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SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Fest Screening + Minimal Massive! June 21


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As a part of the upcoming OMSI Animation Festival, we are extremely excited to be screening the 2018 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Traveling Show!  This program catches the year’s best computer graphic animation and achievements, sourced worldwide and highly concentrated into the maximum dosage you’re allowed to intake in one evening.  Here’s a preview trailer of the show, with a glimpse of what’s inside.

Larry Bafia at the 2018 SIGGRAPH Convention

SIGGRAPH representative Larry Bafia, a former Portlander currently residing in Vancouver BC, will join us to present this program. In addition to the films included in this year’s traveling showcase, viewers will also see snippets of the latest Technical Papers research and the festival’s VR Theater selections, as well as a “Generations” highlight reel of past Electronic Theater selections. The SIGGRAPH conference was held in Vancouver, B.C. for 2018 and welcomed more than 16,500 global attendees. For 2019, the conference returns to Los Angeles.

Brian Smith

But wait! That’s not all…  tastefully paired will be some local high octane computer graphics, via special guest Brian Smith:  Creative Director at Minimal Massive and SIGGRAPH Vice Chair.  He’ll be up first presenting the making of their most recent cinematic – a trailer for The Phoenix Point Next Life, which dropped just a few days ago and is very much hot off the press!  A Cinema4D masterpiece from our own local masters.

This is all on the docket for Friday / June 21 / 6:30pm at OMSI’s Empirical Theater

Tickets:  $7 ($6 for OMSI members) at the door or online at this link –

Or, consider a festival pass, which allows you to attend any/all of the carefully curated screenings for the extended weekend $19/$16)!  Program listings and pass info:

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

See you there!

Thanks to LAIKA for showing off all things Missing Link!


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Just wanted to drop an open thank you to Michael Cordova and Jesselee Kahaloa for taking the time out to show off the team’s work from Missing Link. Five films in, the LAIKA pipeline is a well oiled machine, and it was great to get an inside look at every piece of the puzzle – especially the epic and difficult Loch Ness shot.
I have to say, this could have been the best Q&A I’ve witnessed while running the user group – well done, all!
OMSI continues to be a big supporter of SIGGRAPH and the local animation scene, and it was fantastic (as always) to catch this on the Empirical screen.
And a final thanks to my new favorite intimate venue, the back room over at The Toffee Club on Hawthorne. What a great vibe! We’ll be back.
Beautiful work, LAIKA!

Michael Cordova preps for the presentation at The Toffee Club after the screening

SIGGRAPH Screening + Shop Talk: Missing Link


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SIGGRAPH Screening #2 is locked and loaded, and I’m very happy to say we’re going to host an encore showing of LAIKA‘s Missing Link on OMSI’s fantastic Empirical Screen, followed by a presentation by LAIKA Lead Compositor Michael Cordova. He’ll be walking us through the LAIKA filmmaking process from a VFX Compositor’s viewpoint. After the film (for the presentation), we’ll migrate down the street to the friendly confines of The Toffee Club‘s back room, where we can check out Michael and the team’s handiwork over a drink + a bite.

LAIKA’s Michael Cordova

All of this happening the evening of Friday, June 7. Film at 7pm @ OMSI, presentation/drinks around 9pm @ Toffee Club.

OMSI has graciously given our group a discount for the film screening, and tickets to the film are just $5. Purchase online now, or dodge the fees and buy in person (as we do NOT expect the massive Empirical Theater to sell out). Online ticket link for the film – use promo code ML2019:

Next, grab your free ticket for the presentation! Seating at the Toffee Club is 21+ at that time, and very limited, so this will be ticketed through Eventbrite and you will need to present a ticket (printed or mobile) to attend the presentation after. Those are available here, and we DO expect these to sell out:

Note: you are not required to attend the film if you have seen it and are only wanting to catch the presentation after. Meet us around 9pm as we switch venues. Just to repeat and make crystal clear, the screening is at OMSI, and the presentation afterwards is about a mile away at The Toffee Club on Hawthorne. And please note minors are not admitted to the presentation and it’s ages 21+.

Any chance to delve into the VFX happening out at LAIKA is a chance taken, and Michael’s presentation will make for a memorable night. Join us!

Friday June 7, 7pm
Missing Link Screening
OMSI’s Empirical Theater
1945 SE Water Ave
$5 – tickets

followed by Michael Cordova/LAIKA presentation (~9pm)
The Toffee Club (back room)
1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd
free – tickets

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