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U.S.A – Oregon

Oregon Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Oregon? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Oregon

For an introduction to shooting in Oregon see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Oregon Film Locations

Oregon is best known for its variety of beautiful winding roads, tunnels, bridges, snow-covered mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, wineries, breweries, rugged coastline, deserted beaches, lighthouses, fishing villages, dams, railroads, small town America looks, mansions and contemporary homes in beautiful forested settings. Oregon is rich in agricultural looks including cattle ranches, dairy farms, lumber yards, Christmas tree farms, as well as apple, cherry, and berry farms.

Portland, Oregon’s largest city sits in close proximity to much of Oregon’s natural beauty. Inside Portland you can find the scenic Willamette River with its ten bridges that can be opened for boat traffic, residential and bohemian neighborhoods, skate parks, sport stadiums, Mount Tabor and Forest Park. Downtown Portland offers a business district with office towers, a vibrant Chinatown, and the modern converted-warehouse neighborhood, the Pearl District.

Outside of Portland, locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Eugene’s Hult Center For The Performing Arts, Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, and Tillamook Airship Hangars. To the east of the Cascade Mountains you can find a variety of arid looks including John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Painted Hills, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Lake Owyhee, Hells Canyon, and Malheur Lake. Bend and the Three Sisters area is the main area for filming as it has amenities and much of the same terrain you will find farther east. The eastern third of the state is more difficult to film in for lack of towns and basic resources. Fort Rock is a desolate area within striking range of Bend. Crater Lake offers spectacular otherworldly views a couple of hours drive from Bend. There are also impressive dunes in central Oregon around the Christmas Valley area. Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in eastern Oregon is one of the largest wind farms in the world.

Oregon has hosted a long list of films including Twilight (2008), Into The Wild (2007), Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995), My Own Private Idaho (1991), The Goonies (1985). The Timberline Lodge, which features in The Shinning (1980) is located in Mount Hood. TV shows shot in Oregon include Grimm (1991) and Portlandia (1991). Point Break (1991) filmed Cannon Beach in Ecola State Park for Australia’s Bells Beach.

Oregon Film Location Permits

City of Portland / Portland Parks has a two-tier permit system:

1. A “B-roll” permit for crews of 4 and under with no parking or clearance for a maximum of 10 locations per day. Ideal for crews with limited vehicles who don’t mind fending for themselves parking-wise and don’t need any sort of control.

2. A regular filming permit for all other shoots. All locations need to be specified and approved by the City of Portland. For crews of 5 and up and for any street crew parking, clearance and traffic control, sidewalk or street.

Both require a minimum of 3 days notice to process. Portland police are required for traffic control in the core areas and they usually need 4-5 days notice to attach officers. Shutting city streets is best done on a Sunday. Permitting the Pearl District requires extra lead time.

Outside of Portland permitting times generally range from 2-14 days. The Columbia River Gorge area takes about 10 days to permit depending on the size and scope of the project. Filming in Oregon’s state parks is permit-fee-free.

For more location specific information, please contact us.

When To Shoot?

Portland has mild and very rainy winters and warm, pleasant summers. East of the Cascade Mountain range is semi-arid. Some mountains are snow covered throughout the year.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Oregon Tax Incentives For Filming

Oregon offers qualifying productions a 20% cash rebate on Oregon-based goods and services, and an additional cash payment of up to 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel. Oregon’s doesn’t have any sales tax on goods and services.

Oregon Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Portland has a good pool of local crew about three teams deep.

Contact us if you are looking for a Portland, Eugene or Bend based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Oregon.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian. Film characters synonymous with the state include Portland hipsters, coffee connoisseurs, craft beer brewers, local produce farmers, outdoorsy types, and lumberjacks.

Oregon Film Equipment

Equipment. Portland has all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear available locally.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Oregon Studios & Post Production

Studios. Oregon has several studios to choose from.

Oregon Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Portland, Eugene, Bend and other areas of Oregon.

Final Notes

Safety. Oregon is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Portland has some excellent farm-to-table restaurants, micro-breweries and distilleries.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Oregon, please see below:

Hire Oregon Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Oregon, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Oregon, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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