Mike A. Smith @mikeasmith ?

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"A good post by Michael Sporn on taking graphic liberties with hand-drawn animation: http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=2570" · View
  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Classics From Studio Ghibli   1 month, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailThe NW Film Center is playing several Studio Ghibli classics throughout the month of March! Some showings have come and gone already but there are still many more! Be sure to experience these films on the big screen before they’re gone. Hope to see you there! Remaining showings are: Only Yesterday Saturday, March 15th at 2:00 pm [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival   1 year, 1 month ago · View

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    Coming up this week… The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (aka POWFest):   http://powfest.com/
    The fest runs Thursday through Sunday (March 7-10) at the Hollywood Theatre, spotlighting the work of women directors and strengthening the community of women in film. Of particular interest, you might want to check out the Animation & Experimental block, screening on Sunday March 10 at [...]
  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Zoo Sketch Crawl   1 year, 2 months ago · View

    ThumbnailOn Saturday, February 23, let’s once again gather at the Oregon Zoo to enjoy some creature sketching! Bring whatever art supplies you desire, maybe a lunch, bundle up a bit, and we’ll share some art time. Please procure your own ticket and meet us just past the entrance gates at 10:30am (or just find everybody later, if you need to [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: NW Animation Festival – January 31 Final Deadline   1 year, 2 months ago · View

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    The clock is ticking on getting your submissions in for the 2013 NW Animation Fest. This year the Northwest Animation Festival will become the largest animation show west of the Mississippi! Organizers plan to screen nearly 150 short films on May 17-19 at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The entire program will then repeat on [...]
  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Karaoke Sketch Night   1 year, 3 months ago · View

    ThumbnailOn Friday, January 25, how about ending the week at ASIFA’s Karaoke Sketch Night, drinking and drawing and possibly singing with your fellow animators at Suki’s Bar (2401 SW 4th Ave, Portland)? Bring your sketchbook, grab a libation, and catch up over the dulcet sounds of an off-key Neil Diamond cover. There’s some great characters to draw [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Jan Švankmajer: Conspirator of Pleasure   1 year, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail His films always leave me with mixed feelings, but they all have moments that really get to me; moments that evoke the nightmarish spectre of seeing commonplace things coming unexpectedly to life. – Terry Gilliam Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer began making a body of politically provocative stop-motion shorts in the mid-60s.  His early work had a profound [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: 2012 Animation Show of Shows!   1 year, 4 months ago · View

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    It’s that time of year again! Ron Diamond brings a cream-of-the-crop batch of new animated shorts to Cinema 21, this Saturday, December 1, at 11am. Free! Come for the animation, migrate to McMenamins afterwards for a nosh. For more info on what you’ll see, click the pic!

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: ParaNorman Interviews   1 year, 5 months ago · View

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    Two exceptionally good podcast interviews here about the making of LAIKA’s second feature, first with lead animator/producer Travis Knight , next with co-directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell. They’re presented back-to-back and are a must-listen for anyone interested in the stop-motion process.

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: ASIFA Portland’s International Animation Showcase   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail On November 8th, come celebrate the world of animation with ASIFA Portland! Thanks to our friends at the R2CGroup, we’ll have several small rooms concurrently screening experimental and animated films from all around the world, including the work of John Halas, legendary animator and champion of ASIFA. We’ll also be showing the short films of [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: NW Film Festival 2013 Call for Entries   1 year, 6 months ago · View

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    NW Animation Festival announces FREE entry until Nov 30
    The Northwest Animation Festival is currently accepting submissions for 2013. The final deadline is Jan 31, but entry is FREE if films are received by Nov 30.
    The festival will take place on May 17-19 in Portland. Organizers expect to screen 125+ films this year — making this the second largest [...]
  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Jim Blashfield Retrospectives   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Northwest Film Center presents two showings of work from local legend Jim Blashfield on October 26th and November 8th. On the 26th, the program showcases the groundbreaking music video work of Blashfield Studio, with videos for the likes of the Talking Heads, Michael Jackson, and Peter Gabriel. On the 8th, the NWFC screens a collection [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Solar Shadows   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    ThumbnailFriday night (October 5th, 5:00-9:00pm), local artist/animator/filmmaker Kurtis Hough has an art opening at the North Bank Gallery (1005 Main Street, Vancouver WA). Hough will be screening five films, including the premieres of two new films: “Cryosphere,” shot in Alaska, and “Warm Earth Which I’ve Been Told,” an experimental time-lapse piece.

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Best of the NW Animation Fest (Trailer)   1 year, 7 months ago · View

    This Saturday, Sept. 8th at the Hollywood!

    CLICK HERE to buy tickets

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Best of the 2012 NW Animation Festival   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail16 audience favorites, one night only! Date: Saturday Sept 8 @ 7pm Runtime: 92min Venue: Hollywood Theatre Address: 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Tickets: $10 CLICK HERE to buy tickets The Northwest Animation Festival proudly presents this year’s audience favorites. See 16 films from around the world at this special one-night-only event. Highlights include Oscar contenders and the 2012 Academy Award winner for [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: From Clay to ZBrush   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail On Friday, August 24, Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, 3DPDX and ASIFA Portland present ZBrush guru Cesar Dacol Jr. , who will show the parallels between traditional and digital sculpting and his latest techniques for bringing concepts to life for games and film. From Clay to ZBrush is a 3-hour demo guiding participants through the technical aspects of conceiving, preparing [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Australian Animation, Ridgy Didge   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Portland Animators! Australia is calling YOU.

    FREE Screening and a chance to screen your films in Australia
    Thursday August 2, 2012 at the Northwest Film Center, Classroom #1, 934 SW Salmon Street in Portland
    Visit Malcolm Turner from 3 to 5:30 PM
    Australian Animation Showcase Screening at 7 PM
    Followed by Q & A with Malcolm Turner, Director of the Melbourne International Animation Festival
    Malcolm Turner is [...]
  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: ASIFA Summer Social 2012   1 year, 9 months ago · View

    ThumbnailSeeing as how it’s the  last summer on the planet , ASIFA Portland wants to go out right– with extreme croquet, raffling of animation goodies, and swinging at an amazing pinata at Marilyn Zornado’s Church of the Acoustic Redemption in St. Johns. Come out for our annual mixer to meet the animation community, eat ice cream, pet Ping, [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: ASIFA Karaoke Sketch   1 year, 9 months ago · View

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    Suki’s! Saturday!  Draw! Sing! Drink!  Details!

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: AEPDX BBQ RSVP ASAP   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    Coming up on Saturday, June 2nd, AEPDX’s annual What’s New BBQ serves up a sizzling portion of After Effects goodness. There’s BBQ, and the Adobe AE team will walk you through all the juicy new parts of CS6 Production Premium. Side dishes include a chance to win a free Adobe Master Collection, extended Creative Cloud trial memberships, [...]

  • Mike A. Smith wrote a new blog post: Adventures in Plymptoons   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    ThumbnailMcMenamin’s movie theaters celebrate the life and work of legendary Portland animator Bill Plympton with a week-long series of screenings of Adventures in Plymptoons , a documentary film about Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton, including interviews with family, friends, colleagues, critics, and fans. All screenings include Q&A with director Alexia Anastasio and producers Steve Tenhonen and Kevin Sean Michaels [...]

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