Local Prop Master, Tim Oakley, Featured Artist In AboutFace Magazine

Tim Oakley, Oakley Design Studios (photo: Hal Harrison, AboutFace Magazine)

Tim Oakley, Oakley Design Studios (photo: Hal Harrison, AboutFace Magazine)

Local Portland Prop Master, Tim Oakley, gets a well-deserved spread in AboutFace Magazine’s summer issue as a featured artist this month.  Oakley (Oakley Design Studios) designs and creates intricate props, logos and set designs for features, TV and commercials.  Most recently Oakley has created some of the iconic props for local Oregon shows such as “Grimm”, “The Librarians”, “The Green Room”, and others such as “”Dark Knight Rises”, “Start Trek” (1 and 2), “Indiana Jones” and “Jurassic World”, amongst many others.  Read the article here.

Print Friendly
categories Economic Impact, Jobs, Movies, News, Portland, Production Services | comments Comments (0)

Portland Film Festival Celebrates Will Vinton With Lifetime Achievement Tribute

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.15.54 AMCelebrate the pioneer of Claymation and the film industry icon Will Vinton as he receives a lifetime achievement award. Special Q&A with Vinton on his career and impact on the industry.

Academy Award Winning Short, “Closed Mondays,” celebrating its 40th anniversary will be screened before the feature.

In this claymation film, celebrated author Mark Twain (James Whitmore), displeased with the state of humanity, sets off in a hot-air balloon to meet his celestial destiny: Halley’s Comet. Stowed away on the craft are beloved characters from Twain’s stories — Tom Sawyer (Chris Ritchie), Becky Thatcher (Michele Mariana) and Huckleberry Finn (Gary Krug). As Twain’s balloon ascends ever higher to its ultimate goal, his literary creations try to persuade him of the essential goodness of man.

Tickets here.

Thursday, September 3rd @ 4pm
McMenamins Mission Theater – 1624 NW Glisan, Portland

Print Friendly
categories Animation/VFX | comments Comments (0)

Cubebot Ninja Battle!

In this miniature action-packed duel for Areaware’s wooden Cubebot toys, the Hinge team took on the challenge of creating a fun, stop motion style animation using CG characters and live action plates. To give this CG spot an authentically crafty stop motion feel, the crew used a combination of animation, camera and compositing techniques.

For more information and behind the scenes images, go to http://hingedigital.com/projects/areaware-cubebot-duel/

Print Friendly
categories Animation/VFX | comments Comments (0)

VFX Roundtable At Portland Film Fest!


A great afternoon is shaping up for local visual effects and animation artists + fans.  Join us for a roundtable style discussion of the current state of visual effects filmmaking!  Welcome three VFX Supervisors well known throughout the industry:  3 time Oscar winner Jim Rygiel (Lord of the Rings, Godzilla), Sue Rowe (The Maze Runner, Ender’s Game), and Portland’s own Ed Irastorza (Grimm) will be on hand to field questions from moderators as well as audience Q&A.

Links to tickets to this event ($15) or festival passes.

Be sure to use the discount code “VFXDISCOUNT” to save 10% off a festival or industry pass.

More info + info on some of the giveaways and door prizes:  www.vfxpdx.com

VFX Roundtable Panel
Sunday, Sept. 6th 1:30pm-3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema (@PSU)
510 SW Hall St
Portland, OR 97201

Print Friendly
categories Animation/VFX | comments Comments (0)

Roy W. Dean Fall Film Grant Now Accepting Submissions

Applications are now being accepted for the fall Roy W. Dean Film Grant.   The grant seeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society.  The winner receives $3,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film products and services to use to complete their film.  Films can be documentaries, short films, features, or webisodes.  Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2015.

Carole DeanThe grant includes some very unique and exceptional prizes.  Award winning composer David Raiklen will give the grant recipient $15,000 in theme music and score for their project.  David recently provided music for the Emmy award and Roy W. Dean Grant award winning documentary “Mia: A Dancer’s Journey”.  Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield will donate $6,000 in animation services to the winner.

Other prizes awarded the grant winner a 4TB G-Raid from G-Technology, a 25% discount on Artbeat’s royalty-free stock footage, 35% off post production services from Solvent Dreams, and 50% Discount for linking services, cells, walkie-talkies from Linking Systems and more from many heartfelt donors.

Even if you don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean or a board member of  From The Heart Productions which sponsors the grant.

You can apply for the grant at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 805-984-0098


Print Friendly
categories Financing | comments Comments (0)

The Future of Storytelling at Portland Film Festival


Technology has not only changed the way filmmakers tell stories, it’s creating new types of stories to tell. The Portland Film Festival explores this new wave ofstorytelling again this year with the Storyworlds program on Saturday, September 5th. Storyworlds invites you to learn more out more about transmedia, virtual reality, augmented reality, and ways to hone your creative idea to build an audience.

What is Transmedia?

How are national TV shows using transmedia? Find out from Geoffrey Colo, transmedia producer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter. Hear how Geoffrey began his career in transmedia storytelling and how that led to his role with ABC & Marvel Television.  Whether you’re a fan of Marvel, interested in creating multi platform content on your own, or just hoping to get a better understanding of what transmedia is, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss.

As more TV shows film in Portland, what sort of opportunities exist for transmedia producers to help extend those stories and keep audiences engaged between seasons?
Join us September 5th at 4pm!
 Read More »

Print Friendly
categories Blog, Digital, Events, Film Festivals, Independent, Portland, Technology, Web Series, Workshop | comments Comments (0)

A24 Picked Up US Rights To “Green Room”

the_green_room A24 has picked up the US rights to “Green Room” before it premieres (N. American) at the Toronto Film Festival this September.

Green Room” was shot and produced in Oregon, and is  the latest thriller Jeremy Saulnier (“Blue Ruin”) and produced by Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani and Victor Moyers, and starring Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin.  It’s set to have it’s theatrical release spring 2016. It was also part of this year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight .

Read more here.

Print Friendly
categories Acting, Movies, Portland | comments Comments (0)

Come for the Golf (Or Not) … Stay for the Good Times

-OMPAClassicLogoby Mary McDonald-Lewis, 1st Vice President, OMPA

Me, I’m not a sportser. Call me the Gutter Queen. Or “She Who Picks Dandelions in Right Field,” but I’ve never grokked athletics. I do love the salty snacks, though.

And the camaraderie. I like that a lot.

I dig the friendly competition between folks playing anything having to do with getting balls of various sizes into various containers, whether netted or mitted or flagged. At the OMPA Classic I especially love the laughter and good times outdoors. How bloodthirsty we are about croquet, and how gosh-DAMN good some of our golfers are.  Read More »

Print Friendly
categories Events, Film and Media Industry | comments Comments (0)

“Birds of Neptune” Will Screen Opening Night At The Portland Film Festival


BONposterplainBirds of Neptune, an independent film by Steven Richter, will be the Opening Night narrative feature at this year’s Portland Film Festival.

The film host an all Portland based cast, crew, vendors and services.  It premiered at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival and has since gone on to win Best Dramatic Feature and Best Performance at the Arizona International Film Festival.  It has also played at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival and will be playing at the AMFM FEST: Flagstaff this August.  More festival news including International premieres soon to be announced.

We congratulate our amazing all-local cast and crew and invite you to  join us in this celebration of Birds of Neptune, and be immersed in NW imagery, music and beauty.

You can buy tickets for the screening and after party here.


Print Friendly
categories Acting, Award, Blog, Casting, Events, Film and Media Industry, Film Festivals, Independent, Independent Films, Locations, Movies, Oregon Film, Portland, Production Services, Talent | comments Comments (0)

Fullbright’s “Gone Home” Has Been Leading The Way In Portland’s Growing Video Game Industry

YouTube Preview Image

Willamette Week covered the journey of how “a tiny Portland company got mixed up in gaming’s biggest controversy” with the game, “Gone Home“, created by Portland’s  The Fulbright Company.  “Gone Home”, created by a small, lean team, ended up being the most talked about game of 2013 and was lauded “the greatest video game love story ever told” by the New York Times.  The Fullbright Company were awarded the Best Debut in both the BAFTAs and the Game Developers Choice Awards for “Gone Home” (2013) and were a Finalist for Excellence in Narrative by the Independent Games Festival.

The Fullbright Company creates, “immersive, unforgettable story exploration video games” and coming in 2016 their latest creation will release – Tacoma.   YouTube Preview Image

Read the full article in Willamette Week about The Fullbright Company.


Print Friendly
categories Animation/VFX, Video Game Development | comments Comments (0)