Arri Alexa Workshop & Rental Special

The Northwest Film Center’s July Arri Alexa Camera Operation workshop is Saturday, July 29th from 10am to 3pm.

This workshop is REQUIRED for renters of this camera. Students who have become certified to rent will also be eligible for a 50% discount on their Alexa rental through the end of September 2017!

Workshop details:

Arri Alexa Camera Operation
Saturday, July 29th from 10am to 3pm.
934 SW Salmon

Taught by Scott Ballard.

Participants will learn the basics of shooting with our flagship digital cinema camera. Known for its dynamic range, color rendition and reliability, this camera is available for rent to independent filmmakers.

Workshop Prerequisites: Working knowledge of cinematography (ISO, Aperture, Depth of Field, White Balance, FPS).

Space is limited. Advanced online registration required.

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A Look At The LAIKA Experience – Coming to the Portland Art Museum This Fall.

If you weren’t in San Diego at Comic Con this year and missed  LAIKA exhibit, you will be able to see it at the Portland Art Museum this fall – October 5th- May 18th.  The exhibit is a behind-the-scenes interactive look at LAIKA’s creative process, and takes the visitor inside the world of animation seeing how “Coraline”, “ParaNorman”, “The Box Trolls” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” were made.

Read more about the exhibit.


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Netflix Orders New Show, “Disenchantment”, From Matt Groening

Netflix has given Oregonian, Matt Groening,  a 20-episode order for a new animated comedy, “Disenchantment.”  The adult fantasy comedy is about “life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you,” Groening told Variety.

Matt Groening was born and raised in Portland, then moved to LA in the 1980’s to work at a newspaper.  It was there that he began drawing a comic strip called “Life in Hell.” There has always been speculation that there are many references to Portland and Oregon in Groening’s hit animated show, “The Simpsons“, and three years ago,  Groening finally revealed that Springfield, Oregon, was indeed the inspiration and namesake for the “The Simpsons” Springfield.

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Eastern Oregon Film Festival Makes MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Fests In The World, 2017”!

MovieMaker Magazine voted Eastern Oregon Film Festival #EOFF as one of the 25 “Coolest Film Festivals In The World, 2017″. MovieMaker noted that the “Coolest Film Festivals in the World come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing holds true about them all—they have a certain something that makes attendees not want to leave.”

MovieMaker chose #EOFF because it is a “hand-crafted festival that delivers quality and a wide-open sensibility without much hubbub.”  We could not agree more!  If you have not had a chance to check it out yet,  #EOFF takes place in La Grande October 19-21, 2017, go and see for yourselves!

#EOFF2017 is now seeking submissions and they have teamed up with FilmFreeway – Submit now Film Freeway, submissions must be in by July 31.


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Free Outdoor Screenings in State Parks Goes Through Sept 9th

Now in its second year, The Hollywood Theatre, Oregon Parks & Rec, Oregon Film and various other community partners are teaming up again to bring a unique series of outdoor movies to Oregon State Parks.

The series kicked off on July 29th at Champoeg State Heritage Area and will go through September 9th.

All parks in the series are within a close drive of Portland, with film programming selected to complement the diverse features of each park.

These screenings are free, and movies begin at dusk.

Presented in partnership with Oregon State Parks and Oregon Film, as well as various community partners. All parks in the series are within an hour’s drive of Portland, with film programming selected to complement the diverse features of each park.

These screenings are free, and movies begin at dusk.

Information on the entire series can be found here. Get out, visit a State Park and see a film.


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Juliana Lukasik and Alicia J. Rose Talk About Changing the Media Landscape for the Better on The Portland Film Podcast

Directors Juliana Lukasik and Alicia J. Rose have done two recent but separate episodes on The Portland Film Podcast talking about working in a changing film & TV business and creating great work.


Lukasik, the chairperson of the Oregon Film Board of Directors and also an accomplished director herself, recently launched “5to50” a female-centric on-set director job shadow program which seeks to change the percentage of women directors working in the industry from 5% to 50%.

Rose, the director and creator of the #OregonMade series “The Benefits of Gusbandry,” talks about the origins of her award winning work and the ups and downs of creating great media projects.

Both episodes can be found here and offer insights into not only how to break into this creative industry, but how to have fulfilling careers making creative content.

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Multiple Emmy Nominations For “Portlandia”!




The 69th Emmy Awards nominations were again kind to #OregonMade “Portlandia“.  Three nominations were handed down for:

  • Best Variety Sketch Series
  • Outstanding Costume Design for Variety, Non-Fiction or Reality;  (“Carrie Dates a Hunk”).  Nominees; Amanda Needham Costume Designer, Jayme Hansen, Asst. Costume Designer, and Jordan Hamilton, Costume Supervisor
  • Production Design (“Fred’s Cell Phone Company”). Nominees; Schuyler Telleen, Production Designer, and Katherine Isom, Set Decorator

Also, Oregonian Ty Burrell, was nominated again for Supporting Actor in the ABC comedy “Modern Family” (eighth year he has been nominated), as well as Outstanding Actor in a Short, for “Boondoggle“.

Congrats to all!

Watch and cheer on our #OregonMade nominees at 5 p.m. PT on CBS Sunday, Sept. 17, and the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be telecast at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 on FXX.

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Sound Recording Workshop

Sound Recording Workshop

Two-Saturdays, July 22nd and 29th from 1pm to 5pm

Taught by Pam Minty. Register online here.


Use professional sound gear to record scripted dialogue and interviews.



Overview of microphone types and uses from lavaliers to shotguns

Single versus dual system recording

Basics of recording dialogue, interviews, narration, and effects

Audio recorder operation (Marantz PMD-660, Sound Devices 702, Zoom H4N)

Field mixer operation (Sound Devices MixPre and 302)

Protocols of a recording session

Setting up and conducting a recording session, step by step

Get Instructor coaching and feedback on practice sessions

Rental options for NWFC sound gear


Note: Second session is devoted entirely to hands-on practice.


Prerequisites: None

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We are proud to announce a new division of Gary Nolton LLC, called Trailhead Production Provisions. Based in Bend Oregon, Trailhead provides for rent all those little production supplies you need but hate to carry from home. Easy-ups, Coolers, Tables, Chairs, Walkies, etc. We even have a One-ton Grip package that’s super handy for film or still photographers heading to shoot in beautiful Central Oregon. See all we have at hit the trail!

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Travel Through Time With Uncage The Soul’s “Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey”

Another fantastic project from Uncage the Soul.  Travel back in time and see what Portland looked like way back when…  #OregonMade

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