Tag: Animation

May 12, 2014 Event

by on May.02, 2014, under Events

Computer Animation Festival Showcase

Join us at the Northwest Animation Fest, the biggest animation show in the US

  • Showcase at the NW Animation Fest
  • May, 12, 2014, 7 ­­– 9 pm,
  • Hollywood Theater
  • 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Portland OR, 97212
  • Tickets: available online and at the door
  • Bonus: Select Conference Pass to SIGGRAPH 2014 drawing*


Featured SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival

The annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is one of the world’s most important showcases for innovative and visually stunning digital animation. Films that win honors here are qualified to compete for an Academy Award, and several in recent memory have either been nominated for or received an Oscar for “Best Animated Short.” Films chosen for this special “best of” show include narrative shorts, time-based art, visual effects, scientific visualization, and real-time graphics. Computer Animation Festival from SIGGRAPH 2013

*Drawing: Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Passes

Added bonus: for those that attend and are members of the Chapter, we are excited to offer a raffle drawing during our April and May events for a Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Pass (the full conference, minus the reception). This is a great deal and worth $430! To be eligible, make sure your membership is current, you attend the event, and you pick up your raffle ticket during registration if you are interested in going to the conference in Vancouver BC, August 10‑14, 2014. Must be present and a member of the chapter (renew or join now) to win.  Tickets: this event is free to Cascade SIGGRAPH members (goto Tickets to the NW Animation Fest are available online at .  Since SIGGRAPH events are free to members of the chapter, show your receipt to the chair at the event to get reimbursed. Or tickets are available at the door of the Hollywood Theater (directions and map). Transportation: parking is available on the street around the Theater at 41st and NE Sandy. Public transit or carpooling is recommended.

About The NW Animation Fest

NW Animation Fest celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. With over 200 films, it’s now the biggest animation festival in the USA. This year’s fest includes six Guest Shows, the Oregon Animation Industry Showcase, and five International Short Film Blocks. See it all for only $60 with an All-Festival Pass | BUY HERE.

*About The Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Conference Pass

Includes admission to the Art Gallery, Art Papers, Awards Presentation, Birds of a Feather, Computer Animation Festival-Daytime Selects, Computer Animation Festival-Electronic Theater, Dailies, Emerging Technologies, Exhibitor Tech Talks, Exhibits Fast Forward, International Resources, Job Fair, Keynote Session, Posters, Production Sessions, Real-Time Live!, Studio, Technical Papers Fast Forward, and all days of the Exhibition. Does not include reception ticket.

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April 30, 2014 Event

by on Apr.16, 2014, under Events

Digital Fabrication for Stop-Motion Animation

Join us to see LAIKA’s fusion of traditional fabrication techniques and modern technology in ParaNorman  

ParaNorman, Made in Portland

Rob Ducey will present the digital design and puppet fabrication process used on LAIKA’s first three films, with many images and examples from ParaNorman, the first stop-motion feature to employ a 3D color printer to create character facial animation — and the second stop-motion film (after Coraline) to be shot in 3D from the onset. The talk will focus on the use of various digital design and manufacturing tools at the studio.  Some parallels will be drawn between LAIKA techniques and more conventional CG productions. Highlights: ways these digital manufacturing tools have impacted design and production — and where it’s headed.  An explanation of how cutting edge technologies are used and the history of their development at the studio will also be presented. paraNorman faces


Production puppets will be on display.

*GiveAWAY DRAWING: Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Pass

*Added bonus: for those that attend and are members of the Chapter, we are excited to offer a raffle drawing during our April and May events for a Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Pass (the full conference, minus the reception). This is a great deal and worth $430! To be eligible, make sure your membership is current, you attend the event, and you pick up your raffle ticket during registration if you are interested in going to the conference in Vancouver BC, August 10‑14, 2014. Must be present and a member of the chapter (renew or join now) to win. 
Tickets: this event is free to Cascade SIGGRAPH members (goto Tickets will be available online at, with discounts or free entrance for LAIKA employees (with badge), Multimedia Club members (current), and affiliated organizations and students, with ID. Or tickets are available at the door with a check or cash, to cover expenses.
PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Building Auditorium, room MAHB 104 705 N. Killingsworth Street (and Albina)
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An Evening with Doug Sweetland, Director of Presto

by on Aug.02, 2009, under Events

LAIKA, ASIFA, and Cascade SIGGRAPH Present:
An evening with Doug Sweetland, Director, Pixar Animation Studios

Please join us for what promises to be an exciting presentation given by Doug Sweetland, an Academy Award ® nominated Director currently working at Pixar Animation Studios.  While at Pixar, he has been an animator and storyboard artist on such big hits as Toy StoryA Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars. Sweetland was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Character Animation for his work in Toy Story 2. In 2008, he wrote and directed Pixar’s short, Presto, which was nominated for an Academy Award®.
Presto tells the story of the amazing magician Presto, his rabbit Alec, and what happens onstage when a star magician’s ego provokes some clever revenge from his neglected costar. During its production, Sweetland was able to make the short from start to finish with no break in schedule. The story changed quite a bit after being green lit, from starring two likable characters to featuring the two antagonists we see in the final film. He animated one part of the film, but overall, served as writer and director, overseeing the entire production.
Sweetland will share the Story and the Development Process from this experience – come see what’s behind the magic of Presto!

All Attendees (including members) need to register by filling out a ticket order so that we may plan for refreshments.
If you are a non-member,  register by placing a ticket order from this page and then pay $5.00 at the door.   You can request a reciept for professional development purposes if necessary.

6:00 – 6:30 Registration, Check In, Networking
6:30 – 8:00 Presentation
The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter would like to acknowledge and thank Portland Community College for its generous support.
Location & Parking
Portland Community College – Cascade Campus (see map)
Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building
705 North Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97212
Carpooling is recommend, limited free street parking is available. You can purchase parking passes at the yellow ticketing stations located in each parking lot.  Cost is $3.00 and machines take cash or debit cards.
Please see the following for more detailed information on event location and directions:

Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH meetings are free to Cascade Chapter members.
$5 fee at the door for non-members.
Annual local chapter membership may be purchased at the door; $25 for professionals, $18 for students.  Cash and checks accepted.
For more information on Cascade SIGGRAPH and membership, visit the Cascade SIGGRAPH website at:
For more information regarding this event or any other questions, please contact:
Kathleen O’Reilly,
Vice Chair Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH
PO Box 10583
Portland OR, 97296-10583

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Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH & ASIFA Present Exploring “The Animator’s Survival Kit” with Richard Williams

by on Oct.20, 2008, under Miscellaneous

Sponsored by LAIKA
Thursday,October 30, 2008
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Registration 6:00 pm
Presentation 6:30pm to 8:00pm
About the Speaker
Richard Williams is a three-time Academy Award winner. He has received Oscars for Special Achievement and Visual Effects as the director of animation on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), and for his short film “A Christmas Carol” (1971).
Born in Toronto, Richard Williams became one of the finest animation filmmakers of the late twentieth century and has been a mentor to countless others.
Williams began his animation work in the states at United Productions of America in the 1950s, and became friends with Chuck Jones. He emigrated to Spain and then to England in 1955. In 1958 Williams won The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, (BAFTA) award for his work on “The Little Island.” Williams went on to direct the Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol” (1971). During the 1970s, his London-based studio created scores of stunningly crafted, award-winning commercials, titles, short films, and television specials. Not content with these successes, Williams then went on to hire veteran animators from the Disney studio’s “Golden Age” and from Warner Bros. Cartoons, most notably Grim Natwick (Snow White), Art Babbitt (Fantasia), and Ken Harris (Bugs Bunny). He also learned from his friends Milt Kahl (Pinocchio, The Jungle Book), and Frank Thomas (Bambi, Cinderella).
A distillation of his acquired knowledge went into the animation he directed for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and, most recently, into an unparalleled and indispensable series of instructional DVD Master Classes based on his bestselling book “The Animator’s Survival Kit,“ published in 2000 by Farber & Farber. There are over 350 specially animated examples intercut with his 4-day Master Class filmed at Blue Sky Studios in New York.
For further information please see:
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building,
Room 104
705 North Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97212


Limited Street Parking is available, Carpooling Recommended
This event is FREE to Cascade SIGGRAPH & ASIFA Chapter members;
$5.00 public;
Light refreshments will be served
Please RSVP to cascadesiggraph ( at ) gmail (dot) com
by November 10th
so that we can plan for attendance.
Annual Cascade SIGGRAPH chapter membership may be purchased at the door:
$25 professionals, $18 for students.
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2007 Electronic Theater

by on Oct.20, 2007, under Miscellaneous

Friday, November 2, 2007
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 6:30pm
Join us for a great 2007-2008 season start with the Electronic Theater,
a film and video extravaganza featuring incredible technical imagery.
Oregon State University
Kelley Engineering Building, Room 1001
2500 NW Monroe Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
Volunteers are needed.
If you can help, please contact the volunteer coordinator Michael Smith [volunteer (at) cascadesiggraph(dot) org] by
Cost: Free to Cascade SIGGRAPH Chapter members; $5.00 public;
Light appetizers will be available to attendees.
The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is grateful to OSU for the use of their facilities. Special thanks to Mike Bailey!
Featured Productions
The collection of 37 shorts were selected from over 600 submissions and juried at the recent International SIGGRAPH conference. The show takes us on a remarkable journey that combines trends in art and science with the best computer graphics depicting comedy, drama, romance, action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction and science fact. The following productions are included:
  • 300’s Liquid Battlefield – SCANLINE VFX (Germany)
  • Ark – Marcin Kobylecki, Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Producers (Poland)
  • Burning Safari – Gobelins, l’école de l’image (France)
  • Capturing and Animating Skin Deformation – Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
  • Children of Men – Framestore CFC (United Kingdowm)
  • Dreammaker (Trailer) – Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
  • En Tus Brazos – Supinfocom Valenciennes (France)
  • equilibrio – New York University (USA)
  • Formation of a Spiral Galaxy – National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
  • Game Technology 2007 – Playable Universal Capture 2007 Reel, Electronic Arts
  • A Gentlemen’s Duel – Blur Studio (USA)
  • Happiness Factory – PSYOP, Inc. (USA)
  • High Fashion in Equations – MIRALab, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • HP Hands “Paulo Coelho” – Motion Theory (USA)
  • Industrial Light & Magic 2007 – Industrial Light & Magic (USA)
  • The Itch – Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
  • Lifted – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
  • No Time For Nuts – Blue Sky Studios (USA)
  • NVIDIA Real-Time Graphics Research: The GeForce 8 Demo Suite – NVIDIA Corporation (USA)
  • Opening and Title Animations – (USA)
  • Portal – Valve Corporation (USA)
  • Raymond – The Mill (United Kingdom)
  • The Recent Future Robot: HELPER Z – Katsuyuki Suzuki (Japan)
  • Sears Tools “Arboretum” – Method Studios (USA)
  • SIGGRAPH 2007 Papers Preview – Microsoft Research (USA)
  • Spider-Man 3: VFX Highlights – Sony Pictures Imageworks (USA)
  • STORM – Digital Domain, Inc. (USA)
  • Surf’s Up: A Practical Guide to Making Waves – Sony Pictures Imageworks (USA)
  • swirl – Lee Griggs (United Kingdom)
  • Travelers: Snowball – Weta Digital Ltd. (New Zealand)
  • U2 and Green Day “The Saints Are Coming” – Sway Studio (USA)
  • A VFX Journey Through Pan’s Labyrinth With CafeFX – CafeFX, Inc. (USA)
  • Vigorsol: The Legend – The Moving Picture Company (United Kingdom)
  • World Trade Center – Double Negative (United Kingdom).
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Award-Winning Animator and Director Bill Kroyer Animation and the Death of Fantasy

by on Mar.02, 2007, under Miscellaneous

Friday, March 9, 2007
at 7:30 PM
at Willamette University in Salem, OR
Please join us for a lecture by Bill Kroyer, award-winning animator and director. Kroyer will discuss Animation and the Death of Fantasy, a provocative look at new computer-based techniques and their relation to and influence on traditional animation and storytelling. For more information about Bill Kroyer and this event, see: This lecture is sponsored by the W. M. Keck Foundation Arts and Technology grant and Willamette University and is FREE to all Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH members.
Click Here for a Poster of the Event
Montag Den
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 370-6122
Campus Map
Montag Den is on the lower level of the Montag Student Center complex on the northeast end of campus (#29 on the map above)
Parking is free after 4pm.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Cramer at Willamette University at (503) 370-6122
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2006 Electronic Theater

by on Sep.21, 2006, under Miscellaneous

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 6:30pm
Join us for our first meeting of the season!
Click Here for a Full Description of the Event
PCC Cascade Campus
Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building
705 N. Killingsworth (and Albina)
Portland, OR 97217
Please RSVP to cascadesiggraph ( at ) by September 19
so that we can plan for attendance.
PCC is providing FREE PARKING for all Electronic Theater attendees.
We suggest parking in PCC designated lots only located off of Albina St.
(one block North of Killingsworth).
Directions and a map can be found on the web at:
Cost: Free to Cascade SIGGRAPH Chapter members; $5.00 public; complimentary pizza will be available
Featured Productions
The collection of 37 shorts were selected from over 600 submissions and juried at the recent International SIGGRAPH conference. The highly-acclaimed showcase of amazing computer graphics and special effects shorts from around the world offers insight on future trends in films, commercials and scientific visualization.
  • 458nm — Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
  • A Great Big Robot From Outer Space Ate My Homework — Vancouver Film School (Canada)
  • Brush — Boumermouth University (United Kingdom)
  • Bubble Girl — PSYOP, Inc. (USA)
  • The Building — Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image (France)
  • Carlitopolis — ENSAD (France)
  • Dairy Crest “Cityside” — Framestore CFC (United Kingdom)
  • Discord: metal and meat — North Michigan University (USA)
  • Doll Face — (USA)
  • “Everyone’s Hero” — IDT Entertainment (USA)
  • Flow — Scanline Production (Germany)
  • Foster’s Australia “Big Ad” — Animal Logic (Australia)
  • Growth by Aggregation 2 (the Utah variation) — (USA)
  • Guinness “noitulovE” — Framestore CFC (United Kingdom)
  • ILM 2006 — Industrial Light & Magic (USA)
  • The Inner Life of the Cell (excerpt) — XVIVO LLC (USA)
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets – 12 Interstitials — Gagné International Inc. LLC, Viacom Inc. (USA)
  • Into Pieces — (Brazil)
  • King Kong — Weta Digital Ltd (New Zealand)
  • King Kong: “In a New York Minute” — Weta Digital Ltd (New Zealand)
  • Monster Farm 5 Circus Caravan — Digital Media Lab. Inc. (Japan)
  • Monster House: There Goes the Neighborhood — Sony Pictures Imageworks (USA)
  • Monster Samurai — Sprite Animation Studios (USA)
  • My Date From Hell — Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg (Germany)
  • Noggin — Brigham Young University (USA)
  • One Man Band — Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
  • One Rat Short (Best of Show) — Charlex, Inc. (USA)
  • Open Season, Separating the Trees From the Forest — Sony Picture Imageworks (USA)
  • Racing Beats — Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg (Germany)
  • Rexona “Go Wild” — Framestore CFC (United Kingdom)
  • Robin Hood Flour — Giving – Red Rover Studios (Canada)
  • Toohey’s “War of the Appliances” — Animal Logic (Australia)
  • Toyota “Meteor” — Method (USA)
  • Tread Softly — Camegie Mellon University (USA)
  • Vodafone “Mayfly” — Passion Pictures (United Kingdom)
  • Warhammer: Mark of Chaos Intro Cinematic — Digic Pictures (Hungary)
  • Wojna — Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg (Germany)
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SIGGRAPH 2005 Electronic Theatre

by on Nov.02, 2004, under Miscellaneous

Meeting Time: November 18, 2004, Thursday
6:30pm: Doors open
7pm 8:30pm: Presentation
Location: Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
For a map look at:
The energy and excitement of the annual SIGGRAPH conference, held in Los Angeles this past summer, will be brought directly to Portland on November 18th by screening the SIGGRAPH 2004 Electronic Theater.
About SIGGRAPHs Electronic Theater
Each year, the annual SIGGRAPH conference includes one internationally recognized showcase of the best computer graphics achievements from around the world. The Electronic Theater contains a selection of 16 juried works from a voluminous 635 submissions. The pieces were selected based on extremely high standards of creative and technical excellence.
The Electronic Theater is the world’s most prestigious film and video extravaganza, showcasing dazzling and innovative imagery in invited and submitted works selected by a distinguished jury of computer graphics experts and specialists. The works selected for this year’s Computer Animation Festival take us on a remarkable journey that combines the talent and brilliance of the current and future trends in art and science with the very best imagery depicting comedy, drama, romance, action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and science fact.
Always a highlight, the Electronic Theater melds art with the latest trends in hardcore computing. It’s the place to spot future trends in films and commercials.
Program includes:
  • Cortex Academy – 2:22
  • Rock the World – 2:35
  • Birthday Boy – 7:54
  • Bob and Sam: Episode 1 – 1:25
  • Rockfish – 8:28
  • Attack of the Note Sheep – 1:17
  • )Parenthhse( – 6:13
  • Annie & Boo – 2:00
  • Output-Sensitive Collision Processing for Reduced-Coordinate Deformable Models – 1:53
  • Gratuitous Goop – :55
  • The Edge of History – 2:36
  • El Desvan – 19:08
  • Frank – 1:45
  • PGi-13 – 4:00
  • Go to Sleep – 5:21
  • Ryan (an excerpt) – 7:47
Some pieces were left out for commercial licensing reasons.
This and other SIGGRAPH meetings are free to members, $5.00 fee at the door for non-members. Membership can be purchased at the door for $25.00 ($18.00 for students).
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