DIVA’s OpenLens Festival Offers an “Art of the Storyboard” Seminar

Eugene, OR. DIVA’s 2011 OpenLens Festival offers an “Art Of The Storyboard” seminar with Portland film director/ festival host Daniel Schafer from 10:00 – 11:30AM on Saturday, January 29th. Registration is $50. Students: $25. The session will be held at the UO Baker Center Downtown at 325 East 10th, Eugene.

The festival’s visiting filmmaker and host, Dan Schaefer, discusses his career as a storyboard artist, illustrator, and conceptual designer and will share his insights into the intricacies of pre-visualizing a film and TV production in this informative seminar session. Continue reading... “DIVA’s OpenLens Festival Offers an “Art of the Storyboard” Seminar”

SXSW Hosting a Party in Portland on January 11

Last Year's SXSW Festival

Tomorrow at the Doug Fir in Portland, the South by Southwest festival will be hosting an event.  I picked this up from Rick Turoczy’s Blog Silicon Florist.  SXSW has quickly ascended to become the premiere event that covers Film, Music and Interactive all in one place.  In other words, it’s a festival about the future of our industry. Continue reading... “SXSW Hosting a Party in Portland on January 11”

Do You Have An Environmental Message, Concern…….Opinion….

……… then this year’s 48 Hour Go Green project is inviting filmmakers to SPEAK UP AND CREATE!

Simultaneously,  on February 18th, 2011, in cities around the world , 48 Hour Go Green kicks off.  Teams will be given a brief and then have only 48 hours to get their films written, shot, edited and through post (you can secure equipment, actors and choose team members ahead of time but must register prior to the kickoff) before finally submitting for competition.  The early bird special expires January 19th. Continue reading... “Do You Have An Environmental Message, Concern…….Opinion….”

Thank You Governor Kulongoski – Annual Meeting Huge Success

Industry Honors Gov. Kulongoski

Attending our Annual Meeting was Governor Kulongoski, members of the Governor’s Office of Film & Television Board, as well nominees for the annual awards and a large audience of industry professionals at the newly rennovated Lincoln Performance Hall at PSU on Friday evening.   PSU‘s technical team made it possible to catch up on industry happenings in Ashland, Bend and Eugene via  live broadcast by teleconference bridge.

Governor Kulongoski presented awards to:

Innovation In Media Arts AwardNaturalPoint OptiTrack, Insight VCS,

Innovation award to Natural Point Optitrack VCS

Film Advocate Awards went to Rob Burchfield (Traffiic Operations, Portland Dept. Continue reading... “Thank You Governor Kulongoski – Annual Meeting Huge Success”

Does Oregon Have The Best City To Live, Work & Make Movies In?

Every year Movie Maker Magazine surveys independent filmmakers in the united states to find the best cities live and work in.  They focus on a number of criteria; good cost of living, employment opportunities, quality of life, affordable home prices and of course financial incentives, availability of locations and quantity of crew and vendors.

The annual best places to “live, work and make movies” will be out in their magazine’s winter edition, which is released at Sundance next year.  We would love to be on that top ten list again…..so Continue reading... “Does Oregon Have The Best City To Live, Work & Make Movies In?”

HDFEST Portland High-Definition Film Festival, December 6th-9th

HDFEST PortlandPast festival events have taken place in Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Chicago, London… and now PORTLAND!  HDFEST Portland is taking place December 6th-9th at the Living Room Theaters. Tickets are $9 and are available at the festival box office and through the web.

Details, trailers and schedule of features, shorts, music video, animations and experimental films screenings are now up. Over 40 films will be screened over the 4 days.  The complete festival schedule is available at http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestportland.html. Continue reading... “HDFEST Portland High-Definition Film Festival, December 6th-9th”

The Brothers Freeman Begin Production of CELL COUNT.

Portland, OR – November 22, 2010

On November 29th, local Portland-based filmmakers, the Brothers Freeman, commence principle photography on CELL COUNT, the second of two feature films made back to back under the i-OPIF incentive program this fall from their production company Polluted Pictures in association with Wooden Frame Productions.

The film, which was written and directed by Todd E. Freeman will be shot entirely on location in Portland for 3 weeks. It stars an all local cast including Robert McKeehen, Haley Talbot, Ted Rooney, Judd Eustice, Christopher Toyne, Suzanne Owens-Duval, Eric Newsome, Sean McGrath, John Breen.  Continue reading... “The Brothers Freeman Begin Production of CELL COUNT.”

The iOPIF Program Does Its Job – Funds Fully Committed

Crew at work on the set of "The Wait"

In the last few weeks there have been a number of projects that have applied for the Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Program (iOPIF), and now all the available funds have been fully committed.  In total 13 projects have been qualified for the program and projects have been produced or are set to be produced in the Portland area, Central Oregon and Ashland.  The first project was the Brothers Freeman film “Wake Before I Die” back in January of this year.  Continue reading... “The iOPIF Program Does Its Job – Funds Fully Committed”

Good Profile of “Portlandia’s” Carrie Brownstein

Image from Willamette Week - John Clark

In case you haven’t already caught Aaron Mesh’s profile on Carrie Brownstein, here’s a link to the article.  Carrie’s diverse talents as musician, writer and actor make her a perfect representation of Portland’s creative class.  I don’t know if it’s because you need to be versatile to make a career in a small market like Oregon, or if it’s in the fabric of the region that creative professionals have many talents.

Either way, Carrie is a solid representation of the creative community and I for one can’t wait to see “Portlandia”.  Continue reading... “Good Profile of “Portlandia’s” Carrie Brownstein”