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OMPA teams up with VFX/PDX for networking event

OMPA teams up with VFX/PDX for networking event

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We weren’t kidding when we said last Monday’s VFX and stop-motion job mixer would be a sequel worth seeing! The Art Institute was packed with roughly 200 talented folks promoting their skills and 16 local studios recruiting new hires. We know it was hot and busy. But we also heard everyone had a pretty awesome […]

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Roundtable builds bridges between production community and city offices

Roundtable builds bridges between production community and city offices

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What does it take to film in Portland? The support of nearly every city and regional bureau! Last week, the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) and the Portland Film Office co-hosted a Roundtable with representatives from over a dozen offices and the production power-users of those city services. We were delighted to welcome to the […]

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Get to Know Your Board: Angela Geier

Get to Know Your Board: Angela Geier

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OMPA Board Member Angela Geier has been a Recruiter in the VFX and Animation industry for 10 years, working all over the world! Now she works at LAIKA and has championed reverse recruiting methods to help share talent among local studios. She looks forward to helping artists and studios make Oregon, and OMPA, their forever […]

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The Top 10 Film Festivals to Submit To

The Top 10 Film Festivals to Submit To

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OMPA member Scott Ballard has been a freelance filmmaker for about 15 years, the last 10 of which he’s called Portland home. Over that time his works have been selected for literally hundreds of film festivals – wow! He recently shared his tips on submitting to film festivals, and while we talked, he filled us […]

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City Council Candidates Respond to OMPA Survey

City Council Candidates Respond to OMPA Survey

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CANDIDATES FOR COMMISSIONER, POSITION NO. 2 Nick Fish – see responses below Julia DeGraw – no response Nicholas Sutton – no response Philip J. Wolfe – no response CANDIDATES FOR COMMISSIONER, POSITION NO. 3 Andrea Valderrama – see responses below Jo Ann Hardesty – no response Felicia Williams – no response  Loretta Smith –  no response Stuart Emmons – […]

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Top 5 Tips for Submitting to Film Festivals

Top 5 Tips for Submitting to Film Festivals

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OMPA member Scott Ballard has been a freelance filmmaker for about 15 years, the last 10 of which he’s called Portland home. Over that time his works have been selected for literally hundreds of film festivals, and we wanted to know his secret! He first became addicted to film festivals when one of his shorts […]

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Office for Rent, OMPA-adjacent!

Office for Rent, OMPA-adjacent!

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Your friendly neighborhood OMPA is now seeking a friendly neighbor! We have a private office for rent in our space on the second floor of Koerner Camera (2828 SE 14th Ave. Ste B, Portland, OR 97202) and would love to share with a media professional.  * 24/7 access * Wi-fi included * Convenient inner SE […]

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Resume Woes? You’re not the only one.

Resume Woes? You’re not the only one.

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We recently had the pleasure of chatting with assistant director, producer and supervisor Dawnn Pavlonnis and production coordinator Jennifer Bertram. After many years of working on productions like Grimm, Lean on Pete, and American Vandal, they’ve both collected thousands of resumes for positions ranging from production assistant to cinematographer to props and set design. Across […]

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OMPA5 : 5 Tips to Make Your Production More Eco-Friendly

OMPA5 : 5 Tips to Make Your Production More Eco-Friendly

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Cine Rent West is one of the oldest studios in Portland, and stage manager Brynden McNew has seen a lot of productions come through their space over the last few years. Earth Day is coming up this Sunday April 22nd, so McNew shared 5 tips for how to make your production more environmentally-friendly, and even […]

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OMPA Interviews Producer Darren Demetre

OMPA Interviews Producer Darren Demetre

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Darren Demetre and Joe Hardesty, Co-Executive Producers of American Vandal Season 2, smile on set. Photo courtesy of Darren Demetre. OMPA had a great time visiting the set of season 2 of Netflix’s American Vandal series. The CBS / Funny or Die production recently took over Mount Hood Community College, so we chatted with producer […]

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