WHY SHOOT IN OREGON?
Oregon’s history in the media industry dates back to the silent film era of the early 1900s. Several of the earliest “studios" were located here, and since then over 500 feature films and television projects have been produced in Oregon (as well as hundreds of commercials and interactive games). Our office helps facilitate by finding experienced crews and support services and a diverse variety of locations.
All of which makes Oregon a great choice.
Production in Oregon After COVID-19
Gov. Brown has laid out a Three Phase Reopening plan for Oregon. As of August, all of the state's 36 counties are open under either Phase 1 (4 counties) or Phase 2 (32 counties).
Production is welcomed here in the state but all productions will need to adhere to the applicable elements of those general guidelines including social distancing, wearing masks and utilizing appropriate PPE.
Permits are, in general, being issued but most agencies have had a staff reduction during the last few months and therefore permitting may take longer to obtain and/or be issued with additional stipulations or restrictions. This is particularly true for Oregon State Parks.
On November 13 Gov. Brown put a "freeze" on all indoor social gatherings and put limits on restaurant capacity and social gatherings with people from outside your immediate family. These new “freeze” restrictions are specifically targeted at “social gatherings” and not on business sectors which were not specifically mentioned. Per the official announcement of the “freeze:” “Sectors without specific prohibitions or guidance must operate under the general employer guidance.”
Our office has confirmed that production work can continue during the “freeze” under the “general employer” provisions previously released. By definition that means that all work in our sector is still subject to all of the health and safety protocols mandated by the state and applicable unions being adhered to including but not limited to frequent testing, readily available PPE and frequent cleaning, working in pods, minimizing cross connection between pods, having enough space at indoor locations for everyone to maintain 6’ distancing at all times, wearing masks at all times, etc.
It is important to note that local businesses and jurisdictions may still put further restrictions in place and/or choose to not issue permits or permissions to shoot at their discretion, as has been the case through this pandemic.
Also, a Travel Advisory was issued jointly by California, Oregon and Washington on November 13 and reads as follows:
Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel
1. Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.
Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
Essential travel includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
2. Oregonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to Oregon.
We are requesting that all productions here in Oregon have a written Health & Safety Plan that lays out specific procedures and protocols that will not only allow the production to adhere to Gov. Brown's guidelines, but also help the production keep their cast and crew safe from the COVID-19 virus. This will be a requirement for productions participating in any of our incentive programs. Micro-budgeted projects should contact our office if you don't feel like you can afford required PPE.
The OMPA has published a set of Production Protocols that has been developed in conjunction with the local production community that can be used by each project for guidance on developing a written H&S policy that all project specific cast, crew and production companies should agree to prior to commencement of production.
In addition the unions/guilds have published "The Safe Way Forward" for on-set safety.
Please ensure you use all of these resources to develop your own set of measures to keep your cast and crew safe.
Harassment & Discrimination Reporting Links
If you have experienced harassment in some form on a set or job, or know someone who has, or if you just want to insure your production has its own policy and procedures to follow, you can always contact us and/or contact a third party helpline, or your guild or union.
We have also set up a public facing "All Voices" reporting platform that can be used by anyone. Simply go to the page via the embedded link above, click on "Send Feedback" and enter "Oregon Film" under the Company Name.
There are also hotlines, links, emails, policy and procedures for reporting harassment or discrimination in our industry on the "Reporting" page of our site.
Hire BIPOC, LGBTQ and Womxn Creatives & Crew
Here are just a few resources and databases where you can find diverse creatives to hire to create your next project:
Alternatively, if you are a member of a traditionally under-represented community working as a non-union member in this industry here in the state, you can sign up for the IASTE Local 488 Referral List.
There are also links to these resources on the "Diverse Hiring" page of our site.
Affirmative Action & DEI
OFVO seeks to promote a healthy, growing and diverse industry of content creators in Oregon through direct support of creators, community engagement and connection, and paid “on-set” placement, apprenticeship and “shadow” programs. In addition OFVO, in partnership with the Oregon Made Creative Foundation, seeks to provide grants, fellowships, residences and paid placement to a diverse group of content specific filmmakers and content creators funded through partnership and private contributions.
Find out more about our DEI work by going here.
Questions, Comments, Complaints or Suggestions? Please contact us.
Land Acknowledgments & Map
Oregon Film's office is in the Portland Metro area which rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River creating communities and summer encampments to harvest and use the plentiful natural resources of the area. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land. Find out further statewide land acknowledgement and maps by going here and here.
Oregon’s incredibly varied locations are not only in close proximity to each other, but also within a two hour flight of Los Angeles. On top of that, our Greenlight Oregon Labor Rebate Program allows companies producing a single commercial that spend more than $1M in the state OR companies that produce a series of commercials in Oregon during a single calendar year which, together, exceed $1M of production spending in the state, can qualify for up to a 6.2% cash rebate of their labor costs for crew working in the state.
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Find links to many of the various permitting agencies throughout the state by going here.
Find links to many granting programs we are tracking by going here.
Oregon Film History
Oregon's film and television history spans more than a century and includes the first film shot in our state (in Astoria) "The Fisherman's Bride" in 1909 as well iconic features like "The Goonies," "Stand By Me," "The General," "Animal House" and "City Girl." Find out more by visiting our Film History Page or take an even deeper dive and follow the Oregon Film Trail.
Oregon’s incredibly varied locations are not only in close proximity to each other, but also within a two hour flight of Los Angeles. People living in LA can be on a plane in the morning, work a full day in Oregon and be back at home the same night. For more about Oregon locations, see our Locations Page.
Our incentive programs can rebate 20% of your Oregon-based goods and services, and an additional cash payment of up to 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel. Unlike other states’ programs, these incentives are cash rebates, paid quickly and efficiently, as opposed to tax credits. Learn more about Oregon’s Film Incentives see our Incentives Page.
Oregon Tax Credit Auction
Find out more about the Oregon Resident Tax Credit Auction that funds the OPIF Program by going here.
We have a strong, and deep crew base who work year round on features, television, advertising and interactive games. For a crew and resource directory listing, check out SourceOregon. For the interactive gaming community, check out Oregon Games Organization. For information on motion picture & television production union membership pools, contact: IATSE Local 488: (503) 232-1523 or Teamsters Local 305: (503) 251-2305.
Oregon actors are showing up everywhere - Guest-Starring, Co-Starring, Voice Only and countless commercials - more roles than ever before. The Oregon talent pool is a trained and experienced group of professionals. View a listing of Oregon casting companies and talent at SourceOregon.
No Sales Tax
All purchases in Oregon are immediately discounted 7 to 8 percent over other states due to the fact that Oregon has no sales tax. There are not any papers or exempt cards to process. It’s just savings for being here in Oregon.
Questions, Comments, Complaints or Suggestions? Please contact us.