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State Film Commissions Guide: Oregon

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:57PM

State Film Commissions Guide: Oregon
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 Lost Lake at the base of Mount Hood
Oregon State Film Commission Lost Lake at the base of Mount Hood
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Unlike other states' programs, these incentives are cash rebates as opposed to tax credits. This enables us to deliver you a check quickly and efficiently. Additionally, Oregon's lack of any sales tax on goods and services can immediately save you 7 to 8 percent.
Lodging taxes are waived for rooms held longer than 30 days.
Oregon has many fee-free towns to shoot in.

What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF), Greenlight Oregon Labor rebate, Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Fund (iOPIF)

http://oregonfilm.org/incentives/

20% of your Oregon-based goods and services are rebated. An additional cash payment of up to 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel. 20% of all Oregon-based goods and services. An additional cash payment for 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel. Unlike other programs, these incentives are cash rebates as opposed to tax credits. This enables us to deliver a check quickly and efficiently. Additionally, Oregon's lack of any sales tax on goods and services can immediately save a production 7 to 8 percent.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Oregon is not just trees, mountains, white water rivers and green, bucolic  rolling hills - east of the Cascade Range are vast, high desert  locations, canyons, volcanic landscapes and scenic lakes. To the west is 363 miles of dramatic coastline with seas stacks, cliffs, rocky shores and pristine beaches. In between, there are many quintessential small town America locations as well as the city of Portland, that provides gritty urban locations and doubles for many places around the world. Within 2 driving hours from downtown Portland there is coast, forest, urban, mountains, year-round snow, high deserts, vineyards and farmland.

Oregon has may spectacular stretches of road cutting through wheat fields, small towns, dramatic curves, scenic straights and unpaved stretches.

Oregon’s very diverse locations are in close proximity to each other andalso within a two hour flight from 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.) 

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Within Portland there are several options that successfully have doubled as large sounds stages. There are two sound stages in Eugene, and many smaller, medium-sized stages in Portland.

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? With
an increase in the amount of production in recent years the qualified crew base has grown significantly and has a strong reputation as a dedicated, hard-working crew.

The depth of acting talent has surprised many producers and allowed themto cast significantly more parts than they initially expected. The most qualified crews are unionized, the IA is well represented.

The Steens Mountains, Eastern Oregon
Oregon State Film Commission The Steens Mountains, Eastern Oregon
Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? Our relatively close proximity to Los Angeles demand that many of Oregon's equipment houses be competitive with LA rates.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? "Grimm," "Leverage," "Portlandia," "ParaNorman," "Gone," "Meek's Cutoff," "Extraordinary Measures," "Twilight," "The Burning Plain."

What cities have their own film commissions in your state? Portland, we also have a large network of Liaisons throughout the state that are committed to helping production.

How many productions shot in your state last year? Approx 15

What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions? call us at 503-229-5832 or email us at shoot@oregonfilm.org or through our website at http://oregonfilm.org/

Interested in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out Indiewire's full guide to state film commissions HERE.

This article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit, State Film Commissions Guide