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Monthly Meetup on Tap – Pints & Pixels! Kicks off 9/14


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Many of us have expressed the urge to meet more frequently and casually to talk shop over a drink or two. Entirely thanks to a certain cat(alyst) named Dan Short, this is finally happening.  VFX/PDX’ers, we present to you Pints and Pixels!  A logo is in order here:

The community in Portland is incredibly varied and diverse in abilities, medium and experience, and this is a place where we can all meet to share skills, techniques and the current talk of the town. Come out and share a drink with us on the second Thursday of every month from 7:00PM – 10:00PM.  First meeting – September 14th at Bunk Bar (SE).  Mark your calendar.

Bunk Bar
1028 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Thurs, Sept 14 – 7-10pm

Agenda?  Let’s keep it loose!  Networking, recent work, a hot new plugin – anything goes at this early stage.  The main thing here is stepping out and seeing all the talented folks from other studios and such here;  everyone is eternally busy and there was getting to be a bit too much time between user group events, so now we have this to count on.

To help with reminders and tracking expected numbers, please nab a free ticket over at Eventbrite:

See you there!

Resolve Workshop 6/21 @ Ai


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Part of our continuing workshop series aimed at keeping Portland up to date on the latest and greatest when it comes to post production, we bring you a special evening with Davinci Resolve 14. Dave Jahns (Joint) and Blackmagic Design bring you a hands-on look at what’s new with Davinci Resolve 14.

Blackmagic continues to expand and innovate the Davinci Resolve toolset, and with version 14 comes a major step forward via an extensive set of audio tools, facial tracking and correction, and reduced Studio level pricing to compliment the robust free version.  Resolve has never been more real and relevant, and whether you’re a seasoned colorist or a student just starting to look into editing and color tools, you’ll stand to get a heavy dose of the workflow and capabilities inherent to Davinci Resolve 14 in one tightly packed evening, with both our hometown presenters as well as a pair of  Blackmagic Product Specialists (Shawn Carlson and Rony Soussan) up from LA.

We will be giving away a license of Davinci Resolve 14 Studio as well as a license of Fusion 8 Studio at the end of the workshop.  You must be present to win.

Speakers to include:

Dave Jahns – Lead Colorist, W+K’s Joint Editorialheadlining project demo, workflows, and breakdowns.

Shawn Carlson and Rony Soussan – Product Specialists, Blackmagic Design v14 highlights and new features: Fairlight audio tools, Fusion/Fusion connect, and collaborative editing/grading workflows.

J Bills – Compositor/Lead Colorist, Sprocketshipbrief introduction and user group overview + demo project files.

This all takes place the evening of Wednesday, June 21st, from 6pm-9pm, graciously hosted & sponsored by the Art Institute, in their capable PC lab.  Space is very limited (20 workstations in the lab + about 10 extra non-workstation seats) and we expect this to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now here:

And please be courteous and cancel your ticket if your availability changes and you can’t attend so we can fill your seat.  This is absolutely free (extra special thanks to Dave and the Blackmagic artists for donating the time).  Also, be sure to check out and register separately for the Blackmagic Road Show happening the next day (Thurs, June 22) at OMSI from 1pm-5pm.  Details here.   See you at the workshop!

VFX/PDX Davinci Resolve 14 Workshop
Wednesday, June 21st, 6pm-9pm
The Art Institute of Portland
1122 Northwest Davis Street
Room 308
Portland, OR 97209

Annual Design Week Animation Challenge + Demo Reel Review – DRAEMS @ Ziba 4/24


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Spring is in the air, and it means it’s almost that time again!  Our annual Design Week blowout is live, and the ticket link now active.

This year’s animation challenge is yet another brainchild of Jamal Qutub – DRAEMS.   Take a closer look, think of our favorite motion design tool After Effects and I’m sure you’ll make the draemy connection.  Details on the theme or to get signed up as a participant are over at

This year’s demo reel review promises to be our best yet and there’s no better time to polish up your reel and enter it to be reviewed by our expert panel of judges, not only for golden feedback but also great prizes.

This year’s judges include (in no particular order):
Saira and Nicholas Weigel, power couple extraordinaire.  She the Head of Motion at W+K and he a Creative Director primarily at his company !hatKe!
Joel Stewart, Creative Director at his own Foil
Daniel Short, Compositor at large and reigning champion of last year’s Reel Review VFX category
Michael Miller, Owner/Operator/VFX Supervisor at 9iFX

This year’s MC is Motion Designer Jarrod Allen.

Prizes include:
VFX – a license of Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio + a copy of Neat Video’s denoise plugin (a must have!)
3D – a 1 year license of  SideFX Houdini Indie 16
Motion – a license of Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite
All category winners receive a 3 month subscription to Lynda/LinkedIn Learning.
1 Audience winner, voted live, will receive a 1 year subscription.
…and more to come!

To enter the demo reel review, submit your information here.  Please, only fresh reels from the last year.

This year’s reel review will be kept on a strict program schedule so we can’t guarantee all reels will be screened or commented on, but we guarantee a silent email of judge feedback on any/all reels submitted.  You must be PDX-metro based to enter.  You do not need to be present to win.

VFX/PDX + AEPDX + 3DPDX present
Animation Challenge (DRAEMS) + Reel Review 2017
Ziba Design (Auditorium)
810 NW Marshall St
Portland, OR 97209
April 24, 2017  – 6:30/doors to 9:30pm

Get your tickets now before this sells out!

Sponsored by  / Ziba / Toolfarm / Adobe / 3DV
Side FX / Blackmagic Design / Neat Video / Red Giant
(poster design by Jamal Qutub)

A Very Grimm Happy Hour (Job Mixer!) 3/20 @ CENTRL


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Monday, March 20th from 5-7pm
, at co-working space CENTRL (Eastside), VFX/PDX is hosting a VFX+CG job fair done up Portland style – with the following companies and studios in attendance:

Please, only turn into a Blutbad AFTER your interviews.

W+K Motion
Hinge Digital
Deep Sky
Juliet Zulu
Cinco Design
Bent Image Lab
…and more TBA


The setup is simple – upstairs:  interviews.  Individual, private meetings with the above.
-networking over snacks/drinks (graciously provided by CENTRL + World Foods)
-shop talk and advice/resources on returning to freelancing by nuevo staffing platform Scopic
-tours of the CENTRL space for anyone interested in co-working opportunities and what that sort of setup might entail.  CENTRL is offering a free week of co-working time for anyone interested.

For interview purposes, please fill out the form below now to register your interest and add your info to the database shared with the companies in attendance.  Please note – although Grimm was the catalyst for this event, it is open to all and all levels are encouraged to submit their info – from Lead/Supervisor down to students nearing graduation.  In addition to Compositors, CG artists and the like – Producers, Production Coordinators, Editors, IT, support staff are also encouraged.  Note: if your browser hates this embedded form, go to it directly at this link.

If selected for an interview, the user group staff here will be in touch shortly to help coordinate your interview times between the companies who show interest.

I look forward to you all taking advantage of this rare opportunity, and at the very least let’s all step out and raise a glass to keeping this energy and momentum going!  Keep the dream alive, as they say.

Again, the pertinent details:

“A Very Grimm Happy Hour” (aka:  a Portland style VFX+CG job fair)
Monday March 20, 5-7pm
CENTRL Eastside
329 NE MLK, Portland, OR 97232
Note: that’s essentially between 3rd Ave & MLK at NE Couch
Inside The Slate Building (around the corner from Cosube)

Parking:  Street spots start to clear up around then, or consider the Eastside Exchange building (home of the Oregon Film office) across the street to the west, who’s parking lot has recently been minted with parking meters.  Not free but convenient!

If you’ve not signed up for the VFX/PDX email list, please do so now as there will be last minute updates on this event.

If you are a company that would like to participate, please get in touch.

[Full disclosure:  in addition to running the user group, I also own/operate Sprocketship and will be actively recruiting.]

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