A statement released by governor John Kitzhaber and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television earlier this week notes that 2011 will be the biggest year for total dollars spent on film and television projects in Oregon’s history (quite an achievement, considering Oregon’s long history of film production!)
As we’ve already reported here at OregonFilmandTVDollars.com, Leverage and Portlandia are both set to begin shooting news seasons in the coming year. The Film Office’s statement also listed several new projects lining up to shoot in 2011:
“Grimm” – NBC Universal Television Pilot due to shoot in Portland area in March, with a decision on the series due in May. “Gone” – Feature Film produced by Lakeshore Entertainment starring Amanda Seyfried. Production begins in April. 2 new independent films slated for production in Southern Oregon. 2 new independent films slated for production in the Portland area. (Read the entire statement….)
“I’m expecting over $90 million [to be spent in Oregon]” GOFTV Executive Director Vince Porter said in a follow-up article published in the Eugene Register-Guard Wednesday.
There are several reasons for the sudden growth, he said.
“Number one, as soon as Gov. Kitzhaber announced in his budget that he was interested in supporting (film and television projects), I got a call from every television network as they were getting ready for the pilots season,” Porter said.
Second, he said, “We spent a lot of time working hard to show that Oregon can play as different places. Last year, for some reason, a lot of writers were writing television or film projects set in Oregon.” (Read the entire article…)
Meanwhile, an article in this month’s Portland Monthly magazine says that 2011 is shaping up to be a tremendous year for home-grown independent film in Oregon. Writer Aaron Scott visited the “wrap party” for Portland-based Polluted Pictures‘ ambitious slate of three films shot in 2010, and learned that Portland’s indie-film scene is set to explode in 2011.
While national productions get the most attention, the crucial transformation is happening at the grassroots level. Portland directors, producers, writers, technicians, and actors will release a slew of intriguing small projects this year, in genres ranging from two-fisted black comedy to Christian-themed horror. (Read the entire article…)