Portland Monthly Highlights the Film Center in the Greater Portland Film Family

If you’ve ever wondered just how far a reach the NW Film Center has in the local film community, Portland Monthly has done a fine job of substantiating it in their November issue.  Not to toot our own horn or anything, but their Portland Film Family Tree centerfold spread locates the NWFC alongside many of the movers and shakers in the PDX film scene.  In addition to the usual suspects, like Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, and Kelly Reichardt, the constellation of filmmakers includes many creatives who have taught at (Will Vinton, Matt McCormick), attended classes at (James Westby), or exhibited their work (most everyone featured, including Chel White, Joanna Priestley, Westby, and producer David Cress who all have work featured in this month’s 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival) at the Film Center.

Obviously, we’re proud to have had such an intrinsic role in nurturing and sustaining the continually growing local scene, since the regional film world is a large part of what we’re all about at the Film Center.  If you’d like to take a gander at the family tree or its accompanying write-up, the piece is viewable here on the Portland Monthly website.

What does Will Vinton have in common with Mr. Miyagi?

Wax on, wax off, and sign-up for stop-motion animation.

Where would Daniel La Russo, Marty McFly, and the Ninja Turtles be with out their mentors?

Mr. Miyagi, Doc Emmett Brown, and Master Splinter all provide the key skills and knowledge that a young grasshopper would need to know to succeed in their chosen area of interest.

The NW Film Center is proud to have the master and creator of Claymation, Will Vinton, molding the animators of tomorrow.

Vinton’s debuting award winning claymation creation was “Closed Mondays” a story depicting a drunk who wanders into a museum and witnesses art and sculptures “coming to life.” The surreal storyline and twisting imagination was so innovative that it served as a launch to the unique company of clay animators working under Will Vinton known as Will Vinton Studios. Since then Vinton has created and produced many more popular shorts such as The Adventures of Mark Twain, The Great Cognito, Rip Van Winkle, and many more.

For the past three years Vinton has been passing on his craft to young animators at the NW Film Center School of Film with his Stop-Motion Animation/Claymation class. Students will learn make their own claymation creation come to life in a stop-motion animation short. Former student, Dorn Roberts created Jack Rabbit Jitters a little rabbit learning the values of traffic safety. Another pupil of Vinton’s, Nicholas Mahon, brought the Godfather to Career Day in his stop-motion short.

The School of Film is eager to see what journey Vinton’s students will take us on next with their claymation creations.

Sign up here, young grasshopper.

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40th Anniversary Gala Preview: Film Nostalgia Auction Items

Though the ultra stylish, 1940s inspired 40th Anniversary Gala is still seven weeks away, the Northwest Film Center is thrilled to have already procured a long list of incredible items for both the silent and live auctions to be held at the Gala on Saturday May 12, 2012. Below, you’ll find a sneak peek at the film nostalgia auction items. Stay tuned to the NWFC newsroom to catch a glimpse of what else will be available at the Gala’s auctions. [Read more…]

Dorn Robert’s Jackrabbit Jitters


Dorn Roberts, one of the early students in our Stop-Motion Animation/Claymation course, made technical strides in just one term with instructor Will Vinton. Watch Dorn’s short and other student work on our Vimeo channel!