Game Night | Where CG and Games Meet
Film Screening and Game Play Mixer,
Come to a gathering of game enthusiasts and multimedia specialists, screening one of our favorite films, Us And The Games Industryexplorations in game design interactivity and inspiration.
“This new generation of game designers seeks to make gaming a cerebral, artistic, or emotional experience.” – Stephanie Beth, Director
Us and the Games Industry is a feature documentary ithat nvestigates design principles with contemporary computer game developers. Featured are: Jenova Chen with lead programmer John Edwards and Producer Robin Hunicke and team members at work at thatgamecompany that was responsible for the game, JOURNEY for networked play on the PS3.
- Sign-up for Free Registration at EventBrite
- Come on February 20, 2017 at PCC Cascade (see map)
- The movie is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes long.
- Snacks and drinks supplied by PIGSquad.
- 5:45p Registration, food and drink, meet and greet
- 6:00p Mixer / Game Play: (Gang Beast TBA)
- 7:00p Screening of Us and the Game Industry.
“Us and the Game Industry” explores computer game development and is a feature-length documentary filmed between 2009–2012 in the USA and Copenhagen.
Developers share their motivation, design process, focus and execution of game ideas. Each developer has a different style and takes a different direction. Each wonders about the potential of digital game design.
Filming begins in San Francisco and expands significantly to an observation of processes at thatgamecompany as the team builds, completes and offers JOURNEY, a networked game play for two on PS3, to the public.
Composer Austin Wintory, for JOURNEY, breaks new ground with a score made interactive for networked play. Many aspects of the game design process for JOURNEY received world recognition. Antichamber went on to be heralded as an engagement in “an Escher-like world.”
Threading throughout, Robin Hunicke, Jenova Chen, Kellee Santiago, John Edwards et al —are exemplary figures of long-term excitement and engagement within this design field, who celebrate life and challenge the threat of mediocrity in the form. All participants in the film remain active with next games or ventures.
About the Sponsors
The Portland Indie Game Squad is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the health and continued expansion of game developer and enthusiast communities in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and online. We provide events, resources, and networking activities for art and technology creatives. By investing in safe environments for student, hobbyist, and professional game developers, we serve the belief that community visibility and collaboration provides value to our education, relationships, and industry.
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Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH exists to serve the needs of the local computer graphics community. Through meetings, screenings, workshops, conferences, networking and other activities, the chapter works to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the artistic, educational and scientific aspects and applications of technology to graphics, enhancing communication between colleagues that have and interest in any aspect of computer graphics.
For more information, visit:
- Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Website
- Cascade SIGGRAPH Facebook
- Cascade SIGGRAPH Twitter
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join our Team — Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH is a sponsor of GGJ 2017 Portland. We are interested in the broad field of Computer Graphics — game design and development, animation, visual design and graphics in film, education, web and all applications of CG. If you’d like leadership experience, to volunteer, or to just become a member, join this local chapter of an international organization — contact the chair at area 503, specifically 367 and 1522. We’ll be at GGJ on Friday!
Freelancer’s Toolbox 2 | Project Management Discussion
That glimmer is there on the pages of your sketchbook. Maybe you even have some storyboards, or even an animatic! Okay, so how do you organize yourself and the production in order to create an animated short? Temris Ridge, an accomplished Portland-based freelance animator, will tell us how she answered that question during the production of her 2014 animated short “Zombie Fairy.”
We’ll follow up with a panel discussion and Q&A session amongst many successful freelance and indie animators living and working in the Portland area, including Temris, Mike A. Smith, and Alex Miller.
Date: Saturday November 5th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Shut Up and Eat, 3848 SE Gladstone St., Portland, OR 97202
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite: $5 general admission, $3 students, free for Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH and ASIFA Portland members
About Temris Ridge
Temris Ridge is a freelance 2D animator who has been working in the Portland area for 9 years. She has done work that has been featured on international television, a feature film, and has shown films in festivals around the US and in Europe.
The Freelancer’s Toolbox 1: Art Business Basics
This is the first of a three-part series designed to help digital artists, multimedia specialists and animators find the tools they need to be successful in business.
You’ve developed your skills. You’ve endured the all-nighters. You’ve honed your craft. You’e ready to go out there and build your career. Okay, now what?
Whether you’re a student, young professional, or an established freelancer, a common roadblock on the path to success is lack of business and financial resources for creative professionals. Knowledge is power, so empower yourself by learning business basics at the first of our Freelancer’s Toolbox Workshop Series. Facilitated by career creative freelancer turned financial advisor, Jonathan Bebe of AXA Advisors, educate yourself on how to build a financial foundation for your art business.
Date — Friday September 23rd, 7–9:00 pm
Location — Shut Up and Eat, 3848 SE Gladstone St., Portland, OR 97202
Tickets — Available on Eventbrite: $5 general admission, $3 students, free for Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH or ASIFA members
About Jonathan Bebe
Jonathan Bebe comes to AXA Advisors with more than 20 years of experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur as an on-screen talent and independent film producer. After a decade of traveling throughout Europe, South East Asia, and South America creating images and film, he returned to his home in Portland and earned his master’s in Counseling from Portland State, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Jonathan brings his entrepreneurial spirit into his financial practice, focusing on small business development and advocating for growth in the creative fields. He is involved in several non-profits including the National Brain Tumor Society, Basic Rights Oregon, Human Rights Campaign and several others.
Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH exists to serve the needs of the Oregon andSouthwest Washington computer graphics community. Through meetings, screenings workshops, conferences, networking and other activities, the chapter works to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the educational, artistic, and scientific aspects and applications of modern technology to graphics, enhancing communication between colleagues that have an interest in any aspect of computer graphics.
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ASIFA Portland exists to boost the art of animation and the community that practices it, promoting a free exchange of ideas both locally and internationally.
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ARCS is a resource community for animations and storymakers in Portland, OR. The goal is to bring more awareness (and creation) of creative events, resources, and networking activities with locals in mind.
Sketch and Stretch
Life drawing is foundational in many creative disciplines, from 3D animation to fine art. Some of the most beautiful, moving art in history has its basis in figure drawing, from Leonardo DaVinci to Lucien Freud, on paper, canvas, and chapel ceilings. Disney Studios has provided figure drawing classes for their artists since 1932, and early computer animation didn’t truly start showing potential as a visual medium until John Lasseter, a young, talented Disney animator, brought his classically trained animation experience to the LucasFilm Computer Graphics Group. In the same way that relaxing and stretching is good for the body, even CG artists can benefit from relaxing and practicing life drawing.
Similarly, exercise disciplines like pilates and yoga develop the body’s core, the foundation of healthy movement. Dance, martial arts, and other physical disciplines are often the subject of art, and not only does practicing motion and timing make you a better animator, it makes you a healthier person.
Join Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH and ASIFA Portland for the inaugural Sketch&Stretch, an afternoon of fitness and art, with opportunities for everyone to exercise, draw, or both. Keph Sherin, a gifted acrobat and fitness instructor, will lead two exercise sessions, each one hour long. Our yogis will also double as figure drawing models as we stretch our creative and literal muscles together. All shapes, sizes, and skill levels are welcome.
- $5 for members of Cascade SIGGRAPH and ASIFA Portland, on EventBrite or with cash
- $10 for the general public,
Irving Park on NE 7th and Fremont, NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
About Keph Sherin
Best of Ottawa 2015
Enjoy the world’s most cutting-edge, thoughtful, funny and provocative animation films while mingling with the local animation community. Whether you love classic cartoons, mind-bending experiments, fantastic digital creations, dazzling effects, technical fireworks, thought provoking observations, or pure gut-busting fun, there is something for everyone and anyone at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OlAF). For 40 years the OlAF has attracted film and animation buffs, art lovers and filmmakers from around the globe. You won’t want to miss this selection from one of the biggest animation festivals in the world.
- $7 General Admission / $3 Students
- Free for ASIFA Portland & Cascade SIGGRAPH members
- Free for LAIKA employees & PNCA animation majors (show badge or school ID)
- PSU Parking Structure 1 — Enter on either Broadway or Sixth Avenue
- 1872 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201
- Free after 5pm on Fridays
- The Five Minute Museum | 2015 | Paul Bush | Switzerland, UK | 6:20 | Best Experimental/Abstract Animation
- Yùl et le Serpent (Yùl and the Snake) | 2015 | Gabriel Harel | France | 13:12
- Loop Ring Chop Drink | 2014 | Nicolas Ménard | UK | 9:45 | Walt Disney Animation Prize for Best Graduation Animation & Award for Best Design
- Celestial Shore ‘Creation Myth’ | 2014 | Angela Stempel | USA | 3:03
- Violet | 2015 | Ryan Ines | USA | 5:56 | Best Undergraduate Animation
- Isand (The Master) | 2015 | Riho Unt | Estonia | 18:00 | Cartoon Network Prize for Best Narrative Short Animation
- Pig | 2015 | Steven Subotnick | USA | 3:20
- Unhappy Happy | 2015 | Peter Millard | UK | 7:07
- Small People With Hats | 2014 | Sarina Nihei | UK | 6:51 | Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Animation* & Prize for Best Sound * First Graduation Animation to ever win the OIAF Grand Prize
Summer Ice Cream Social
ASIFA – SIGGRAPH Picnic in St Johns. Hang with pros, veterans and students of local animation and computer graphics, and enjoy drinks, ice cream, socializing, good times, a raffle, a silent auction, BBQ and or course ice cream.
Fundraising items such as a Portland area boat ride and Art donated by our members. All friends, family and friendly dogs welcome.
Sunday, July 31, from 1 to 4pm
The Historic Ranger Station (an official Pokemon stop)
8525 N. Central, Portland, OR 97203
Hosted by Zornado Designs, ASIFA Portland and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH.
BYOA (Bring your own art, animation and drinks — alcohol not provided). Ice Cream Provided — bring toppings.
About Zornado Design— Marilyn Zornado is a Calligrapher, book artist, animator and educator living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, sound engineer Alan Garren, and Schipperke Ping. Website
About ASIFA Portland — ASIFA Portland exists to boost the art of animation and the community that practices it, promoting a free exchange of ideas both locally and internationally. Website
About Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH— Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH exists to serve the needs of the Oregon and Southwest Washington computer graphics community; to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the educational, artistic, and scientific aspects and applications of modern technology in graphics; to enhance communication between colleagues that have an interest in any aspect of computer graphics. Website
Luminary Kathy Zielinski
shares her work as an animator
Enjoy an evening with animation star Kathy Zielinski. She animated classic villains and heroes for over three decades at Disney, Dreamworks, and other major studios, working on dozens of feature films from the Little Mermaid to the Book of Life. She is currently exploring animation in live action feature and television projects.
Ms. Zelinski will present her journey in the art and business of animation, discuss working as a woman in a largely male art field, her transition from drawn-2D to 3D animation, and offer artistic and technical advice through her personal stories and visual history. She will show her stills and stunning classic animation.
Kathy is listed at the 50 Most Influential Disney Animators and one of the first women to have earned a credit of supervising animator on a Disney film. She is known for her work on Frozen (2013), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Kung Fu Panda (2008).
Don’t miss this rare and enlightening event at 5th Avenue Cinema:
- June 3rd at 7pm
- tickets are $8 for general public, $3 for current members of ASIFA and SIGGRAPH, at the door.
- 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St., Portland, OR 97201
Street parking is available. Multiple MAX light rail and bus lines run near the venue, so look for transportation going to the PSU campus.
ARCS, ASIFA Portland, and Cascade SIGGRAPH present
HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase
A FERTILE GROUND MEDIA ARTS EVENT
The inaugural HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase is an event long in the making. Celebrating recent works from the gamut of local animators, you’ll find the screening collection fun, refreshing and very Portland. Organized and moderated by Sophya Vidal, a long-standing member of the animation and theatre community, creative and thoughtful storytelling are at the core of the program. The screening will be followed by a panel with several of the creators; bring your best questions and get to know your Portland Animation Ambassadors. This event is brought to you by The Animation resource Community Service (ARCS), Portland ASIFA, and Cascade SIGGRAPH. (3 hours).
Line-up includes works by Temris Ridge, Curtis Randolph, Mike A. Smith, Kurtis Hough, Paul DeSilva, Laura Heit, Lori Damiano, John Summerson, Joanna Priestley, Tina T. Hsu, Ben Luce, Marylin Zornado, Kyle Stephens, Lars C Larsen, and Beryl Allee. Animation styles consist of Hand drawn 2D, 3D, Cut-out animation, Stop-motion puppet animation, and Motion graphic work. Program is rated PG.
Cooped by Mike Smith
- Festival Date: Sunday, Jan 24 @ 3pm
- Venue: 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. Portland, OR 97201
- Tickets: General is $10; ASIFA/SIGGRAPH Members get in for $5.
- Purchase tickets: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/event?id=308003 or at the Door.
ARCS stands for Animation Community Resource Service and is a growing online resource community for animations and story-makers in Portland, OR. The goal is to bring more awareness (and creation) of creative events, resources, and networking activities with locals in mind. See:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/266429166874400/
About ASIFA Portland
ASIFA Portland is the local chapter of the International Animated Film Society: Association International du Film d’Animation. Our group exists to boost the art of animation and the community that practices it, promoting free exchange of ideas. See:
- Website http://www.asifaportland.org
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/asifa.portland/
- Twitter asifaportland.
About Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH
We exist to serve the needs of the computer graphics community. Through meetings, screenings, workshops, conferences, networking and other activities, the chapter works to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the artistic, educational and scientific aspects and applications of technology to graphics, enhancing communication between colleagues that have and interest in any aspect of computer graphics. See:
- Website http://wp.siggraph.org/cascade
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cascade-ACM-SIGGRAPH-380836065391787/
- Twitter cascadesiggraph
- Email email@example.com.
Kahlil Gibran’s the Prophet
with Joan Gratz
Highly recommended: Thursday December 3, 7:00pm @ Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland 97209, FREE for ASIFA members.
Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion.
The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written. In this breathtaking feature film, eight of Gibran’s poems are interpreted by contemporary master animators — including Tomm Moore, Song of the Sea, Bill Plympton, Your Face, Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues, and Portland’s own Joan Gratz, Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase.
Oscar-winner Joan Gratz will be present to talk about this unique film collaboration, her segment in it On Work, and her pioneering development of “clay painting.”
Only ASIFA members may attend, but anyone may join! Pre-existing members simply check in at our lobby table. Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH members enjoy a $5 discount on their membership at the door. LAIKA employees & PNCA animation students show institutional ID. Free for children age 12 and under if accompanied by an ASIFA member parent. Seating is limited to 76 persons; first come, first served. Doors open at 6pm.
General membership $20, students and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH members $15 — it’s worth the price for this event alone! Join or renew here: www.asifaportland.org/join-asifa-portland.
Watch the teaser: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQbMxDcRGE
Animation Meet & Greet
Come out for networking and an all-around good time.
At Lucky Lab NW This Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 4:00 pm
Join us at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall (in Northwest) to grab a pint, share some stories, catch up on things and maybe meet some new faces. Portland’s ASIFA and SIGGRAPH chapters are teaming up to host this event — and everyone is welcome! Exchange business cards or just gossip about upcoming animated films… Let’s hang out and all talk about animation. Minors are allowed until 9pm.
There is parking on the street, and Tri-Met transit available. The address is:
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall,
1945 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97209
About ASIFA Portland
ASIFA Portland is the Portland, Oregon chapter of the international animation society, the Association International du Film d’Animation. ASIFA exists to boost the art of animation and the community that practices it, promoting a free exchange of ideas both locally and internationally. We celebrate a decades-old animation scene known for groundbreaking independents, big-budget feature filmmaking, and a world-class animation festival. Visit www.asifaportland.org.