By Mary Erickson Associate Editor
Portland’s Red Door Films has been operating in one form or another for over 25 years. Filmmaker and owner David Poulshock has accomplished multiple types of media productions, from ad spots and industrials to documentaries and children’s programming. Over the years, Red Door has been recognized by the production industry, but 2015 marks the first time that the studio has received nine awards in one ceremony.
Several of Red Door’s newest ad spots were recognized with Telly Awards this year, including a Silver Telly for “What Goes Around,” a spot produced for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette. “The Goodwill projects are full of heart,” says Poulshock. “We can get into the lives of people who are willing for their stories to be told. The end result is good stories.” Seven other Goodwill ads won Telly Awards, as well.
One of Red Door’s strengths is its storytelling. “Storytelling is often used as a buzz word,” reflects Poulshock, “but that’s where the real craftsmanship comes in. A good story activates certain areas of the brain to produce a sensory experience.” As a result, Red Door’s projects are recognized for their storytelling excellence.
A series of Spirit Mountain Casino ads emphasized excitement and adrenaline, both on- and off-camera. Poulshock stepped into the shoes of the ads’ characters, trying bungee jumping and zip lining for the first time. “Dare to Have Fun,” which takes place on a roller coaster, won a Bronze Telly.
Red Door Films is shifting its focus to finishing post-production on a documentary, Raw Materials. Featuring three people who work in a Virginia plastics factory, Raw Materials gives Poulshock a chance to focus on character and integrity by showcasing the real people of blue collar work. Onscreen, we find a cowboy, an ex-felon and a seventh generation hillbilly as people worth knowing.
Poulshock’s one-man shop can take on work that fits his criteria, partnering with producers and other crew with whom he works well. The studio has grown and contracted over the past 25 years, depending on the size of current projects. Now, Poulshock is looking forward to raising funds for a feature film and continuing to fashion projects that are close to his heart.
“It’s a joy to get into the sandbox and play,” he notes.
More information about Red Door Films is available at www.davidpoulshock.com.