Film, TV industry taking off in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon is on its way to becoming a hot spot to film movies and TV shows.
Last year was a record year. More than $130 million was spent on production in the state.
The effects of this growing industry aren't just felt in the Portland-Metro area. Businesses in southern Oregon and even on the coast are seeing a positive impact.
Take the show "Grimm," for example, which is kicking off filming of its second season Wednesday in Portland. Last year the production employed more than 550 local workers, including everything from carpenters, who constructed the sets, to people who supplied plants on the show. Even trainers who work with animals for the show are all locally sourced.
Gov. John Kitzhaber, a champion of film and television in Oregon, is hoping the industry continues to grow here.
"It's trying to attract 2 or 3 more productions, maybe a movie or two that gives us the ability to sustain this industry," he said. "I think things like a tax credit are very, very important now, (but) there will be a time when that won't be necessary when we have the critical mass and certainly that's our objective."
There have been scenes from hit movies like "Twilight" shot in Oregon. And of course TV shows filmed in Portland like "Portlandia" and "Wheel of Fortune" was just in town.
But there's no word yet on what other movies or shows might be shot in the state next.