Behind The “Back O’er Oregon” Music Video and Website

Jotham Porzio

By now you may well have read some of the blog posts here about Slater Smith, his band “The Weather Machine” and the journey Smith undertook (in conjunction with Oregon Film and Oregon State Parks) to get the music video and corresponding web site up.  (As a reminder, Smith made an ambitious trip around Oregon visiting 185 Oregon State Parks to bring us his new music video for the single, “Back O’er Oregon”). But what about the folks behind the scenes on this project?  Continue reading... “Behind The “Back O’er Oregon” Music Video and Website”

The Impact of Oregon Film

Hi All– I’m the new intern here at the Governor’s Office of Film & Television.  I love all things film and Oregon, as well as baking and studying communication theory.  If you want to talk about the entertainment industry, I’m practically a walking IMDb.

Have a good one!   -Katlyn Prentice


You can learn quite a bit by the clothes you wear.  Walking around my campus in Boston, sporting my new Portlandia sweatshirt, I learned a lot about the impact that Oregon filmmaking has on rest of the country.  Continue reading... “The Impact of Oregon Film”

Governor Kitzhaber Presents Green Leadership Award to PlyVeneer Products for Development of Sustainable Set Construction Material, “ScenicPly”


Governor John Kitzhaber, Jim Jones and Garvin Eddy/EcoScenic and Jerry Gabrio/PlyVeneer Products (Photo: Frank DiMarco)

Governor Kitzhaber presented the Oregon Governor’s Award for Green Leadership to PlyVeneer Products, (for the development of ScenicPly in collaboration with EcoScenic) on Monday night at the Film Office’s public Annual Meeting in Portland.  Reading the details of the award was First Lady of Oregon, Cylvia Hayes.  (Cylvia  is also founder of 3E Strategies, a consulting firm and green product development company.) Continue reading... “Governor Kitzhaber Presents Green Leadership Award to PlyVeneer Products for Development of Sustainable Set Construction Material, “ScenicPly””

Grimm Doesn’t Just Look Green Because Of The Weather….

We could not have been happier when NBC Universal contacted us to collaborate on their greening efforts for the series, Grimm.  We immediately recognized this particular show as a good match and unique opportunity to put the foundation of our previous work in identifying green vendors and services to good use.

NBCUniversal’s Green Is Universal initiative has an admirable, on-going, corporate-wide environmental initiative that attempts to lessen their shows’ environmental impact by working with local resources and finding innovative ways to improve on their overall footprint. Continue reading... “Grimm Doesn’t Just Look Green Because Of The Weather….”

OMPA Roundup: The State of the Industry

OMPA and industry members speak up on where media production is at in Oregon, and where it’s going!

Wednesday, June 15th
6:30pm doors – 7:00pm program
Scottish Rite Center
709 SW 15th Ave, Portland
At SW Morrison on the MAX Line

Free Admission

RSVP below
Tonkon Torp LLC
Gales Creek Insurance Services
Candice Jackson, Entertainment & Business Lawyer

Picture This Production Services

OMPA invites you
to an industry-wide conversation to consider and plan for the future of Film, Television, Animation, New Media and Visual Content production in Oregon, with special consideration of the status of Oregon’s film incentive program. Continue reading... “OMPA Roundup: The State of the Industry”

“Commercially Speaking . . .”

Most of the attention of late has focused on feature films and the renewal of the production incentives. The press loves to write about the “Leverages,” the “Grimms,” the “Gones” and the “Portlandias’ because they bring recognizable star talent to Portland.  And because they have a mystique about them; they are, for all intents and purposes, “the movies,” “Hollywood.” But we don’t want to loose sight of that portion of the production world that has provided a reasonably steady stream of work for local crew and local vendors; the COMMERCIAL. Continue reading... ““Commercially Speaking . . .””

LAIKA and Focus Features Announce Two New Feature Film Projects in Oregon


NEW YORK and PORTLAND, OR, May 4, 2011 – Focus Features and LAIKA, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline are reteaming for LAIKA’s next two projects. The first of the duo, ParaNorman, will be released nationwide on August 17th, 2012. The second, yet-to-be-named, picture will be released nationwide in 2014. Following the groundbreaking Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. Continue reading... “LAIKA and Focus Features Announce Two New Feature Film Projects in Oregon”

Testimonial Videos from the Local Film Community in Support of Oregon’s Film Incentive Programs

The videos embedded here are just two examples of testimony from local companies that have directly benefited from Oregon’s film incentive programs.  These videos will be played for the Oergon State Legislature at the continuation of the initial house hearing (on HB 2167) this Friday.  HB 2167 proposes increasing the annual amount allocated to the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF).

The testimonial videos from Mark “Sparky” Haleston of STP/Elite and Lana Veenker of Lana Veenker Casting will be submitted along with personal testimony from several other people from the Oregon Film community. Continue reading... “Testimonial Videos from the Local Film Community in Support of Oregon’s Film Incentive Programs”

Summer Opportunities for Oregon Filmmakers & Digital Artist

Remember what it felt like the moment that you wanted to make movies? Where where you? What inspired you to create? Who inspired you to create? What if you could be the person who sparks the creativity of the next great filmmaker or digital artist?

I loved my freelance life (yep, a production designer, wardrobe designer, production coordinator and writer), but when things were slow, I had to look for other opportunities and I found the most amazing group of people: kids who already knew they wanted to be in the biz! Continue reading... “Summer Opportunities for Oregon Filmmakers & Digital Artist”

Casting Call: Disney Commercial in Rogue Valley Nov. 8th


2 ADULTS AND 4 KIDS NEEDED! (see below)

Ambidextrous Productions is casting in Southern Oregon for a commercial for Disney Movie Rewards.


Adult auditions will be happening all day, kids will be scheduled for after school.

The shoot will be in the Rogue Valley on November 16 and 17 (Tuesday and Wednesday). Must be available all day. There will be a 1-hour fitting the day before. Continue reading... “Casting Call: Disney Commercial in Rogue Valley Nov. 8th”