HouseSpecial and Wieden + Kennedy Create A New Tourism Campaign For Travel Portland

Portland’s creative agency, Wieden + Kennedy, and  pioneering animation studio, HouseSpecial, have together created an interactive tourism campaign that is currently traveling the country, along with their (slightly) larger-than-life “Portlanders!”

The collection of statues will be touring selected cities around the US.  The public can peek into the back of their heads to view a VR-like experience of animated shorts that portray a whimisical Portland.

Working with Travel Portland, Wieden + Kennedy was the creative agency behind this eclectic campaign while HouseSpecial designed the charcters and animation shorts (see the shorts here.)


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Northwest Exposure

As part of the 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, the Northwest Film Center is excited to launch the scriptwriting contest Northwest Exposure.

Short narrative script submissions (10 page max) will be accepted through August 20, 2018. 7 scripts will be selected to be read by professional actors at a table reading during the 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Oct 31 – Nov 5). A panel of guest judges will choose the winning script, which will then be awarded a prize package made possible by the Portland film community to support the production of the winning script. This will include camera and gear packages, insurance, studio time and more.


Scripts must be narrative in nature, but sub-genre can be anything. Panelists will only read 10 pages of the script, so if it is longer, please choose only the best 10 pages. This is for short films, so the overall length of the script must not exceed thirty minutes.

Please submit your script, with name and short bio along with any production notes (who would be directing and/or producing the film, if other than the writer).

Submitted scripts should be properly formatted and not longer than 10 pages.

Submissions should include a cover page with a title and the writer’s name and contact information. (This will not be counted towards the 10 page total)

Winning projects will be chosen by a small, hand picked panel of judges.

Notification of inclusion in the table reading will be made by September 15.

Deadline to submit is August 20 at midnight PST

Please send all submissions to [email protected]

Awards (at this time) courtesy of:

Koerner Camera Systems

Gearhead Grip

Digital One Audio Post Production

Stage 13


Northwest Film Center

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Portland Post-Production Film Grant Now Open

The Portland Film Office, in partnership with Oregon Made Creative Foundation (OMCF), invites local filmmakers to apply for funding designed to encourage the completion of a local feature-length project and position producers to build towards larger, more resourced productions.

The Post-Production Film Grant Program supports the professional development of small, local filmmakers by providing funds for activities including sound design, scoring, editing, color correction, closed captioning, VFX, and music clearances using local post-production houses.

A total of $20,000 will be awarded in four $5,000 grants.  Eligible applicants are Portland-based film producers and companies who have been based in Portland for one year or more. Funds must be used with Portland post-production houses; projects must be in post-production with an expected completion date by June 1, 2019. Filmmakers and projects from communities of color, women, and youth are especially encouraged to apply.

The Portland Film Office is committed to support of the economic vitality of a Portland-centered production ecosystem and seeks to build the local supply chain and capacity to grow Portland’s film ecosystem.

This pilot grant program is focused on the development of film productions that may not yet be within the state film incentive program but could qualify in the future with a strong local support.  The goal is to generate outcomes tied to healthy productions – completed projects, strong narratives, professional presentation, and the ongoing ability to sustain a larger and better “next” project.


  • Applications open Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Applications close Thursday, August 30, 2018 5:00 PM
  • Selection panel meets Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Awards announced Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Funds must be disbursed by June 30, 2019

How to Apply
Application and additional information are available here.
Please include an Application Cover Sheet found here.

[email protected]

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New #OregonMade Outdoor Adventure Film Grant – Production Underway

Emilia Quinton, Mercy Shammah and Liz Haan

In late 2017, the Oregon Made Creative Foundation (in partnership with Oregon Film,) Travel Oregon, Danner Boots, and the Portland Film Office at Prosper Portland partnered together to bring  funding for a new grant: The Outdoor Adventure Film Grant.

This Grant has enabled our filmmakers, Emilia Quinton and Liz Haan to begin creating a short film that specifically showcases the spirit, passion, and excitement of the outdoor-adventure, or action sports film genres in the state of Oregon and today, we’re excited to share some behind the scenes of what the grantees have been up to!

Their synopsis: A movement is growing to reclaim Oregon’s outdoor spaces and it’s being led by distinct individuals.

We believe this is an important story to uplift, and we’re excited by the potential impact the finished piece will have on our communities.  For more informtaion, be sure to visit the project website , follow the film team on instagram @ourtraillstoodoc, and learn more about our partners and sponsors (listed below.)

#OregonMade #OurTrailsTooDoc

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Oregon Film’s 50th – Continued Coverage

Oregon Film Turned 50 this year.

Already appearing in this blog was a celebratory post on the Oregon Film office turning 50 but now we can also add a new piece from Oregon Live (thank you, Kristi Turnquist) that covers some of the last 50 years and how far we have come as a community.

Oregon Film’s mission is to promote, support and advance the film, video, interactive, animation and creative content industries within the state by fostering connections between production, business and public sectors and strengthening this industry’s profile and reputation locally, nationally and internationally.  In Oregon we are certainly fortunate that we enjoy a collective production community that is professional, creative, collaborative, and continuing to grow.

Keep up to date with what’s going on in our state by signing up for Oregon Film’s newsletter.  #OregonMade


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Athena’s Gem Theatre – Getting A New Lease Of Life

The community of Athena come together to form a volunteer work party to restore theri town theatre.

The Gem Theatre is located in Athena—a small, community surrounded by wheat fields in the northeast corner of Oregon. The theatre showed its first “moving pictures” in 1909 and closed in 1968. Four decades of decay followed—an all too common tale of theatres lost forever. But, in the case of the Gem, a handful of determined volunteers intervened beginning in 2004. One year later, the nonprofit Athena’s Gem, Inc. took possession of the property along with $750 in seed money.   Plans were developed for a regional “sacred space” for the arts in rural Umatilla County that would include a 300 seat auditorium, stage seating for 50 musicians, an orchestra pit and a fly space for live theatre, as well as modern audio visual equipment for showing film and recording. Planning is easy! Implementation is hard—especially as the full throated effort commenced shortly before the stock market crash all but evaporated the sources of revenue available to such an effort.

The way forward evolved from the thought that the finished project is primarily for the young people in the region who keenly desire access to the culturally rich activities that a theatre provides. The project coordinator/chief volunteer is also a longstanding educator in the local schools. Why not involve students in the restoration itself?

Over the past thirteen years, a small army of tenacious volunteers (most of whom are students aged 12-18) have donated $400,000.00 of “in kind” labor to this project. The work thus conducted is not exclusively demolition work by any stretch—the students assisted in construction of the new auditorium floor and stage, framing of interior walls, tuck pointing old brick joints with fresh mortar and painting. The accumulated donation has been leveraged to obtain $1.2 M in grant funding that has provided the dollars needed to move the facility from a state of ruin to near completion. We have worked on the building as we have gone along and are now in the throes of completing the new building mechanical systems. A recent $84K grant from the Pacific Power “Blue Sky” program has led to the installation of a 26 Kw solar installation on our new facility roof system and an influx of $300K from the Oregon Legislature has allowed the recent great progress. However, the funding is not keeping pace with the market price increases of materials and labor. Although we intend to insulate and sheetrock the 12,000 sq. ft. building ourselves, we will be in need of additional funding for purchase and installation of the facility stage lighting, projection and sound systems. (Oregon Film: if you want to help with restoration project go here.)

The students are also assisting with the restoration of our 1921 eighteen rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, through an arrangement with the school district allowing students to enroll in a class that is putting the instrument back together. And, students assisted in the design of our beautiful building mural that celebrates “City Girl,” a film shot locally during the 1928 harvest.

The new mural celebrates the local production of the F.W. Murnau film “City Girl” in 1928. Local harvesting crews were used in the production. The wheat fields where the harvest scenes were shot appear the same 90 years later.

Oregon Film adds: the wheat fields surrounding Athena featured heavily in the (shot in) 1928 #OregonMade silent movie, “City Girl.”  Sadly the movie never did screen at the Gem as the Great Depression was responsible for closing the theatre right around the time of the film’s release (1930.) The brand new mural on the side of theatre depicts scenes from the movie, and the star, Mary Duncan.

The ongoing history of the Gem can be found with weekly posts on Facebook at “Athena’s Gem, Inc.” and on their website.

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“Shrill” TV Adaptation To Shoot In Oregon, Starring Aidy Bryant

Broadway Video (“Portlandia” and S3 of “Documentary Now“) is adapting Lindy West’s memoir, “Shrill” into an #OregonMade series for Hulu.  The series “will star Aidy Bryant of SNL fame and will begin production in Portland shortly.

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Spotlight On Location Professional – Katie Rasmussen

As a Location Manager based in Oregon, I spend my free time looking for undiscovered vistas, waterfalls, scenic outlooks, and beautiful landscapes. Oregon truly captures the imagination of all people who come here to visit. One of the most common things I hear is that “it’s so green here!” Our tiny corner of the United States is one that has inspired storytellers and artists for years.

My job is to help the Director find their vision within the Oregon landscape. With so much to offer, it truly is a task of having too many options to show, as opposed to too few. Within 45 minutes of Portland you can reach rugged coastlines, epic landscapes that rival many of the national parks, and snow covered craggy mountains. Look a little further and you’ll find high deserts, pristine alpine lakes and old growth forests. In between it all are historic bridges, small quaint towns and of course the burgeoning City of Portland.

This is an incredible state to work in, and I am truly blessed to make a living connecting Directors with the landscapes I love so much. Most of all, working with the community is a true joy. Oregonians are generally curious about the experience and there is enthusiasm and buzz about projects that film here.

Working in the film industry was a dream of mine that began at 16 years old. As a native Oregonian I am thrilled to share my knowledge and expertise with the Producers and Directors who come to this region.

Katie Rasmussen

M: 503-577-8278
P: 503-577-8278
Contact: Email: [email protected]
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TWO #OregonMade Films on NYTimes “Best of 2018” (so far) List

We always knew that #OregonMade films, series, docs, animation and interactive games were among the best in the nation – but now the New York Times has validated our belief. Both Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” and Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete” appear on the paper’s recent “Best of” list – that’s 2 out of 8, not bad. Both are based on books by Oregonians as well – Peter Rock and Willy Vlautin – and created by the talented cast and crews based here in the state.

It’s hard not to be proud of that. We hope you are too.


Check out the article here and go see “Leave No Trace” in theatres now. And if you haven’t seen “Lean on Pete” – catch it now on streaming platforms like Amazon.


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Join OMPA and VFX/PDX at the Job Mixer 2.0!

OMPA is supporting the VFX/PDX Job Mixer 2.0! RSVP now.

Monday, July 9th
from 5-7pm
Art Institute of Portland
1122 NW Davis St
3rd Floor/Student Commons loft


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