Portlandia World Premiere in Portland a Big Success

Portland has been buzzing about IFC’s new made-in-Oregon show Portlandia since the series began shooting in the late summer of 2010.  The network choose to release the show’s first episode before its official television premiere on Hulu and the official IFC show page, but those lucky enough to get a ticket to last Friday night’s sold-out world premiere screenings at the Hollywood Theater got the chance to see the first and second episodes of Portlandia on the big screen. Continue reading... “Portlandia World Premiere in Portland a Big Success”

Portland-based Animator and Students Help Create “Community” Holiday Episode

Portland Animation Director Teresa Drilling

Fans of the NBC comedy Community have been looking forward to tonight’s Holiday episode, in which the show’s cast is transformed into holiday-special-style stop motion characters.  Where did the producers of Community look when they were searching for someone to create these Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer-like stop motion characters?

According to the Oregonian’s Kirsti Turnquist, the producers turned their eyes north to Portland, where they found animation specialist Teresa Drilling.  Drilling, who won an Emmy in 2008 for her work on Creature Comforts, worked “around the clock” for two months on the NBC comedy… and she also took four Art Institute of Portland students along for the ride! Continue reading... “Portland-based Animator and Students Help Create “Community” Holiday Episode”

Oregon Film and TV Union Members Celebrate Labor Day

If you’re a Twitter or Facebook user, you’ve probably seen a number of posts on those services celebrating union membership, and the contributions union members have made to the entertainment industry.  This “Labor Day Tweet-a-thon” is a coordinated effort by the Screen Actor’s Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor’s Equity, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and American Rights At Work (to find out more about the Labor Day Tweet-a-thon, click here!) Continue reading... “Oregon Film and TV Union Members Celebrate Labor Day”

Oregon Film Highlighted in the Hollywood Reporter

(Originally posted at http://www.oregonfilmandtvdollars.com)

Oregon’s film industry got quite the write-up yesterday in the Hollywood Reporter! The producers of TNT’s Leverage had wonderful things to say about shooting in Oregon, including this quote about Oregon’s talent from Co-Creator Jon Rogers:

“When we got up there we were expecting to fly in three or four cast members an episode, but we average about one or two,” co-creator/executive producer John Rogers says. “Some of the (local) actors have been so good, we’ve made them recurring characters on the show.”

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www.OregonFilmAndTVDollars.com Launches

There are lots of sites that talk about the Oregon Film, TV, and New-Media industry… there are official sites like the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Industry support sites such as the Oregon Media Producers Association, and regional film consortiums such as FOA, MOPAN, and SOFAT.  This site is different.

We’re focused on the economic benefit that Oregon’s Film and TV Industry brings to the state.  In an era of unprecedented economic woes for the Beaver State, Oregon’s film industry is growing – hiring thousands of workers state-wide and pumping millions of much-needed dollars into our economy…

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What Can the Oregon Film Industry Expect From a New Governor?

*Note: This is an opinion piece written by Portland-area actor Harold Phillips and originally posted on his blog at http://trishandharold.blogspot.com.  The views expressed here are his own, and are not necessarily the views of the administrators of the Oregon Confluence blog.

Well, someone out there gets it! Take a look at what showed up in my change yesterday when I bought a Viso at my corner mini-mart!

While the legality of writing on US currency is a bit questionable, the message is clear – the Film and TV industry in Oregon is bringing money into the economy! Continue reading... “What Can the Oregon Film Industry Expect From a New Governor?”

Oregon-Produced "Trainmaster" Now Available in the UK

Phil Bransom’s very successful family film “Trainmaster” is now available in the United Kingdom under the name “The Railway Grandchildren.” If you’re reading this in the UK, take a look at the link and bring the film home to your family – it’s a great, heartwarming film – and it features some great Oregon locations and actors, such as Jon Ashley Hall, Mercedes Rose, Bryce Walters, Elijah Nelson, Kevin Dahlgren… and even stunt-man extraordinaire Jerry Buxbaum! Continue reading... “Oregon-Produced "Trainmaster" Now Available in the UK”

New Addition To Animus Cross Family Won’t Delay Series Launch

Giving birth to a widely-hailed western fantasy like the Oregon-produced web series Animus Cross is a massive undertaking that could easily be derailed – especially when a birth of a different sort occurs!

When series creator A.L. Steen gave birth to her and husband Jerry Buxbaum’s first child, Trone, on February 11, 2010 the show’s fans congratulated her.  As time has gone on, however, there have been rumbles of concern that the Series II of the wildly popular internet series would be delayed. Continue reading... “New Addition To Animus Cross Family Won’t Delay Series Launch”

Help Make The Paranormalists A Big-Screen Feature!

Remember Nicholas J. Hagen? He directed that film I mentioned a few posts back, Dark Horizon. Well, Nick’s always got something going on… last year, he shot the pilot for a new “Mocumentary-style” TV comedy called The Paranormalists. He pulled together some of the best actors in Portland for the cast, including my friend and frequent collaborator Mercedes Rose, Todd Robinson, Jennifer Skyler, Richard Topping, and Darius Pierce.

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Dark Horizon Is Now On DVD

Heya Folks…

Back in 2006, I appeared in a very ambitious independent film called (at that time) The Lonely Apocalypse – written and directed by Northwest filmmaker Nicholas J. Hagen.

My part was pretty small – I only had two shoot days on the project. The film itself, however, was shot over the course of an entire month in and around Southwest Washington and incorporated a dizzying array of stunts, special effects, and locations. Everyone who’s seen the movie under its new title Dark Horizon has been impressed by the tension Hagen evoked – and the high production value he was able to bring on such a small budget.

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