HouseSpecial’s ‘Jailbreak’ Takes Best Picture at the We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival

HouseSpecial took home the award for Best Picture at the We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival held on August 17-20, 2017 in Baker City, Oregon. Aaron Sorenson wrote and directed the winning stop-motion film, Jailbreak, which was shot in black and white. The story follows the daring escape of a desperate prisoner fleeing his nightmarish […]

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.

Animation Studio HouseSpecial Welcomes Two CG Artists

(PORTLAND, OR) Animated content production studio HouseSpecial welcomes Kendra Phillips and Beavan Blocker to its CG team. Ms. Phillips, a CG Modeler, and Mr. Blocker, a CG Animator, recently landed at HouseSpecial via Moonbot in Shreveport, Louisiana. “We’re thrilled to have Kendra and Beavan join our studio,” said Alvaro Cubillas, Chief Operations Officer. “As a double-threat […]

HouseSpecial: Summer Animation Internships Open

Join our animation team as a paid intern from June 12 to August 25, 2017 in Portland.  The deadline to apply for all internships is March 31, 2017.  We are looking for the following: CG Animation Intern CG Lighting/Comp Intern CG Modeling Intern CG Texture Intern Concept/Storyboard Intern If you have completed your Junior year […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

HouseSpecial Releases New Stop-Motion Short ‘Jailbreak’

From HouseSpecial Director Aaron Sorenson comes the short film Jailbreak, a noir-ish nod to German Expressionism that explores the psychology of imprisonment via stop motion animation. Shot in black and white, the film has an adult twist and dark theatrical feel. “I was influenced most directly by the silent German Expressionist films such as The Cabinet of Dr. […]