Hinge Digital & CMD Team Up To Create Charming Alpenrose Commercial

Hinge Digutal and CMD teamed up to create a charming stop-motion style CG animated campaign, Keep Portland Small, for Alpenrose’s new home delivery service. The spot tells the story of the Alpenrose Dairy and its milk deliveries, starting with their beginning in 1916, and the growth of the once-little town of Portland, Oregon. A miniature world builds and grows in front of our eyes, bringing to life the relationships between the delivery people and their communities, as well as the ups and downs of living in a growing city. As Portland locals, we know the city well, so it was important to find those key buildings and landmarks that would make it feel authentic. Inspired by real model train sets, our team created all the environments and characters digitally, capturing the craftiness and hand-made look of stop-motion, and benefitting from the production flexibility of CG. In addition to portraying the city accurately—then and now—it was important to Hinge to honor Portland’s long history as a stop-motion mecca. Many of our artists on the project worked on the stop-motion features and commercials the city is known for, and we wanted to capture the charm and essence of the award-winning stop-motion work that has been Portland’s legacy for half a century.

Hinge completed the spot in eight weeks using a combination of digital tools, including Maya, Houdini, Substance, Redshift, Nuke, and AfterEffects, grounded in real camera and stop-motion techniques, including shallow depth of field and animating on 2s and 4s to give it tangibility and charm. We hope you’ll enjoy watching this ode to keeping Portland small as much as we enjoyed making it.

Click on the preview below to see the whole spot, as well as behind-the-scenes content:
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Get Your Tickets Now For The Buster Keaton Conference 2021 – Aug 12th Two Full Days Of Programming

The Cottage Grove Historical Society presents

Buster Keaton Conference 2021 – Aug 12, 13, &15 Walk in Buster’s Footsteps!

Register By August 10th

Conference Highlights

  • Visit the actual locations where Buster filmed The General
  • See where Buster played baseball during breaks from filming
  • See the hotel where Buster and much of his entourage stayed while in residence in Cottage Grove
  • Visit the site of the climactic crash scene
  • Mingle with silent film experts and fanatics of Buster Keaton and The General
  • Viewing of The General featuring Mark Orton’s ensemble orchestra soundtrack


Guest Speakers

Harry Keaton JrHarry Keaton “Jingles Jr.” Moore

A true friend of the Cottage Grove Historical Society, Harry Keaton “Jingles Jr.” Moore will candidly talk about what it was like “Growing Up Keaton”. Harry is Buster’s nephew, son of Harry “Jingles” Keaton.


larry telles head shotLarry Telles

Regular presenter, board member, and promoter of the Niles Film Festival will talk about “Where Movies Came From”, “Silent to Sounds: The American Cowboy Stars”, and “Meanwhile at the Ranch”.




$95 for a three-day event. Buy tickets now (by August 10th).  Tickets include all programming from Thursday evening, August 12th, through Saturday evening, August 14th, goodbyes Sunday, August 15th.
Admission Price includes

  • Admittance in conference events including a tour of film sites.
  • Conference Packet
  • Lunch on Friday and Saturday



Enjoy two full days in the beautiful southern Willamette Valley and stay at the prestigious Village Green. (For reservations call 541-942-2491 and ask for the “Buster Keaton rate” – pending current availability.)

For more accommodation options in the local area click here.

Call Event Organizer, Lloyd Williams with any questions about the conference at 541-942-1310 or email; [email protected]

Note from Lloyd Williams:

“Due to the pandemic, we were not sure until a couple of weeks ago if we could have our 95th-anniversary celebration of the filming of The General in Cottage Grove. But as soon as Oregon lowered the COVID restrictions, we jumped at the chance to share a wonderful Buster experience with you. Protocols will be in place to assure you of a safe, fun, and memorable experience. We also hope you’ll understand that we are trying to tie up a lot of loose ends at the moment, but rest assured you will have a good time. We will update you when new program information is available. In the past, the Cottage Grove Historical Society has hosted a similar conference celebrating the 75th, 80th, 85th, 90th, and now the 95th anniversary! So, as they say, out here in Oregon, this is not our first rodeo! Featured speakers include Harry Keaton “Jingles Jr.” and Larry Telles. Along with other great speakers, we’ll visit the baseball field where Buster loved to relax, give both he and his crew a break, visit the hotel where Buster stayed, visit historic downtown Cottage Grove (hint: check out a stop on the Statewide Oregon Film Trail – the parade scene in Animal House!) to see where Buster mingled with Grovers, and become intimately familiar with virtually all the location sites Buster used in The General. To cap off the event, we are planning to show The General, featuring Mark Orton’s ensemble orchestra soundtrack. This is the same program that was performed live outdoors at the 90th-anniversary conference.”

#BusterKeatonConference2021   #BusterKeatonTheGeneral   #OregonMade


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Join The “Tri-City” Movie Location Scavenger Hunt For Your Chance To Win A Weekend Getaway In The Willamette Valley!

Join Us For A “Tri-City” Scavenger Hunt For Your Chance To Win A Weekend Away In The Willamette Valley!

In addition to the Stand By Me Day celebration in Brownsville, OR, on July 23rd we are inviting you to take your chance to immerse yourself in filming locations from not only Stand By Me but many other amazing movies filmed in the region.  In the process, you could win a fantastic weekend getaway Prize Package!

How do you start?

  • Create a free user account on the app.

How do you play?

  • Between 9:00 am PDT on Monday, July 19 and 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday, July 25, visit the Oregon Film Trail signs and SetJetters scenes in and around the cities of Brownsville, Cottage Grove, and Eugene.
  • While you visit the filming locations, put yourself in your favorite scenes by using the “ShotSync” feature within the SetJetters app to recreate your own split-screen image.
  • Post your “ShotSync” image to the app’s main feed and tag the posts with #OregonFilmTrail and #StandByMeDay.
  • Make sure that you’re logged into your SetJetters account on the app in order to get credit for your posts!
  • And don’t forget to take your selfie with the Oregon Film Trail signs! (Look for the icon on the map to find them.)

How do you win?

  • At the end of the contest period, the FIRST person with the most “ShotSyncs” posted to the SetJetters app is the winner!
  • BUT – in case of a tiebreaker, we’ll be asking for your selfies taken with the 7 Oregon Film Trail signs at the following locations (look for the Oregon Film Trail icon in the SetJetters app.)
  • Brownsville:
  1. Stand By Me sign at City Hall.
  2. Stand By Me sign at Linn County Historical Museum.
  3. Stand By Me sign at Pioneer Park.
  • Cottage Grove:
  1. Animal House sign at Opal Whitley Park.
  2. The General sign at the Row River Trail and North 14th St.
  • Eugene (these OFT markers are not yet installed, but take a selfie at the future location):
  1. The future home of the “Tracktown” sign – Across from Hayward Field at 17th & Agate.
  2. The future home of the “Without Limits” sign – Pre’s Trail at Alton Baker Park, Day Island Road.
  • SetJetters will tally and verify the results.
  • The winner will be notified by 5:00 pm PDT on Monday, July 26.

What do you win?

The Prize Package is valid for one year after the contest ends (until July 25, 2022).

The Prize Package must be picked up from the Travel Lane County Visitor Center, located at 754 Olive Street, Eugene, OR 97401. (Visitor Center hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm).


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#OregonMade “The Water Man” Plays at Cinema Unbound Drive In on July 30

The #OregonMade feature film “The Water Man” plays at NW Film Center’s Cinema Unbound Drive-In on July 30.

Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Amiah Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest — but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (David Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them and in the process will discover who his son really is.

Get your tickets here, and, as special offer to people booking from seeing this post, here is a code for 20% off of a ticket price –  HOST.

Watch the trailer below:

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Oregon OSHA Adopts New Standards for Heat & Wildfires

Oregon OSHA has adopted new standards for Heat and Wildfires. Unions and Guilds of the Oregon AFL-CIO have been discussing these standards since last year’s wildfires. With the recent heat wave costing the lives of over 200 people in the PNW these standards could not be more timely.

Below is a brief description quoted from the article in the Oregonian with links to the new standards. Please read through, promote to your crews, and follow these standards on your productions.

Oregon will require employers to provide workers with cool-down breaks and better access to shade and cool water on hot days under new emergency workplace rules adopted Thursday.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, known as Oregon OSHA, adopted the temporary rules Thursday at the direction of Gov. Kate Brown. The announcement comes after a Marion County farmworker died during his shift on June 26 as temperatures topped 100 degrees amid an unprecedented heat wave.

The temporary rules will go into effect immediately and remain in place for 180 days.

Please keep your crews safe!
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#OregonMade Feature Film “Lorelei” Opens in Theatres on July 30

After successful screenings at both Tribeca and the Portland International Film Festival, amongst others, the #OregonMade feature film “Lorelei” opens in select theatres later this month. The film stars Jenna Malone and Pablo Schreiber and it presents a moving look at family, love and a reconnection with community.
You can check out the trailer here:

And here’s the list of theaters it will be opening in: www.lorelei.love



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#OregonMade Film Series Resumes with “Point Break”

We’re back and we’re picking up right where we left off in the Spring of 2020 with a screening of our favorite Oregon surf movie – Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 thriller “Point Break” at the Hollywood Theatre on August 18 at 7p.

Granted, there are limited scenes that Oregon can claim as their own, but if we didn’t get excited about downtown Wheeler and Indian Beach at Ecola SP we wouldn’t be doing our job. So come celebrate the Ex-Presidents and their quest to finance an Endless Summer.


Oregon is the home to a drenched Swayze/Reeves fight on the north coast sands while waiting for a closed out set that came in from Hawaii but plays in Australia (our locations are just that flexible). Bring your board and bring your best Bodhi and Johnny Utah and then “Vaya con Dios,” Brah.

#OregonMade Film Series at The Hollywood Theatre.

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“Any Oregon Sunday” – 3 Oregon Womens’ Extreme Motocross Adventures!

The winners of the third annual Outdoor Adventure Film Grant – “Oregon’s Outdoors Are For Everyone” – recently presented their winning project “Any Oregon Sunday.”

The Winning Team: Kanani Koster, Janie Faison, and Tiffany Lindquist – all based in Portland, OR, and dedicated to telling “diverse and authentic stories that are created by a majority of women and POC-identifying locally-sourced cast and crew” put together this inspiring and uplifting documentary project portraying Adventure MotorSports in Oregon, specifically told through the lens of diverse women riders. The features three different “styles” of riding across Oregon’s terrains; Riding Recreational ATVs at the Sand Lake Dunes, Motocross Racing on off-road circuit tracks at Browns Camp in Tillamook Forests, and Trials Bike competitions in the Eastern Oregon High Desert. The viewer learns not only about the diversity of motorsports but the womxn who ride, their communities, and the camaraderie they share. (Read more here.)

Kanani is a WOC filmmaker based in Portland with over 5 years of filmmaking experience specifically in Narrative Shorts, Commercials, and Documentaries as a Director and Producer. She has created commercials for King County Wastewater Treatment and Islandwood’s Environmental Outdoors Masters program, one of which she is a graduate of (Masters of Urban
Environmental Education). Kanani Koster’s last short film, The New Frontier, was a Western that reclaimed American iconography and history for POC stories. She collaborated with 5 different local writers of color to tell each story through spoken word poetry and ensure accountability for the authenticity of the stories being told. The film was awarded best short at Oregon International Film Awards and nominated for Best Short at Red Nation Native American Film Festival in LA. Kanani has spoken on numerous panels and done Q&A’s discussing race and representation in film. She is also currently working as a Producer for Scott Braucht’s feature-length Drag History Bio-Documentary, Dear Doris. Kanani has a soft spot and nostalgia for all motorcycles after growing up riding dirt bikes across Washington with her dad, a former
motocross and trials rider.

Janie is a Portland-based Motion Designer and Artist who works in stop-motion and Live action productions. She has worked on LAIKA’s Missing Link feature film, commercials, and various short films in and around the PNW. She has previously worked in LA on a stop motion television series and recently created animations for the AIGA of Portland for Design Week 2019. She has worked for Gearhead Production Rentals which is a huge supporter of Oregon productions and is a member of the Couch Film Collective who supports equitable and inclusive projects. Her affinity for Oregon film and television has led her to work in the industry while connecting peers continuing to bring stories to life.

Tiffany is the Rental Coordinator at Gearhead Grip & Electric, a board member of the Couch Film Collective, an OMPA member, and founding member of the local women’s motorcycle riding group, “The Torque Wenches”. Tiffany moved to Portland in 2014 with the dual goals of pursuing a career in the film industry and spending more time adventuring outdoors.
Since then, her position at Gearhead has put her in close contact with a cross-section of local filmmakers and production crews and given her hands-on experience as a Grip and Electrician on a variety of Oregon productions. As a member of the OMPA and a board member of the Couch Film Collective, Tiffany’s work focuses on underrepresented filmmakers to produce
diverse, inclusive, locally resourced projects. An avid motorsport enthusiast, Tiffany is a founding member of the Torque Wenches, an all-female motorcycle group, and has established a wide network of street bikes, dirt bikes, and quad riding compatriots. Equally comfortable rigging a camera car, organizing an equipment list, or changing a spark plug on the side of a scenic Oregon highway, Tiffany is committed to exploring the Pacific Northwest and capturing those adventures on film.

The OAFG20 – “Oregon’s Outdoors Are For Everyone” – looked for experienced filmmaker candidates (and we had many great ones who were able to demonstrate a compelling short film pitch that promised to portray the excitement and rigor of an outdoor adventure, extreme action sport, or pursuit that has the potential to inspire others). The hope is always that the finished short film will equally illustrate the inspiration of adventure, the triumph of the human spirit, and the distinct possibility that outdoor pursuits can mobilize and empower people to get outside and make their own stories in the great Oregon outdoors.  “On Any Oregon Sunday” met the goal admirably.

The $20,000 Grant was provided by the #OregonMade Creative Foundation in conjunction with Travel Oregon.



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OMPA Is Hiring For A Membership Coordinator Immediately!

OMPA is immediately hiring for a membership coordinator!

Unique opportunity to serve Oregon’s production community

OMPA (Oregon Media Production Association) is seeking an Interim Membership Coordinator who loves data and provides excellent customer service.

This is a unique opportunity to be at the center of all things Oregon production. You’ll get to know industry members of all career levels on a personal level and first-name basis. (Hello, amazing new network!)

We’re building an engaged, connected, and committed membership that’s dedicated to creating a thriving and equitable ecosystem for our local industry. This role is critical to supporting that vision.

Job Details

The role will start at 20-40 hours per week, $17-20/hour. It has the potential to become a full-time, permanent position with benefits. See full job description here.


Portland/Remote (fully remote considered for outside PDX Metro)


Sound like a job you’d love? Does our mission resonate with you? We want to hear from you!

Please apply here via Mac’s List



Know someone else who would be a good fit? Please share this post with them! 

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Oregon Film & The OMCF Have Formed An Exciting New Partnership With Film Tourism Startup, SetJetters

The Oregon Film Trail (through Oregon Film, and the Oregon Made Creative Foundation) has partnered with SetJetters – an exciting new mobile app that aggregates global film locations, guides visitors to actual movie scene sites, provides local information, and so much more.

With the Oregon Film Trail spanning over 30 film locations (and growing) and the state hosting over 500 film and television productions, Oregon understands what it means to accommodate movie lovers who seek real-life locations on their travel bucket list. This is why the Oregon Film Trail and SetJetters are proudly partnering – to elevate what has been dubbed the Reel to Real experience!  This partnership extends the statewide Oregon Film Trail initiative to digital scene locations and offers an interactive experience via the SetJetters QR code mobile app download.

The SetJetters app allows each visitor to recreate their favorite movie scenes.

What is SetJetters?

A brand new (free) mobile app that maps film locations and allows the user to search where their favorite movies were filmed, navigate to the location, and recreate movie moments by using the SetJetters “ShotSync” camera feature built into the app.  Additionally, SetJetters also has a nifty “Beyond The Frame” feature that expands the visitor’s localized experience through suggested activities and services.

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