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FORTITUDE | Stories of Member Resilience

Go with the flow (& drink an awesome cup of tea)


How Filmmaker, Writer, and Producer Christian Henry carves out her path in today's world

By David Poulshock
 
Get to know Christian

"Smashing Pumpkins, uncanny valleys & other monkey business"


How Deep Sky's Jared Hobbs likes to roll

By David Poulshock
 
Get to know Jared
Want to be a contributing writer? Sign up on our volunteer form or email info@ompa.org.

Info for Savvy Citizens 🇺🇸📬

2020 Oregon Election Candidates Respond to Production Industry Survey


Hear where key candidates stand in terms of our industry priorities.

Culture Leads Here—Fall Candidate Forum Recording


Hear from City Council & Mayoral Candidates: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Sarah Iannarone, and Ted Wheeler. Special thanks to our Video Editor—OMPA member Divonna Ratliff!

Share your experience: Production Industry COVID-Impact Survey (Fall Follow-Up)


We're collecting updated information for policymakers as we continue to advocate for support of the production industry. Please take 5 minutes to provide us with this important data that will be incorporated into a comprehensive Economic Development Report. Your response will be anonymous. Take the survey now.

How to receive your ballot if you've been displaced by wildfires


Governor Brown's office released these simple instructions for ensuring that you still get your ballot, even if you aren't at your normal voting address. Ballots start being mailed next week on 10/14, so don't delay! (Plus it should only take a few minutes, online.)

Care about the future of our industry? Participate in shaping it! 

You've heard us say it before: OMPA advocates on your behalf. But what does that look like? How can you help? Join us next week and learn what OMPA is working on behind the scenes, and the big and small ways you can participate. 

Come learn more next Wed., Oct. 14 at 10am. Reach out for Zoom info at info@ompa.org.
 

Upcoming OMPA Events 📌📅

Wednesday, October 14 | 5-6:15pm | Free

Come catch up, give or get advice, and make new connections with the Southern Oregon production community at OMPA’s monthly meetup. Held First Next Wednesday, October 14 from 5-6:15pm. We'll see you on the small screen!

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FEATURED PROJECT: Watch the trailer for Phoenix, Oregon ▶)

RSVP for Zoom info

Thursday, October 15 | 3-5pm | Free

Are you a BIPOC creative looking for a secure group that gets you? Join OMPA’s monthly Creatives of Color Collaborative to network, give or get advice, and ask questions in a private community space. Held Third Thursdays from 3-5pm.

*Note: The virtual Creatives of Color Collaborative events are a safe, private space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to talk openly. While we appreciate allies, please respect this need.


FEATURED PROJECT: Watch the trailer for Gabby Smashes ▶

RSVP for Zoom info

Thursday, October 22 | 5-6:15pm | Free

Your voice matters. Your vote counts. Put them to work for you and your industry!

Join OMPA on Thursday, October 22, at 5pm as OMPA's political strategist walks us through some key candidates in upcoming City of Portland and State of Oregon elections. They’ll offer advice based on how supportive candidates are of our industry so you can factor that into your decision. Only you can decide who gets your support!

Bring your ballot, get educated, and VOTE!

RSVP for Zoom info

OMPA Member News 🥳

Please help us welcome the newest members of the OMPA community: Maree Ayers, Cole Becker, Luke Burkhardt, Tanner Carlson, Parker Clements—SockBox Studios, Matthew Corrado, Tekla Daniel, Kevin Foster, Jackson Cooper Gango, Andre Gray, Vanessa Hallow, Emily Johnson, Yaël Krinsky, Chad Messick—Aeonian Visuals, Miranda Plagge, Alex Pletcher, Leanne Smith—ShadowMachine, Martin Van Londen, David Vazquez, Gregory White—White Magic Entertainment

Know someone who should be a member? Share this link: bit.ly/join-ompa (case sensitive). 

🎥🤸‍♀️🕺WATCH | Michelle Damis—Portland-local SAG-AFTRA President and woman of many talents (Actor, Stunt Performer, Producer, Writer)—is celebrating several new projects. Michelle says, “All have footage from [the] Estacada area that may have been lost!” She performed all the stunts on Alone, and some stunts on The Water Man, plus her husband and fellow OMPA member, Lex Damis, was Stunt Coordinator on The Dark Divide

🤖🏅CELEBRATE | Jim Geduldick—who taught OMPA’s 2019 Master Class on virtual production—now joins Dimension Studio as SVP, Virtual Production Supervisor & Head of Dimension North America. Congrats, Jim! 

💸🎬CELEBRATE | Oregon Film awarded the 4th-annual Outdoor Adventure Film Grant to a team of Southern Oregon filmmakers and their project, “You Go Girl.” Meet the winning team and hear their project vision.

💻👥EXPLORE | NW Documentary just launched a virtual community space for coworking, networking, meetings & more. Check it out! 

📄📹 READ | Oregon Film is starting a blog series covering Oregon production professionals during the pandemic. See what Koerner Camera Systems owner Michael Koerner had to say in the first installment.

🎧🎙LISTEN | Producer Christi Dodge sent this teaser for the podcast Short of Breath, directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Dustin Morrow. Christi says, “It was my intention to create an immersive audio experience for the audience through elaborate soundscapes, sound effects, and allowing our local Portland cast to record together in the same space—lending a nostalgic old radio feel, minus the cheese.”

📸 #ompamember

@refuge_studio: New trailer for Marvel’s Helstrom, premiering October 16 on @hulu !

🎬 Project Spotlight

Fuchsia Lin, Future Cosmos Flow

Portland-based artist and filmmaker Fuchsia Lin is the Director/Producer and Costume Designer of the short film, Future Cosmos Flow. The film features elaborate costumes Lin made from sustainable materials and techniques. Select costumes will be on display at Odessa Boutique through October 21 as part of Portland Textile Month. Check out this short video of pre-production and rehearsals now!

"Project Spotlight" highlights OMPA member work. Join now to submit your work.

🤩 Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to the awesome folks at ShadowMachine for renewing their support! Studio Co-Founders Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico chose to expand their business to Oregon in 2015—and they’ve grown quite a bit with the addition of local talent. We’re thrilled to say they’ve been OMPA members since 2016, too! (Fun Fact: ShadowMachine's Bojack Horseman is our Comms. Manager Lilly’s favorite TV show! 😍)


Thanks for having our back!


Annual Sponsors make it possible for us to allocate resources wherever they're needed most throughout the year.

Want to learn more about sponsorship? Reach out to lisa@ompa.org. 

Things to Know

🗞Headlines

💸 Financial Assistance Updates 

Did you receive PUA or UI between July 26 and September 5? You’re eligible to receive an extra $300 unemployment benefit under the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA).

Oregon Film Festivals 💻🍿🚘

New Member Services


Portland-based Picture This Production Services & Stage adds new virtual production capabilities. Watch the demo reel now!

Oregon Production Protocols


Venturing back onto set? Remember to follow the most recent protocols, last updated on Friday, August 14. 

Read more on our blog

Download the Protocols (PDF)

Grants & Opportunities 📝

Rolling Deadlines

  • Catapult Film Fund - documentary development grants: ongoing
  • Film Independent–Sloan Distribution Grant: ongoing
  • Ford Foundation–JustFilms grant: ongoing
  • Impact Partners–Documentary Fund: ongoing

Approaching Deadlines

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