UPDATE: travel oregon spot features oregon symphony soundtrack

Here’s a bit more background on the project from animation blog Cartoon Brew.

“We thought Oregon deserved better than just another travel ad,” said Wieden+Kennedy agency art director Nick Stokes. “So we turned to animation to try and capture its magic. We’re very proud of the work, and I’m honored to represent my home state in such a unique way.”

The spot depicts popular outdoor activities in Oregon like mountain biking the North Umpqua Trail, swimming at Trillium Lake, and hot air ballooning over Willamette Valley wine country.

Animation was produced by Psyop and Sun Creature Studio, with an original score performed by the Oregon Symphony.

Here is a side-by-side set of photos showing the settings that inspired the various scenes in the campaign.

A few weeks ago 50 members of the Oregon Symphony played a recording session at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. It was for a new series of spots for Travel Oregon, a campaign titled “Only Slightly Exaggerated”. It’s a whimsical and Disney-esque Anime-inspired portrait of Oregon’s natural splendor, and it sounds pretty good, too. The score was composed by James Dooley and orchestrated by Tim Davies.

fall in portland


Click on a photo to enlarge and view.

Ginette Depreist donates Marion Anderson Lincoln Memorial outfit to new museum

If you take a look at the online edition of the New York Times, you’ll find a wonderful walkthrough of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The multimedia feature also tells the stories of several of the many Americans who donated items of historic value to be included in the museum’s collection.

One of these remarkable Americans featured in the article is Portland’s own Ginette Depreist, whose late husband James Depreist was the Music Director of the Oregon Symphony from 1980 to 2003, and nephew of the acclaimed singer Marion Anderson. Ginette donated the jacket and skirt worn by Anderson at her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday of 1939, after she was prohibited from performing at hall of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Here is a screen capture of the section of the Times article about this gift:


What an amazing gift and remembrance. I know that next time I’m in the nation’s capital, I’ll be making a visit to this incredible museum part of my stay.