Job Posting is Up for Executive Director of Film Office

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VFX/PDX User Group Meeting Today – W+K, Mocha & Nuke!

Heads up that VFX/PDX, the local visual effects artist user group, has a meeting on tap for today (April 17) featuring David Jahns of Joint Editorial, Wieden and Kennedy’s in-house post production facility.  He’ll be showing off the editing software Smoke from Autodesk and his workflow for the great work coming out of Joint.

Also we have Mary Poplin from Imagineer flying in to demo the popular tracking software Mocha, which won a Sci-Tech Oscar last year and is nothing short of amazing.

Last but not least, Deke Kincaid from the Foundry will be showing off the new features of Nuke 8, the leading feature film compositing software.

This all happens today, Thursday April 17th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the newly remodeled Meyer & Frank Building, now home to Vestas and Urban Airship. 1417 NW Everett St

More info at

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OPB Nominated For 21 NW Regional Emmy Awards


OPB has collected 21 nominations for the NW Regional Emmy Awards 2014 from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  OPB’s local TV productions, and individual staff, have been recognized for their work in many categories, (historical and cultural segments, environmental programming and specials, as well as documentaries, arts & entertainment features, individual writing, producer and reporting honors) as well as an overall  “Station Excellence” award.  You can read the nominations breakdown here.

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2014 OPIF Tax Credit Auction Announced for July 9-18

We wanted to let you know of the Oregon Department of Revenue’s plans to conduct a tax credit auction for the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF) in July.  The total amount of tax credits to be auctioned will be $10,000,000.  This is the largest amount that we have had available to date, so it will be a good opportunity for people to be able take advantage of the tax credits.  The process will be exactly the same as the successful auction conducted last October.  We will be working hard to make sure all the tax credits sell out in the designated time frame.  If we are successful in that goal, this will be the only opportunity for people to contribute to the fund and receive OPIF tax credits for 2014.

The most important points to know right now:

•  The OPIF online auction will begin at 9 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. It will end at 5 pm PDT on Friday July 18, 2014.

•  No bids will be accepted before or after the designated times.

•  Bidders must submit payment along with Form TCA by Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5 pm.

•  There will be $10 million in tax credit certificates available for the auction.

•  The credit certificates will be in $500 increments and the minimum bid will be $475.

We will be sending out more information (including the direct link to the auction website) as we get closer to the auction dates.  Should you have any questions now, please feel free to contact me via email ([email protected]) or phone (971) 254-4020.

Nathan Cherrington
IT/Financial Manager

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iOPIF to Begin Accepting New Applications May 5th

As we near July and the beginning of a new fiscal year, we are preparing to open up the application process for our ”local filmmaker” program, commonly referred to as the Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Fund (iOPIF).

We will begin accepting iOPIF applications on May 5th, 2014.  Our iOPIF Advisory Committee will evaluate all applications submitted between May 5th and May 9th as having been submitted at the same time.  We are looking for projects that are fully financed and ready to be produced this year.

-  No applications will be accepted before May 5, 2014.

-  The iOPIF application form is available here (PDF)…

-  All applications must be submitted electronically to [email protected]

-  In order for applications to be considered complete, the following must be attached:

•  Script, synopsis, or project bid
•  Budget (including Oregon projected spending)
•  Production schedule
•  Finance plan
•  Proof of funding
•  Producer’s letter of intent

Full details on the iOPIF incentive program can be found on our website:

Due to recent changes in the legislation for iOPIF, local “media production services” are now eligible for rebates through the program.  Media production services, as defined in the bill, will include post-production services and interactive video game development. For more information on the recent changes to the iOPIF, please read our previous posting and FAQ here…

We will notify all applicants of the status of their application by the end of May.  If you have any questions on the application process or the iOPIF program, please email [email protected].

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The NW Animation Festival is Coming Up: May 12-18


May 12-18, 2014 

Join us next month for the biggest animation festival in the United States


Northwest Animation Festival

Where: Portland, Oregon USA
Venue: Hollywood Theatre
Tickets: $5-$15 single shows
$60 all-festival pass ($114 value!)
on sale soon

International Shorts
Friday-Sunday May 16-18
See 174 of this year’s best short films from around the world. Hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring… Have you ever watched the Oscars and wondered where those nominees for Best Animated Short are coming from? This is the place to find out!

Oregon Industry Showcase
Thursday May 15
See a selection of excellent music videos, commercials, and special effects from Oregon’s powerhouse animation industry. Anne Adams of Oregon ArtsWatch interviews a panel of creatives & innovators, including Mark Gustafson, director of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Featured guest: LAIKA, the studio behindCoraline and ParaNorman, offers an hour-long glimpse into the making of their newest film,The BoxTrolls.

Guest Shows
Monday-Wednesday May 12-14
Discover Portland’s local animation scene.

  • Best of SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation
  • Billygoat live music / animation performance
  • DMTV festival from Floating World Comics
  • Experimental Film Fest animation highlights
  • Gridlords #22


Late-night after-parties. “Meet the Animators” panel discussion. Animated installation art in the theater lobby. A family-friendly show on Saturday afternoon. A special “Strange & Sexy” block on Sunday afternoon.

Got your calendar out? Save the dates: May 12-18

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Cinema Pacific Festival Kicks Off In Eugene April 23rd

The fifth annual Cinema Pacific Festival starts on April 23, and the complete festival program is available online at (A handy guide is downloadable here.)

Richard Herskowitz, Director of Cinema Pacific says, “This year I’m particularly excited about our partnership with UO Libraries on the James Blue Project,  supplementing the exciting new archive of UO alumnus James Blue’s work that is being donated to Special Collections.  Also, Cinema Pacific is working closely with the Schnitzer Museum on an array of live performances, panels, and media installations featuring Portland-based media artist Vanessa Renwick, titled Art for Endangered Species, as well as the annual new media exhibition and party, the Fringe Festival.  At the Fringe Fest on April 25 this year, we’re going to join with Oregon Story Board  in presenting the upcoming video game by Eugene-based Pipeworks, Godzilla Smash 3.  As always, 36 Oregon filmmakers will be featured in our annual Adrenaline Film Project  with returning lead mentor Jeff Wadlow (“Kick Ass 2″). Finally, with UO Journalism and the Northwest Film Center, we are shuttling special guests, including eminent ethnographic filmmaker David MacDougall, and comics artist Jung,  between Eugene and the “What is Documentary?” conference in Portland from April 24-26.”
You can subscribe to upcoming editions of the e-newsletter here.

We hope you enjoy this year’s festival, it promises to deliver exciting, and interesting programming.

-Oregon Film

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TNT Gives Green Light for New 10 Episode Series, “The Librarians”, to Shoot in Oregon

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Noah Wyle, Executive Producing and appearing in, TNT’s “The Librarians”.

TNT has given the green light for a 10 episode order of a new drama series, “The Librarians”, (a follow up to the movie trilogy, “The Librarian“).  Electric Entertainment produced the trilogy, and is also taking on “The Librarians”.  TNT and Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment are no strangers to Oregon, having shot all but one season of “Leverage” here.  We are thrilled to welcome them back, with the cast and crew in place and ready to start work.

Rebecca Romijn will star, Noah Wyle will also be appearing in the series.

Read more here.

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Timbers Army Joins Up with Filmed by Bike for an Awesome Video!

The 12th Annual Filmed By Bike gets creative with trailer — Riding with the Timbers Army on bikes to the game!

The 12th Annual Filmed By Bike features:
• The best bike movies from around the world
• 45 films from 14 countries
• A brand new Storytelling Night
• Opening night rockin’ street party to kick it off
• Live DJs
• Beer Garden
• An opportunity to revel in film and bike culture
See you there!
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Our Latest Commercial Work ~rDMS~

We had the opportunity to work with a great client last month, Rick’s Custom Fencing and Decking hired us to produce five (Donut) spots. Three out of the five are currently running locally in Salem, Vancouver and in the Tri-Cities area in Washington. It was great working with old friends and making some new ones. Enjoy!



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Brittany Murphy’s “Something Wicked”, Begins Its Run In Oregon, April 11th.

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We are excited to see “Something Wicked” roll out in Oregon next week (after it’s premiere April 4th in Eugene) before a wider release in coming weeks.

Below is the press release:


Pacific Northwest Regal Cinemas Sees First Rollout Of Psychological Thriller

April 8, 2014 – Portland, OR – The long-awaited final film of the late actress Brittany Murphy will hit theaters in Portland, Salem, and Bend beginning April 11, 2014, with more than 15 additional regional Regal Cinema theaters to follow weekly. A nationwide expansion will occur shortly thereafter.

Something Wicked” is rated R and debuted in the Regal Cinemas in Eugene, Oregon on April 4, performing extremely well with the third highest gross per screen totals, only out-grossed by much bigger budget films Captain America and Under the Skin.

Shot at 29 locations throughout the Southern Willamette Valley, the film completed production in late 2009 but was delayed in post-production due to the tragic and sudden passing of Murphy. In addition to Murphy’s performance as Susan, the moral center of the film, “Something Wicked” stars Shantel VanSanten (“Gang Related,” “One Tree Hill,” “Final Destination”), Portland native and Gus Van Sant favorite John Robinson (upcoming Peter Bogdanovich movie, “Big Sur,” “Elephant,” “Lords of Dogtown”), Julian Morris (“Once Upon a Time,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Valkyrie”), and James Patrick Stuart (“Supernatural,” “Hot in Cleveland”).  Read More »

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