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Our Kearney Store Manager and I were recently allowed on set at the new NBC series Grimm.  If you haven’t had a chance to check this one out, enjoy detective/suspense shows a la CSI or NCIS and maybe like a little fantasy as well, then you certainly should!  (video)

Grimm is being shot exclusively in Portland. Even better,  they’re not going to hide the fact that they’re in Portland! It is always cool to see us on TV with other shows such as Leverage and Free Agent,  but it’ll be even better to see locally recognizable places such as McMenamin’s without it being disguised.

Miller Paint is the primary supplier for paint and coatings on the Grimm set.  And let me tell you, it is AMAZING what they can do with our products!  Yes, of course, the painted walls and colors all look great.  But what’s more amazing is all the faux wood graining.  2×4’s are wood grained and then coated with a shellac mix to give it near perfect look.  Even as I was walking through the set, the trim in the houses looked nearly identical to the craftsman homes of the Portland area that have 80 year old timbers in them.

NBC's Grimm Used Miller Paint To Create Amazing Sets

And the sets themselves – what else can I say but WOW!  While it wasn’t my first time on a filming set, the details and appearances are always amazing.  From the morgue, to the police station, to the airstream trailer, it’s always just astounding to see something that looks so realistic when filmed turn out to be a bunch of 2×4’s and plywood.  Talk about the power of paint and decorating…not to mention the incredible skills of the set designers!

It was great to see 30+ cans of Miller Paint sitting on their shelves, waiting to be used later.  The entire crew is proud to be local and buying local.  One of the set painters we met was even a former painter for one of our bigger customers!  Small world, huh!

Our tour guide for the day, Scenic Lead Jo Brown, was quick to point out just how appreciative the entire crew is for the opportunity to work for what looks like a show with some real potential, and how much of that opportunity was because of Oregon’s Filming Incentive.  Without getting too political, this seems like a great program and we’re happy to be on the receiving end of the business.  In the end, all I know is that when you buy local, hire local, and take advantage of what the Northwest has provided us, you can’t go wrong!

Dan – Marketing