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!

CCC Motion Capture Class @ WFMC – starting 10/10


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We’re excited to announce that Clackamas Community College has renewed the Motion Capture Fundamentals special topics course for this Fall.  In cooperation with the Willamette Falls Media Center, instructor Thomas Wasson will cover both the smaller, cameraless/portable Perception Neuron setup and also the larger Phasespace system that will now (finally) have a permanent volume set up in the studio at WFMC.  Students will learn how to capture and use MoCap data, and apply it to different rigs and character setups.  A professional workflow will be stressed throughout.

The 1 credit hour low cost class will run Tuesdays from 9-11:50am, October 10th through November 21st.  The first class will be held at the CCC Campus Art Center, following classes at WFMC.

Willamette Falls Media Center
1101 Jackson Street
Oregon City, OR 97045

To enroll, visit the Clackamas County Community College website and contact the DMC department (Kelly White) at (503) 594-3034 with any questions.

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

Reel Review ’17 Results!


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Kaboom.  That’s right, this flaming film strip is about the best and only way to describe what happened the other night at our annual Demo Reel Review – Portland.  Blew.  It. Up.

It gets better every year!  Thanks to everyone for participating this year and of course, our judges (Dan Short, Nicholas Wiegel, Michael Miller and Joel Stewart), who I’d like to thank first and foremost for taking the time out of their busy schedules and being shackled with the responsibility of picking this year’s winners.  Which was not easy.  In the same breath, thanks to MC Jarrod Allen for running the show.

reelieWithout further adieu – this year, in addition to the usual schwag and software, our winners also take home a trophy! Dubbed The Reelie.  Yes, really…  The Reelie.  Designed hastily in a furious late night, last minute session by myself, and then my mess of a model fixed and retopo’d by the one and only Felipe Mirez in the same late night session, and printed admirably at the final hour with the help of some amazing tech from the 3d printing gurus at 3DV (and you thought they only did software!) – I present to you the first in the series.  May this year’s winners don these trophies on their desks like the badge of honor that they are, and taunt losers and even previous winners of years past who can’t help but ogle at the glory that now has a physical manifestation.  We might paint the reels gold for max bling factor.  (btw- get in touch if you’re a modeler and want to design next year’s Reelie)

Now really (reelie?) without any more adieuing – our winners:

Best Motion Design reel – Adam Gill – judges liked the scope and breadth of styles and level of work, with bonus points for a fitting music track.
Award:  Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite + 3 months of Lynda/LinkedIn Learning
Honorable mention:  McKay Marshall (note:  last year’s MD category winner) – judges liked the sound design especially, and the smooth packaging that shows a rare versatility.

Best 3D reel – Eric Scheur – judges liked the personality that came through and the level of character animation, with all of it’s intricate subtleties, on display.
Award:  SideFX Houdini Indie License for the year + 3 months of Lynda/LinkedIn Learning
Honorable mention:  Ira Owens with an interesting look into his world of previz at Laika

Best VFX reel – Esli Becerra – presentation scored major points with the judges, as did versatility and visual impact.
Award:  A license of Blackmagic Fusion Studio + Neat Video + 3 mos. Lynda/LinkedIn Learning, and this limited edition, can’t-be-bought VFX/PDX T-Shirt –

(R.I.P. Bill Paxton!)  Honorable mention VFX:  Kimberly Lashbrook (password: holarango) gives us all something to strive for, and this decision between she and Esli gave the judges fits on so many levels.

The Audience Vote pick for best reel:  Neil Hilken
Award:  1 year of Lynda/LinkedIn Learning

Thanks everyone for coming out and (as always…) keep those reels sharp, Portland!

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