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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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Aberle Films presents Mix it Up!

by on Feb.27, 2007, under Miscellaneous

Stop-motion and computer animation combine in unique ways

Join us and hear Doug Aberle from Aberle Films give a unique perspective and showcase a mixture of stop-motion and computer animation.
Doug has a wide variety of experiences which combine and mingle in strange ways — like his work — of which we’ll see samples.

What A SIGGRAPH meeting and talk about an a mixed-medium approach to animation

Where Close to downtown, at the PCC Cascade Campus Auditorium,
Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building,
705 N. Killingsworth (and Albina),
Portland, OR  97217;

Free parking pass available if you email your request by noon on February 27 — see below.
Link to map:

When Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2006 at 6:30 PM

Why Learn about mixing computer-generated and stop-motion animation and network with those in your field.

Who Doug Aberle

RSVP Please RSVP to as soon as you know you are coming so
that we can plan for attendance.

Cost Free to Cascade SIGGRAPH Chapter members; $5.00 public

About Doug Aberle

Doug Aberle has been a filmmaker since he was a teenager.  He has been involved with numerous award
winning productions in his capacity as Director and Master Animator during his 18 year stay at Will Vinton Studios
in Portland, Oregon, from 1983 to 2001.  Some of those projects include the animation special effects for
Disney’s Return To Oz (which received an Oscar nomination for Special Effects); A Claymation Christmas Special,
which aired on CBS television and won an Emmy for best special of 1987; sequences for Disney’s 3D theme park
epic Captain EO; and numerous commercials.  In addition, Doug wrote and animated sequences for The Festival
of Claymation (a feature length theatrical film comprised of many of Will Vinton Studio’s short films); was the Animation
Director for Michael Jackson’s music video Speed Demon, and was the sole animator on Cool Tools, the studio’s first
computer animation project, which was done for Sesame Street through the Children’s Television Workshop. He has
also directed multiple episodes of GARY & MIKE, a 13 episode stop-motion TV show broadcast on UPN in 2001.

His projects under Aberle Films include the Internationally award winning films WIRE WE HERE (1994), FLUFFY (1995),
More FLUFFY and WIRE WE HERE films are in the works, plus an experimental film dealing with death, karma, and

2003 saw the completion of animation on EARTH STORIES: PALEONTOLOGY, a ½ hour children’s educational film
on Paleontology starring Chip the Rock Hammer. Doug is also preparing an animated educational series of films
called SPACE! that will be told from the point-of-view of a young boy in his own spaceship and will begin with a tour
of the planets. Doug has also directed 3 feature-length animated films; the first, SHIPWRECKED, will be released
in 2007. Doug’s current projects include development for his ½ hour TV series RAVELED. Several sample episodes
have been produced using high-end digital effects with sock puppets.

Doug lives with his wife, three children and five dogs in their home in Battle Ground, Washington. He volunteers his
time with the Battle Ground Rose Float Association; His float design for 2006 won top honors in the Portland Oregon
Grand Floral Parade, the second largest all-floral parade in the country.

The Aberle Films website can be found at  And the Raveled website can be
found at

Location and Registration

The night will start with a registration and appetizers for attendees in the lobby of the PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts
Building ( at 6 p.m., announcements and the presentation by Aberle
Films at 6:30, followed by a questions and answer period.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to for planning purposes. Volunteers are needed.
If you can help, please call Demetra Gilmore Arnett by noon on Tuesday February 27 at 503.367.1522 or include it in your RSVP.

Parking and Directions
The campus is close-in to downtown Portland and there is ample parking across the street in the PCC parking
lot for a small fee. For directions, visit .

This and other Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH meetings are free to Cascade Chapter members.
Nonmembers will need to pay a $5.00 admission fee at the door. Annual local membership can be purchased
at the door for $25.00 ($18.00 for students). Light appetizers will be available to attendees. For more information
on Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH and membership registration, visit the Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH website

About Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter exists to serve the needs of the Oregon and Southwest Washington computer
graphics industry and students. Through meetings, workshops, conferences, and other activities, the Cascade ACM
SIGGRAPH 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 people
in Oregon and Southwest Washington that have an interest in any aspect of computer graphics.

Press contact

Kerry Tescher, Liaison Inc., (503) 796-9822,

Reader contact

Demetra Gilmore Arnett, Vice Chair

(503) 367-1522,

Cascade SIGGRAPH general information


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Portland , OR 97296 -10583

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