Historic Jefferson County Courthouse and Jail – Restored and Ready for Your Next Film


The Historic Jefferson County Courthouse and Jail in Madras, OR has now been restored and is ready for you to film your next project there. Today, the 6,500-square-foot courthouse features offices on the first floor for a property management company and two law firms. The second floor, which was used for trials and still has its original jury chairs, is open for events like weddings and anniversaries. Outside the courthouse has a landscaped lawn and a gazebo. The current owner is even open to renting out their classic cars. Continue reading... “Historic Jefferson County Courthouse and Jail – Restored and Ready for Your Next Film”

WILD Contest Has Oregon Covered


Fox Searchlight unveiled the #LifeisWILD contest this week as a headliner in promoting Reese Witherspoon‘s WILD.  Oregon Film was approached by Fox Searchlight to help put this contest together as an interactive and creative way to bring attention to the movie, and in so doing, the Pacific Crest Trail, and Oregon simultaneously.  Oregon Film collaborated with Travel Oregon to pull together a fantastic Grand Prize package of a week long trip to Oregon for the winner and a friend.  Continue reading... “WILD Contest Has Oregon Covered”

Go “Back O’er Oregon” On State Park Day, June 7th

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 1.21.07 PM June 7th is a celebration for Oregon’s huge array of state parks.  State Park Day is offering free camping and day use as way to thank the public and  welcome use of these beautiful areas.

You can catch a glimpse of Oregon’s many state parks on the “Back O’er Oregon” music video that Slater Smith and his band The Weather Machine  debuted last year on Rainn Wilson’s website Soul Pancake.  The project was a creative collaboration between Oregon Parks and Recreation and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television. Continue reading... “Go “Back O’er Oregon” On State Park Day, June 7th”

Brittany Murphy’s “Something Wicked”, Begins Its Run In Oregon, April 11th.


We are excited to see “Something Wicked” roll out in Oregon next week (after it’s premiere April 4th in Eugene) before a wider release in coming weeks.

Below is the press release:


Pacific Northwest Regal Cinemas Sees First Rollout Of Psychological Thriller

April 8, 2014 – Portland, OR – The long-awaited final film of the late actress Brittany Murphy will hit theaters in Portland, Salem, and Bend beginning April 11, 2014, with more than 15 additional regional Regal Cinema theaters to follow weekly. Continue reading... “Brittany Murphy’s “Something Wicked”, Begins Its Run In Oregon, April 11th.”

Moviemaker Magazine Awards Two Oregon Cities With Honors For “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2014”!

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In years gone by, Moviemaker Magazine lumped together big city and small town to compete for the sought after title of, “Best Places To Live and Work as a Moviemaker”.  This year, the magazine has split their list into three components:

  • Top Big Cities (they define as more than 50,000 residents)
  • Top Small Cities (100,000)
  • Top Towns (under 100,000)

We are excited to see that two Oregon cities took honors in the Big City and Town categories – Portland and Ashland! Continue reading... “Moviemaker Magazine Awards Two Oregon Cities With Honors For “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2014”!”

Tips For Renting Your ‘Hot Property’ As A Film Location

Filming “Train Master 2” in Portland

Of the five major broadcast television networks’ 23 new one-hour dramas offered up last year, only two were filmed in Hollywood. State tax incentives from outside California have successfully lured many productions to other economies, and created a growing market for a variety of property owners in Oregon as location providers. Indicating the extent to which films are made outside the confines of studio lots in America, about five years ago- when California still commanded the lion’s share of the film location market -Los Angeles County issued permits for over 30,000 film location days, with about 75% of Southern California’s location filming shooting in private residences. Continue reading... “Tips For Renting Your ‘Hot Property’ As A Film Location”

Animal House of Blues

‘Animal House’: Our Alma Mater

“Animal House of Blues”: has been announced today as an Official Selection of the Eugene International Film Festival October 18th- 21st, 2012. Directed by Jay Richardson, class of 2012; with the help of fellow graduating filmmakers.

Subtitled “How an Oregon Community Helped Create a Hollywood Blockbuster (or Two) On a ‘B’ Drive-In Movie Budget”; this next generation of young Oregon filmmakers, formerly from the University of Oregon, stepped up and optioned, filmed and edited Katherine Wilson’s documentary screenplay, as well as licensed her Oregon Film Factory Movie Museum images and artifacts. Continue reading... “Animal House of Blues”

Top Gear USA – Can You Get From Portland to San Francisco On Just One Tank Of Gas?

Top Gear USA

We will find out tonight if it’s possible to drive from Portland to San Fransisco on just one tank of gas. The History Channel’s  Top Gear USA series, modeled after the UK BBC series of the same name, has a similar set up with weekly car challenges and rewards.  Tonight’s challenge takes presenters, Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood from Portland to San Francisco without  being allowed to fill up.  Whomever makes it closest to San Francisco wins the chance to drive the “toughest off road machine in the world” in a race in the Colorado mountains.  Continue reading... “Top Gear USA – Can You Get From Portland to San Francisco On Just One Tank Of Gas?”

Independent Feature, “The A-List” Wraps

“The A List”, On Location In Beaverton

We stopped by the set last week on the penultimate day of shooting for “The A-List“, an independent comedy feature  about a high school senior who is “coerced by his guidance counselor into fulfilling a list of all of her high school fantasies in order for him to graduate”.  This is a first feature to be produced for writer D.J. Halferty and produced by; Ian Rao, Brett Cranford, Matthew Karchesky, Kevin Callies and directed by Will Bigham. Continue reading... “Independent Feature, “The A-List” Wraps”

25th Anniversary of Oregon’s Own “Stand by Me’

Searching for Adventure and "the body".

25 years ago, on August 8th, a film shot in Oregon was released nationwide in the theatres. It hasn’t stopped playing since. It is currently #175 on IMDB’s top 250 list, above “Avatar” and “Gandhi”. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay from Stephen Kings’ novella “The Body”; the Japanese Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; and won the Jackie Coogan Youth Award for the cast of River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman. Continue reading... “25th Anniversary of Oregon’s Own “Stand by Me’”