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U.S.A – Oregon

Oregon Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Oregon? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Oregon? See below for an introduction to Oregon locations, permits, when to shoot, studios, crew and equipment, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.

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, 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.

Oregon has hosted a long list of films including Twilight, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Into The Wild, Goonies and My Private Idaho. The Timberline Lodge, which features in The Shinning is located in Mount Hood. TV shows shot in Oregon include Grimm and Portlandia.

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.

Crew and Equipment. Portland has a good pool of local crew about three teams deep. All of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear is also available locally.

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.

Studios. Oregon has several studios to choose from.

Tax Incentives. 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.

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

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:

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

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.

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