When Perry sent me an email letting me know that he had purchased a jet airliner mock up I knew I had to go check it out. While one or two options for filming in an airliner exist, none present an option that is logistically straight forward and simple. Shooting inside a real plane is of course the most realistic but the process is complex. Everything, including all crew and equipment, must pass through security and the crew is matched up with TSA agents inside and outside on the tarmac. Continue reading... “Welcome To PixAir!”
Right here in Oregon, tucked away in Hillsboro since 2007, is one of the leading manufacturers of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Meet Zylight LLC, they build “easy-to-use LED lighting systems based on state-of-the-art technologies, producing fully calibrated bright white light, as well as any color – forever eliminating gels.” Zylight was formed in 2004 to bring “new levels of efficiency, flexibility, and creativity to the realm of film and video lighting”.
This week we bring you the final two videos of our Summer Interns’ “Oregon Vendor Spotlight” video series. In today’s video (above), the Interns visit the Portland family owned City Liquidators.
What at first appeared to be a common furniture store has become a unique, one-stop shop for film and television productions looking to buy props and other items in the Portland area. City Liquidators, family owned and operated by the Pelett family, has seen a recent boost in business thanks to the film industry in Oregon.
For the next video of the series (above), the Oregon Film Summer Interns talk to both Bent Image Lab and Hive-FX about their recent animation and visual effects (VFX) work.
With the consistent production of successful animation and VFX work in Portland, Bent Image Lab and Hive-FX are among the most active and respected animation/VFX companies in the state. They define the talent in Oregon, and set the bar high. With high-profile clientele and big-contract work, both companies have earned impressive international reputations.
Cambridge Precision Machining recently experienced a 20% increase in revenue due to work manufacturing the tiny joints and parts of the armature skeletons for LAIKA’s stop-motion animated feature “ParaNorman.” Based on referrals, they are now getting additional work from as far away as Great Britain.
For our next video in the Oregon Film Summer Interns’ “Oregon Vendor Spotlight” series (above) we visited Koerner Camera Systems in Portland.
Koerner Camera Systems provides cameras and equipment to many film and television productions in Oregon. Thanks to increased business from shows such as “Grimm” and “Leverage,” Koerner is now the largest camera supplier in the northwest. Thanks to the infrastructure they have created, other productions in the state now have access to cutting edge technology and equipment.
The third installment of our Oregon Film Summer Interns’ “Oregon Vendor Spotlight” series (above) features local businesses Pacific Grip & Lighting and Autonomy Technology Inc. (ATI).
A boost in production work and employees are the results both Pacific Grip and Lighting (Portland, OR) and ATI (Bend, OR) have noticed from the consistency of the work being filmed in Oregon. The interconnectedness of numerous grip and lighting companies is expected, but less obvious is the far-reaching economic impact as we follow the chain of supply.
Hopefully you have been following our Oregon Film Summer Interns’ “Oregon Vendor Spotlight” video series. The series of videos, produced by our interns (Sabrina, Justen, and Jake) over the course of the summer, features interviews with local vendors that have recently experienced an increase in business due to film and television production. They were able to capture the stories of 12 local businesses in eight videos, but we know that there are many more businesses out there that have benefitted from local film and TV production. Continue reading... “Oregon Vendor Spotlight: Share Your Story”
The second video in our Oregon Film Summer Interns’ “Oregon Vendor Spotlight” series (above) follows the local supply chain that is utilized to provide the unique greenery needed for NBC’s “Grimm.”
In order to provide the trees, bushes and plants that help create “Grimm’s” eerie atmosphere, the show’s greensman, Charlie Carlsen, looks to local nurseries such as Dennis’ 7 Dees and Cascadian. They provide greenery from their stock and, in turn, activate their supply chain of other nurseries in the area to help meet the increased demand.
This summer, our team of Oregon Film student interns (Sabrina, Justen, and Jake) embarked on a project to interview some of the local vendors that have recently experienced an increase in business due to the film and television industry. By the end of the summer, the interns had produced eight short videos for their “Oregon Vendor Spotlight” series. We will be rolling out the videos over the next four weeks. Today, we are happy to present the first video in the series (embedded above) which highlights local boutique Shop Adorn. Continue reading... “Oregon Vendor Spotlight: Shop Adorn”