Oregon has a rich and interesting film history with over 450 feature films & television shows that have utilized thousands of locations around the state for a wide variety of production backdrops. The early silent era films, such as, "The Fisherman's Bride" started using Oregon for its beautiful and unique filming locations in 1909. Today, Oregon continues to be a destination for creative media producers from around the world. From Emmy winning television productions, to Oscar nominated feature films; world-class animated films to award winning interactive games - Oregon is a brand unto itself.
IDENTIFYING THE SITES
Oregon Film, in partnership with the OregonMade Creative Foundation, are now working to create the “Historic Oregon Film Trail.” The Trail consists of specially designed signs, positioned at strategic points around the state, that serve to identify specific important, and iconic, filming locations and offer production facts and anecdotes intended to appeal to tourists and film buffs alike. The creation of the Trail aims to strengthen the correlation between the film/TV industry, economic development, and tourism.
CREATING THE TRAIL
The Historic Oregon Film Trail will entail:
- A custom-designed “OregonMade” sign, created by a local designer (see image attached) that has two components – the main panel describes productions that have utilized locations at, or near, each Historic Film site, the second panel will describe more anecdotal information using a “Did you Know” format as well as providing some brief information pertinent to each site.
- Strategically placed Trail signs will identify specific important and iconic filming locations around Oregon that will offer educational points of interest for tourists and film buffs alike.
- Attention will be given to locating signage in areas without damaging property, being sensitive to property boundaries, quality of life issues near sites, as well as safety.