Every year Oregon’s governor gives a “State of the Industry” address to Oregon’s film & TV industry at the Oregon Film annual meeting… and every year we ask you, our readers, to give us your own “State of the Industry Address” – to reflect on what’s gone well in the past year, where the industry is headed in the coming year, and the challenges Oregon’s industry faces as it moves forward.
We received several “State of the Industry” articles from people around the state, and we’ll be sharing them with you over the next few days.
Actor Todd A. Robinson
While we have a network primetime drama and two popular cable series’ in town, I believe that we still have a long way to go and hard work to do to reach the potential our community posseses.
Movie Maker Magazine only gave our local industry an “honorable mention” this year, when five years ago, we were considered the second hottest indie scene in the country. A lot of this has to do with the low cap on our incentive program, which — while it looks pretty good from the outside — really lacks the legislative support or funding to allow our community to do the amount of work it could do. The feature films and “Movies of the Week” that we have hosted in past years have seen their allotment of our available OPIF funds eaten up by Grimm and Leverage, and take their business elsewhere.
Until our legislature recognizes the need to increase the fund and attract more work, our local industry may remain “honorable”, but will not flourish…
Todd A. Robinson is an actor/acting coach in Portland, OR.