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Oregon Industry

CINEMA

BY: DOUG BALDWIN (PAGE 56)

Filmed in Coos Bay, The Watchman’s Canoe tells the spiritual journey of a 10-year-old girl. Photo courtesy of Watchman - Mike Stanislawski

If you live in Portland, you’re accustomed to spotting actors and production personnel all over town. The presence of episodic series like Grimm, The Librarians, and Portlandia all but guarantees that sooner or later you’re going to cross paths with lead-role talent or PAs (page 74) lugging heavy equipment across some Portland side street. But if the past year proves anything, it’s that production is teeming well outside the big city borders. Lean on Pete, filmed in rural Harney County, used production supplies from Portland. Photo courtesy of Jason Dinges

Portland may be the epicenter of Oregon’s production industry, but opportunities also abound in more far-flung areas of the state. Much has to do with the increase in the indigenous film incentives (rOPIF), see sidebar, but even as remarkable are films that didn’t qualify for the incentives that found filming in small towns equally beneficial and rewarding.

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Lean on Pete Filmed entirely in Oregon and created with mostly Oregon-based cast and crew, this movie about a boy and his racehorse named Lean on Pete, is derived from the acclaimed novel by Oregon-based writer, Willy Vlautin. The $8 million production drew Hollywood talent Chloë Sevigny and Steve Buscemi. Part of the eight-week shooting schedule was spent in the Portland area, but the small, center-of-the-state town of Burns (page 116) also hosted the film for three weeks. While sometimes a challenge to wrangle supplies in rural outposts, Gearhead Grip (page 83), Koerner Camera (page 81), and others brought in supplies and the city was “highly accommodating,” said line producer Darren Demetre. The production was able to return the favor by boosting the local economy and providing employment opportunities, hiring extras, an extras coordinator, two production assistants, and multiple security personnel.

The Watchman’s Canoe Feature director and OMPA member Barri Chase used Coos Bay as the home base for The Watchman’s Canoe, a tale about a 10-year-old girl’s spiritual journey on a Native American reservation.

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