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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

SIGGRAPH Screening + Shop Talk: Avengers Endgame!


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As we transition from ye olde user group into a SIGGRAPH Chapter, we thought it was high time to activate an idea that’s been brewing for a bit. Let’s screen a film as a group and then meet up after, to gush and discuss the film over a drink or bite!

I have a suspicion a few of us will be into this, and I’m wanting to test the theory and kick things off with an upcoming screening of Avengers: Endgame! We chose a screening a couple weeks in, so as not to interfere with any opening week plans already in place. A Sunday matinee seemed like a smart play. The theater? Bagdad. It gets no better! Followed by happy hour immediately after the film, around the corner at Backstage. We have the upstairs Kimball Room on reserve (note: please find everyone upstairs).

Get your tickets online here (make sure you “view by date” and choose the Sunday, May 5th 2:30pm screening – $8.50 + $1.00 service fee):

And please sign up for the happy hour meetup afterwards here:
the meetup is free, of course – only using Eventbrite to track our numbers and make sure we have the room configured properly with enough seating. If it’s a game time decision for you, don’t worry about registering for a ticket – all should be fine and a ticket is not required to attend the meetup.

Note that the film clocks in at an epic 3 hours, so we’ll plan to walk around the corner to the Backstage for the meetup around 5:30-5:45pm. And yes, if you want to skip the film and just come to the meetup for networking and catching up – that’s totally fine!

If this goes well, we’ll make it a regular thing, and experiment with different theaters and screening times. Possibly with group discounts and the like. Looking forward to watching some amazing vfx/3d/animated films with you all!

Avengers: Endgame
Sunday, May 5th, 2:30pm
Bagdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
(ticket required)
After show meetup, 5:30-5:45pm
Backstage, around the corner from the Bagdad
Kimball Room, upstairs
(ticket not required)