Hinge’s Kitty Litter Spot is the Cats Meow!

Avoid a cat-astrophe in the bathroom! In an original pitch spot called “Cat’s Meow: The Interruption,” Hinge’s creative team brings attention to a very real problem facing cats and their owners everywhere.

The concept was developed in-house and shot with Portland crew and talent. The animation and post team created and integrated a photo real CG cat into the live action plates — all with a dash of litter humor.

For more details, go to hingedigital.com


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2015 OPIF Tax Credit Auction Coming Up July 8-17

opif-auction-2015We just wanted to remind everyone that the Oregon Department of Revenue is planning to once again conduct a tax credit auction for the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF) this July.  The total amount of tax credits to be auctioned this year will be $10,000,000.

The process will be exactly the same as the successful auction conducted last July.  We will be working hard to make sure all the tax credits sell out in the designated time frame.  If we are successful in this goal, this will be the only opportunity for people to contribute to the fund and receive OPIF tax credits for 2015.

The online auction will begin July 8, 2015 at 9 am PDT at the following link: 


The links to submit bids will not be active until that time, but complete information on the auction process and dates is available at the above link now.

Important things to keep in mind in preparation for the auction:

•  The OPIF online auction will begin at 9 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. It will end at 5 pm PDT on Friday July 17, 2015.

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

•  Bidders must submit payment along with Form TCA by Friday, July 24, 2015 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.

If you have any questions about the OPIF tax credits or the auction process, please feel free to contact Tim Williams via email ([email protected]) or phone (971) 254-4020.

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“Seven Wonders” Campaign + Film Tourism – Has Affected Increased Visitors To Oregon

The love for the beauty and magnificence of Oregon as a destination continues – this week the New York Times travel section reported that Travel Oregon’s “Seven Wonders” campaign (Wieden + Kennedy), coupled with the “Wild” movie locations tie-in, increased Oregon’s tourism “by nearly 10 percent growth in statewide lodging revenue in 2014 over 2013, an increase of more than 120,000 social media followers, and a record number of unique visitors to its website”.*  Travel Oregon partnered with Oregon Film on three distinct aspects of the “Wild” journey;

  1. the Los Angeles  premiere,
  2. the five screenings around the state, and
  3. the Fox Searchlight prize promotion (that promoted the movie’s release, as well as put a nationwide, and international spotlight on the state).

Our office also noticed an upswing in social media followers and unique visitors to our social media sites after “Wild” premiered, and Fox Searchlight reported that the #LifeisWILD contest alone had over 26,000 unique entries.  Oregon Film and Travel Oregon were able to successfully partner with 10 Oregon vendors (see bottom for complete list of prize partner vendors) and 7 wine, cider and beer associations/guilds as part of an effort to promote the state as a unique place to film, and to visit.  The New York Times has offered up two articles on “Wild” in Oregon, the first came out last year and specifically on the Oregon locations of “Wild”, (read it here), and the most recent, here.

List of Oregon #LifeisWILD vendor partners from all over the state:Cheryl Strayed, Alaska Airlines, Hotel Modera, Nel Centro, Bottle and Bottega, Timberline Lodge, Ashland Springs Hotel, Larks Home Kitchen, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Crater Lake Lodge.

List of Oregon wine, beer and cider partners for the LA “Wild” premiere, which featured 46 varieties of Oregon wines, 11 beer, 7 cider, and 1 vodka and all represented by: Southern Oregon Wineries Assoc., Willamette Valley Wineries Assoc., Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Assoc., Oregon Brewers Guild, Bend Distillery, Northwest Cider Assoc. and the Oregon Wine Board.

* Linea Gagliano, Travel Oregon
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NW Film Center Dialogue Writing Class Starts July 1

5 SESSIONS, WEDNESDAYS, JULY 1-29, 6:30-9:30PM, $345
Taught by award-winning writer & director STEVE DOUGHTON

The Northwest Film Center has a Dialogue Writing class that starts Wednesday July 1. Taught by local award-winning writer and director Steve Doughton (Buoy, 2012) the class includes writing exercises meant to unlock your artist’s toolbox, deconstructing scenes from films (Cassavetes and Mamet!), and a session with actors in-class. Over five class sessions you’ll work with Steve to put your ideas into practice while gaining a formal understanding of screenplay structure and dialogue styles. Great for those looking to gain more experience in writing for both film and theater, but should also appeal to to cinephiles and students in film studies.

More info and to register.

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Oregon Story Board’s 2015 Accelerator Class Is Announced


Oregon Story Board announced today the the eight new companies who will be part of the second accelerator class, and the first occupants of their new space in Portland’s Old Town (Old Town Lofts at 411 NW Flanders.)

These companies represent the mix of film, video, animation, visual effects, digital media, and gaming industries that make up Oregon’s digital storytelling ecosystem. The accelerator program will start June 29 and run through the fall, with a Demo Day in late October.

Iron Way Entertainment


Nocturne Collective/Scopic

Rose City Game Consulting



The Secret Book Club


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Casting Director, Lana Veenker, Stopped by AM Northwest this Week to Talk Jobs

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Next VFX/PDX Meeting – LAIKA and SideFX Houdini! June 22


The role of “FX Artist” working on a film is a fun one indeed.  FX Artists are tasked with creating dynamics and particle animations that create flashy effects like explosions, psunami level tidal waves, smoke, buildings crumbling, and other such epic imagery that make summer blockbusters all the more fun.

We’ll have 3 such individuals presenting at the next VFX/PDX meeting, which will heavily feature their weapon of choice:  Side Effects Houdini.  Portland, it’s time for a night we’re calling FIRE & ICE!  Woo ha!

David Horsley is a recent arrival at LAIKA and the Lead FX Artist on the upcoming film Kubo and the Two Strings. As that is still in production and shrouded in secrecy, David will be showing work from his past projects, including Life of Pi, Enders Game, and the most recent installation of the Spiderman franchise.  Read More »

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“The Goonies” 30th Anniversary Drew Large Crowds to Astoria – Sen. Ron Wyden’s Statement for the Congressional Record

"The Goonies" 30th Anniversary, Astoria

“The Goonies” 30th Anniversary, Astoria

Senator Ron Wyden prepared a statement for the Congressional Record to mark the 30th anniversary of “The Goonies”, shot in Astoria, Oregon. Sen. Wyden noted the growth of the Oregon film industry and the “good-paying jobs and tourism that in turn support local businesses and economic development across the State”. Read the whole statement here.

Some other stories on “The Goonies” 30th:

The Wrap

Time    New York Times     Statesman Journal


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OPB TV Awarded Seven NW Regional Emmys

OPB Emmys (picture: OPB)

OPB Emmys (picture: OPB)

OPB was awarded seven Emmy awards from the NW Chapter (covering Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) of National Academy of the Televisions  Arts and Sciences over the week end.   Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Field Guide, Oregon Experience, and an OPB documentary co-production. Read more here.

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BendFilm is hosting a 72-Hour Filmmaker Scramble – Sign up today!

72 H72-Filmmakers-Scramble-v5our Filmmaker’s Scramble: Winner Screens at BendFilm Festival


The ScaleHouse/BendFilm 72-Hour Filmmaker’s Scramble

June 11 – June 14 (Meet at 6:00 pm on June 11 for an hour, then you are on your own to create, turn in film at 8:00pm on June 14) @BendFilm Headquarters: 1000 Wall Street

With filmmakers: Kent Nichols and and BendFilm’s Executive Director, Todd Looby

The 72-Hour Filmmaker Scramble challenges filmmakers to create original short films in just 72 hours based on a a surprise theme, action, or prop assignment.  (The Best Film as selected by the ScaleHouse Jury will then screen at the 12th Annual BendFilm Festival)

Today anyone with a quality camera phone is capable of making a film.  In fact, a 2015 Sundance Award-winner shot his film entirely on an ihone 6.  All that is needed now is a great idea, a little guidance, and the wherewithal to see it through.  The 72-hour Filmmaker Scramble format is perfect for the aspiring filmmaker who just needs a little push to jump into the filmmaking fray.  On June 11, all participants will receive the surprise theme assignment on which to base their film.  The filmmaking team will have three days to conceive a story, find actors, design their production, shoot the story (on whatever camera format and audio recording device that best fits the aesthetic), and edit the final cut exactly 72 hours after receiving the theme. Experienced filmmakers (the Instructors) will be available to provide advice throughout the 3-day production period.

All entries will be screened in July (details to come) at a public event with the Best Film awarded.

Cost: $25.00 per individual or group entry (up to five people per group, please).

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