Digital One Receives Double Honors at Rosey Awards

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DIGITAL ONE, a premier post-production studio located in Portland, Oregon, has been honored by the Portland Advertising Federation (PAF) with two Rosey Awards in the audio category for web videos produced for MasterCraft and Chrome Industries.

The two award-winning web films follow on the coat tails of an impressive year for Digital One. After receiving an AICP Award from the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, a permanent home in the Museum of Modern Art’s archives, and a place on the CLIO Awards shortlist, MasterCraft’s “Mission 04: History Is History” can now add Rosey Award to it’s running list of accolades. Produced by Nemo Design, shot, edited, and directed by Bump Films, and sound design crafted by Digital One audio engineer Chip Sloan. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the web film is not the sound design per se, but the absence of music throughout. Sloan began working with the agency creative team in pre-production, to determine how best to capture location audio and accentuate the signature MasterCraft roar.

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It Was A “Wild” Week In Oregon!

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Photo: Dale Robinette, Ashland Screening

It seemed fitting that Fox Searchlight’sWild“, special-screened in four Oregon cities last week. The week kicked off with the Oregon premiere of the movie at Cinema 21 , Portland.  Reese Witherspoon (just nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress), Laura Dern, Jean-Marc Vallée , and of course local Portlander and inspiration, Cheryl Strayed, were on hand to introduce the movie to a packed house, as well as an introduction from Tim Williams, Oregon Film’s Executive Director.

Oregon Film partnered with Travel Oregon, and Fox Searchlight to bring other, invite-only screenings, to Salem, Bend and Ashland.  Attending each screening, were city and state officials, local crew, production professionals, and business owners that had helped in the making of “Wild” – all were enthusiastic about seeing the film.  Cheryl Strayed was able to be in Ashland to introduce the film – especially poignant as Ashland was a featured location in the making of “Wild” and an important stop in Strayed’s book.  “Wild” shot in more locations throughout the state than any other feature to date.

In Bend and Ashland, we partnered with  Todd Looby from BendFIlm and Gary Kout,from SOFAM respectively, to bring screenings to those cities.  Other important sponsors who aided in making the statewide screenings a success were: the Laura Russo Gallery, Vista Hills Vineyard, Salem Cinema, Base Camp Brewing, Adelsheim Vineyards, Gran Moraine, Oregon Winegrowers Assoc., St Innocent Winery, Faith, Hope and Charity, McMenamims Old St. Francis School, Ashland Springs Hotel, Schmidt Family Vineyards and Southern Oregon Winery Assoc. and Vance Family Candles.  A big thank you to all.

“Wild” is rolling out in Oregon theaters this week and next, and will go nationwide December 25th.

Gary Kout, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Williams (photo: Dale Robinette)

Gary Kout, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Williams (photo: Dale Robinette)

 

 

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Jocelyn Schmidt from Schmidt Family Vineyards

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Oregon Film and Travel Oregon partnered on the Oregon Screenings, and here at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland (photo: Dale Robinette)

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Kicking off the “Wild” week at the pre-Portland-premiere at the Laura Russo Gallery

Tim Neville (NY Times), Kevin Max, (editor 1859 Magazine), at the Bend screening

Tim Neville (NY Times), Kevin Max, (editor 1859 Magazine), at the Bend screening

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Portland Film Festival Makes 25 Best List

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MovieMaker Magazine Fall 2014 Cover

MovieMaker Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue hit newsstands around the U.S. and Canada this week. It presents MovieMaker’s annual list of the 25 best cinematic celebrations in the world, as selected by people like critic Elvis Mitchell, Emily Best of film site Seed & Spark, Thom Powers from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Doc Club, Dennis Dembia of Rogers & Cowan,  Josephine Decker from Filmmaker magazine, and Karla Rodrigeuz with Alamo Draft House.  Read More »

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LAIKA and Bent Image Lab, Scoop Annie Award Nominations

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Two Oregon companies, LAIKA and Bent Image Lab picked up nominations for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards this week.  Bent Image Lab garnered a nomination for  “Polariffic” (Hallmark) in the Best Animated Special Production category, and Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” picked up 13 nominations, including Best Animated Feature.  The winners will be announced on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

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Oregon production directory – Deadline

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Sunday, November 30th is the published deadline to list in the 2015 SourceOregon print directory. Don’t fall off the amazing wave of growth in Oregon production!

Big studios to small shops all say that they rely on the SourceOregon production directory when they need people, equipment, services and resources. If you aren’t on their list, you don’t get the call. Click www.SourceOregon.com/GetListed

SourceOregon is also how we promote Oregon production companies to the business community worldwide as we continue to grow Oregon’s reputation as a world-class production center. Working together as OMPA members and SourceOregon listers we have significantly increased the demand for Oregon’s crew and services.

Let’s keep that up. The SourceOregon directory and OMPA membership are how Oregonians keep building more production work so there is a next project to work on when the current one is done.

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Road’s End Films Releases the Newest “Runestone” Trailer

Local production company Road’s End Films releases the newest trailer for RUNESTONE, a television series pitch headed to NATPE in January 2015.

RUNESTONE, a historically inspired dramatic adventure series, stars Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Frank Collison (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), and Conan Stevens (The Hobbit). Road’s End Films is an award winning independent film studio producing feature films, television series, documentaries and new media entertainment. Located in Wilsonville, the studio maintains a 6500 sq. ft. facility with a 3500 sq. ft. sound stage, featuring a 32′ long x 16′ wide x 16′ tall two-wall/floor curved cyclorama, and a larger 45′ long x 24.5′ deep x 23′ tall three-wall/floor curved cyclorama. A powered steel lighting grid sits at 26′ high and can be lowered to ground level.

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Portland’s Uncage The Soul Video Production Produces Spectactular “Requiem of Ice”

Local to Portland, Uncage The Soul Video Production have unveiled their “Requiem of Ice” – an incredible journey into the Sandy Glacier Cave System on Mount Hood.  The project took a year to complete, documenting the largest glacier cave system in the lower 48.

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Anderson Productions Expands their PDX Facilities

Now occupying the entire 2nd floor of 415 NW 13th Avenue – a convenient and central location in Portland’s creative hub, the Pearl District, Anderson Productions has recently expanded their facilities by relocating to the beautifully refurbished 4,000 square foot space.

Founded in 1994 by Gwen Anderson, Anderson Productions offers clients a full range of services including full service production and post-production. Anderson boasts some world-class engineering talent, with Chief Audio Engineer James Collazo.

Housed in the new facility, Anderson will now be featuring a full 5.1 surround sound Pro Tools HD audio suite with a sound-isolated Voiceover Booth. Two state of the art Avid Symphony HD edit suites, integrated with Avid ISIS technology, round out the new post installation. The company will continue to maintain and grow their graphics capabilities, offering everything from design to finished 2D-3D animation and motion graphics.

“We are investing in Portland,” said Ramiro Gomez SVP of Business Development. “This is an amazing town full of creative and talented people, and yes… we have tons of beer,” he added. Quick access to numerous microbreweries is another advantage of the new location.

This move will create greatly expanded capabilities for the company and the resources it can offer to its clients. “The addition of the audio and edit suites will allow us to better serve our clients,” says Angel La Riva, Executive Producer, “and our new space will hopefully provide them with a haven where they can be both comfortable and efficient.”
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For further information, please contact:

Ramiro Gomez
SVP Business Development
Anderson Productions, Inc.

415 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
USA
Phone: 503-287-3004

Web: www.anderson3.com

© Copyright 1994-2014, Anderson Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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“Welcome to Unity” Best Documentary Feature

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Welcome to Unity

“Welcome to Unity,” has won both Children’s Jury Prize and Adult Jury Prize for Documentary Feature Film at the 2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

“Welcome to Unity,” a 90-minute documentary directed by Katharine Mahalic, is a light-hearted, comedic film that shows how crazy things get when seven foreign exchange students, including two from Muslim backgrounds, are brought into a Christian home in the tiny town of Unity, Oregon—population 100. It’s a story literally filmed by a group of exchange students as they sink their teeth into rural Oregon, becoming the stars of the high school football team, and simultaneously learning to live the “American Way.” A lighthearted, teen angst film that voyeuristically illustrates that adolescence is a universal experience, “Welcome to Unity” illuminates the integrity of the human spirit, proving that no matter how at odds the world may seem, there is always hope in finding “unity.”

The film had its genesis in a 2009 NPR report which inspired Mahalic and her field producer and cinematographer Anuradha Rana to go to Unity, provide the boys and townspeople with Flip video cameras and give them a crash-course in filmmaking. After a year of filming, Mahalic spent the next few years shaping the hours of footage into a quick-paced, funny and ultimately poignant film. Amazingly, Mahalic funded the film on her credit cards, getting her crew to donate their time. The total expenditure thus far on “Welcome to Unity” is less than a day’s catering budget for a Hollywood production.

Join us for a screening of this film as well as a conversation with the Executive Producer following the film.

Thursday, Nov 13
6:15-8:00 PM
Buckley Center Auditorium, University of Portland
FREE!

See the trailer here: WelcomeToUnity.us

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POWGirls Expands Program to Empower Young Filmmakers

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POWFest will host POWGirls in 2015, a unique partnership program with MetroEast Community Media, specifically designed for girls ages 15-18. Over the course of four days in January, a group of selected girls will develop, produce, edit and present a film during the Youth Shorts program at the POWFest March 12-15, 2015.

“We want to serve girls who are passionate about creativity, leadership and technology,” said POWFest Education Manager Barb Myers. “We’ll give them video equipment and training to produce their own stories and screen them in front of an audience at POWFest.”

Executive Director Tara Johnson-Medinger added: “There is still a major gender disparity in the director’s chair with only 6% of top 250 US films of 2013 directed by women (The Celluloid Ceiling, 2014). The addition of the POWGirls program directly challenges this statistic while fostering the next generation of women filmmakers.”

“Our staff is excited to work with POWFest this year to provide the facilities and equipment needed to develop these young filmmakers,” said MetroEast Education Coordinator Jennifer Dynes. “With our six local cable channels, community media is a powerful resource for underrepresented female filmmakers to show their work to a larger audience.”

POWGirls will take place at the studios of MetroEast Community Media – 829 NE 8th Street Gresham, OR 97030 on January 23 and January 29-February 1. The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative story creation, storyboarding) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard equipment.

In addition, POWGirls participants will have the opportunity to attend screenings and all filmmaker events during POWFest March 12-15, 2015 at the Hollywood Theatre.

To register for POWGirls 2015, go to www.powfest.com/powgirls/ and click on the registration link.

Click here for photos, logos and flyer. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

POWGirls is sponsored by The Faerie Godmother Fund, MetroEast Community Media and Whole Foods.

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