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I am an Oregonian transplant originally from Hollywood. I lived there and worked in the industry most of my life. Trying to get any project done there is next to impossible. Navigating through the permit process and the egos makes any of the creative process secondary. Several times I tried to make films independently, but even getting decent actors to work for you can be challenging because inevitably someone will be in Screen Actors Gild and SAG will cause problems for you and them if you don't jump through the right hoops. Furthermore, if you are launching something low budget, it's hard to get anyone excited about it if your project isn't immediatly going to help someone's career.
Four years ago, I moved here. Last year I created a Science Fiction franchise called Project 912. We are launching on May 25th. I never would have been able to pull this off in Los Angeles. But here, I found an army of creative and talented people willing to help out. The rescources are limitless and abundent. A few weeks ago, I had the head of the Governor's Office of Film and Television and the Portland film commision on a conference call with me as we figured out locations for me fory my shoot. Micheal Fine, who runs the Portland film commision was completly accessable and helpful. He treated me as if I were mounting a large production here even though I have ZERO budget. His counterpat in LA wouldn't even return a phone call.
I can only hope more productions come to Oregon.
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