Outdoor Movies in State Parks Returns!

Since 2016, the Hollywood Theatre has partnered with the Oregon State Parks Department to produce a series of screenings in Oregon State Parks. All parks in the series are within an hour’s drive of Portland, with film programming selected to complement the diverse features of each park.

This series encourages Oregonians to explore the amazing recreational amenities our parks have to offer, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, camping, picnicking and  more. All screenings start at dusk. Free event. No tickets required.

So join us for another summer of free movies held in Oregon’s beautiful state parks, presented in partnership with Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film, and Travel Oregon.

Screenings are free, but get more info on each screening below:
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SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Traveling Show w/Mimimal Massive presentation – 6/21 @ OMSI!

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Fest Traveling Show stops through Portland!

Next Friday night (6/21), catch the year’s best computer graphics, along with local firepower from Minimal Massive!

SIGGRAPH is an organization dedicated to furthering the field of computer graphics and 3D animation, and each year at the national SIGGRAPH convention, a highlight is always the Animation Festival and Electronic Theater.  Following the convention, this show goes on tour to spread the year’s best animation work + achievements – and next Friday we’re happy to bring this show to Portland as part of OMSI’s Animation Festival weekend!

Friday night (June 21) at 6:30pm, SIGGRAPH will take over the Empirical Theater screen.  Up first, a fantastic presentation from local motion design outfit Minimal Massive to set the tone!  Brian Smith will take us behind the scenes of their latest project, complete with Q&A.

Then, Larry Bafia (down from Vancouver BC) will present the SIGGRAPH program; the theme of which is Generations, and the Traveling Show begins with highlights from Electronic Theater programs of years past.  Then, we kick into high gear with this year’s selections.

Those who have caught this show in years past, at the national convention or previous Portland dates, know that this program is the perfect way to stay current.  You’ll catch all of the groundbreaking/landmark CG and animation each year in one concentrated dose.  That said, this show is one night only and most definitely a must see!

More information at vfxpdx.com

Tickets at the door or online ($7, $6 OMSI members):  https://bit.ly/2RiHjYx
Or go big and consider a festival pass for the whole weekend! ($19/$16) – full schedule and info here:   https://bit.ly/2XJBR3m

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Traveling Show (2018), including presentation by Minimal Massive
As Part of the OMSI Animation Festival
Friday, June 21, 6:30pm (doors at 6)
OMSI Empirical Theater
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

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OregonAnimation.com – A Hub to Connect Employers and Employees – Launches

It is live!
OregonAnimation.com is a site exclusively created for the stop-motion community to connect job seekers with opportunities.
For Job Seekers, it is the place to post information, images and links to your reel.
For Recruiters, teachers and producers looking for talent, OregonAnimation.com will be a resource to find the best talent in the stop-motion industry.
For a short time, there is a free subscription code for you to use to join. With this code it’s free for one month for job seekers to sign up – Founder2019June.
To use it, simply go here & redeem the code above.

You don’t need to be in Oregon to post your resume or post a job in animation, you just need to want to work here!

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Spotlight On Oregon Location Professional – Dan Eason

Dan Eason

Dan Eason, The Pearl, Portland

Exploring new places is what keeps Dan Eason moving. His career in film spans Cincinnati, Philly, NYC, LA, and, most recently, Portland, Oregon. As a location scout and manager for film, TV, and commercial productions, Dan adds unique energy to the creative process in prep and on set. His eye for the frame, and mind for the logistics, brings scripts to life in several mediums. He enjoys both the city and nature, but mostly he loves the people he meets scouting along the way.

Dan Eason on Mount Hood.


To contact Dan:



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House Special Presents Puppet & Video to Gov. Brown in Celebration of Oregon’s Animation Industry


Lisa Cicala, Chris Olghren, Lourri Hammack and Rosemary Colliver with Oregon Governor Kate Brown and puppet

House Special founding partner Lourri Hammack and animator Chris Ohlgren presented a specially made puppet of Gov. Brown and a short, stop-motion video of the Governor taking a quick trip across Oregon to the Capitol in Salem to Gov. Brown herself as part of the Oregon Film, Television and Interactive Industry Day recognitions as arranged by the OMPA. Lisa Cicala, Executive Director of the OMPA and Rosemary Colliver from NW Portland-based animation studio ShadowMachine were also on-hand to discuss the growth of the industry.

The stop-motion animation industry continues to grow here in Oregon. Historically started by the late Oscar winner, Will Vinton and Will Vinton Studios in the 1970’s and then led by Laika Studios with award winning projects like “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and the recently released “Missing Link,” Oregon is now recognized internationally for its artistry, workforce and unique animation studios like House Special, ShadowMachine, Bent Image Lab and Hinge Digital – amongst many others. Production of a single stop-motion animation feature films can provide more than 300 jobs over a three year period. Currently there are three feature length stop motion projects happening here in Oregon, with a fourth and possibly a fifth, still on the way. ShowMachine recently announced production on a new feature adaptation of “Pinocchio” for Guillermo del Toro.  Read More »

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Another Production Phishing Scam

Thanks to our colleagues at IATSE we have recently become aware of a(nother) phishing scam looking for cast & crew for a project shooting in the area. The company is called Hurrah Production and is based out of Singapore.

The message attached below is a phishing scam.

Please do not respond to that email.

The email is being reported to the OMPA and reported to the US Dept. of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

The IASTE encourages all to make their own report by following the directions below:


Report Phishing Sites

US-CERT partners with the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) to collect phishing email messages and website locations to help people avoid becoming victims of phishing scams.

You can report phishing to APWG by sending email to [email protected].

What Is Phishing?

Phishing is an attempt by an individual or group to solicit personal information from unsuspecting users by employing social engineering techniques. Phishing emails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These emails often attempt to entice users to click on a link that will take the user to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate. The user then may be asked to provide personal information, such as account usernames and passwords, that can further expose them to future compromises. Additionally, these fraudulent websites may contain malicious code.


Learn More About Phishing

The following documents and websites can help you learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself against phishing attacks:

Methods of Reporting Phishing Email to APWG

  • In Outlook Express, you can create a new message and drag and drop the phishing email into the new message. Address the message to [email protected] and send it.
  • In Outlook Express you can also open the email message* and select File > Properties > Details. The email headers will appear. You can copy these as you normally copy text and include it in a new message to [email protected].
  • If you cannot forward the email message, at a minimum, please send the URL of the phishing website.

* If the suspicious mail in question includes a file attachment, it is safer to simply highlight the message and forward it. Some configurations, especially in Windows environments, may allow the execution of arbitrary code upon opening and viewing a malicious email message.

Also here is a link to great article on the phishing happening in our industry

You may also report emails like this to Federal Trade Commission:

How to Report Phishing

If you got a phishing email or text message, report it. The information you give can help fight the scammers.

Step 1. If you got a phishing email, forward it to the FTC at [email protected] and to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at [email protected]. If you got a phishing text message, forward it to SPAM (7726).

Step 2. Report the phishing attack to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

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Latest Netflix #OregonMade Series, “Trinkets,” Will Begin Streaming June 14th

The #OregonMade Netflix series, Trinkets, (based on Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith‘s young adult novel) starring, Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool, Tragedy Girls), Kiana Madeira (The Flash, Sacred Lies) and Quintessa Swindell will stream June 14th. This 10 episode, #OregonMade show shot entirely on location in Clackamas and Portland.  Read more.

Kristi Turnquist (OregonLive) talked to the “Trinkets” Executive Director about why Portland was considered a character all its own in the series.

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A Look At Hinge Over The Past 10 Years


2019 is a big year for Hinge, as it marks our 10 year anniversary of bringing high quality innovative content to the creative industry.

Hinge came to be in 2009 after the three founders, Alex Tysowsky, Michael Kuehn, and Roland Gauthier, aspired to combine their experience and expertise to start their own studio. Their impressive and diverse backgrounds lay the foundation for Hinge’s success.

Alex Tysowsky, our Director of Animation, has worked in the film industry for nearly twenty years. He has worked on creating stunning animation for over a dozen features including Harry Potter, Stuart Little, and Academy Award-winning projects like Spider-Man 2 and The Matrix.

Alex’s profound understanding of artistic decisions and technical considerations help him to oversee all aspects of our studio’s animation production in an efficient and unique way.

Michael Kuehn is a Creative Director, Art Director, and VFX Supervisor. With over twenty years of experience in content creation for feature films, commercials, and video game industries, his expertise is priceless.

His background includes work on several live-action blockbusters such as Armageddon and Reign of Fire, as well as beloved animated favorites Chicken Little and Surf’s Up. Michael’s passion for creating compelling animation and visual effects is invaluable.

Roland Gauthier is our Executive Producer, focusing on strategy, creative direction, project management, budgeting, problem solving, and hands-on production. He has over a dozen years of VFX experience, and has worked with countless global brands and agencies.

His work includes big brands like M&Ms, Honda, and Target, as well as the award-winning animated short film, Moongirl.

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“Missing Link” Screening, w/presentation – June 7 @ OMSI + Toffee Club

Join us this coming Friday evening, June 7, for a special $5 encore screening of LAIKA’s Missing Link at OMSI, followed by a unique presentation at The Toffee Club’s back room by LAIKA Lead Compositor Michael Cordova.   He’ll share the LAIKA filmmaking process with us from a VFX Compositor’s viewpoint.  Presented by Portland SIGGRAPH, in cooperation with OMSI and the Toffee Club.

Film at 7pm, presentation ~9pm.  More details and tickets at www.vfxpdx.com.

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New Stop-Motion Independent Film celebrating the iconic Oregon wolf named Journey

The short film Nowheres Wolf: A Call Not Answered is inspired by the life of Oregon’s famous wolf named Journey, aka OR-7. The film is mid-production and starting to take off, hitting some heartfelt points in the film and animation industry including developing non-toxic building materials for artists and makers as well as advocating for local wildlife.

In an interview with Oregon Wild, Nowheres Wolf creator Suzanne Moulton shared “I’m a big believer in “Think Globally, Act Locally” so I’ve focused on inspiring people to take small actions at home that can make a big difference in whether a local species dies or thrives. From my experience in the stop-motion film industry, and as an artist, I realized these communities are powerful allies. Talking with friends and colleagues, we chose to create awareness for the wolf because this creature is threatened the most by human apathy and hate. As artists, we can use our talents to address these issues and help change perceptions.”

The film is gearing up for its most technically difficult scenes to construct. To support the completion of their film, they’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark which is an innovative site specifically for filmmakers and offers distribution services to independent film artists. Think of it as a KickStarter and Netflix rolled into one, except one where the artists retain their intellectual property!

If you want to be a part of the effort, visit the Nowheres Wolf Campaign where you can watch a trailer, behind-the-scenes footage and get updates on the film as its 45 day fundraising campaign progresses.

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