Keeping Oregon’s Film & TV Industry A “Good Neighbor”

Crew Parking Signs Like This Are Common Sites Near Film Locations (Photo: Michael Poulin)
Crew Parking Signs Like This Are Common Sites Near Film Locations (Photo: Michael Poulin)

We talk a lot about the good things Oregon’s film and TV industry does for the communities its active in… but that doesn’t mean that everyone in those communities is overjoyed about the industry’s presence. To be sure, film and TV production can bring jobs and economic development to an area… but it can also bring inconvenience.

From time-to-time we’ll receive a message from an OregonFilmAndTvDollars.com reader through our Share Your Story page such as this one:

They said I couldn’t park on my own street with just a days notice. I didn’t appreciate the air of entitlement to inconvenience me, my family, and everyone in my neighborhood just because they are shooting a movie. I would have appreciated more notice and perhaps more of a questioned posed. There was no offer of compensation or gratitude.

We don’t know what movie the reader is refering to, or where this happened… but conflicts like this can often develop between residents of neighborhoods being utilized in film and TV production and crews shooting there. While some residents in these neighborhoods are happy to host a film crew and a cast of actors on their block, it’s just as likely that people delayed in getting home or off to work might be unhappy with the production and the process.

“With more [film and TV production in Oregon] will
come the responsibility of the film industry, local government and state
government to make sure the film and TV shows are good neighbors, ” says Governor’s Office of Film and Television executive director Vince Porter.  “I think [Portland Mayor's Office of Film and Video Liaison Shelley Midthun] will be able to confirm that this will be an effort we will all focus on in the near future.”

In her own correspondence on the subject, Midthun agreed. “Communication between industry professionals – many of whom are local hires -and Portland neighborhoods and businesses is a vital part of the industry’s continued success.  We’ll all be working together to support good relationships and mutual understanding.”

As film and TV workers gather on Wednesday night to plan for the future of Oregon’s industry, several we talked to say that maintaining the industry’s relationship with “non-industry” residents is an important consideration. “One of the reasons we decided to shoot in Portland was the neighborhoods” said one production worker who asked not to be identified. “We want to keep the residents of those neighborhoods happy so we can keep shooting in their back yards.”


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About Haroldphillips

Harold Phillips has worked professionally in theatre, film and television for over 20 years. In that time, he's built a reputation for his commitment to the characters he plays and his efforts to strengthen the film and theatre industries in the cities he's worked in. Harold has gained prominence in the quickly growing world of digital media, with appearances in the wildly popular web series Lady Wasteland, Animus Cross, and the interactive movie The Outbreak. In addition to appearances in commercials and independent films (including the comedic Crackin' The Code and thrillers Sum Of The Parts and Dark Horizon), Harold has spent many years working on stage in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about Harold, please visit his web site at http://www.haroldphillips.net or follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/haroldPDX
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2 Responses to Keeping Oregon’s Film & TV Industry A “Good Neighbor”

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  2. Pingback: The Oregonian: “If This Keeps Up, Portland TV Crews Will Be As Numerous As Bicycle Repair Shops” | Oregon Film And TV Dollars

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