“CONTACTEE” is now streaming on Amazon

A bunch of broke nobodies making a film in rural Oregon isn’t an easy proposition…

Sometime in 2016 I spoke to a group of confidants about making a movie on the sly. The plan was to keep expectations low and develop something we could be proud of but not, per se, something that should or would be released. I was at a pretty low place at the time, honestly. My previous filmmaking endeavors hadn’t exactly set the world on fire and I was now a parent supporting himself and family with manual labor jobs and barely scraping by. Continue reading... ““CONTACTEE” is now streaming on Amazon”

Why indie films need creative marketing

Show biz on an indie budget takes creative marketing.

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This summer, Willamette Week, Portland’s Pulitzer-winning paper of a juicy half-of-a-million readers, reviewed a press release from Hapstance Films, and look what happened — an engaging full-paged story in last week’s issue. Check it out here. Continue reading... “Why indie films need creative marketing”

HouseSpecial signs Director John Robson

May 20, 2019 PORTLAND, ORE – Animation studio HouseSpecial has signed Director John Robson to its in-House director roster. Robson brings a digitally-rich portfolio that includes the Vimeo Staff Pick CG short Quality Time and memorable content for brands including Xbox One X, Nike, IBM, Apple, Gnarls Barkley and Campbell’s Soup. A Southern California native, Robson refined his accomplished narrative sensibilities in Los Angeles at studios such as Blind, ManvsMachine, Brand New School and Motion Theory.

Robson is also the founder of Late Lunch Inc, a studio specializing in live action and post production, including 3D animation, conceptual design, compositing and virtual reality. Continue reading... “HouseSpecial signs Director John Robson”

OPB Talks With Alex Bulkley From Animation Studio, Shadow Machine, About Their Studio & New Show, “Dallas & Robo”

Listen to Alex Bulkley, co-owner of ShadowMachine, talking with Dave Miller, OPB’s Think Out Loud ,  discussing what the studio has been up to since they moved up to Portland in 2015.

In 2015, the animation production house, ShadowMachine, opened a satellite studio in Portland. Since then, they’ve produced multiple projects. Most recently, they have worked in collaboration with the WWE to create“Dallas and Robo,” a cartoon that was just released on YouTube Red. Alex Bulkeley, co-founder of ShadowMachine, talks with us about bringing his company to Portland and creating animated television shows. Continue reading... “OPB Talks With Alex Bulkley From Animation Studio, Shadow Machine, About Their Studio & New Show, “Dallas & Robo””

Eastern Oregon Film Company

My name is Steve West and I am new to “The Confluence” but not new to making film in Oregon. I am located in La Grande and for the last fourteen years we have produced episodic adventure based outdoor television for The Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and other networks. However in the last two years we have started a more well rounded media house with documentary projects, commercials, and producing television for other people and companies.

We are now set up to start shooting specialty video for other producers of television or movies. Continue reading... “Eastern Oregon Film Company”

Portland Art Museum Screening “Shut Up Anthony” – Tonight!

In case you have not seen it, Kyle Eaton‘s “Shut Up Anthony“, is screening tonight at the Portland Art Museum (7pm). The indie comedy has been picking up traction and some nice reviews and recently won a Spirit Award (for Narrative Feature) at the Brooklyn Film Fest. Starring Robert A. D’Esposito (Anthony), and Katie Michels (Sam) and Noelle Eaton (Noelle), produced by David Cress. Oregonian composer, Mark Orton, created the music.(For full cast and crew see here.) Continue reading... “Portland Art Museum Screening “Shut Up Anthony” – Tonight!”

Indiana Johana Ventures Into New Territory For Student Film

Producers and University of Oregon students Tanner Staab and Claire Williams sought to create a mini series on an entirely new scale, breaking common trends in student film. They wanted an adventure, a show that would not only have appeal outside of the student body, but also take them far from the often-used filming locations around the University of Oregon campus. These objectives soon became Indiana Johana: An Action RPG Adventure.

Producer and Director Tanner Staab (right) gives notes to actors as Episode 4 DP Cairo Smith (left) reviews the shot list

Featuring locations in the Deschutes National Park, the old-West ghost town of Shaniko, and even Mt. Continue reading... “Indiana Johana Ventures Into New Territory For Student Film”

Oregon Film – Who We Are & What We Do!

As we move into another busy production season and a new fiscal year, we wanted to proactively answer a few questions about the Oregon Film & Video Office, a/k/a/ The Governor’s Office of Film & Television, a/k/a Oregon Film.

That’s us.

Did you know this office was “founded” in 1968 by Gov. McCall as a way to help better organize the needs of the film “Paint Your Wagon” that was in the throes of shooting in Baker County? Continue reading... “Oregon Film – Who We Are & What We Do!”

Oregon Poetic Cinema Filmmaker Jack Nicholson Turns 80

‘Five Easy Pieces’ 1970: Karen Black and Jack Nicholson

This is an excerpt from the photo book being written by Oregon Filmmaker Katherine Wilson:

50 Years of Oregon Film, from Hollywood to Cinematic Literary Voices 1968 -2018

Five Easy Pieces & Poetic Cinema: the 1st Oregon Film of Jack Nicholson

There is a quote I love from Jack Nicholson about the low budget existential westerns he made in the early 60’s with Director Monte Hellman (Ride in the Whirl Wind & The Shooting) for Roger Corman: “Roger wanted some good Tomahawk numbers with plenty of Ketchup, but Monte and I were into these films on another level.” Continue reading... “Oregon Poetic Cinema Filmmaker Jack Nicholson Turns 80”

CASTING CALL: Extras for New Alan Ball HBO Series

PORTLAND CASTING COMPANY SEEKING EXTRAS OF ALL TYPES FOR NEW HBO SERIES

Untitled Alan Ball HBO Drama series is scheduled to shoot in Portland April 24-26; open casting call this Saturday

PORTLAND, ORE. Cast Iron Studios, a Portland-based film and television casting company, announced today that it is seeking general background performers, experienced stand-ins, photo doubles, Portland hipster types, and extras who own vehicles, bicycles and pets for Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.

The series will shoot scenes in the Portland area April 24-26, 2017.

Continue reading... “CASTING CALL: Extras for New Alan Ball HBO Series”