PBJ Goes Behind The Scenes At HouseSpecial

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 4.14.23 PMThe Portland Business Journal visited HouseSpecial behind the scenes, and met with the creative stop-motion, and CG animators that bring their commercials, films & shorts to life.

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HouseSpecial's Margaret Meyer. Photo HouseSpecial

HouseSpecial’s Margaret Meyer. Photo HouseSpecial

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“TrackTown” Set to World Premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival

Alexi Pappas wins her season opener 5k at the Oregon Relays at home in TrackTown, USA. Photo: TrackTown

Alexi Pappas wins her season opener 5k at the Oregon Relays at home in TrackTown, USA. Photo: TrackTown

The feature film “Tracktown”, directed by Jeremy Teicher, and Alexi Pappas, is set to World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the US Fiction Competition (June 4th).   “TrackTown” chronicles “a bright, talented and lonely long-distance runner who twists her ankle as she prepares for the Olympic Trials and must do something she’s never done before: take a day off.” Shot in Eugene, Oregon.

(PRODUCERS are Laura Wagner, Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher, Jay Smith CAST Alexi Pappas, Chase Offerle, Rachel Dratch, Andy Buckley)


Read more from the LA Times, here.

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Film Directing Studio with Scott Ballard June 15-19!

Once again the Northwest Film Center is offering an intensive studio class on Film Directing with local filmmaker and DP Scott Ballard. Over five consecutive days, June 15-19, participants will shoot and direct a scene(s) with professional actors and a small crew, and have the option to edit it to a finished product.


Developing your unique “director’s eye”
Casting, blocking, rehearsing and coaching actors
How directors lead the filmmaking departments (such as locations, wardrobe, make-up, set design, editorial)
Communicating with cast and crew to command the set
Determining a workable shooting schedule
Approaches to lighting, framing and camera movement
The Director’s Line and continuity
Getting the coverage you need for editing
See a range of approaches by crewing for other directors
Get instructor, actor and peer feedback for your directing
How to market yourself and your project as a director
Tuition includes all needed production equipment (cameras, lights, microphones etc.) and access to the Film Center edit lab for those who want to edit their scene(s) (by appointment, self service).

Register online.

June 15, 2016 — June 19, 2016
9 am-4 pm | 5 Sessions


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“Black Road” Special Screening May 18 Sponsored by Oregon Film & OMPA

Black Road

Black Road, Sam Daly (Dylan)

Oregon-made futuristic thriller, BLACK ROAD, screens in Portland, May 18, 7pm at the Living Room theaters.

Purchase tickets in advance by May 9 via Tugg (https://www.tugg.com/events/95853).

Ticket price ($15) includes a reception following the screening sponsored by the Oregon Film Office and OMPA. Enjoy wine and appetizers and visit with the filmmakers. Seating is limited.

Special guests include director Gary Lundgren, producer Anne Lundgren, cinematographer Patrick Neary, composer John Morgan Askew, Oregon Film Executive Director Tim Williams, and OMPA Executive Director Janice Shokrian.

“It’s got it all: a down-on-his-luck private contractor, a mysterious and dangerous ex, and the equally mysterious and dangerous vamp who plays our hero like a puppet. Yep, Black Road is definitely a ‘neo-noir,’ and a damn fine one at that.” – ConTV   Read More »

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POWGirls Announces Two Workshops for Summer 2016!


Tara Johnson-Medinger, Executive Director
POWFest / POWGirls
[email protected] / 503.267.1126

POWGirls Announces two Workshops for Summer 2016!


POWGirls launched in March of 2014 and has hosted six successful workshops serving over 57 girls in the Portland Metro area.  Watch our past productions here. We are excited to announce our Summer 2016 dates:

Summer Workshop I: ADVANCED WORKSHOP, August 1-5 + August 8-9, 2016

Summer Workshop II: INTRO WORKSHOP, August 8-12, 2016


Summer Workshop I: ADVANCED WORKSHOP, August 1-5 + August 8-9, 2016 – SIGN UP HERE


Over the course of seven days, we will help participants to work with a team to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute promo piece for a non-profit client. See this example that the POWGirls made for The Portland Kitchen.

The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative concept development, working with a client) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard software. This is a great addition to complement a portfolio of narrative work.

This are excited to announce that we will feature Girl Circus as this year’s client.  Read More »

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2016 OPIF Tax Credit Auction Announced for July 11-15

opif_auction_2016The Oregon Department of Revenue will once again be conducting a tax credit auction for the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF) in July. The auction is open to all Oregon tax payers. The total amount of tax credits to be auctioned this year will be $12 million.

The process will be exactly the same as the successful auction conducted last July. This is the largest amount of tax credits we have had available at one time, so it is a great opportunity for people who may have missed out on the previous auctions.

We will be working hard to make sure all the tax credits sell out in the designated time frame. If we are successful in this goal, this will be the only opportunity for people to contribute to the fund and receive OPIF tax credits for 2016.

The online auction will begin July 11, 2016 at 9 am PDT at the following link:


The links to submit bids will not be active until that time, but complete information on the auction process and dates will be available at the above link very soon.

The most important points to know right now:

•  The OPIF online auction will begin at 9 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Monday, July 11, 2016. It will end at 5 pm PDT on Friday July 15, 2016.

•  No bids will be accepted before or after the designated times.

•  Bidders must submit payment along with Form TCA by Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5 pm PDT.

•  There will be $12 million in tax credit certificates available for the auction.

•  The credit certificates will be in $500 increments and the minimum bid will be $475.

If you have any questions about the OPIF tax credits or the auction process, please feel free to contact Tim Williams via email ([email protected]) or phone (971) 254-4020.

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Got Content? Learn How To Create Business In The African Market.

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The U.S. is Making a Vast Impact in Africa’s TV Content Industry.
Learn How You Can Create Business in a Profitable Market.

The U.S. Commerce Department Presents a webinar with DISCOP Africa, the leading feature films, TV programs, adaptation rights and packaged TV channels trade show.

9:00AM – 10:00AM PDT // 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT
Register here.

Experts from the television industry will discuss opportunities in the African market, to include co-production and partnerships, and how to engage with local start-ups, and international partners also working in the African TV sector. You will learn about (a) doing (TV) business in Africa, (b) opportunities for U.S. licensors and exporters of creative content, and (c) co-productions with Africa’s fast growing multi-screen and multi-platform marketplace.

In 2008, The Organizers of Basic Lead, launched DISCOP AFRICA, the most important feature films, TV programs, adaptation rights and packaged TV channels market and co-production forum dedicated to Africa’s fast growing multi-screen and multi-platform marketplace.

DISCOP Africa Johannesburg will take place from November 2-4, 2016 at the Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa

A total of 2,000+ participants from 90+ countries are expected to take part in DISCOP Africa Johannesburg.

DISCOP AFRICA delivers meetings and exposure. Participants meet, connect, stay informed and do business across the world’s fastest growing region.  Read More »

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AIFF Announces 2016 Award Winners – Oregon and Pacific Northwest Films Win Over Juries and Audiences

Barbara Hammer was AIFF2016 Pride Award Recipient. Photo by Richard A. Jacquot

Barbara Hammer was AIFF2016 Pride Award Recipient. Photo by Richard A. Jacquot

The Ashland Independent Film Festival announced its highly anticipated juried and audience award-winning films for work screened at the 15th annual festival, April 7-11, 2016, where films made in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest received a warm welcome and took home top awards.  Read More »

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HouseSpecial Brings CustomInk’s ‘Spokestopus’ To Life In Stopmotion

April 18, 2016 (PORTLAND, OR) Introducing Steve the Spokestopus. He’s a new animated super fan created by content production studio HouseSpecial for CustomInk, the leading provider of custom apparel and accessories for groups and communities. The multi-spot campaign is a collaboration with Los Angeles ad agency SUPERMOON (SUPERMOON.com) and debuts this month on broadcast and digital media platforms.

HouseSpecial’s Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Planters Mr. Peanut, Häagen-Dazs) helmed the spots and teamed with SUPERMOON’s Executive Creative Director and Partner David DeRoma to refine the initial scripts and develop the Steve character for animation. The end result was an under-water campaign with a unique look and feel that married stop-motion techniques with CG-animated mouths and environmental VFX.

“To best evoke the warmth and friendliness of the CustomInk brand, stop motion was the perfect technique that equally conveys a comforting, tactile human touch and felt appropriate for the diorama-like setting of Steve’s fish tank office,” Gustafson said.

The Steve puppets were constructed with a customized armature (an internal moveable metal skeleton) and covered in a dyed silicone skin. Details were hand painted and clothing was hand sewn including Doug the aerating deep-sea diver’s apparel.”  Read More »

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NW Animation Festival – The Biggest US Animation Film Fest – May 9-15

The NW Animation Film fest is coming to the Hollywood Theatre and will feature over 64 countries and over 200 films.  Sign up here for more information.


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