Film

Oregon Film and TV Taxes
6:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Oregon Film And TV Tax Credit Expansion Launches

Oregon lawmakers this year have expanded their film production incentives and has lured film and television shows to the state, including the NBC police drama Grimm, which starts its third season this week.
Credit vagueonthehow

Film and television producers will soon have an even greater incentive to shoot in Oregon. Starting Monday, the Oregon Department of Revenue will auction off tax credits to replenish a subsidy fund to lure major Hollywood productions to the state.

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Music + Culture
9:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count

The third floor of the Warner Brothers Prop House holds a host of antiques available for rent by set decorators working on television and films. Each of the building's four floors is as big as a football field.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:07 pm

Picture Rick's smoky cafe in Casablanca, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.

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Mental Hospital Museum
6:45 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Museum Opens At "Cuckoo's Nest" Film Site

One section of the museum includes props used in the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoos's Nest," including this hydrotherapy unit that appeared in several key scenes.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

A 130-year-old mental institution might seem like an odd place for a museum. But historians and mental health advocates have fought to preserve and tell the Oregon State Hospital's long and sordid history.

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Digital Film
6:41 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Small Town Movie Houses Struggle To Switch From Film To Bits Of Data

Chris Wagner watches the 35 mm print for “Pirates! Band of Misfits” cycle through the original 1955 projector at his drive-in theater in Grangeville, Idaho.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This summer’s blockbuster line-up is teeming with highly anticipated names -- like Batman, Spiderman, and the Avengers. That’s good news for the people who run cinemas. But for many small theaters across the Northwest, opening weekend is becoming a struggle.

More movies are starting to come on hard drives instead of reels. So theaters must make a costly conversion to digital if they want to stay in the game. And, as Jessica Robinson reports, time is running out.

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Music + Culture
9:21 am
Wed May 23, 2012

For Location Scouts, It's All About Making The Scene

Location scout Doug Dresser needs creepy places for a teen fantasy-adventure film. One possibility: the old Linda Vista Community Hospital, built in 1904. Supposedly it's haunted.
Cindy Carpien NPR/Courtesy Doug Dresser (except as noted)

In the old days, movies — even the big epics — were shot on studio back lots. Tara, that iconic Gone With the Wind plantation, was made of plywood and papier maché.

These days, movie locations are mostly real, though. And they're found by location scouts, who are often the first people hired for a film.

Should be easy work, right? You drive around town, spot a house you think could work for a film, drive back home? Not quite.

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Music + Culture
9:01 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press.
Cindy Carpien NPR

Before they made it to the Oscars, the nominated films — not to mention all the films that didn't make the cut — were viewed by some 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many of those movies were shown in small, private, rented screening rooms all over Hollywood.

The studios have their own screening rooms, of course, but often directors want a more private place to screen works in progress — with no studio suits in sight.

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Corinna Nicolaou
9:47 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Me: Corinna Nicolaou

NWPR Commentator Corinna Nicolaou
Corinna Nicolaou Northwest Public Radio

Imagine that one of your earliest childhood memories is of blood, screaming, and chainsaws. That’s the case for commentator Corinna Nicolaou as she remembers a massacre!

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog