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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 / 6:30-9:00 / Get Tickets Here

Come have some drinks with Solid Angle, makers of the Arnold renderer, and Portland’s own House Special

Ben Fischler, Director of Education & Outreach at Solid Angle (now a part of Autodesk,) will discuss Arnold’s development and exciting future.

Next we’ll hear from Nikie Monteleone, Alvaro Cubillas and Matt Reslier as they walk us through their 5 favorite things about Arnold.

Nikie Monteleone, Senior Surfacing Artist at HouseSpecial
Nikie Monteleone is obsessed with all types of textures and surfaces. She studied prints, patterns & fabrics at the Maryland Institute College of Art before diving into animation at NYC’s School of Visual Arts. Nikie and her fiancé have called Portland home for almost four years. Together they are raising Bentley, one madcap Boston Terrier who shares Nikie’s love for every kind of cheese. Instagram @iLoveTexture
Twitter @NikieDotMa

Alvaro Cubillas, COO at HouseSpecial
Al loves technology and problem solving. His quest to innovate and his expertise in the animation process guided him to Portland (twice! with family in tow) and into the epicenter of an animation paradise. Prior to partnering with Lourri and Kirk to form HouseSpecial, Al was Managing Director of Strategic Operations for LAIKA/house and served as Vice President and Head of Technology for LAIKA’s Feature Film division following its evolution out of Vinton Studios.
In Texas, Al was the Vice President and Head of Technology at ReelFX Animation Studios developing their pipeline for the features Book of Life, Freebirds, Sony’s Open Season 3, as well as Blue Sky’s Ice Age Christmas, and WB’s Looney Toon shorts.
Matt Reslier, Lighting/Comp Lead at HouseSpecial
Originally from Florida, Matt started his career on a painting scholarship to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, but switched majors to Computer Graphics after listening to some wise advise from a girlfriend. Since then, his animation career has spanned the globe with ride animations for The Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Singapore to a gig in The Virgin Islands teaching Maya to PBS employees. Before landing at HouseSpecial, Matt honed his skills at LAIKA, Curious Pictures, The Mill, Psyop, ESPN, Universal and a return to Pratt as an instructor.


14 Responses to Feature

  1. Juan Carrillo says:

    I live in Bend Oregon, and I am using modo as modeling software, I am interesting in learn others modeling and animation softwares. I am visiting Portland pretty often it is way I am interesting in contacting you.

  2. Richard Mann says:

    Please reserve me a space.

  3. davied kelley says:

    Maxon was awesome

  4. Damon Law says:

    Looking forward to it! Last one was fantastic!

  5. E says:

    This is clearly made of awesome! Thank you Joe!

  6. Luke Parshall says:

    The new features and suites were really awesome, but the lack of beer and longer socializing due to the campus wanting us out was kind of a bummer.

  7. David says:

    Do we need to RSPV?

  8. Eric says:

    Very interesting event. It’s cool to see someone in person talk about the process of working on some very subtle and also very intense/cool effects on a major film. Love it!

  9. Adam says:

    I am interesting in seeing what you guys have been up to! Count me in

  10. Christian Bergmans says:

    Looking forward to it!

  11. Very interesting event. It’s cool to see someone in person talk about the process of working on some very subtle and also very intense/cool effects on a major film. Love it!

  12. Looking for Python / Modo Expert for on-site Project Work in PDX

    I’m looking for a rigging and Python scripting expert, with Modo and/or Maya knowledge, for on-site project based work here in Portland. The person must have their own machine and programs. Please contact me directly if you are interested, qualified and available. Thank you! -Christine (claporte@aquent.com)

  13. AEPDX says:

    Trying to get the word out this week for an upcoming AEPDX event at 52Ltd.