If we’ve learned nothing else from Tom Cruise…


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I think it’s a safe bet that the Microsoft HoloLens is going to change our view on computing.  Join us this winter for an unprecedented Augmented/Mixed Reality class with Clackamas Community College at the Oregon Story Board, with support from Intel, Sprocketship, and Object Theory.  Probably goes without saying:  this is the start of something special.

Click here to check out one of the many articles and press releases on what is happening.

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Like the graphic says, contact Andy Mingo at andym@clackamas.edu or call Kelly White at 503-594-3034 to express your interest in this class.

PS – if you’re a C# guru, Unity, or CG modeler, definitely let that be known when signing up.

PPS – check out the HoloLens meetup group here.

UPDATE:  the class is live and if you’ve got the skills, express interest here.

Autodesk Hits Portland 5.0 – Coming Nov 12


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#5 is alive!  Autodesk Hits Portland 5.0 is upon us and Nov 12 is the date to remember for what has proven itself year after year as “the main event.”  This time around, Autodesk brings us a focus on mainstays 3D Studio Max and Maya, along with a new offering – Stingray.  3D printing is a hot topic and Brian McLean from LAIKA will be presenting the latest and greatest tech as they continue to push the envelope out in Hillsboro.  Come out and network early with food and drink provided, all within the friendly confines of OMSI and the Empirical Theater.

Get your free tickets now while they last:


Autodesk Hits Portland 5.0
OMSI – Empirical Theater

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

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

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