HouseSpecial Signs Kelly Salmon As Its Northeast Rep

JULY 28, 2015 (PORTLAND, ORE) Animated content production studio HouseSpecial (formerly LAIKA/house) President Lourri Hammack announced a new partnership with Kelly Salmon, owner of the independent New York-based repping firm Hunt & Gather, for Northeast representation for all animated content. Ms. Hammack: “When Gerard Cantor of Joinery spoke highly of Kelly and then quickly signed […]

BENT Goes “Over the Garden Wall” for Cartoon Network

Portland, Or – Animation studio BENT Image Lab conjures up a series of whimsical storybook promos for Cartoon Network’s “Over the Garden Wall”. Directed by BENT’s Solomon Burbridge, the promos bury the viewer deep inside the beautiful CG/stop-motion pages of a forest-woven book, seamlessly transitioning to clips from the show. “I wanted to take the […]

Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival in Portland

Klik, Amsterdam’s favorite animation festival, concludes their historic first-ever US tour with a stop in Portland. Join Klikkers Tünde Vollenbroek and Mathijs Stegink, and Dutch animation director Joost Lieuwma (Things You’d Better Not Mix Up, Leaving Home) at the Hollywood Theatre for two special screenings on June 1st: 7pm: DUTCH DELIGHTS is a Klik-curated overview […]

“Little Leaks” a Big Deal for Local Animation Company

CMD and Hinge Digital teamed up to deliver a fun, informative and engaging campaign for NW Natural. “Little Leaks” was conceived as a collaboration between CMD and the Hinge creative team. Hinge created four unique 3D egg characters. The eggs are lighthearted and fun visual storytellers in a spot that educates viewers on how to recognize […]

Bent Image Lab Shows “Recycling Is A Beautiful Thing”

Bent Image Lab has a new stop motion animated commercial they did for Arrowhead’s new 500ml ReBorn TM bottle called, “Recycling is a Beautiful Thing”.  The campaign idea and concept is by Ad Agency Threshold Interactive, produced by Bent Image Lab and directed by Bent’s Solomon Burbridge. Burbridge says,“The awareness aspect in this spot is […]

ParaNorman Nominated For 8 Annie Awards

  It’s gratifying to see ParaNorman (Focus features + Laika) nominated eight times for an Annie Award, including Best Picture. In Individual Achievement nominations there are seven categories in which ParaNorman talent gets a nod: Animated Effects; Andrew Nawrot, Joe Gorski, Grant Laker, Character Animation; Travis Knight, Directing; Sam Fell, Chris Butler, Character Design; Heidi […]

ParaNorman Impresses at Comic-Con 2012!

The annual Comic-Con convention took place in San Diego, CA this past weekend, and LAIKA/Focus Features’ ParaNorman was there in full force.  In addition to Norman and the larger-than-life-sized Zombies (seen above) roaming the halls of the convention, there was also a ParaNorman ice cream truck and plenty of free ParaNorman swag being handed out.   Attendees were also […]

Local Animation and Motion Graphics Company HB Design

Recently we’ve been finding new companies popping up around the state focused on animation and motion graphics and featuring their good work on our blog.  From this chatter we’ve managed to also connect with great companies that have been around for quite a while.  One such company is HB Design.  HB Design has been around […]

BENT Does Coke in Europe

Football (Soccer) insanity is personified in a new 3D collaboration between Santo, (Buenos Aires, London, Milan) and Bent Image Lab, (Portland Oregon). Helmed by mixed-media maestro Carlos Lascano, “Spirit of the Euro” is an outrageous romp through stylized landscapes of Eastern Europe with an eccentric cast of chameleonic characters. The Coke-drinking, silly dancing, trumpet blowing, […]

Ashland Producer Gary Kout Talks About His Work on Oscar Winning Film “Rango”

Behind the scenes footage from the making of “Rango”: Many of you may know Gary Kout as the president of Southern Oregon Film and Television (SOFAT) and producer of films like “Walk In,” “Calvin Marshal,” “Conversations With God” as well as many commercials.  A few years back, he was contacted by Gore Verbinski’s team on […]