Paul Culp, SuperGenius Studios and Game Development in Oregon

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Oregon is fast becoming a top hub for video game developers, and SuperGenius, led by CEO and founder Paul Culp, is at the leading edge of that trend. Culp exemplifies the creative and disciplined new breed of Oregon indie tech pioneers, contributing to an industry already valued at $111 million and ranked 9th in the nation. Read the full article in About Face here.

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It’s A Beautiful Day In Brownsville – “Stand By Me” 30th Anniversary Is Underway!

Brownsville is celebrating today!  “Stand By Me” turns 30 –  “The  anniversary event is featuring a 5K walk/run as a memorial to Ray Brower, interviews with some of the cast & crew (including the train engineer from the trestle scene), a vintage car cruise in and vintage trailer open house, an authentic sock hop in the historic Brownsville gym, an amateur blueberry pie eating contest, a Geocache Challenge, a replica of the tree house and guided walking tours. Listen and dance to Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts that evening and, of course, watch the movie in the park at dusk.  Best Oregon Tours is offering Free Park & Ride shuttle service from two parking locations on Highway 228. Sponsored by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, the Stand by Me 30th Anniversary is expected to draw thousands of fans from all around the world to the small, mid-valley.” 

More Information here.

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Bruce Dern Stars In Movie Filming in Portland

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Oscar and Golden Globe nominee actor Bruce Dern better known for the “Hateful 8”, and “Nebraska”is starring in the Portland produced feature length motion picture “V-Force: New Dawn Of V.I.C.T.O.R.Y.“! Based on the original screenplay by long time Lake Oswego resident D.C. Rahe, directed by Frank E Johnson (“Shannon’s Rainbow”, “Touched By An Angel”, “Palace Guard”), produced by Sean Skelding, Greg Beber, Tyler Benjamin, and D.C. Rahe of the Portland based Revolution Film Group, LLC. Greg Beber wrote the shooting script. Also starring Keith David (“The Good guys”, “Cloud Atlas”, “Crash”) Michael Rooker (“Guardians Of The Galaxy”, Don “The Dragon” Wilson.

“We’re excited to be producing movies written, and produced by Oregonians.” Sean Skelding, President, Revolution Film Group.

The Revolution Film Group has produced three feature films since its formation in 2014. “The Reconciler“, a feature film written and directed by Shawn Justice, co-produced by Justice Pictures and Revolution Film Group, and starring the late, great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (They Live, WWE Super Star). “Out Of The Darkness” starring Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves”) and John Lewis (“Check Point”, “Hawaii Five-O”, UFC Champion). “Justice“, a western written by Oregonian Jeff Seats along with D.C. Rahe, Shawn Justice, and John Lewis. “Justice” starred Stephen Lang, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Carradine, and Lesley-Ann Down.

Some of the feature films will be released alongside accompanying graphic novels, produced under a collaboration with Grind House Comics, LLC, another Oregon company.

“We’ve always felt graphic novels are a perfect companion to feature film releases, and we’re really looking forward to developing some great products with Revolution Film Group right here in Portland.” Greg Beber, CEO, Grind House Comics.

These productions highlight the State of Oregon’s support for local filmmakers. Revolution Film Group has applied to the Oregon Indigenous Production Fund that provides rebates to qualified local filmmakers for hiring locals and using local vendors.

www.revolutionfilmgroup.com
www.grindhousecomics.com

 

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Congrats to “Portlandia” – Three Emmy Nominations

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 11.49.16 AM“Portlandia” was nominated again for Outstanding Comedy Sketch Series, and  also nominated in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series category, with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner and Karey Dornetto , and for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Real-competition Series – with production designer Schuyler Telleen and set decorator Katherine Isom.

Also, of note, Oregon-native, Ty Burrell, received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for “Modern Family”.

 

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“The General” Celebrates 90th – with Live Score by Mark Orton

The General DVD Cover“In honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Theatre and the 90th Anniversary of Buster Keaton’s classic film THE GENERAL, which was shot in Cottage Grove, OR, the Hollywood Theatre and Oregon Film present a state-wide tour of the film with a new live score composed by renowned Portland film composer Mark Orton.

One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, THE GENERAL finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny’s fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton’s boundless wit and dexterity.” Hollywood Theatre – read more.

TOUR LOCATIONS AND DATES:

Friday, August 12
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR. Times here.

Saturday, August 13
Bohemia Park (outdoor screening), Cottage Grove, OR
In partnership with the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Cottage Grove Historical Society, and The Damfinos (The International Buster Keaton Society) 7.30pm

Sunday, August 14
Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, OR. 2pm

Tuesday, August 16
Tower Theatre, Bend, OR 8pm

Wednesday, August 17
Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR 7pm

Friday, August 19
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR. Times here.

 

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OPB Music’s Latest Road Session – Mimicking Birds – Play At Thompson Mill’s Oregon State Heritage Site

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The beautiful and interesting Thompson Mill’s Oregon State Heritage Site played host to the band, Mimicking Birds, in the latest OPB Music’s “Road Sessions” series.

“Thompson’s Mills is a Oregon State Heritage Site in Linn County near the town of Shedd. More than 150 years old, it’s the oldest water-powered grain mill in Oregon, where the waters of Calapooia River drive turbines you can still see running today for demonstrations.

Known for their hushed, ethereal music, Portland band Mimicking Birds play their song “Water Under Burned Bridges” at the mill, for the final video in our Road Sessions series. Mimicking Birds is on tour in the midwest, with shows next week in Lincoln, Bloomington and Cleveland. They’ll be at The Olympic in Boise July 22nd.” OPB Music.

Read more about the other Road Sessions from OPB Music, Oregon State Parks   and Travel Oregon here.

 

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30th Anniversary of Stand By Me

PrintThe small town of Brownsville, Oregon will be celebrating the classic movie Stand By Me on Saturday July 23, 2016. In 1985 Brownsville turned into a town named Castle Rock and was teaming with film crews, actors and all the excitement of the movie making process. Today, the movie is still regarded as a favorite and is listed as one of the top 250 American films of all time. Fans travel from all around the world during the year to see for themselves where this movie was filmed.

This year’s 30th Anniversary event will feature a 5K walk/run as a memorial to Ray Brower (the friend who was killed by a train), interviews with some of the cast & crew (including the train engineer from the trestle scene), a vintage car cruise in and vintage trailer open house, an authentic sock hop in the historic Brownsville gym, an amateur blueberry pie eating contest, a Geocache Challenge, a replica of the tree house and guided walking tours. Listen and dance to Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts that evening and, of course, watch the movie in the park at dusk, thank you to the Oregon Film Commission! Best Oregon Tours is offering Free Park & Ride shuttle service from two parking locations on Highway 228. Sponsored by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, the Stand by Me 30th Anniversary is expected to draw thousands of fans from all around the world to the small, mid-valley, Oregon town. Seriously, how many small town events draw visitors from foreign countries as well as people from all across the country? Movies are magic, on the screen and off the screen.

 More Information here.

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OPB Music Rolls Out Another “Road Session” – Hey Marseilles At Golden State Heritage Site

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Pickathon Camera Crew Starts July 5th!

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Learn all about shooting live events as a trained cameraperson for the Pickathon Music Festival, one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the US (August 4-7).

Register online.

This mentored crew experience is open to anyone with an interest in filming music, sports and other live events, from absolute beginners/novices to advanced filmmaking students. A combination class and field experience, the fun starts with four weekly instructional sessions devoted to hands-on camera operation techniques, specialized gear such as jibs, robotics, switchers and more, and how a camera crew and director work together as a creative team on location. A class practice shoot at Mississippi Studios on Friday, July 22nd will let everyone shake the bugs out. Then the group will head out to Pendarvis Farm to set up and serve as the camera crew for Pickathon’s Treeline Stage, working with mentors to film the stage’s music acts during the action-packed, multi-day music extravaganza (which runs August 4-7).

Topics:

  • Multi-camera production: what it is, how it works, why it is used for live event filming
  • Types of cameras and other equipment used for live shooting
  • Techniques for tripod, hand held, and remote/robotic shooting
  • What a control room is and how it works
  • Determining control room location, camera placements, cable runs, signal flow, etc.
  • The pre-show set up and roll out schedule
  • Getting good audio
  • How camera operators respond to Director commands
  • How the Technical Director supports the Director
  • Capturing the event venue as well as the performance itself
  • While at Pickathon, respond to Director commands during live filming, sit in the control room and hear the Director call shots, review daily footage and get instructor and peer feedback for your shooting

Details:
July 5, 2016 — August 7, 2016
Tuesdays, Jul 5-26 | 6:30 pm-9:30 pm | + Pickathon Music Festival Weekend Aug 4-7
Cost is $765 and includes pass to Pickathon ($370 value, including parking pass) and all needed production equipment, including Steadicam Merlin, camera jib, and dolly.

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OPB Music’s “Road Sessions” -This Week The Portland Cello Project At Bridal Veil Falls

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