Thanks to Jim Rygiel, Sue Rowe, and Ed Irastorza


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IMG_3886Have to pause a second and thank those responsible for the best event we’ve had in quite a long time, in my opinion!  The stars aligned and we were able to bring three VFX Supervisors at the top of their game to the stage, and it made for an exciting afternoon.  Big thanks to Jim Rygiel, Sue Rowe, and Ed Irastorza for taking the time out to talk shop over a busy holiday weekend.  And an extra special thank you to Dawn Macleod for organizing and Portland Film Fest for hosting.

Thanks are in order to our sponsors.  Congrats to the door prize winners, who walked away with licenses for Blackmagic Design’s Fusion Studio and Resolve Studio products.  We also gave away copies of the new Ian Failes book Masters of FX. 

Really good stuff and I think I speak for everyone when I say I hope this becomes a yearly Portland Film Fest tradition!

Sept 6 – Massive VFX Supervisor Roundtable @ PFF!


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Blame it on global warming, but there’s no denying the temperature is rising here in Portland, and I think we finally found out the reason.  Calling this event “red hot” almost doesn’t do it justice, as it’s shaping up to be one of the landmark VFX events that stays with us for years.  Special thanks to organizer Dawn Macleod and the Portland Film Festival for bringing some serious talent to the table.

Jim Rygiel is a three time VFX Oscar winner as a member of the seminal Weta Digital Lord of the Rings crew; most recently Jim was supervising the Godzilla reboot.  Sue Rowe comes down from Vancouver BC, where she has been helming such blockbusters as The Maze Runner, Ender’s Game, and John Carter.  As if that wasn’t enough firepower for one afternoon, it just wouldn’t be complete without some Portland representation, and Ed Irastorza is taking time out from a busy shooting schedule on Grimm to join in on the fun.

Moderated by LAIKA and VFX/PDX (with a healthy amount of audience Q&A planned), it probably goes without saying that you need to cancel whatever Labor Day weekend plans that were taking you out of town and stay close for this one!

Seating is limited and you’ve been warned that this will hit capacity quickly, so act now.

Direct link to tickets for this event.

Or have a look at the festival pass offerings here.

Your handy VFX/PDX discount code is: “VFXDISCOUNT” – good for 10% off the industry pass or festival pass.

Thanks to 3DV, LAIKA, and the Portland Film Festival for sponsoring.  Giveaways will include, among other things, a copy of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio and Blackmagic Fusion Studio.  See you all there!

VFX Roundtable Panel
Sunday, Sept. 6th 1:30pm-3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema (@PSU)
510 SW Hall St
Portland, OR 97201

Thanks to LAIKA for a great night of Houdini magic!


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centerJust wanted to take the time out to thank Rob Stauffer and Franco Pietrantonio from Side Effects for flying up and showing us a great demo of all the new features and tricks coming online with Houdini 14.  It was fantastic to get such an in depth look at the new toys.

A big thanks to LAIKA for lending us Peter Stuart and a batch of Boxtroll shots, each with their own unique VFX story.crowd

And an extra special thanks to David Horsley, who demonstrated why he’s one of the most in-demand water FX TD’s in the biz.  Years of hard work and the constant reinvention show through in a presentation like that, and it made for a fun trip down memory lane.  Life of Pi really showcased how far we’ve come since the days of Titanic and some of the early digital water heavyweights.

I thank horsleyeveryone for coming out and trekking to Multnomah Village to make it easier on the LAIKA folks to come out after the workday.  Looking forward to seeing Houdini continue to make headway here in Portland, and we’ll keep you posted about the forthcoming class in development at CCC.

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