Archive for the ‘LAIKA/house’ Category

Artists Create Pumpkins For Children’s Benefit

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011: LAIKA artists donated their time and creativity to build thirteen pumpkins for The Great Pumpkin ASK (Artists Supporting Kids) Project.  A total of 23 pumpkin creations, from LAIKA and other artists, were unveiled during a champagne reception on September 29 at Madison & Millinger Studio: 530 NW 11th Avenue in Portland.  Event proceeds benefited The Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon.

The pumpkins are also be part of October’s First Thursday event in Portland at the Froelick Gallery, Augen Gallery, Gallery 903 and Bluehour.

LAIKA’s participating artists include: Mattzilla Duron, Ean McNamara, Ed Juan, Dave Davenport, Robin Ator, Rob Melchior, Gesine Kratzner, Katie Mello, Ben Adams, Michael Possert, Jr., Molly Light, Ercilia Campos, Diane Lopez, Tony Chen, Ray Moore, Coby Lorang, Greg Boettcher, Tim Arp, Paul Mack, Keith McQueen, Elecia Beebe, Daniel Miller and Raul Martinez.

To learn more about the event, click here.

LAIKA Participates At North America’s Largest Animation Festival

SEPTEMBER 21-25, 2011: At the 2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival, LAIKA presented a broad look behind the scenes of Coraline to hundreds of students from the region at the National Gallery of Canada.  As part of the event, the short Moongirl was screened.  LAIKA also sponsored the popular Salon des Refusés, a late-night screening of short films rejected by the Ottawa jury.

In addition, LAIKA/house’s “Holiday Party” competed in the festival’s Promotional Animation category.  To read more about the 2011 festival, click here.

New Animation Screening July 24

JULY 18, 2011: New work from Portland animation veterans Joan Gratz, Marilyn Zornado and Jim Blashfield will screen at 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 24 at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. Shorts3 is free to members of ASIFA, $5 general admission. All these artists are presently screening their work across the globe at many international festivals.

Click here for more information.

LAIKA/house Animates Planters’ Peanut Butter Doug

JUNE 24, 2011: The ongoing Planters Mr. Peanut campaign recently introduced a new character to the mix – “Peanut Butter Doug.” Animated by LAIKA/house, the dubious and adventurous stunt double of Mr. Peanut — made his debut in a 44-second, stop-motion online video on the Mr. Peanut Facebook page on June 23. Identical to Mr. Peanut with the exception of a goatee and aviator sunglasses, “Peanut Butter Doug” is the nut sent in to take the “crushes” for Mr. Peanut and champion Planters Peanut Butter.

Meet “Peanut Butter Doug” and the other three spots in the campaign.

Agency: Being
Director: Mark Gustafson

Three Commercial Spots, Short Film Accepted Into Annecy

MARCH 10, 2011: Three commercial spots animated by LAIKA/house were nominated for competition at the 2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival in the Advertising category.  The spots are: Frito Lay Dips And Then There Was Salsa; The Surfrider Foundation Rise Above Plastics; and Planters Holiday Party.  Academy Award® winner Joan Gratz‘s new short film, Kubla Khan, also was accepted into competition. The clay-painted piece is an animated interpretation of a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797.  Held in Annecy, France, the festival runs June 6-11.

LAIKA, LAIKA/house Highlight Community College Animation Exhibit

MARCH 8-APRIL 22, 2011: Artwork and sets from Coraline to Frito Lay Dips were on display at a Clackamas Community College exhibit called: “Process: The Hidden Art of Animation.” The exhibit ran from March 8-April 22 at the Alexander Gallery in the Niemeyer Center.  Coraline puppets — including Coraline, Real Mother, Real Father and several Scottie Dogs — were on display next to Coraline’s Real World and Other World bedroom sets.  In addition, the show featured LAIKA/house design images from the CG spot And Then There Was Salsa for Frito Lay Dips.  Clackamas Community College’s Oregon City Campus is located at: 19600 Molalla Avenue in Oregon City, Oregon.

Joan Gratz Releases New Claypainted Short

FEBRUARY 16, 2011: Joan Gratz, an accomplished director, artist and animator,  recently premiered her new short film, Kubla Kahn. The short is an animated interpretation of a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797. His “vision in a dream” was composed under the influence of opium. Joan won an Oscar® in 1992 for Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase, images of the human face are subtly transformed to communicate the graphic style and emotional content of key artworks of the 20th century, creating an animated history of art. She is currently represented by LAIKA/house for commercial work.

LAIKA/house “Frito Lay Dips” Spot Nominated For Annie Award

DECEMBER 6, 2010: The CG spot for Frito Lay Dips, And Then There Was Salsa, was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Television Commercial. This is LAIKA/house’s first nomination for a 100-percent CG spot. Director: Nicholas Weigel.

LAIKA/house Captures Holiday Gift Design Award From HOW Magazine

LAIKA/house's 2009 Holiday GiftJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011: In the first 2011 issue of HOW Magazine, LAIKA/house won a special Merit Award for the design of its annual holiday gift packaging. Conceived and designed entirely by HOUSE crew, the packaging was inspired by the lacing on a corset and the “green” mentality of the Pacific Northwest.

This is the second award for LAIKA/house from the popular design magazine.

Coraline Opens Festival In Greece

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010: Coraline was the opening film at the Animasyros 3.0 International Animation Festival and Forum on Syros Island, Greece.  LAIKA/house Designer/Director Gesine Krätzner attended the festival and led a presentation on animation design.

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