouse team up for adidas Originals SL Loop Runner

Hinge Digital and Roundhouse agency partnered to create this dynamic launch video for the adidas Originals SL Loop Runner. The animation was created by Hinge’s Portland-based team using Autodesk Maya, mental ray, AfterEffects and Nuke.

Check out Hinge Digital’s other projects on their newly designed website:

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WE Infinity launches with video from Hinge Digital

Introducing WE Infinity

Waggener Edstrom Communications called on Hinge Digital to design and animate a launch video for WE Infinity, a new data-mining and analytics platform, which shows the social, brand and media impact a story makes in the digital universe.

Check out Hinge Digital’s other projects on their newly designed website:

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Summer Video Contest


Next Adventure, Deschutes Brewery and Grand Central are holding a video contest for the Deschutes Salute to Summer event in August and want to spread the word!

Submit a one minute video of Your Summer with Next Adventure Gear and Deschutes Beer and your video could be chosen to play at the event with the grand prize opportunity of a VIP weekend to Bend, OR and a GoPro! The deadline for entry has been extended to August 10th! See further details below.

-Submit a 1 minute video of your Summer Adventure by sending a link of your video to [email protected]
-Include Deschutes Brewery beer and Next Adventure gear in some way

-*NEW* entry deadline: August 10th
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