Interview with Will Vinton on the Oregon Animation Blog

Oregon’s animation industry is as exciting as ever and the Oregon Animation blog is continuing to gear up with new posts and updates on cool projects throughout the state.

Be sure to check out the brand-new interview with Academy Award winner, Oregon native and claymation pioneer Will Vinton in particular. Vinton talks about his past projects, why he loves working in Portland, his views on shifting technology and the international animation industry. He even gives a tip to all the rising animators out there so read the entire interview here. Continue reading... “Interview with Will Vinton on the Oregon Animation Blog”

ASIFA Portland presents Shorts3

ASIFA Portland proudly announces Shorts3, an afternoon of animation with Portland legends Joan Gratz, Marilyn Zornado, and Jim Blashfield, hosted by Dennis Nyback.

On July 24, at 1pm, at Cinema 21, we’ll be viewing new and recent works from these ground-breaking and award-winning artists, with audience Q/A and discussion. This event is free to members of ASIFA, $5 general admission.

Joan Gratz has received Academy Awards for her kinetic claypainting, and her latest animation delivers even more of the same delight.  Continue reading... “ASIFA Portland presents Shorts3”

New Details from “Paranorman” Directors on the film

Today in the online version of indieWire, there are more details on “LAIKA’s” new feature film “Paranorman”LAIKA has been at work on the project for more than a year already and the film is slated for an August 2012 vote.

Co-Directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler give some background behind the genesis of the project in the article.

“The essential story came from a ‘what if’ idea in my family that had to do with my relationship with my Grandma,” he said. Continue reading... “New Details from “Paranorman” Directors on the film”

Wait, That Was Done In Oregon?

If you’ve ever watched IFC then you’ve seen their signature quirky-cool ad campaign. But did you know that it was designed and created by Oregon-based Feel Good Anyway? Or that the 40+ special effects in the NBC movie “A Walk in My Shoes” were done by Portland’s visual effects company Hive-FX? Or if you’ve been to Canada lately and seen Koodo Mobile’s adorable spokesman El Tabador, that he was produced by Bent Image Labs based in – you guessed it – Oregon? Continue reading... “Wait, That Was Done In Oregon?”

OregonAnimation.com Blog Premieres Tonight

Oregon Animation LogoFollowing the successful effort to create a voice for the Oregon Film and Television community in this blog, we recently convened a group of Oregon animation and visual effects professionals that we know, and asked them how a site dedicated to their segment of the industry might be received.  After lots of lively conversation and great ideas, it became clear that there was great interest, and that it would be very helpful for drawing attention to the fact that Oregon has more than just great locations, amazing acting and crew talent, and not to mention, a terrific film incentive program. Continue reading... “OregonAnimation.com Blog Premieres Tonight”

Oregon Animation: Call for Submissions

UPDATE: Deadline extended to 5 PM on Monday, May 23th 2011!

Following the successful effort to create a voice for the Oregon Film and Television community in this blog, we recently convened a group of Oregon animation and visual effects professionals that we know, and asked them how a site dedicated to their segment of the industry might be received. After lots of lively conversation and great ideas, it became clear that there was great interest, and that it would be very helpful for drawing attention to the fact that Oregon has more than just great locations, amazing acting and crew talent, and not to mention, a terrific film incentive program. Continue reading... “Oregon Animation: Call for Submissions”

Hand-made in Oreogn: LAIKA’s New Website and Featured Video

http://vimeo.com/23325702

In addition to this week’s announcement of their two new feature film projects, Oregon’s LAIKA animation studio also rolled out a newly designed website including  the beautiful video embedded above.  The video provides unique insight into who LAIKA is, and how they combine a classic hand-made artisan craft with cutting edge technology to achieve spectacular results.  And best of all, they are doing it all right here in Oregon!

We think this exemplifies what the storytellers of our local film and media industry aspire to do; to build on our knowledge and experience from the past while embracing the technology and promise of the future.  Continue reading... “Hand-made in Oreogn: LAIKA’s New Website and Featured Video”

LAIKA and Focus Features Announce Two New Feature Film Projects in Oregon

CORALINE PARTNERS FOCUS FEATURES AND LAIKA RETEAM FOR TWO-PICTURE DISTRIBUTION DEAL; 3D STOP-MOTION ANIMATED COMEDY THRILLER PARANORMAN OPENS AUGUST 17, 2012

NEW YORK and PORTLAND, OR, May 4, 2011 – Focus Features and LAIKA, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline are reteaming for LAIKA’s next two projects. The first of the duo, ParaNorman, will be released nationwide on August 17th, 2012. The second, yet-to-be-named, picture will be released nationwide in 2014. Following the groundbreaking Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. Continue reading... “LAIKA and Focus Features Announce Two New Feature Film Projects in Oregon”

KGW visits the set of NBC Pilot “Grimm”

Below is a link to the KGW news piece covering the NBC pilot “Grimm” as well as the entire motion picture industry in Oregon.  A special appearance by former “Will and Grace” star Sean Hayes is in the piece as he is an Executive Producer of the pilot.  Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the show gets ordered to series and they do the series right here in Oregon!

Here’s the link Continue reading... “KGW visits the set of NBC Pilot “Grimm””

Making of the Mr. Peanut Commercial from LAIKA/house

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9maLZSzY78

We here at Orgeon Film are excited to see this come from  Oregon Company LAIKA/house,  from right here in Portland Oregon.  Congratulations on a great ad campaign LAIKA/house. For those of you not familiar with all the great work coming out of this studio, definitely check out their site! Continue reading... “Making of the Mr. Peanut Commercial from LAIKA/house”