Estacada pops up in pop culture some more

Hey Estacada, here are two more “Estacada in pop culture” appearances for your trivia pleasure.

by: CONTRIBUTED - An Oscar nominated production designer, Laurence Larry Bennett, lives right here in Estacada. Bennett has worked on 'The Artist,' 'Crash,' 'Freedom Writers' and many other films.

“The Artist”

Estacada’s own Laurence “Larry” Bennett was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for production design work on the film “The Artist.”

“The Artist” is a stylish black and white silent film that follows the simultaneous rising star of one actress’s career and the withering of another’s.

“For me, it was one of my most impressive projects,” Bennett told the Estacada News in February 2012. “It was a really low-budget film with a rushed schedule and a tough script.”

Bennett won a “French Oscar” or César Award for his work on the film. He was also nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award and an Art Directors Guild award.

This talented production designer has an impressive resume.

He worked on “Crash” which won the 2004 Academy Award for “Best Picture.”

Bennett’s other credits include “Freedom Writers,” “In the Valley of Elah,” “Traitor,” “The Next Three Days” and “’The Company You Keep.”


Scenes from an episode of Leverage were shot in Estacada.

The TNT drama followed a five-person team of brilliant, high-tech ex-criminals who used unorthodox methods to bring justice to ordinary people who had been wronged by the powerful and corrupt.

To the best of this reporter’s Internet scrolling abilities, the episode partially shot in Estacada was “The Real Fake Car Job” — season 5, episode 7.

Tom Wille, vice chairman of the Estacada Development Association, got to cross “being an extra” off of his bucket list.

In a joke “Tom Wille Fan Club” blog, Wille describes his experience on set.

Here’s a gem from his satirical description of his day on set:

“So in the space of a mere eight days I had gone from not even being known by ‘Leverage’ to someone who rented them a beautiful ballroom for catering for the cast and crew, to “Background” to “Extra” to a scene with one of the stars. Wow what a ride!

“And somehow during the day I ended up with a copy of a description of all the scenes for the day. So for your viewing pleasure I have attached the description for my key scene. It is scene A47 also know as Scene 5, Day 3. Eliot is Christian Kane one of the stars of the series. Erickson is the character Gabe Erickson (Matt Lillard) and I am “a man.” Since the description was done prior to the shooting they did not know that I was going to dominate the scene, otherwise I am sure my name would have been used.”

When reached for comment for this article, Wille said that while he’d been filmed in several scenes, by the time the episode hit the air the footage had been edited down so that Wille was “only in 3 seconds.”

You can read the rest of Wille’s humorous account of his day on set here:

Know of more?

Last week we talked about Rudyard Kipling’s poem about fishing on the Clackamas, “Ricochet River,” “Another Way the River Has,” “A Simplified Map of the Real World,” “The Postman” and “Mean Creek.”

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