Bent Image Lab launches into Television Programming with “Jingle All the Way” for the Hallmark Channel

Bent Image Lab, the animation studio behind many successful commercials, music videos, shorts, and visual effects projects is now co-producing long format content for television. “Jingle All the Way”, a stop motion animated show for Hallmark Channel is Bent’s first endeavor into long form animation. Airing November 25th as part of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas”, “Jingle All the Way” is based off of an original storybook from Hallmark. The show was directed by Bent partner Chel White, produced by Bent’s Executive Producer Tsui Ling Toomer and executively produced by Bent Partner Ray Di Carlo and Hallmark’s Jodi Schade, Diana Stuart, Chad Harris, and Shawn McClaren. Continue reading... “Bent Image Lab launches into Television Programming with “Jingle All the Way” for the Hallmark Channel”

LAIKA House – Behind the Scenes of a new Honda commercial

We often talk about Oregon being a great place for car commercials.  Of course usually we mean live action commercials.  This youtube video shows the behind the scenes of LAIKA House’s recent commercial for the Honda Pilot.  This video really shows off the technical expertise and craftmanship of Oregon’s Animation industry. Continue reading... “LAIKA House – Behind the Scenes of a new Honda commercial”

Jalal Jemison joins Bent Image Lab as Head of Compositing/Lead Colorist

Jalal Jemison joins Bent Image Lab as Head of Compositing/Lead Colorist

Bent Image Lab recently cemented Visual FX Artist Jalal Jemison as its new head of compositing and lead colorist. Jemison whose previous work includes numerous Hollywood projects such as Pineapple Express, Borat and most currently Get Him to the Greek and the documentary How to Die in Oregon brings his mastery of post production tools and techniques to the world of commercials, television programs, music videos and motion graphics.

Drawn to the desktop filmmaking movement of the 90’s, Jemison began learning about visual effects while attending UC Santa Cruz. Continue reading... “Jalal Jemison joins Bent Image Lab as Head of Compositing/Lead Colorist”

LAIKA Acquires Rights to Develop Colin Meloy’s and Carson Ellis’ “Wildwood”

Today LAIKA announced it has optioned the film rights to the recently released novel “Wildwood”.  The novel was written by Decemberists front man Colin Meloy with the book illustrations done by Carson Ellis.  This announcement is more proof that Oregon’s creative industry is in full swing on many different levels and now those entities are collaborating.  The novel is the first of a planned three books set in an alternative version of Portland focusing on Forest Park.  LAIKA’s announcement appeared in this Variety article. Continue reading... “LAIKA Acquires Rights to Develop Colin Meloy’s and Carson Ellis’ “Wildwood””

Hallmark Special “Jingle All the Way” – Produced by BENT Image Lab



Pam Slay, 818-755-2480 at Hallmark

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Holly Petersen, 503.228.6206 at Bent Image Lab

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July 27, 2011






Half-Hour Animated Special Features First-Ever Interactive Program Experience; Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas,” Preeminent TV Holiday Destination


In the tradition of TV’s best-loved animated Christmas classics, Hallmark Channel announces the World Premiere of “Jingle All the Way,” a Hallmark Channel Original Animated Special, starring one of Hallmark’s most lovable characters, Jingle the Husky Pup™, which premieres exclusively on the network, Friday, November 25 (8 p.m. Continue reading... “Hallmark Special “Jingle All the Way” – Produced by BENT Image Lab”

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” blog premieres today, come help us celebrate

Following the successful effort to create a voice for the Oregon Film and Television community in the Oregon Confluence 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... “ blog premieres today, come help us celebrate”

Oregon Cartoon Institute Launches Mel Blanc Project

We love to report good news! Oregon Cartoon Institute recently reported that they with receive support from Miller Foundation and Kinsman Foundation for the first project for which had sought funding,The Mel Blanc Project. The Project officially begins on June 8, with the first lecture: “Now Cut That Out!”: Portland Theaters Educate Mel Blanc.

Oregon Cartoon Institute is a consortium of individuals and organizations working together to raise awareness of Oregon’s rich animation and cartooning history. Five organizations created the Mel Blanc Project: Oregon Cartoon Institute, Oregon Jewish Museum, Ethos Music Center, Oregon Historical Society and PSU’s School of Fine and Performing Arts. Continue reading... “Oregon Cartoon Institute Launches Mel Blanc Project”

Oregon’s LAIKA Studio Launches New Website and Demo Video

In addition to a recent announcement made by Oregon’s LAIKA animation studio in early May about two new feature film projects, LAIKA also rolled out a newly designed website including the video included below. The video provides another example of the hand-made artisan craft and expertise utilizing cutting edge technology Oregon firms possess.

We want to bring you examples of what the storytellers of the Oregon animation and visual effects sector aspire to; building on our knowledge and experience from the past while embracing the technology and promise of the future. Continue reading... “Oregon’s LAIKA Studio Launches New Website and Demo Video”