History of 3D in Oregon at PDX

Model of "Coraline"
Set from "Coraline"
Models from Hinge Digital

On my way down to Los Angeles this week I came upon a display at the Portland Airport focusing on the history of 3D photography and film in Oregon.  You can find the exhibit at the entrance to terminal E which is the United terminal.  The exhibit has display items from the past including view finders and other 3D photography items and the present including items donated by local animation/VFX company Hinge Digital and of course LAIKA.  Continue reading... “History of 3D in Oregon at PDX”

Convergence, Parallax, Inter-Axial???

Picture This

Picture This Production Services & Stage hosted a 3D Workshop last month to introduce our community to multiple 3D Camera solutions including the Panasonic AG-3DA1 Camcorder, the first professional 3D dual lens HD video camera in the world, as well as 3D projection and 3D post production solutions.

The workshop kicked off with an introduction to 3D basic terminology and fundamental principles. We were guided through how physical science combined with aesthetic choices and art direction can produce successful and compelling 3D video imagery. Continue reading... “Convergence, Parallax, Inter-Axial???”

Thank you to all the Brave New World Sponsors

Just wanted to send out a thank you to all the organizations and companies so far who have committed to sponsoring the “Brave New World of Media” event on November 17.

Brad Smith and his Webvisions team has done an amazing job so far reaching out to the community and getting spons0rs.  It’s been a pleasure so far working with someone who knows how to put together a first class event.  I’m also thrilled to know that this is the first of what I hope is many more “Backstage Pass” events.  Continue reading... “Thank you to all the Brave New World Sponsors”

Dark Horse Entertainment Receives 2010 Oregon Governor's Gold Award


Dark Horse Entertainment


The Governor’s Gold Award is presented every year to highlight “Greatness In Oregon”.    Ted Kulongoski and former Governors, chose six award recipients, one of whom was Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse Entertainment.  Mike Richardson (Founder, Dark Horse)  accepted the award from presenter John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, Spies Like Us).  According to the Comic Book Review’s News Team,  Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse Entertainment was called, “possibly the state’s best kept secret,” and a “revolutionary force” in comics publishing.  Continue reading... “Dark Horse Entertainment Receives 2010 Oregon Governor's Gold Award”

OpenLens Film Festival Calls for Entries

Eugene, Oregon. The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA Center) announces its Seventh Annual OpenLens Short Film/Video Competition call for entries.  The deadline for submissions is 5PM December 1st. Screening and awards will take place during the three-day OpenLens Festival event – January 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2011. Continue reading... “OpenLens Film Festival Calls for Entries”

"Coraline" among the top grossing indie films of the decade

NY Film producer Ted Hope is one of the most prolific “tweeters” I know.  All of his tweets focus on either NYC or indie film.  Most of the indie film stuff is pretty insightful as Ted is well known as one of the top indie film producers in the U.S..  Anyway he posted the list of the top grossing indie films with the question – “What Do the Top Grossing Indie Films of the 2000s Reveal?”  I’m not sure I know the answer but I did notice LAIKA’s Oregon made “Coraline” made it in at #11. Continue reading... “"Coraline" among the top grossing indie films of the decade”

Like "The Simpsons" and Portland? – Bill Oakley is your guy on Twitter

As is the case when you do a little digging, it’s amazing how many talented writers, directors, actors, and other creative professionals living in Oregon slightly under the radar. A few months ago I met such a talented individual – Bill Oakley. Bill was the show runner for the sixth and seventh seasons of “The Simpsons” as well as many other credits and now he calls Portland his home.

Recently I picked up on Twitter that Bill has started up a Twitter account and I found several of the postings to be pretty funny. Continue reading... “Like "The Simpsons" and Portland? – Bill Oakley is your guy on Twitter”

OREGON LENS Spotlights Northwest Independent Filmmakers

OPB Press Release:

Oregon Public Broadcasting brings indie-theater directly into your home over five nights in August as the work of some of the Pacific Northwest’s most talented independent producers is showcased on OREGON LENS August 16-20 at 10pm.

“We’ve some exceptional films in season 12,” said Steve Amen, executive producer and host of OREGON LENS. “Oregon is rising fast on the independent filmmaking scene. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a course in filmmaking at PSU over the past couple of years, and I continue to be amazed by the talent in our community,” said Amen. Continue reading... “OREGON LENS Spotlights Northwest Independent Filmmakers”

Hinge Digital Officially Launches

Thanks to the help of the local PR firm Liaison, Hinge Digital is looking to make a big splash in the animation, visual effects, and digital media industry.  Today Liaison put out the news that the company is officially announcing the launch of their full service facility.  The company was founded by Roland Gauthier, Michael Kuehn, and Alex Tysowsky and quietly they have been able to do land some significant projects.

Continue reading... “Hinge Digital Officially Launches”