The “Why”

The “Why”:
While recognizing that filming is outside the regular use of most real properties, I ask that you consider the economic importance of the creative community that we as a State have worked so hard to cultivate. Like Northwest forests provide natural resources to the Timber Industry, our beautiful city and it’s architecture represent the natural resources of the Advertising and Film Production Industry in Portland and the State of Oregon. I ask that you consider the positive economic imprint that our industry provides and work with us to have a great shoot! “The film & video industry generates a more than $800 million per year impact on Oregon’s economy and helps to create the equivalent of 10,000 jobs. It’s important to understand that the income created by the film & video industry doesn’t just go to crew and equipment vendors but to caterers, hotels, builders, restaurants, cleaners, car rental companies, stores of all types and many other businesses large and small.

Our state’s success in this industry is directly tied to the availability of and cooperation from filming locations, whether privately or publicly owned.”

-Bob Schmaling, Senior Project Manager for the Oregon Film and Video Office (OFVO)

Oregon and Washington continue to lose both commercial and film projects to Vancouver, Canada on a regular basis. Vancouver can easily double as Portland, Seattle or Northern California. In addition to their favorable exchange rate, Canada offers the most aggressive tax credits and provides investment funds to lure filmmakers to their economic landscape. I don’t know about you, but I’d like those out of state economic dollars to be spent in my back yard!

Our State provides an incentive program, but we are still behind what Louisiana and New Mexico are offering, both great and friendly competitors of Oregon. Just like other manufactures in our country, Film and Commercial Production Companies are run by business people who are trying to get the most “bang for their buck”. Because we want those out of state economic dollars spent here, we have to work a little harder and assure a can-do work ethic. Please join me in keeping our State, Cities, and Communities economically healthy and strong by supporting this creative, green and economically important industry.

The other answer to “Why Host Filming?” is that besides being a great learning experience for both adults and kids who have never seen behind the scenes, it’s fun too!

Learn more about filming by downloading and reading the FILM INQUIRY SAMPLE. Alternativly, another reason for some real properties to host filming is that they have the opportunity to raise money for their favorite charity! To learn more about this, please go to PENNIES FROM HEAVEN page on this site.

Thanks for your consideration!
-Sara Burton, GirlScout Locations



Economic Impact and Return on Investment:
The film and video industry benefits Oregon in many ways, including:

• Economic Impact: ECONorthwest economic consultants recently completed a study of the economic impact of Oregon’s film and video industry, looking at the year 2002, which was the most recent year they could gather full information for:
Total Economic Impact: $836,778,900
Direct Economic Impact: $433,549,000
Income (wages, salaries, self-employment and business income) $417,154,600
Jobs 10,389

• OFVO Return on Investment: According to calculations by ECONorthwest using the figures from their economic impact study, the Oregon Film and Video Office generated the following economic impact in the year 2002:
Industry Revenues per $1-Million OFVO budget: $194,994,045
FTE jobs per $1 Million OFVO budget: 2557
State income tax generated per $1-Mill OFVO Budget: $4,884,873
In creating these figures, ECONorthwest estimated that the OFVO is responsible for 90% of out of state production revenues, 15% of indigenous revenues, and broadcast revenues were not included as being impacted by OFVO efforts.

• Income spread throughout communities: A single feature film can spend up to $30-million in our communities within a few months’ production period, and the average film or television movie production does significant business with more than 100 local vendors per production, including hotels, rental cars, lumber yards, hardware stores, office supplies, clothing stores, furniture and antique stores, grip and lighting and heavy equipment shops, camera rentals, wardrobe rentals, prop shops, photo developers, and many more.

• Living Wage Jobs-Average wages for film and video industry jobs are higher than the statewide average for all industries.

• Environmentally Friendly: The film and video industry is a clean, sustainable industry.

• Promotional value: When films are released on thousands of silver screens around the world, or zapped to millions of television sets, it creates the type of publicity we could never buy. And residual effects are long-lasting—almost 20 years later visitors are still flocking to Oregon to see locations from favorite films like “The Goonies” and “Stand by Me.”

The Competition:
United States: Currently 14 states have significant production incentive programs. Programs vary, but the most aggressive offer rebates or tax credits of up to 25% of production costs. Our biggest competition comes from Louisiana, offering up to 20% employment tax credit and 15% investment credit in addition to sales and lodging tax exemptions. New Mexico is close behind, with a fully refundable 15% tax credit on production expenditures within the state.

Canada: While the weakening U.S. dollar has somewhat diminished Canada’s attractiveness, their provincial and national tax credits of up to 25% continue to lure a lot of U.S. production.

Australia/New Zealand: The newest big players offer advantageous exchange rates, refundable tax offsets, wage rebates, free services and film financing.