Coming 4/9 – The Secret Models of Star Wars


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What better way to kick off our new Reverse Angle series, highlighting heroes working behind the lens, than a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens followed by long time model shop guru Fon Davis joining us from LA to present “The Secret Models of Star Wars.”  This is a can’t miss event giving us one last chance to catch Star Wars on OMSI’s four story Empirical Theater screen, and simultaneously getting us primed for Design Week with some serious shop talk.

And no one, NO ONE, can talk shop like Fon Davis.  When it comes time to roll up one’s sleeves to create some movie magic back in the model shop, there are few who can top Fon’s travels.  A long time ILM’er who since struck out on his own with his company – Fonco Creative – Fon is entrenched in a world of models and miniatures that are again in demand thanks to films like Star Wars making a responsible choice to return to more physical methods of filmmaking.  Under Fon’s watchful eye, model shop artists deliver incredible visuals, inspring awe and appreciation with real-world detail you can reach out and touch, while seamlessly allowing room for “new school” digital enhancement.  This is an evening you won’t want to miss.

Get your advance tickets here.  Act now, seating is limited and likely to sell out.

VFX/PDX Presents – Reverse Angle w/Fon Davis: The Secret Models of Star Wars
Saturday April 9th
Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm, Presentation 10pm
OMSI Empirical Theater
1945 SE Water Ave

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Reel Review + Alphabest – Monday, Apr 18th @ ART


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As visual artists, the demo reel is our sole calling card and still (after all these years) seemingly our only means of making an impression on those who might hire our services.  A few of us have been at it so long that we’re beginning to craft a new form of narrative out of our stacks of demo reel footage that weave past projects into something that’s hard to categorize – part experimental video, part music vid.  Younger artists just getting into the game also have inventive ways of showing off their early work to try to elevate themselves to the top of the demo reel pile at area studios.

Very happy to say, after the wildly successful demo reel event at Disjecta 2 years ago (I know, time flies!), it’s high time we wind it up again.  Watch some reels…   talk some shop…   inspiration!

Motion graphic artists and designers.  Animators.  3D artists.  VFX artists.  All ya’ll.  I’m calling you out.  The countdown is on to submit your reel.  Hit us with your latest and greatest.

Submission guidelines:   Please render your reel as an h264 .mp4 file, at 1920×1080, using the Vimeo preset in most editing apps – more details here.  We will be presenting this in Keynote so please conform to these specs.  Deliver via Vimeo, Dropbox, GDrive, FTP or other download link of some kind using this form.  Please submit your reel before April 11th.

From your submissions we’ll program the night’s playlist, pack the house, and have a panel of industry experts on hand to offer up feedback as each reel screens.  We’ll have prizes for each category winner (motion graphics, 3D, VFX), as well as a vote for audience favorite.  Prizes include:
Motion graphics:  Trapcode Tao         3d:  SideFX Houdini           VFX:  Blackmagic Fusion
All category winners also receive a 3 month subscription to
Overall Winner receives the entire Trapcode Suite ($1000 value) from Red Giant + 1 year of training.  Score!

Also on the docket is the invitational collaborative animation screening of the Alphabest project, showcasing some of the best animation talent in the area.  A potent double bill as everyone steps out for Design Week – this will be amazing and clearly a can’t miss night.

Tickets are $10, available here
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Schedule for the night – Alphabest screening, Reel Review, Alphabest screening encore.
Monday, April 18th, 6:30-10:00pm
Artist Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison

Thanks to sponsors:
Scopic / 3DV / 52 Ltd / Red Giant Software / Blackmagic Design / SideFX / Artist Repertory Theatre / OMSI / Neat Video

Jamal Qutub of AEPDX on the poster design.


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