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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cha-ching! $12,500 for a Sunday Parkways video.

That's not counting Portland City Hall staff time:

The successful Proposer shall perform the tasks listed below for this project, and shall be expected to work closely with designated City personnel to accomplish these goals:

a. Develop video storyboard,
b. Identify necessary people, locations and props for video shots,
c. Shoot, edit, score and provide text credits and other necessary visuals for a three to four minute video production, and
d. Provide final versions in web- and broadcast-ready video.
e. Where applicable, sustainable procurement best practices will be utilized in producing the video such as the use of bicycles for transportation....

The City has assigned a project manager to oversee the successful Proposer's work and provide support as needed. Specific duties the City will perform include

- Acting as Executive Producer to corral talent, assist in identifying shoot location suggestions, and overall project management
- Providing production assistant(s) on shooting days, as needed
- Providing a bike trailer for use during shoot days

How's that for dopey? But hey, it's only money -- and it's vibrant!

Wonder what color the T-shirts are going to be...

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Total budget for FY 2011-2012 was 3.56 billion.

And Portlanders will be paying for staff time to manage the whole affair. These kids really do belong back in kindergarten. For all you folks who have children and grandchildren in public schools now, don't let them do dopey skits and dioramas as a substitute for real learning. They grow up to think all life is show and tell.

Notice to bidders: Portland has probably already chosen the producer and changed the dates. My guess would be an oops to allow a public bid.

Page one and page two seem to be modified. Page 1

PROPOSALS DUE: April 15, 2013 by 4:00 p.m.

Page 2
The following dates are proposed as a timeline for this project:
Written proposals due at 4:00 p.m.
April 8, 2013

Dhughes, I'm very familiar with that sort of semi-public bid in other venues. Soooo...is the producer a family member of someone at City Hall, a former college roommate, or a Portland State film major who will do ANYTHING for his big break?

Hey, that $12,000.00 budget would pay for TWO Alta bike share bikes!

I had an interesting exchange of E mails today with a City Council member who was quite surprised that PBOT had the money to spend on producing a movie.

I hope the bidders haven't committed to spend spent the money yet.

A couple of days ago, I came across a book at William Temple House titled, THE RIDERS VOICE, published by TriMet and the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon in 2009. It was enabled by a company called ID Branding, LLC in Portland. Info on the web notes that TriMet had asked ID to come up with an online book/slide show and ID parlayed that into a hardcover, glossy-paged, photo book featuring some of the elderly and disabled people utilizing Ride Connection. I'm not sure who these were distributed to but this is the first one I've ever seen and they don't show up for sale second-hand on the major book sites. ID and TriMet engaged a photographer named Christopher Anderson, who is described in the book as, "one of the leaders of the new generation of documentary photography." He is based in New York. Made, apparently when TriMet felt a little flusher than it does now. It's a puff piece where all of the riders interviewed rave about Ride Connection and public transportation. All 22 of them. Plus the "advocates."

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