VFX Roundtable At Portland Film Fest!


A great afternoon is shaping up for local visual effects and animation artists + fans.  Join us for a roundtable style discussion of the current state of visual effects filmmaking!  Welcome three VFX Supervisors well known throughout the industry:  3 time Oscar winner Jim Rygiel (Lord of the Rings, Godzilla), Sue Rowe (The Maze Runner, Ender’s Game), and Portland’s own Ed Irastorza (Grimm) will be on hand to field questions from moderators as well as audience Q&A.

Links to tickets to this event ($15) or festival passes.

Be sure to use the discount code “VFXDISCOUNT” to save 10% off a festival or industry pass.

More info + info on some of the giveaways and door prizes:  www.vfxpdx.com

VFX Roundtable Panel
Sunday, Sept. 6th 1:30pm-3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema (@PSU)
510 SW Hall St
Portland, OR 97201

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Roy W. Dean Fall Film Grant Now Accepting Submissions

Applications are now being accepted for the fall Roy W. Dean Film Grant.   The grant seeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society.  The winner receives $3,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film products and services to use to complete their film.  Films can be documentaries, short films, features, or webisodes.  Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2015.

Carole DeanThe grant includes some very unique and exceptional prizes.  Award winning composer David Raiklen will give the grant recipient $15,000 in theme music and score for their project.  David recently provided music for the Emmy award and Roy W. Dean Grant award winning documentary “Mia: A Dancer’s Journey”.  Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield will donate $6,000 in animation services to the winner.

Other prizes awarded the grant winner a 4TB G-Raid from G-Technology, a 25% discount on Artbeat’s royalty-free stock footage, 35% off post production services from Solvent Dreams, and 50% Discount for linking services, cells, walkie-talkies from Linking Systems and more from many heartfelt donors.

Even if you don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean or a board member of  From The Heart Productions which sponsors the grant.

You can apply for the grant at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 805-984-0098


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The Future of Storytelling at Portland Film Festival


Technology has not only changed the way filmmakers tell stories, it’s creating new types of stories to tell. The Portland Film Festival explores this new wave ofstorytelling again this year with the Storyworlds program on Saturday, September 5th. Storyworlds invites you to learn more out more about transmedia, virtual reality, augmented reality, and ways to hone your creative idea to build an audience.

What is Transmedia?

How are national TV shows using transmedia? Find out from Geoffrey Colo, transmedia producer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter. Hear how Geoffrey began his career in transmedia storytelling and how that led to his role with ABC & Marvel Television.  Whether you’re a fan of Marvel, interested in creating multi platform content on your own, or just hoping to get a better understanding of what transmedia is, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss.

As more TV shows film in Portland, what sort of opportunities exist for transmedia producers to help extend those stories and keep audiences engaged between seasons?
Join us September 5th at 4pm!
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A24 Picked Up US Rights To “Green Room”

the_green_room A24 has picked up the US rights to “Green Room” before it premieres (N. American) at the Toronto Film Festival this September.

Green Room” was shot and produced in Oregon, and is  the latest thriller Jeremy Saulnier (“Blue Ruin”) and produced by Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani and Victor Moyers, and starring Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin.  It’s set to have it’s theatrical release spring 2016. It was also part of this year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight .

Read more here.

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Come for the Golf (Or Not) … Stay for the Good Times

-OMPAClassicLogoby Mary McDonald-Lewis, 1st Vice President, OMPA

Me, I’m not a sportser. Call me the Gutter Queen. Or “She Who Picks Dandelions in Right Field,” but I’ve never grokked athletics. I do love the salty snacks, though.

And the camaraderie. I like that a lot.

I dig the friendly competition between folks playing anything having to do with getting balls of various sizes into various containers, whether netted or mitted or flagged. At the OMPA Classic I especially love the laughter and good times outdoors. How bloodthirsty we are about croquet, and how gosh-DAMN good some of our golfers are.  Read More »

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“Birds of Neptune” Will Screen Opening Night At The Portland Film Festival


BONposterplainBirds of Neptune, an independent film by Steven Richter, will be the Opening Night narrative feature at this year’s Portland Film Festival.

The film host an all Portland based cast, crew, vendors and services.  It premiered at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival and has since gone on to win Best Dramatic Feature and Best Performance at the Arizona International Film Festival.  It has also played at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival and will be playing at the AMFM FEST: Flagstaff this August.  More festival news including International premieres soon to be announced.

We congratulate our amazing all-local cast and crew and invite you to  join us in this celebration of Birds of Neptune, and be immersed in NW imagery, music and beauty.

You can buy tickets for the screening and after party here.


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Fullbright’s “Gone Home” Has Been Leading The Way In Portland’s Growing Video Game Industry

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Willamette Week covered the journey of how “a tiny Portland company got mixed up in gaming’s biggest controversy” with the game, “Gone Home“, created by Portland’s  The Fulbright Company.  “Gone Home”, created by a small, lean team, ended up being the most talked about game of 2013 and was lauded “the greatest video game love story ever told” by the New York Times.  The Fullbright Company were awarded the Best Debut in both the BAFTAs and the Game Developers Choice Awards for “Gone Home” (2013) and were a Finalist for Excellence in Narrative by the Independent Games Festival.

The Fullbright Company creates, “immersive, unforgettable story exploration video games” and coming in 2016 their latest creation will release – Tacoma.   YouTube Preview Image

Read the full article in Willamette Week about The Fullbright Company.


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The OPB Independent Film Festival is this August

The OPB Independent Film Festival airs weeknights at 10 p.m., starting August 10.

OPB is celebrating the power of independent films with the OPB Independent Film Festival all month long on OPB TV.

Each weeknight at 10 p.m. from August 10-24, enjoy a documentary film from the POV and Independent Lens libraries. The festival wraps up with the annual OPB series Oregon Lens from August 24-28, which showcases the diverse work of local filmmakers.

Click here for a list of the films OPB will be showcasing: http://bit.ly/1JMOH6x

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The Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration – Wrap Up

“The Goonies” 30th Anniversary Celebration was held in Astoria, Oregon from June 4 to 7, 2015 – just a short two weeks ago as of this writing. We enjoyed a successful event overall, bringing a nice economic boost to our community to kick-off the summer season. This is our third anniversary celebration to host, starting in 2005 with the 20th. Attendees come from all across the US and Canada, and we had a representative from every continent except for Antarctica at the Celebration. We estimate that 12,000 people participated in some way during the weekend.

The Celebration took place at several venues in Astoria and even Cannon Beach, thirty miles away, where some of the movie’s scenes were also filmed. Activities ranged from behind-the-scenes presentations about the filming both from locals and Hollywood guests, a Truffle Shuffle 5K fun run on the beach, themed musical performances and an outdoor film screening on the high school football field seen in the film (which will be torn down in the near future), and bus tours to see the town’s many filming sites – from not only “The Goonies”, but “Kindergarten Cop”, “Short Circuit” and others. This community effort relied on volunteers filling more than 600 shifts in a variety of roles and venues. The event took over the historic Astoria Armory as a headquarters (known as The Goondocks) where attendees could pick up tickets, official event merchandise and browse the 80s Con, a gathering of vendors with items reminiscent of the 80s and modern-day pop culture. The remaining 30th Anniversary Goonies products, including T-shirts for the whole family, drinkware and magnets are available on our website store. Be sure to pick up your Goonies Gordo, the licensed collectible plush of Chunk and Sloth launched from the Celebration.  Read More »

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OSF Costume Rentals Relaunches Website

New website screen shotOregon Shakespeare Festival Costume Rentals is pleased to announce the relaunch of their website. The new site is a complete upgrade with a sleek and modern design that customers should find very easy to navigate. New features of the website include:

  • Search function by item number and keyword
  • Real-time availability of items
  • Shopping cart ordering just like a retail website
  • Wish list function for bookmarking items
  • User registration, enabling customers to save orders for later, view current and past orders, and print reports
  • Detailed descriptions of costumes
  • Ability to view all items in inventory, not just those with photos
  • …and much more!

The new website is created and hosted by Rental Tracker, who also created OSF’s costume rental inventory software RT Pro, which means that the website interfaces in real time with OSF Costume Rentals’ database. Not only should this make ordering easier for customers, but will make fulfilling orders much more efficient, resulting in faster turnaround times for each order.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact OSF Costume Rentals [email protected] 541-482-2111 x308

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