HouseSpecial’s ‘Lamentation’ Screening at the New Hollywood Theatre @PDX

Portland animation studio HouseSpecial announces the opening screening of ­their latest short film Lamentation at The Hollywood Theatre @PDX, the new movie theatre in Portland’s airport (C Concourse), beginning on February 23, 2017 and running regularly through the Spring. The short film is inspired by Portland’s own world-renowned Pink Martini’s rendition of the sorrowful Romanian ballad […]

HouseSpecial Expanding Production Coordinator Roster

HouseSpecial is expanding our roster of production coordinator talent for upcoming CG and stop-motion productions. To be included in our production bullpen, submit your information via housespecial.com and select Future Positions. Experience in producing animation is always helpful. Production Coordination: Principal Duties and Responsibilities Tracks all project activity from preproduction through delivery of masters across […]

LAIKA’s “Kubo And The Two Strings” Receives Two Oscar Nominations!

The 2017 Academy Award nominations are out!  Among them are two nominations for  LAIKA‘s #OregonMade “Kubo And The Two Strings” –  Animated Feature, and Visual Effects! “Kubo” joined; “Moana”, “My Life as a Zucchini”, “The Red Turtle”, “Zootopia” in the Animated Feature category, and “Deepwater Horizon”, “Doctor Strange”, “Jungle Book” and  “Rogue One: A Star […]

Nominations For “Kubo” (Annie Awards) and “Certain Women” (Spirit Awards)

  44th Annie Awards have nominated “Kubo and the Two Strings” for ten nominations this year: Best Animated Feature Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production Outstanding Achievement, Production […]

HouseSpecial’s Stop-Motion Short Takes ‘Best Animated Film’ At Oregon Independent Film Festival

Aaron Sorenson, a Director at Portland animation studio HouseSpecial, received the award for Best Animated Film for the stop-motion short Jailbreak during the award ceremony at The Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) held on September 24, 2016 in Portland’s Clinton Street Theater. Jailbreak, shot in black and white, follows the daring escape of a desperate […]

Bill Plympton Speaks, Oct. 15 & 16, UNDERGROUND USA

On Oct 15, 2016, two time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton will appear as a guest speaker at Oregon Cartoon Institute‘s one day symposium UNDERGROUND USA. The following evening he will introduce a program of his short films at the Mission Theater. UNDERGROUND USA is one day public history/arts education event which focuses on one chapter of […]

Bent Image Lab Unveils Secret Augmented Reality Project

Portland, OR August 15, 2016: Bent Image Lab, announces their Augmented Reality platform, “youAR”TM, is coming out of stealth mode into alpha testing. For the last three years, Bent has been developing youARTM along with computer vision technology and systems enabling multiuser, real-time, markerless AR content to be viewed with a single lens smartphone. Along […]

LAIKA’s New Feature, “Kubo And The Two Strings” Opens This Month

LAIKA and Focus Features’ “Kubo And The Two Strings” will open on August 19th. “Kubo” is “a clever, kindhearted boy (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) who ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons […]

Adult Swim & Hinge Team Up For Toonami

It’s been nearly a year since Adult Swim Toonami team tapped Hinge‘s Portland-based studio to produce show bumpers and the season finale of Toonami Intruder II, where the show’s venerable host TOM, and his AI co-host SARA, crash land on an unknown planet to find a new base of operations. The episode had something fun for both the hard core fans (who’ve enjoyed […]

PBJ Goes Behind The Scenes At HouseSpecial

The 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. Read more.