'The OA' brings its supernatural weirdness to Rose City
Did you feel that? Seems like Portland's usual weirdness may have been a little weirder the past few weeks. That's because crews have filmed scenes for Netflix's oddball series "The OA" around the Rose City since early June.
Scenes have been filmed mostly at night in northeast, southeast and northwest neighborhoods, and on Sauvie Island. The production company also plans to film on the Oregon Coast.
"We're going to be in and out of the Portland area," said Alexander Georges, location manager for Lunar Mining LLC, which is working with Netflix producers Anonymous Content and Plan B Entertainment (Brad Pitt's company) to produce second season of "The OA." "We're going to multiple places around Oregon."
That doesn't mean the series is coming to Oregon, Georges said. "We're only here for a few weeks. It's not like the whole series is moving here."
The first season of "The OA" was filmed primarily in New York. Some of the second season will be filmed in California, including San Francisco locations.
Portland has been the home to several television series during the past few years. NBC's "Grimm" was filmed here for six years, from 2011 to 2017. "Portlandia," Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's sketch comedy show that painted the Rose City as the "place where young people go to retire," filmed here from 2011 to 2018.
Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment also filmed the thriller "Leverage" in Portland between 2008 and 2012. Devlin's fantasy drama "The Librarians" also filmed four seasons in the region (many scenes in Forest Grove) between 2014 and 2018.
Filming in neighborhoods
"The OA" is a supernatural mystery starring Brit Marling as Prairie Johnson, a young woman who is kidnapped with several other people by a scientist (we think), operating death-inducing experiments on his captive subjects. Prairie, who is blind when we first see her, escapes from the scientist, regains her sight, and teaches four local high school students and a teacher a weird dance-like movement that apparently alters human events. Spoiler alert: The five use their strange dance movements to foil a shooting at the high school.
It's been compared to Netflix's "Stranger Things" and the original and reprise of "Twin Peaks" — but with less David Lynchian weirdness.
Marling created the series with director Zal Batmanglij.
Netflix launched the series' first season in mid-December 2016. Production of the second season began in January after Marling tweeted late last year that it had taken the summer of 2017 to write the series' eight scripts.
Lunar Mining applied for more than $15,600 worth of local street closure permits in late May, and began work around the city a few days later. In early June, the series filmed scenes on Sauvie Island's Northwest Gillham and Reeder roads in which actors drove through the area, hit a possum in the road and lost a car mirror. Other scenes involved a car speeding along Reeder Road and, several minutes later, being stopped by a police officer.
in mid June, the production moved to Portland neighborhoods, filming scenes in the neighborhoods of North Russell and Albina streets; off Southeast Powell Boulevard near 115th Avenue; at a motel off Northeast Sandy Boulevard near Interstate 205; and in downtown on Southwest Park Avenue between Main and Madison streets.
Georges declined to discuss future work on the series, but said more filming was planned in the region.