LAIKA's VFX Supervisor Steve Emerson will explore Portland’s rich history and bright future in stop motion animation, and how CG effects will continue to fuel the success of the iconic style.
Portland and stop motion animation have become synonymous thanks to the success of LAIKA’s Missing Link, Shadowmachine’s Pinocchio, Netflix’s Wendell & Wild, and a long history of other feature films, short films, and commercials. While the hand-crafted production method has deep roots here, Portland has also provided the opportunity for innovation. Productions ranging from Hollywood films to short-form brand commercials integrate CG animation and VFX into stop motion pipelines to greatly expand the storytelling capabilities of the beloved art form.
Join us on Thursday May 25th at the Autodesk offices in SE Portland for a discussion with Steve Emerson, VFX Supervisor at LAIKA. He will debunk the myth that these are siloed production styles, and will explain how the continuing integration of them have earned recognition for Portland around the world, while growing a stronger community right here at home. Before and after the presentations, meet and mingle with others in the Portland animation and design community. Food and beverages will be provided.
AEPDX is hosted by Deep Sky, and sponsored by Autodesk and Toolfarm.
4:30 PM - Doors Open
6:00 PM - Opening Remarks from AEPDX
6:15 PM - Presenter: Steve Emerson, VFX Supervisor at LAIKA
7:15 PM - Presenter Q&A
7:45 PM - Presentation concludes
9:00 PM - Doors close
Deep Sky hosted and spoke at AEPDX's Animated Music Video Production event. The event featured a panel of industry-leading directors and producers sharing behind-the-scenes insight into how they created some of their most well-known animated music videos. John Robson (Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, Autre Ne Veut’s “Okay”), Mike Anderson (Meg Myers’ “The Underground”, Junior Jack & Pat BDS’s “Tecky Dream”) and Deep Sky (Big Wild’s “OMGarden”, The Smashing Pumpkins’ In Ashes) bared so much of their process in creating these projects, including both their successes and missteps along the way.
The animation and live action studio Deep Sky released the first installment of their animated anthology "It’s The Little Things" to global recognition and acclaim. Originally released as the studio’s 2022 holiday short, the 2D short has gained over 500K views and over 60K likes on Instagram and TikTok.
Our 3D productions can be seen in films, TV, commercials, music videos, games, social media, and more. From the initial character design to animation to the final render, we’re always venturing beyond the limits of what’s possible.