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— Clark James, Partner, Hive-FX

NBC chose HIVE-FX over other companies during a creature test competition, beating out other top competitors from Los Angeles and Portland. Photos courtesy of Hive-FX

The locations crew has tapped into Oregon’s wellspring of beautiful locations. Whether the plot calls for an urban area, a sandy beach, a forest, mountains, or even the desert, Oregon has a spot for wherever they travel. As it airs its third season, The Librarians offers glimpses of favorite landmarks such as OMSI and the familiar USS Blueback floating on the Willamette.

Since 2015 the production has spent over $250 million in Oregon. Writers/producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have said, “Rain or shine, Portland has been the ideal setting for fairy tales with its enchanting layout. It is its own character in our show with the perfect mix of urban and rural settings.” 

Grimm

Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove

Beginning in 2011, NBC’s popular series Grimm gave viewers across the nation an irresistible mix of crime and fantasy. NBC’s Grimm might not be the same if it weren’t for Hive-FX’s (page 94) creation of a myriad of virtual creatures, CG elements, and effects that keep the audience members wide-eyed and fixated. The Portland-based, one-stop animation studio employs over 30 artists and producers.

A spinoff of, Deadliest Catch, The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove portrays the dangerous, real life of crab fishermen who work out of Newport. During the pilot, the series introduced viewers to fishermen Jonny Law, Marc Sehlbach, Gary and Kenny Ripka (father and son), and brothers, Chris Retherford and Mikey Retherford, Jr.

For Grimm, Portland isn’t merely the location where engaging stories unfold; it’s home for much of the crew and extras. Between 2010 and 2015, employment in the film and TV industry increased by 70 percent, largely due to the Oregon Production Investment Fund rebate. As Gretchen Miller of Hive-FX explained, “We couldn’t have had the series [Grimm] here without the tax incentive.”

Dungeon Cove focuses on the experiences of fishermen whose lives involve sailing underneath daunting silver skies through Oregon’s winter storms. This reality TV show offers its audience a picture of Oregon in its most raw and stunning form by creating a narrative around both the daily lives of fishermen and unscripted nature. From Coos Bay to Yaquina Bay, the new series reveals how rewarding and unusual life on the Oregon Coast can be. 

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“Our talented team works simultaneously on tracking, animation, modeling, surfacing, lighting, rendering and compositing to deliver complex creatures for Grimm in less than 4 weeks.”

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