May 29, 2012
During my time in office I’ve had the opportunity to see for myself what $130 million of production looks like in Oregon. I’ve seen it in the impressive sets that have been created, in the hardworking crews and actors I have met, and of course, in the finished products of all these efforts.
Last December, I had the chance to visit a remote barn in North Plains, where I watched Silas Weir Mitchell crawl into a small cage and remove a nail from his cellmate’s hand, all before being offered a meal of human flesh. While that vibrant imagery certainly made an impression on me, I was equally struck by how many local crew members, carpenters, and caterers it takes to bring such a scene to life.
More and more, the film and television industry is calling Oregon home, and I’m proud to report that Grimm is now the largest project to film in Oregon over a one-year period, with more than $50 million spent on the first season alone.
The show’s producers, cast and crew have embraced our state, and Oregon is evolving from backdrop to a central character in the series. Sometimes, locations are even left in better condition than before, as was the case in Portland’s Old Town, where all the store fronts on a city block were freshly painted for the shoot.
But the benefits of Grimm and other shoots go far beyond Portland’s city limits, with Oregon productions keeping capital circulating in our region through local sourcing and supply chains. For example, I believe we have Dave Etchepare with us here today, whose 7 Dees Nursery rents plants for greenery on the set, and Micharl Koerner, whose local equipment rental shop now has the very top-of-the-line equipment to rent to the show.
And whether it’s the furry actors represented by Lauren Henry’s Corvallis-based Animal Talent or the cables provided by Greg Knowles’ Bend-based Power Assemblies, Oregon companies are supplying Oregon productions.
I want to congratulate GRIMM on a great first season, and wish you success as you begin shooting your second season tomorrow. You’re helping to prove that Oregon is a haven for creative professionals and savvy media producers from around the globe, and we couldn’t be happier to have you here in our state.