by Creative Director, Jim Aikman
With 2016 coming to a close, it's been a little more than a year since I moved to Portland from Boulder, and the answer is YES, I love it here. Looking back on the year, it was packed full of new environments, adventures, people and ideas - and the most profound professional growth I've experienced since I became a filmmaker.
This city is incredible: perfectly situated between the mountains and the most beautiful coast in the US, and braided between stunning rivers, it provides a connection to the outdoors that offers a little bit of everything. Add to that the fun and excitement of a burgeoning film scene, and I’m feeling right at home.
I lived in Colorado for eight years, ever since I finished college, and my community there felt like family. Boulder is exploding with opportunity: all of my friends are doing fun, innovative work and the documentary film scene is outstanding. But I’d been there since I was 22 years old and worried that I wasn’t challenging myself anymore. So, like I did in 2008, I packed up my Subaru and moved west for new horizons and diverse subjects.
“Creativity always has to be risky. If you’re in your comfort zone, you’re not really being creative.”
I’ve fallen in love with the city of Portland and the state of Oregon. The abundance of water flowing in every direction (including from above!) is nourishing. Its proximity to the ocean provides cool air, an electric ecosystem, and year-round surfing. Situated in the middle of Volcano country, Portland is within an easy drive of truly unique mountain environments, not to mention the Cascade Range, the Coast Range, and the eastern desert. This is not only fun for recreational pursuits, but provides every kind of shooting environment and season we could ask for.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.”
Of course there have been challenges with moving my life to a new state, but each of these challenges has allowed the opportunity for personal and creative breakthroughs that I don’t think I would have experienced unless I made a big change. And I look forward to challenging myself even more on every project I work on at Bedrock Film Works.
Here are a few snapshots from the last year in Oregon: