Process streamlined by city and county in innovative program
Canby was ready for its first closeup last month.
Several sites in the community were featured in a commercial shot Sept. 28-29.
The production company was well aware of what Canby had to offer. One of the partners is Chris Mead, a Canby resident and a Canby Police officer.
He and cinematographer Sean Brown founded their Portland-based Three Point 1Four Productions a year ago.
The Canby location shooting was for a national client they could not identify, Mead said.
The city of Canby helped make the project a smooth one, he said.
The city and Renate (city development director Renate Mengelberg), have been great working with us, Mead said.
Im really happy with the city and the film production policy they have developed. It makes it easy for film production companies to come into town and film, he said.
The city is collaborating with Clackamas County on an innovative countywide program to help production companies find locations and navigate the permitting process.
Mengelberg walked them through the process, getting a business license, arranging production insurance and paying various costs for using each facility, he said.
The city for me has some really great filming locations that are hidden from the rest of the Metro Area, Mead said.
Im hoping we can put a spotlight on Canby and draw other production companies to town.
And film companies can bring business with them. His production company hired Pudding River Chocolates & Wine Bar to cater the project.
They rolled into town with a three-ton grip truck and a 15-member production crew. Many members of the crew have also worked on the Grimm TV series, which is filmed in Portland.
Heavy winds and rain washed out their plans to shoot a camp scene in Community Park Saturday.
It was too windy and dangerous, Mead said.
They went instead with Plan B and retreated indoors to shoot a scene inside Canby Christian Church.
They were back Sunday morning, filming inside Canby High School. Sunday afternoon, they shot a scene inside a home in the Willow Creek area.
They try to leave a location as neat as they found it, Mead said.
The school called to make sure we had been there, he said. We left it exactly as it was. Thats what we want to do.
We want film production companies to have that reputation so people are comfortable with them coming into town and using facilities.