Portland Filmmaker Wins 9 National Telly Awards

Portland filmmaker David Poulshock and his production company Red Door Films were recently awarded an astounding nine Telly Awards for TV commercials and web videos they produced on behalf of clients Spirit Mountain Casino and Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette.

“It’s a real honor,” said Poulshock, “especially for the recognition it gives the wonderful talent and stellar production crews who worked on these projects.”  According to Poulshock, the overall production included six :30 spots for Spirit Mountain Casino, and five :30 spots and four 3-minute web documentaries for Goodwill.

It's all over. Phew! Director Poulshock relieved after his bungee scout for Spirit Mountain Casino's Dare to Have Fun campaign. Yep, he jumped.

It’s all over. Phew! Director Poulshock relieved after his bungee scout for Spirit Mountain Casino’s Dare to Have Fun campaign. Yep, he jumped.

Shot back-to-back over two weeks,  the two projects couldn’t have been more different.  “For Spirit Mountain’s Dare To Have Fun campaign, it was comparing crazy scary carnival rides and bungee jumps to the real fun to be found at the casino,” Poulshock said.  “For Goodwill, it was telling heartfelt and inspiring stories about real people making the best out of their lives with Goodwill’s help.”

According to Dave Roberts, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette’s Sr. Marketing Services Manager, “We have such compelling stories to tell about the real people Goodwill helps, David Poulshock was the ideal choice as writer and director. He’s a great collaborator, and has an uncanny ability to connect with his subjects and get their real feelings onto the screen.”

Spirit Mountain had a completely different kind of story to tell. “We wanted a unique campaign that showcases all the fun and experience Spirit Mountain Casino has to offer,” said Angela LaBarbera, Advertising Manager.  “Red Door did a stellar job. The spots really grab your attention. They’re fun, exciting and thrilling — just like the Casino!”

Just before the drop. Portland actors Dino Castagno and Alexa Simone wonder what Poulshock got them into.

Just before the drop. Portland actors Dino Castagno and Alexa Simone wonder what Poulshock got them into.

Of three entries for Spirit Mountain Casino, the TV spot  Roller won a Bronze Telly. Of 11 entries, the eight  Goodwill Telly Awards include: What Goes Around — TV:30 — Silver; Stacey’s Story — Webisode — Silver; Graciela’s Story — Webisode — Bronze; Pete — TV:30 — Bronze; Abby — TV:30 — Bronze; Abby’s Story — Webisode —Bronze; Graciela’s Story — Webisode — Bronze; Mission Campaign — TV:30 series — Bronze.

More winners and contenders can be seen at Red Door’s Vimeo Reel.

“Of course, winning all these Tellys feels good,” said Poulshock, “but more important, it was just a blast working with Spirit Mountain to create so much fun, and a joy working with Goodwill to tell stories that resonate with so much heart.”

Take a deep breath. Director Poulshock, actress Alexa Simone and DP Reed Harkness get ready to zip!

Take a deep breath. Director Poulshock, actress Alexa Simone and DP Reed Harkness get ready to zip!

While there are too many to list here, the combined production teams involved over 30 of Portland’s finest crew members. Directors of Photography were Mark Petersen (Goodwill) and Reed Harkness (Spirit Mountain). Locations included Portland, Bend, Mt. Hood Adventure Park, Tree-To-Tree Adventure Park and Oaks Park. Cameras provided by Koerner Camera Systems. Grip/Electric: Sasquatch. Sound: Runaway Trains. VTR:Cascade Video Systems. Insurance: Gales Creek. Editors were Nancy Anderson of Bingo Lewis and David Poulshock of Red Door Films. Color correction by Bingo Lewis’ Rob Anderson. Sound design and sweetening by Richard Moore and Randy Johnson of Tag Team Audio. And original music by Cal Scott. VO on Spirit Mountain, October Moore. VO on What Goes Around, David Poulshock

Founded in 1979, the Telly Award is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials, video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The highly respected competition receives over 12,000 entries annually from 50 states and many foreign countries.  “The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  Red Door Film’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft.”

For more information, please visit davidpoulshock.com or contact David Poulshock at david@reddoorfilms.com.

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