Portland’s historic production year is in full swing, with TNT’s hit show Leverage in the midst of shooting its fourth season, NBC’s Grimm in pre-production (and planning to make an appearance at San Diego’s ComicCon,) and IFC’s Portlandia going into production in a matter of weeks.
While Portlandia may have a smaller budget than the other two television shows shooting in the Rose City (or it may not… we’re not privy to the show’s budget numbers,) the production’s impact on the local economy and job market is easy to see from a flurry of notices that have appeared in recent days:
- Portland casting director Simon Max Hill sent out a notice last week that the show is looking for “Portlandian” extras
- Production designer Tyler Robinson is requesting submissions from Portland-area artists and businesses who want their work featured on the show.
- Location scout Ben Lipsey has put out a call for Portland homes to act as shooting locations
We don’t have any idea how many extras, artists, and homes will be featured in Portlandia’s second season, but we do know that the first season employed over 200 Oregonians and utilized the services of 75 Portland-area vendors.