Will Vinton, Father of Claymation, Passes Away

A Portland film legend passed away today. Will Vinton, animator extraordinaire, died at the age of 70. Vinton founded Will Vinton Studios in 1976 and created multiple award-winning works, and other notable films, commercials, and television series; the studio contributed to the vibrant animation community for which Portland is world-renowned. I spent an afternoon with…

Wearing Many Hats as an Independent Filmmaker

This article was originally published at If a Tree Falls on October 13, 2014. By Jackie Weissman I’m betting that some readers here don’t really know what a producer does, let alone what an independent producer does.  Well, a producer gets films/TV/media, in general, made.  They do everything that needs to be done to get…

Oregon-Made Film Chronicles Creativity’s Ups and Downs

This article was originally posted on the Oregon Arts Watch blog on September 15, 2014. Film Preview: I Live For Art By Gary Ferrington   “One of the primary revelations that came as we worked on this film was that creativity takes courage.” Renee Slade and Ri Stewart, filmmakers Anything that exists must be first imagined, suggests Stanford…

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The Grand-Daddy of Animation: Will Vinton and Four New Films!

Holy smokes! Will Vinton, aka The Father of Claymation and an iconic Portland figure complete with handlebar mustache, is gearing up to produce four new animated feature films! According to The Portland Tribune, Vinton Entertainment and Portland-based studio Gnosis Moving Pictures are partnering to work on new animation works, including “The Quest,” “Jack Hightower” (a…

Growing Film in the PNW

This Friday marks the opening of a new movie theater in Oregon. A romantic soul, committed to bringing cinema to a tiny ocean-side community, made the move from an independent theater in Bellingham, Washington, to start another one in Florence, a town about halfway down the Oregon coast. The City Lights Cinema, a four-screen theater,…