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.



Monday, April 18th, 2016 / 6:30-10:00 / Buy Tickets Here

AEPDX, 3DPDX and VFX/PDX are joining forces to bring you a huge double event for Design Week Portland 2016.

Alphabest is an invitational collaborative show where local individuals or teams of talented animators & video artists make a creation (15 – 60 seconds long) based on a word that begins with a randomly assigned letter from the alphabet. The 26 created pieces will be assembled for an amazing presentation.

Reel Review 2016 will be a showcase of the best reels of local talent in motion, 3d and vfx. Reels will be judged and critiqued by some of Portland’s very own seasoned professionals.

If you work in Portland and you’d like to participate in Alphabest ask here or DM us on Twitter.

If you’d like to participate in the Reel Review 2016, fill out the form by clicking here.

This event could sell out quick, so grab your ticket from now!



On July 6, 2015, in Events, by Brian Smith

FireAndIceSmallPortland, it’s time for a night we’re calling FIRE & ICE!  Woo ha!  An FX heavy demo, always welcomed.

David Horsley is a recent arrival at LAIKA and the Lead FX Artist on the upcoming film Kubo and the Two Strings. As that is still in production and shrouded in secrecy, David will be showing work from his past projects, including Life of Pi, Enders Game, and the most recent installation of the Spiderman franchise.

Also joining us from the ranks of LAIKA is long time Technical Director Peter Stuart, who has been part of many a successful sequence within LAIKA films, dating back to Coraline.  Peter speaks fluent “computer” and is usually tasked with special ops that showcase his uncanny ability to code his way out of a jam when something seems impossible using traditional means.  Peter will be showing breakdowns from LAIKA’s most recent film, The Boxtrolls.

Up from LA is Side Effect’s Senior Product Specialist Rob Stauffer, a former FX Supervisor who will be showing off all of the new toys in Houdini 14.  A very special thanks to Side Effects for sending Rob, helping to put this night together, and making it a rare can’t-miss event.

All of this takes place Monday, June 22nd, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Multnomah Arts Center auditorium, in the Multnomah Village neighborhood.

Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

Get your free tickets now – seating is limited:

Refreshments provided and there will be some fabulous door prizes, so make it a point to step out for this one!


MODO In Depth!

On March 6, 2015, in Events, by J Bills



In what seems like a natural progession following Brad Peebler’s visit last year, Portland’s CG community is about to see what MODO can *really* do.  This is not a fluff session with canned marketing hype.  Welcome to the deep end of the pool.

And with that, please be forewarned that this is for heavy CG heads and will be no holds barred, not for the squeamish.  James Darknell, MODO’s Training Manager, makes for a formidable opening act for a headliner so big, we aren’t even allowed to say his name yet without getting approval in writing from a few more folks.  With the short notice on this one, we decided to pull the trigger on the announcement and will have to update with more info ASAP.  What more can we say, other than save the date and block out the time for the MODO Rigging Master Course author.  (ahem, google is your friend)

Needless to say, if you’ve been waiting to see a more technical demo that shows off the intricacies and power of a deep 3d app like MODO when it comes to rigging complex animation, the wait is over.

Register now for your FREE ticket to save your spot:

Saturday, March 14th from 1pm to (approx) 4pm
Venue:  Splash Worldwide
419 NE 9th Ave, PDX

A joint production of PAMUG, 3DPDX and VFX/PDX, with help from 3DV.



I ♥ MODO event in Portland

On November 22, 2014, in Events, by admin

 I ♥ MODO event in Portland

Tuesday, December 2nd at Splash!


Modo event not to miss coming up Tuesday December the 2nd!

Barry Zundel and John Farrel of Villusion Studios, two local and talented heavyweights in CGI with careers spanning many industries, talk about how they use MODO and Unreal Engine 4 to deliver remarkable real time visulization to a diverse group of clients.

Greg Brown, Creative Specialist and talented generalist, MODO modeling and real time assets superstar demonstrates new features of 801 that will help take your visualization, games and design projects to all new heights.

Barry Zundel – CEO/Founder Villusion Studios

Barry has more than 14 years experience in Film, Video Games, and Product visualization. He has worked at Disney Interactive as a Character Lead, at Pixar Animation Studios as a character modeler/rigger, and at Nike, Inc as a 3D Lead.

John Farrell – CTO/Co-Founder Villusion Studios

Jon has worked in feature animation for the past 7 years. He has worked at Pixar Animation Studios as a Sets Shading TD, and Dreamworks Animation where he was a Character FX Lead.

Greg Brown – Creative Specialist at The Foundry

Greg has worked in advertising as a 3D artist for 5 years and as a freelance character modeler for 8. He currently spends his days serving up fresh, hot MODO goodness!

Event details:

Date:Tuesday 2nd December
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Splash Worldwide, 419 NE 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 (for event, enter on 8th side entrance)

Food and drink provided.


  • Special thanks to the Foundry and PAMUG for helping to make this event happen.
  • Huge thanks to Splash Worldwide for providing their new, huge and wonderful studio for the event.
  • Thanks to 3DV, your local NW Foundry reseller, for sponsoring the event and providing projection assistance.
  • Big shout out to J Bills and VFX/PDX, for getting the word out and helping make PDX a better place to work in CG.


On November 21, 2014, in Events, by admin

Register Here!

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3DPDX and AEPDX are very excited to host Maxon, makers of Cinema 4D as they spend an evening in Portland on Thursday evening, December 11th to showcase some of the top talents using C4D today.

Patrick Longstreth /

His short film “Hellyfish” was an official selection at the Raindance Film Festival, won “Best Short” at Scare-a-con 2014, and was featured on CG Society. He is currently working on a freelance basis for commercials and film, while also teaching classes in visual effects and motion graphics at Video Symphony in Burbank.

Casey Hupke /

Casey Hupke is a visualfx designer/animator who has been working in the commercial industry for the better part of 6 years. As a freelancer he has collaborated with several studios to help define a generative art style that can be seen in campaigns for clients such as IBM, ATT, Coca Cola, and Buick. A passion for comedy and illogical particle effects help to define his work flow, and design aesthetic.

Mathias Omotola, Maxon USA /

Getting his start as Fortune 500 marketing Manager Mathias Omotola has built himself into Manager of events and Community Outreach for MAXON U.S. makers of CINEMA 4D. Mathias is a Mixed Media specialist with a passion for Producing / Directing / Visual Effects and Motion Design.

Mathias will be presenting some cool new features of the new R16 version of C4D.

This is a FREE event but please be warned that seating is limited.  Reserve your spot now.

Thursday, December 11th, 6:00-9:00pm
330 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #1b, Portland, OR 97214

Food and drink provided. There will also be giveaway prizes from Maxon and!

Special thanks to Maxon, 52LTD and 3DV for sponsorship and support.

For more information about Cinema 4D check out this link:


Autodesk Hits Portland 4.0!

On November 20, 2014, in Events, by admin



An evening with Brad Peebler and MODO 801

On May 22, 2014, in Events, by admin



AEPDX presents: It’s The Burst!

On May 22, 2014, in Events, by admin

Next AEPDX Meeting: It’s The Burst! April 24th



The Burst is a rather unique spin the bottle between Portland’s top Illustrators and Motion Designers. We’re giving teams an entire week to collaborate and show Portland what they are made of. Each randomly paired up team (1 Illustrator and 1 Motion Designer) has exactly 1 week to put their heads together to design and animate a 15-30 second masterpiece.

We’ll give them the theme, and then cut them loose. After a week we get together and throw a big party in their honor, have some drinks, and show everybody their creations.

There will, of course, be prizes.
1st: Adobe CC 1 Year
2nd: Wacom Intuos Pro Small
3rd: Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

** When & Where
The Burst party and screening is on the evening of Thursday, April 24th.
Time: 6:30 – 9PM
Place: 52LTD (
Grab your tickets here! (

Brought to you by Adobe, AEPDX, 52LTD, Wacom, Red Giant, 3DV

Next VFX/PDX Meeting: David Jahns + Nuke 8 + Mocha – April 17


Great meeting coming up for April 17 – mark your calendars and block out a Thursday night for some “must-see CG.”


Headlining this one is David Jahns – we call him The Finisher* – at Wieden+Kennedy’s Joint Editorial. Long time editor turned colorist/vfx artist, David’s discovered the “all under one roof” power of Autodesk Smoke on a Mac and has successfully integrated it into the Joint workflow. The extra effects muscle in tandem with the editing tools is just what the doctor ordered over there, and David will show his bread and butter workflow – doing conform, color, vfx and delivery – all from within Smoke.

Also joining us, in from LA, will be Deke Kincaid from The Foundry with a concentrated dose of what’s new in Nuke 8. Those of you who attended the inaugural VFX/PDX meeting a couple of years back know that Deke can bring it and as the regional Creative Specialist, he always takes care of us and maximizes signal to noise. He’ll be fresh of NAB and will have a few nicely honed demos to show off the new features in interesting ways. Nuke 8 was a great release and Deke will make sure we’re kept up to date on the latest tools and tech.

Last but not least, we have Mary Poplin flying in to show off Imagineer’s Mocha Pro and all of the acceleration it offers for planar tracking assisted roto, for which the Imagineer crew won a Sci-Tech Oscar in 2013. Anyone who’s successfully used Mocha on a project knows what a huge time saver it can be. It just sticks! And when you’re talking about tracking software, that’s a very good thing! Like Deke, Mary is a vfx artist in addition to being the West Coast Product Specialist for Imagineer. Her recent work includes The Last Airbender, Gulliver’s Travels and Jackass 3D.

As this is our first meeting post-NAB, we’ll definitely open things up for discussion and block out a little time for shop talk about some of the new tech related to our industry.

One lucky winner will walk away with a license of Mocha Pro, valued at $1495, courtesy of Imagineer Systems. We also have a notable prize from sponsor Artbeats: $500 stock footage certificates.

Our venue for this meeting is in close proximity to Joint Editorial to help with the gear factor. We’ll be in the Vestas Auditorium of the recently remodeled historic Meyer & Frank building at 14th and Everett. Join us!

Thursday, April 17
Vestas’ Auditorium
1417 NW Everett St
Enter at the corner of 14th & Everett


Social Gathering @ the Refuge PDX

On April 10, 2014, in Events, by admin

March 18th Social Gathering

Join us in welcoming Portland’s newest VFX collective – The Refuge!  Fully open for business and gears already turning full speed.  Lead Artists/Owners Fred Ruff & J Bills are excited to invite you out for a first hand look at how things are shaping up.  Great timing as I think we all can admit it’s been a long winter and it’s high time we came together for some casual liquid networking.

Open house from 6:30-9:00pm, Tuesday March 18th.  Nibbles and drinks courtesy of neighbors Occidental Brewery and Cathedral Park Kitchen.  A joint effort between 3DPDX, AEPDX, and VFX/PDX.

The Refuge is located under the St Johns Bridge in Cathedral Park Place, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Suite 112.  Go down Baltimore Avenue, past what looks to be the main entrance and proceed to the bottom of the hill (across from the Chocolate Factory) to the Courtyard.  There is a separate sign and entrance to the Courtyard.  Park along the street or across the train tracks in the Cathedral Park parking lot.  The Refuge is in the NW corner of the Coutyard, past Occidental Brewing and the St Johns Cellars.