×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Oregon Expands Tax Credits for Filming

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that boosts the annual cap on the state’s film and video tax credit, currently at $10 million.

The cap will increase to $12 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017. The goal is to promote the state’s  film and television industry by further increasing capacity to attract and retain projects in the state.

Film and television producers have to spend at least $1 million in Oregon to qualify for the credit. The industry brings as much as $160 million to the state per year and is home to TV series “Portlandia” (pictured above), “Grimm” and “The Librarians.”

Brown signed the bill at the Laika studios in Hillsboro.

“Last year 20 of the 23 projects that benefited from this fund were produced by either local Oregon companies or local Oregon producers,” she said. “The program generates over $160 million of spending a year and more than 3,000 jobs. With the signing of this bill I expect the number of local productions will grow even more.”

Brown said that a new initiative of the Oregon Production Investment Fund encourages existing Portland-based productions like “Portlandia,” “Grimm” and “The Librarians” to shoot at least a few days of their schedule outside of Portland.

Stop-motion specialist Laika is not among the recipients of the funds.

“Laika has proven that a love for storytelling and sense of duty to creatively advance their industry can make a great business model,” Brown said. “It’s an often-used phrase but still appropriate, they are turning dreams into reality.”

More Artisans

  • John Wick Chapter 3

    'John Wick: Chapter 3' Tones Down the Blood and Gore to Keep Look 'Totally Real'

    When Jeff Campbell, a visual effects supervisor with VFX studio Spin, initially set to work on the first “John Wick,” the 2014 action thriller from director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, he started with an industry-standard test: Establish a single, simple kill effect meant to get a sense of the look of the violence [...]

  • Spider-Man Homecoming

    Film and TV Productions Are Using Drones for Scouting Locations, Lighting and More

    Since a ruling by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014 that cleared the use of drones in film and TV production, the acquisition of footage by these unmanned flying machines has become de rigueur for aerial shooting in cases when cranes or aircraft are impractical or unsafe.  As such, drones have been greeted enthusiastically not [...]

  • MTV The Challenge

    How 'The Challenge' Relied on Global Crew to Pull Off Plane Game

    Thirty-three seasons into MTV’s “The Challenge,” the reality competition series has spawned a band of traveling producers and engineers who fly around the world to create one-of-a-kind games. This includes placing cameras, smoke elements and a puzzle inside a plane that was suspended more than 30 feet above water. Executive producer Justin Booth joined “The [...]

  • Chaz Ebert DePaul CHA Documentary Filmmaking

    Chicago Program Gives High School Girls Lessons in Documentary Filmmaking

    At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, three of the projects screening in the Short Film Corner — “Birthday,” “Phenomenally Me” and “Without Dying” — will be products of the DePaul/CHA Documentary Filmmaking Program, a six-week course co-sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority in which high school girls learn filmmaking from graduate students and faculty of [...]

  • Steven Spielberg55th Annual CAS Awards, Inside,

    Cinema Audio Society Sets 2020 Awards Show Three Weeks Earlier

    The Cinema Audio Society has moved its 2020 awards show ahead by three weeks to Jan. 25 due to the compression of the season. It will be held at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown. The CAS Awards recognize sound mixing in film and television, outstanding products for production and post-production, as well as the recipient [...]

  • Rocketman Elton John Biopic

    'Rocketman' Production Team Took the Fantasy Route With the Elton John Biopic

    Paramount has high hopes for “Rocketman,” the Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton as the legendary performer. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, the film comes on the heels of Fox’s massively successful Freddie Mercury movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” and could capitalize on audiences’ newly discovered interest in rock star stories that transport [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content