About Us

Experienced Producers. Creative People. Production First.

With over 30 years of hands-on production and film industry experience, our team knows what a Producer needs to get the job done. The Central Oregon Film Office assists local and visiting productions with facilitating permits, provide location scouting and management, and engaging the local workforce and vendor resources. We also provide inter-agency assistance such as risk management for insurance liability and coordinate with police, fire and rescue services for the safety of the public during shoots.

The Central Oregon Film Office is the official production hub for some of the most stunning locations in Central and Eastern Oregon.

Let us help you with permitting, location scouting and management and
inter-agency assistance.

With the support of Oregon Film, the City of Bend and the Central Oregon Visitors Association, our mission is to promote this region as a one stop shop for local and out of area production partners.

We explore new shoot locations for branded content spots, episodic TV, and film on a daily basis. We have recently scouted large sections of Eastern Oregon, enabling us to help you with all areas east of the Cascade Mountain Ranges.  From the desert to the deepest lakes in the country, from the top of mountains to the depths of a crater, from old growth forests to the badlands; Central Oregon is a cinematographers dream.  Located in the high desert we have distinct seasons and over 300 days of sunshine a year.

We are here to highlight the extraordinary talents of our region, its people and infrastructure and to provide inter-agency assistance, coordinating with city and county services to make your job as easy as possible.

Our Services

Resources. Scouting. Permits. 24/7 Production Support.

Permits & Locations. Our team has intimate knowledge of the area and the long-standing relationships required to gain access to hidden gems. We assist and facilitate necessary permits and fees and, when it comes to your schedule, we know the best time of day and year to get that perfect shot.

Scouting. Our production crew are actively involved in location scouting in advance of, and management during any production, ensuring you have access to iconic and hidden sites you’ll want to share with the world. Join us for a back-roads journey to any number of private ranches, lakes, access to locations that suit your needs.

Resources. Our Office builds relationships with local crew, from skilled camera operators to craft services and vehicles, and has our finger on the pulse of what our region has to offer. Hire local and save on accommodation and transport.

Accommodation. The Central Oregon Film Office partners with lodging properties to create preferred rates for A list talent and production crews whether it be one of the best boutique hotels in the Pacific Northwest, a stunning golf resort or a cabin by a lake.


Board Members

Proudly representing Bend and Central Oregon’s interests.

Tammy Baney Executive Director, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council

Laura Craska Cooper Partner, Brix Law

Sandy Henderson Executive Director and Founder

John McLeod former President & General Manager, Mt. Bachelor Ski & Summer Resort

Teresa O’Neill Vice President Global Strategic Partnerships, Travel Oregon

Julia Theisen CEO, Visit Central Oregon

L-R front:  Teresa O’Neill, Laura Cooper, Tammy Baney

L-R rear: Sandy Henderson, Julia Theisen, John McLeod

We speak your language, and we’re available 24/7/365.
Call us, and discover all Bend, Central and Eastern Oregon have to offer.

The Central Oregon Film Office recognizes the importance for our region to be a location that welcomes cast and crew of all races, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, religions, visible and invisible disabilities, and socio-economic statuses.

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Our Team

Award winning producers. Industry veterans.

Sandy Henderson

Sandy Henderson

Executive Director

Sandy is a 20-year showbiz veteran, working at such studios as New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures and Summit Entertainment. Starting her career in international distribution, for Summit she attended the American Film Market, Cannes Film Festival and London Screenings. Previously, as the Executive Director of BendFilm, she worked closely with independent filmmakers, top level sponsors, other non-profit entities and key Hollywood personnel. Sandy directed all facets of the Festival including branding, events, marketing, PR and fundraising. As the founder of Red Phoenix Rising, she specializes in fundraising, marketing, public relations, social media and creating long term partnerships between her clients and sponsors. As the Founder of the Central Oregon Film Office, her goal is to showcase the stunning diversity of the region, creating a production hub in Central Oregon for visiting filmmakers. ​