BENT Design Lab hits ‘Bulls-eye” with stop motion animated TV spot for Oregon Lottery

Design Lab Director Solomon Burbridge crafted two :15 second energetic, stop motion spots for the 2017 Keno “Bulls Eye” campaign in collaboration with the creative team from Pollinate.

Burbridge guided his team to blend visual influences from classic musical dance numbers of Busby Berkeley with contemporary motion art.

The first thing you notice is the energetic, playful feeling of the spot, syncopated to a driving club beat:

“I approached this with our animation team as a collaborative affair. Essentially, we became an improv troupe of pencils, collectively searching out a non-linear (but parse-able) way to promote fun and elevate everyday objects into graphic motion art,” says Burbridge.

The unique look comes from the simple red, white and blue palette and the fluid movement of the familiar Keno pencils. Over 500 Keno pencils were animated on white paper sweeps entirely in-camera.


“In my mind, this is the perfect kind of commercial… we are using the product front and center for the entire spot which is great for the client, but we are also serving up abstract stop motion, which satisfies the artist in all of us.” – Solo Mon


KENO ‘BULLSEYE’ Director – Solo Mon

Animators – John Summerson,Erik Hoofnagel

DP/ Lights/ Moco – Jim Birkett

Art Direction – Greg Arden

Scenic – Matt Lask

End Tag Modeling – Patrick Coan

Producer – Robert D’Esposito and Gabi Villasenor

Executive Producer – Anthony Greene

Production Co. – Bent Design Lab

Agency – Pollinate

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Independent Contractor Casting Assistant -Entry Level position – (paid)

We are seeking someone with clerical experience, word doc, and someone who can work long hours- you will learn the business and must sign an NDA and a NON-COMPETE.We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals who are not afraid of speaking to the public and can talk to production in a business manner-

A knowledge of Casting would be preferable please send resumes to [email protected]

Some Saturdays or Sundays MAY be required, must have reliable transportation, a laptop and cell phone.Starts next week 6/5 thru the end of August

Please send a resume and cover letter, please NO actors. Send to [email protected]

This job is located in Oregon City area.

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Beginner Level Virtual/Mixed Reality Classes at OSB

Oregon Story Board is excited to announce the next evolution of our 2016 HoloLens Development classes. Introducing our Intro to VR/MR Summer Courses!

Curious about what it takes to make virtual reality? Come explore design, development and user experience classes at Oregon Story Board this June. All 3 of our new class tracts provide a hands-on learning environment for students interested in exploring different aspects of the virtual reality production pipeline. Our custom curriculum is designed to introduce you to theory and content creation tools, then apply these best practices to create the first projects for your VR/MR portfolio!

Intro to UX Design for VR & MR | June 8-July 13 | Thursdays from 9:00AM – 2:00PM

You will explore and develop basic elements of VR/MR UX design best practices and also create UX documentation for VR/MR projects from pinpointing problems to executing solutions.

Intro to 3D Asset Creation for VR & MR | June 9-July 14 | Fridays from 1:00PM – 6:00PM

You will gain an understanding of the history and future of VR/MR and its potential use in a variety of industries, plus learn the basics of 3D art creation using Autodesk Maya and Unity.

Intro to VR & MR Programming | June 10-July 15 | Saturdays from 9:00AM – 1:00PM

You will learn best practices of VR/MR development and the basics of Unity and C#.

Classes are small, limited to 16 students each, and they’re filling up quickly! Sign up today to reserve your spot:

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See you in June!

-Oregon Story Board Team

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Shut Up Anthony Goes To The Brooklyn Film Festival

Thrilled to announce that Portland made Shut Up Anthony will have its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival! June 2nd – 11th. Tickets and screening times are available here!

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BendFilm Late Submissions Deadline – May 23rd

A near-constant fixture of MovieMaker magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee:, BendFilm celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, tough and talented people who make them. This year’s festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 15, with most venues located in Bend’s historic downtown and the nearby Old Mill District.

Submit on Film Freeway or Withoutabox

Awards & Prizes

The 2016 BendFilm Festival jury included Aaron Katz (Oscilloscope), Eliza Hajek (SAGindie), and Kristin Slaysman (Los Angeles based actor, producer and director). The 2017 jury will be announced mid-summer…

BEST OF SHOW* – $5,000 Cash Prize
All narrative and documentary features screening as part of the jury competition are eligible for this award.

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE* – $60,000 Camera Rental Package from Panavision


BEST DIRECTOR* – $500 Cash Prize



BEST STUDENT SHORT* – $500 Cash Prize

BEST ANIMATED SHORT* – $500 Cash Prize

BEST OF THE NORTHWEST* – $500 Cash Prize



* includes a BendFilm award sculpture

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24 Hour Comic – Feature Documentary

8 Artists confined to a comic book store, partake in Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic Challenge. Each attempting to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic, in 24 hours.

With the smell of coffee and doughnuts lingering over a table filled with pencil shavings, director Milan Erceg delves into the personal lives of each of the participating artist to examine how and why they got into an industry that rarely rewards their passion with fame or money.

The film features Scott McCloud, cartoonist and author of Understanding Comics, and local standouts Paul Guinan creator of Boilerplate, David Chelsea, acclaimed graphic novelist, Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Comics and many others.


The film will premiere in Portland at the Laurelhurst Theater Thursday, July 6th at 7pm, with a matinee on Friday the 7th at 4pm. A Q&A session will follow both of the screenings.

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QDoc Film Festival Returns May 18-21 at the Hollywood Theatre! 4 Days, 12 Films, 1 Special Weekend

Going on its 11th year, QDoc is the only film festival in the United States (and one of only two in the world) devoted exclusively to LGBTQ documentaries. From historical films to personal stories; artist biographies to experimental works; topical films to controversial works, QDoc has presented award-winning films, fresh from top-tier festivals, for more than a decade.

The four-day festival kicks of Thursday, May 18 at the historic Hollywood Theatre and continues through May 21 with 11 additional films, broadly exploring LGBTQ history, culture and politics.

This year, we pay tribute to a beloved storyteller and gay rights pioneer (THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN), we meet a legendary LA club owner and trailblazer (JEWEL’S CATCH ONE), we journey through the life of a Latin-American singer and icon (CHAVELA), we revisit the era of McCarthyism and elicit parallels with today’s political landscape (LAVENDER SCARE), we celebrate the joy of an all-male, comic ballet troupe founded more than 40 years ago (REBELS ON POINTE), and so much more!

Check out the full film schedule at and we’ll see you at the movies!

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Portland 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project blasts off in June this year. June 16-18 to be exact. But expect even more excitement than we ever brought you in August. Our sponsors include Shango Premium Cannabis, Blue Star Donuts, Stumptown Coffee, Kind Snacks, and more! Winners get free brewery tours by Brewvana.

The big Portland winner will represent Stumptown against 150 other city winners from around the world, and the twelve best films will once go to the Cannes Film Festival! Previous PDX 48HFP winners have gone to Cannes! Could you be next?

Register your team, while you can  and show the world that you have what it takes to take the 48 Hour Challenge!



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2017 Pacific Northwest Lens Summit

Koerner Camera Systems to Launch First Pacific Northwest Lens Summit

Event: The 2017 Pacific Northwest Lens Summit
Event Date: May 13th, 10am – 5pm
Location: Koerner Camera, 2828 SE 14th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
Free Event

Koerner Camera Systems, the premier supplier of high-end cinema gear for motion picture, television and commercial productions in the Pacific Northwest, will be hosting a first-of-its-its-kind exposition at their new facility in Southeast Portland. The latest optics from Angenieux, Arri, Canon, Cooke, Fujinon, IB/E, Kish, Leica, Lomo Illumina, P+S Technik, Raptor, Sigma, Tokina, and Zeiss will be on display for the largest lens event in the history of the Pacific Northwest. AbelCine, Band Pro, Hot Rod, and Preston Cinema will also be in attendance to show off their latest innovations.

Much of what will be on display will have just made its debut at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) in Las Vegas. Visitors will have hands-on time with the latest optics and have an opportunity to talk to the manufacturers.

Koerner Camera Systems, based in Portland and Seattle, has recently relocated their Portland rentals house to a much larger, state-of-the-art facility in Southeast Portland to accommodate the company’s strong growth and support future expansion. For over 20 years Koerner Camera has strived to support existing and future filmmakers in the community by providing access to the latest and most cutting-edge resources.

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NW Animation Fest 2017 Kicks Off May 10th In Portland, & May 19th in Eugene.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 NW Animation Fest in both Portland (May 10-14) and Eugene (May 19-21).  Don’t miss out, there is a huge and diverse offering of animation work to see.

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