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Resolve Workshop 6/21 @ Ai


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Part of our continuing workshop series aimed at keeping Portland up to date on the latest and greatest when it comes to post production, we bring you a special evening with Davinci Resolve 14. Dave Jahns (Joint) and Blackmagic Design bring you a hands-on look at what’s new with Davinci Resolve 14.

Blackmagic continues to expand and innovate the Davinci Resolve toolset, and with version 14 comes a major step forward via an extensive set of audio tools, facial tracking and correction, and reduced Studio level pricing to compliment the robust free version.  Resolve has never been more real and relevant, and whether you’re a seasoned colorist or a student just starting to look into editing and color tools, you’ll stand to get a heavy dose of the workflow and capabilities inherent to Davinci Resolve 14 in one tightly packed evening, with both our hometown presenters as well as a pair of  Blackmagic Product Specialists (Shawn Carlson and Rony Soussan) up from LA.

We will be giving away a license of Davinci Resolve 14 Studio as well as a license of Fusion 8 Studio at the end of the workshop.  You must be present to win.

Speakers to include:

Dave Jahns – Lead Colorist, W+K’s Joint Editorialheadlining project demo, workflows, and breakdowns.

Shawn Carlson and Rony Soussan – Product Specialists, Blackmagic Design v14 highlights and new features: Fairlight audio tools, Fusion/Fusion connect, and collaborative editing/grading workflows.

J Bills – Compositor/Lead Colorist, Sprocketshipbrief introduction and user group overview + demo project files.

This all takes place the evening of Wednesday, June 21st, from 6pm-9pm, graciously hosted & sponsored by the Art Institute, in their capable PC lab.  Space is very limited (20 workstations in the lab + about 10 extra non-workstation seats) and we expect this to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now here:

And please be courteous and cancel your ticket if your availability changes and you can’t attend so we can fill your seat.  This is absolutely free (extra special thanks to Dave and the Blackmagic artists for donating the time).  Also, be sure to check out and register separately for the Blackmagic Road Show happening the next day (Thurs, June 22) at OMSI from 1pm-5pm.  Details here.   See you at the workshop!

VFX/PDX Davinci Resolve 14 Workshop
Wednesday, June 21st, 6pm-9pm
The Art Institute of Portland
1122 Northwest Davis Street
Room 308
Portland, OR 97209

Reel Review ’17 Results!


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Kaboom.  That’s right, this flaming film strip is about the best and only way to describe what happened the other night at our annual Demo Reel Review – Portland.  Blew.  It. Up.

It gets better every year!  Thanks to everyone for participating this year and of course, our judges (Dan Short, Nicholas Wiegel, Michael Miller and Joel Stewart), who I’d like to thank first and foremost for taking the time out of their busy schedules and being shackled with the responsibility of picking this year’s winners.  Which was not easy.  In the same breath, thanks to MC Jarrod Allen for running the show.

reelieWithout further adieu – this year, in addition to the usual schwag and software, our winners also take home a trophy! Dubbed The Reelie.  Yes, really…  The Reelie.  Designed hastily in a furious late night, last minute session by myself, and then my mess of a model fixed and retopo’d by the one and only Felipe Mirez in the same late night session, and printed admirably at the final hour with the help of some amazing tech from the 3d printing gurus at 3DV (and you thought they only did software!) – I present to you the first in the series.  May this year’s winners don these trophies on their desks like the badge of honor that they are, and taunt losers and even previous winners of years past who can’t help but ogle at the glory that now has a physical manifestation.  We might paint the reels gold for max bling factor.  (btw- get in touch if you’re a modeler and want to design next year’s Reelie)

Now really (reelie?) without any more adieuing – our winners:

Best Motion Design reel – Adam Gill – judges liked the scope and breadth of styles and level of work, with bonus points for a fitting music track.
Award:  Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite + 3 months of Lynda/LinkedIn Learning
Honorable mention:  McKay Marshall (note:  last year’s MD category winner) – judges liked the sound design especially, and the smooth packaging that shows a rare versatility.

Best 3D reel – Eric Scheur – judges liked the personality that came through and the level of character animation, with all of it’s intricate subtleties, on display.
Award:  SideFX Houdini Indie License for the year + 3 months of Lynda/LinkedIn Learning
Honorable mention:  Ira Owens with an interesting look into his world of previz at Laika

Best VFX reel – Esli Becerra – presentation scored major points with the judges, as did versatility and visual impact.
Award:  A license of Blackmagic Fusion Studio + Neat Video + 3 mos. Lynda/LinkedIn Learning, and this limited edition, can’t-be-bought VFX/PDX T-Shirt –

(R.I.P. Bill Paxton!)  Honorable mention VFX:  Kimberly Lashbrook (password: holarango) gives us all something to strive for, and this decision between she and Esli gave the judges fits on so many levels.

The Audience Vote pick for best reel:  Neil Hilken
Award:  1 year of Lynda/LinkedIn Learning

Thanks everyone for coming out and (as always…) keep those reels sharp, Portland!

Annual Design Week Animation Challenge + Demo Reel Review – DRAEMS @ Ziba 4/24


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Spring is in the air, and it means it’s almost that time again!  Our annual Design Week blowout is live, and the ticket link now active.

This year’s animation challenge is yet another brainchild of Jamal Qutub – DRAEMS.   Take a closer look, think of our favorite motion design tool After Effects and I’m sure you’ll make the draemy connection.  Details on the theme or to get signed up as a participant are over at

This year’s demo reel review promises to be our best yet and there’s no better time to polish up your reel and enter it to be reviewed by our expert panel of judges, not only for golden feedback but also great prizes.

This year’s judges include (in no particular order):
Saira and Nicholas Weigel, power couple extraordinaire.  She the Head of Motion at W+K and he a Creative Director primarily at his company !hatKe!
Joel Stewart, Creative Director at his own Foil
Daniel Short, Compositor at large and reigning champion of last year’s Reel Review VFX category
Michael Miller, Owner/Operator/VFX Supervisor at 9iFX

This year’s MC is Motion Designer Jarrod Allen.

Prizes include:
VFX – a license of Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio + a copy of Neat Video’s denoise plugin (a must have!)
3D – a 1 year license of  SideFX Houdini Indie 16
Motion – a license of Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite
All category winners receive a 3 month subscription to Lynda/LinkedIn Learning.
1 Audience winner, voted live, will receive a 1 year subscription.
…and more to come!

To enter the demo reel review, submit your information here.  Please, only fresh reels from the last year.

This year’s reel review will be kept on a strict program schedule so we can’t guarantee all reels will be screened or commented on, but we guarantee a silent email of judge feedback on any/all reels submitted.  You must be PDX-metro based to enter.  You do not need to be present to win.

VFX/PDX + AEPDX + 3DPDX present
Animation Challenge (DRAEMS) + Reel Review 2017
Ziba Design (Auditorium)
810 NW Marshall St
Portland, OR 97209
April 24, 2017  – 6:30/doors to 9:30pm

Get your tickets now before this sells out!

Sponsored by  / Ziba / Toolfarm / Adobe / 3DV
Side FX / Blackmagic Design / Neat Video / Red Giant
(poster design by Jamal Qutub)

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