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Feature The Painted Hills have fascinating patterns and gradients that fade into the surface of the hills. Photo courtesy of Zach Frank/BBC Wallowa Mountains and Hells Canyon region of northeast Oregon. Photo courtesy of Joe Whittle/Travel Oregon

due in large part to accessibility (just a short flight from Los Angeles); economic rebates; a strong bench of local talent; and highly coveted, camera-ready, onlyin-Oregon locations. The Oregon Film Office is currently tracking 24 distinct projects and numerous locally produced commercial production projects through its incentive program this fiscal year. But, according to the film office, that number may not be accurate, because there are always many projects that don’t check in with the office for various reasons. Tim Williams, who worked on Wild and was an executive and independent producer for more than 25 years before becoming the executive director of Oregon Film, said the mission of his organization is to “promote the develop-

View from Mt. Hood, Travel Oregon

ment of the film, television, commercial, and interactive industry in Oregon and to enhance the industry’s revenues, profile, and reputation within Oregon and among the industry internationally.” But in a nutshell he said the goal is to “further the growth of the creative content industry across the state.” And, according to Williams, it’s growing. “We’ve seen consistent growth in the film and television sector over the last 10 years,” said Williams. “The tracked in-state spending for projects coming through our modest incentive programs has grown from just over $5 million in 2005 to almost $200 million this current fiscal year.” Williams adds, “that has also been born out in the data from the Department of Employment, which shows a 69-percent

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Columbia River Gorge at Crowne Point, Travel Oregon

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pacific Crest Trail at McKenzie Pass

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SourceOregon 2017  

Enjoy OMPA's annual publication exclusively highlighting the award winning work of Oregon Media Production Association members. 2017 theme...

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Enjoy OMPA's annual publication exclusively highlighting the award winning work of Oregon Media Production Association members. 2017 theme...

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