Greenlight Oregon, the state’s relatively new incentive program, has garnered location rights for a second feature pic from Lakeshore Entertainment.
Lakeshore, which recently completed production on “The Feast of Love” in Portland, announced Oregon as the location for its next project, “Untraceable.” Pic, helmed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Diane Lane, has begun pre-production with principal photography skedded for mid-February.
“I welcome Lakeshore Entertainment back to Oregon to shoot its second feature in less than six months,” said Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who, along with state legislators, created the Oregon Production Investment Fund in 2003, offering an incentive to qualified productions spending over $1 million in the state.
“Lakeshore’s decision to return to Oregon to film ‘Untraceable’ demonstrates the growing success of our incentive programs…. and showcases Oregon to our nation and the world,” Kulongoski added.
Greenlight Oregon, which includes a labor rebate incentive, was created after the governor met with Hollywood studio execs to discuss additional means of increasing production in the state.
A recently completed economic impact analysis shows that these incentives have reversed the downward trend of out-of-state productions shooting in the state. The study, compiled by EcoNorthwest, states that, “Although well below the peak spending period of the early 1990s, activity in Oregon during 2005 has more than doubled from the recent low hit in 2003 as incentives stimulated filming in the state.”
According to the study, Oregon’s film and video industry had an overall statewide economic impact of $985.7 million and paid a total of $192.7 million to Oregon employees who work in the industry.
The study reported state, local tax and government coffers reaped an overall $46.2 million in revenues for 2005.
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Coming attractions for the state also include the Platform Intl. Animation Festival debuting June 25-30 in Portland. The announcement was made by festival founder and director, Irene Kotlarz.
The festival and competition, sponsored by Cartoon Network, will be a platform for artists, innovation, debate and discussion, in addition to exploring developments in animation.
“This is an important period for animation because the rapid growth of technology changes the possibilities of our every day,” said Kotlarz, producer of animation projects and former director of animation festivals in Cambridge, Bristol and Cardiff in the U.K. “We want animators to be able to find new answers and new opportunities with the best in the industry. Whether the animated submissions are created for theaters, cell phones or for the sides of buildings, if it is brilliant and innovative, we want to show it.”
Fest features an international competition with cash prizes as well as showcasing other art forms including comics, illustration, character and toy design, motion graphics, gallery art and live action cinema.
“No one is really talking about what makes good content for these areas, or how to grow a generation of creators for these platforms. That’s why Cartoon Network is proud to be the sole sponsor of this important new international festival and competition,” said Michael Ouweleen, Cartoon Network’s senior VP, programming & development.
The international competition is open to films under 40 minutes (with no minimum running time), and there is no entry fee. Directors with films in competition will be provided with complimentary accommodation, meal allowances and festival passes.
International judges will present awards in categories covering commercial and independent films, student animation and films for new platforms, including cell phones and the Internet. Rules stipulate that films must have premiered after Jan. 1, 2005 to be eligible. More than $50,000 will be awarded and deadline for entry is March 1.