The Oregon Made Creative Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in 2018 to create projects and reach Oregon talent. They partner with Travel Oregon, Prosper Portland, Danner Boots, Playa Summer Lake, Northwest Film Center, NW Documentary and the Portland Film Office around the state.
This investment resulted in several job opportunities and a series of film shots here. It also created a writer’s room focused on developing a locally produced pilot and series.
This is not the first ‘film rodeo’ for Oregon. You may remember films like ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Kindergarten Cop,’ ‘Animal House,’ and seminal-animated film ‘Coraline’ which are just a few in a long list of offerings. Other series include ‘Grimm,’ ‘The Librarians,’ ‘Leverage,’ and ‘Portlandia.’ These four series accounted for more than a half billion dollars of in-state spending and affected more than 1,000 jobs annually. Just during the 2015-2017 biennium, film in Oregon accounted for more than $300M of in-state spending and more than 6,000 jobs for over 45 specific projects.
Film in Oregon accounted for more than $300M of in-state spending and more than 6,000 jobs...
This year there are many new projects (one just recently finished filming a horror flick in Bandon) such as the second season of ‘American Vandal’ and ‘The OA,’ season 3 of ‘Documentary Now,’ and much more.
Maybe one of the most exciting film growth here in the state is animation with three feature length projects here in Oregon, and others on the way. Each film can employ more than 300 jobs for around three years. If you want to know more about the film industry and opportunities from benefitting from it see the latest Oregon Film newsletter at: https://oregonconfluence.com/2019/06/03/oregon-film-who-we-are-and-what-we-do-update-2019/
This BLOG is all about using creative talents to create and support the economy in Oregon. First Blog out of the shute is how film in Oregon helps bring in money and jobs into the state. Business Recruitment, Retention, and Expansion (BRE) comes in many forms and flavors. The entertainment sector is alive and well on the South Coast!