Early Bird Discount for Fall Classes

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The fall term is on its way and we have filmmaking classes for all skill levels and interests. This week only, take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Prices for all classes, 9 weeks in length or longer, have been reduced by $100.

Classes include:

Register now before Friday at 5 PM, when this deal will end.

Summer Camp: Film of the Day

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Calling all kids + teens grades 2-12! Join our School of Film faculty for  week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

Watch today’s film made last year in Digital Moviemaking for Kids, Session 2:

Summer Camp: Film of the Day

SOF_FilmCamp

REGISTER NOW!

Calling all kids + teens grades 2-12! Join our School of Film faculty for  week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

Watch today’s film made last year in Digital Moviemaking for Kids, Session 2:

Summer Camp: Film of the Day

SOF_FilmCamp

REGISTER NOW!

Calling all kids + teens grades 2-12! Join our School of Film faculty for  week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

Watch today’s film made last year in Junior Animation, Session 2:

Summer Camp: Film of the Day

SOF_FilmCamp

REGISTER NOW!

Calling all kids + teens grades 2-12! Join our School of Film faculty for  week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

Watch today’s film made last year in Digital Moviemaking for Kids, Session 1:

Summer Camp: Film of the Day

SOF_FilmCamp

REGISTER NOW!

Calling all kids + teens grades 2-12! Join our School of Film faculty for  week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

Watch today’s film made last year in Junior Animation, Session 1:

SUMMER CAMP IS COMING!

SOF_FilmCampCalling all kids + teens grades 2-12! The film arts are an excellent way to learn about group decision-making, build self-confidence, and uncover and nurture those special talents within.

Join our School of Film faculty for these week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

REGISTER NOW!

 

Animation Explosion Begins This Weekend at NW Filmmakers’ Fest

Peppered in between all the conventionally produced films in the 39th NW Filmmakers’ Festival lineup, one can highlight a select number of cinematic goodies that reflect our region’s strong contributions to the animated form.  Of particular note is director Barry Doupé’s feature-length experimental animation The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important, screening on Saturday, November 10th at 4:30.  Those wanting a taste of Doupé’s piece should take a look at this clip. [Read more…]

What does Will Vinton have in common with Mr. Miyagi?

Wax on, wax off, and sign-up for stop-motion animation.

Where would Daniel La Russo, Marty McFly, and the Ninja Turtles be with out their mentors?

Mr. Miyagi, Doc Emmett Brown, and Master Splinter all provide the key skills and knowledge that a young grasshopper would need to know to succeed in their chosen area of interest.

The NW Film Center is proud to have the master and creator of Claymation, Will Vinton, molding the animators of tomorrow.

Vinton’s debuting award winning claymation creation was “Closed Mondays” a story depicting a drunk who wanders into a museum and witnesses art and sculptures “coming to life.” The surreal storyline and twisting imagination was so innovative that it served as a launch to the unique company of clay animators working under Will Vinton known as Will Vinton Studios. Since then Vinton has created and produced many more popular shorts such as The Adventures of Mark Twain, The Great Cognito, Rip Van Winkle, and many more.

For the past three years Vinton has been passing on his craft to young animators at the NW Film Center School of Film with his Stop-Motion Animation/Claymation class. Students will learn make their own claymation creation come to life in a stop-motion animation short. Former student, Dorn Roberts created Jack Rabbit Jitters a little rabbit learning the values of traffic safety. Another pupil of Vinton’s, Nicholas Mahon, brought the Godfather to Career Day in his stop-motion short.

The School of Film is eager to see what journey Vinton’s students will take us on next with their claymation creations.

Sign up here, young grasshopper.

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Fat, Bald, Short Man: Looking Outside the Safety of Routine

This review is republished from Nick Bruno’s blog, The Rain Falls Down on Portlandtown.

Carlos Osuna’s Fat, Bald, Short Man occupies a rare space in animated, feature-length cinema.  Much like similarly-pitched works such as Mary and Max, Persepolis, and Fantastic Planet, it’s a cartoon with adults in mind, one that seeks to grab viewers with an emotional maturity beyond what is normally forwarded within the medium.  But what distinguishes the film from those mentioned above is how easily its screenplay could have been filmed using live actors, such is the quiet, observational quality of the writing and the reality explored within the piece.  Basically, Osuna’s made an animated film steeped in the cinema of the social outcast, somewhere along the lines of Punch Drunk Love or James Mangold’s excellent 1995 film Heavy.

The story here revolves around Antonio Farfan (Álvaro Bayona), a lonely, middle-aged man working in a notary’s office.  He lives by himself, has little connection with his co-workers, and only hears from his verbally-abusive brother when he wants to borrow money.  Out of the blue, there’s a regime change at his workplace.  The new boss, who bears a strong resemblance to Antonio, befriends him.  At the same time, Antonio comes to the aid of an elderly neighbor in need.  These changes, along with being talked into joining a small group for shy folks at a local self-help center, slowly begin opening him up to new avenues of being.

Fat, Bald, Short Man is a film that understands that the safety of routine is often what keeps us from moving forward.  Antonio’s plight isn’t so much that he is incapable of living a full life; it’s that he believes himself to be no more than what he is in the present, cringing against the possibility of rejection to the point of rejecting possibilities.  What we have here is a simple and universal tale rendered in a medium most often associated with telling fart jokes to kids (see most modern Disney works for further reference).  Hopefully, audiences will be able to look past their preconceptions about what animated features can be and end up embracing it for the nuanced and mature work that it is.

Highly recommended.

Fat, Bald, Short Man screens at the NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium (in the Portland Art Museum) on Wednesday, August 15th at 7pm.  More info available here.