INVENT OREGON FILM PROJECT

A COLLABORATION WITH PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO CREATE A COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTARIES MADE BY STUDENT FILMMAKERS ABOUT THE 2023 INVENT OREGON COMPETITION.

APPLICATIONS DUE: FEBRUARY 6th 2023

We encourage filmmakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience to apply this includes students enrolled in non filmmaking programs who might be interested in learning documentary filmmaking. To complete an application please fill out both the filmmaker application and filmmaker agreement. If you have any questions reach out to NW Documentary at invent@nwdocumentary.org or info@nwdocumentary.org.

PROJECT DETAILS

Oregon is a state that champions it’s independent spirit – a pioneering, roll up your sleeves, and do-it-yourself approach to getting started and solving problems. You can see this sprit in every food cart across the state, in the origins of Oregon’s wine industry, in the story of Nike’s birth on a waffle iron. 

Portland State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship inspires students all over the state to follow this tradition. The Invent Oregon Competition asks student teams to create new products and new business ideas – and to bring a prototype to the final competition. The teams and ideas are diverse but every team goes on a journey of trial and error, success and failure. 

For the 2023 competition Invent Oregon and NW Documentary are looking to partner with student filmmakers across the state to create a series of short documentary films about these teams of young entrepreneurs.

 

The documentary project will be an opportunity for upcoming filmmakers to show their talent and develop their craft. Everyone is encouraged to apply. Filmmakers of all backgrounds and all levels of experience. Filmmakers can apply as individuals or as part of a filmmaking team.

The filmmakers / filmmaker teams selected will receive equipment and funding to cover production costs. The filmmakers will gather online to learn from each other and to get coaching and feedback from NW Documentary’s community of filmmakers. 

The films will become an anthology collection that showcases the diverse ideas and journeys of these young inventors. This is a unique opportunity for student filmmakers to help tell the story of our state. Stories of growth, discovery, and the drive to solve problems. 

PROJECT  TIMELINE

Applications

Open

Nov – Jan 2023: Student filmmakers, filmmaking teams, and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Invent Oregon staff will help to identify teams at your school or in your geographic region

Filmmakers

Selected

Feb 2023: Filmmakers / filmmaking teams will be selected based on number of applications, geographic area, and other criteria. (See FAQ for more details).

Production

Feb – June 2023: Filmmakers / filmmaking teams follow the Invent Oregon team at their school or in their region. Filmmakers will meet regularly online to share progress and get feedback

Final

Edit

June 2023: Final edit of the student films will be due by the end of the school year. The films will be combined into a short film anthology.

FAQ

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Student filmmakers and recent graduates from film programs who are interested in documentary filmmaking. You are welcome to apply as an individual or a crew of 2-3.

Students enrolled in engineering and science programs who are interested in developing skills in science communication and media are encouraged to apply as well.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY SCHOOL HAS AN INVENTOR TEAM?

Many schools all over the state have InventOR teams. If you do not know if your university has an InventOR team this year, please contact us at inventoregon@nwdoc.org. We will help you connect with an InventOR team at your school or in your area.

If your school doesn’t have an InventOR team this year, you may also be able to document a team and their project in your geographic area.

CAN I APPLY AS PART OF A PRODUCTION CREW?

Yes! Crews of 2-3 are welcome. Filmmaking is a collaborative art and even individual filmmakers will likely need to build a team to support their project. One person productions are welcome too.

WHAT KIND OF FILM WILL I BE MAKING?

The goal of this project is to create a series of standalone documentary shorts. We expect the final edited films to be 8 - 10 minutes long. 

Each film will profile the journey of an InventOR team at your school/in your area. The films will be documentaries, clearly featuring the project and the InventOR team members through interviews and fly on the wall footage. Samples of this kind of style and story are included above.

You will work with student filmmakers across the state throughout the filmmaking process. Although your pieces will be distinct, they will all screen as an anthology collection and will share elements to tie the films together. 

We believe that limitations spark the creative process, so filmmakers will have freedom to explore style and direction within the above parameters of the project.

WHAT EQUIPMENT AND OR EXPERTISE DO I NEED?

No experience or equipment is required.. NW Documentary and the InventOR admin team will work to ensure that all filmmakers have access to equivalent equipment. We will also provide mentorship and guidance during the project. Passion and commitment to your project are the most important assets you can bring to this program.

WHAT HELP AND SUPPORT WILL I GET?

Each filmmaker/production crew will receive a $1,500 grant for production equipment and costs.

Student filmmakers will meet online as a group with professional mentors from NW Documentary periodically throughout the filmmaking process. You’ll receive one-on-one advice and support, resources, feedback, and creative community. 

After the InventOR semifinalist event in May, NW Documentary will host an editing bootcamp for filmmakers on PSU’s downtown campus as you prep to finalize your film.

  • Please note: there is not additional compensation for this project beyond the $1,500 grant earmarked for equipment costs.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

You should be prepared and excited to spend as much time as needed on the project. Filmmakers will be responsible for setting and managing the production schedule for their own films. 

You will need to coordinate with the InventOR team to make sure you are able to capture key moments for the story. 

Regular online meetings with the NW Documentary mentors and other student filmmakers will take place on Zoom every other week from roughly February-May. These meetings are expected to last about two hours and we will determine a regular day/time after participants are selected. If selected, you’ll be expected to participate in these meetings. 

At the end of May there will be a one day editing bootcamp, hosted by NW Documentary on PSU’s downtown campus, which filmmakers will be expected to attend. Workspace, lodging, and meals for the weekend at PSU will be provided at no cost to the filmmakers.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY FILM?

All the footage and films will belong to Portland State University for future use and distribution. After the films are screened publically, you can use your film as a portfolio piece and share it with your network and community.

A detailed distribution plan is still in development and will be shared with participants as it is finalized.

INSPIRATION

Invent OR Short – A short film that provides background on Invent OR and a look at the Invent OR finals.

Science Fair – Nine high school students from around the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks and hormones on their quest to the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Inventing Tomorrow – Passionate teenage innovators from around the world create cutting-edge solutions to confront environmental threats.