Thanks for the opportunity to speak with your members, that was very helpful and insightful for me on many levels – I appreciate their time and questions.
As discussed, I wanted to send you a few things to share with others. First, the three bills we currently have “in process” in Salem are (I’ve included hyperlinks on each, so just click to get more info):
Also, here’s some selected passages from my talk this morning that I thought my be both illustrative and useful – let me know if I can expand ro explain anything further. Thanks!
“I’m the Executive Director of The Oregon Film & Video office – or – for simplicity’s sake – the state film office. We exist to advocate for and assist both in-state and out of state media production work looking to do business within the state of Oregon. This industry – based on what we have been tracking during the last year – now spends at least $200m in this state and directly impacts more than 3000 jobs. Over the last five years, employment in the Film & Video industry here in the sate has grown 69%, the median wage is now $43k and there are currently over 350 film & video production and development companies here in the state. ”
“[The Feature film] WILD shot in more locations across this state than any other feature film before it. Over the course of three months, WILD impacted more than 250 vendors over an area covering about 2/3rds of the state. They bought Muslin & Grommets in Ashland, rented portable toilets in Klamath Falls, purchased Lumber & Paint brushes in Bend, secured hotel rooms in Mt Hood and Crater Lake and they bought a large amount of hardware supplies right here in East Portland. This is true of all of the large scale productions we have shooting here at the moment – GRIMM, Portlandia, The Librarians and even, to some extent, Laika (the largest “studio” in Oregon which is located in Hillsboro producing oscar nominated animated features). They all spend money “locally” but often their “location” changes on a daily basis.”
“It is also important to note the charitable impact some of these larger shows are having in the local community. Earlier this year the producer of GRIMM held a Gala event in our office building, the Eastside Exchange, and in just over two hours the cast and crew raised more than $300,000 towards a permanent endowment for the Doernbecker children’s hospital.”
Tim Williams, Executive Director