Sneak Peek | Amanda Needham Interview
Amanda Needham worked with adidas and Kamp Grizzly to create the gold, glittery looks of Shakira's background dancers at the Super Bowl halftime show. (📸 @itsmeamandaneedham)
One tidbit you may not have caught in the wave of media surrounding last Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show—local costuming queen Amanda Needham helped create the look! Her team had two weeks to create about 15 outfits from initial design to showtime. At first.

As if the year's largest sporting event wasn't enough, the stakes got even higher. Shakira liked her designs so much she wanted all of her dancers to wear them. "Three times the work, same deadline, and–go!" They had to pull off the impossible for an unmovable deadline... 

Stay tuned for the full interview tomorrow to hear the whole crazy Super Bowl story, learn how you go about flattening Nasim Pedrad into a teenage boy, and why Oregon keeps a special place in this costume designer's heart.
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RSVP | February OMPA Events in Portland

Tuesday, Feb. 18 | 5:30-7:30pm | Rain​ | Free–$15

Rain—formerly R2C Group—has invited our community to take over their space OMPA style for an evening! Join us on Tuesday, February 18, for drinks, hor’deurves, and mingling with your fellow creatives. As a bonus, we’ll get an inside peak at the agency’s recent rebranding. 

Admission: Free for OMPA Pro Members; $15 for Basic members and guests
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For over 21 years, our agency has been at the forefront of DTC marketing. As we’ve helped our clients grow and evolve, we’ve grown and evolved, too. So welcome to Rain! Rain links strategy, creative and production with audience targeting, dynamic media buying and advanced analytics to achieve sales and branding goals simultaneously, without compromise. 

Thursday, Feb. 27 | 5:30-7:30pm | PNCA | Free

Join OMPA, Portland ACM SIGGRAPH, and 52 Limited for a speed-networking style event with reps from local companies specializing in animation, CG, VFX, and stop-motion.

After gathering 200+ professionals and 18 studios for our last joint event, we hope to see many returning companies this year. So far we have confirmation from: Deep Sky, Sprocketship, Hinge, Refuge VFX, JOINT Editorial, The Other House, 9iFX, Minimal Massive, Revery, Pearl Studios, and Wendell & Wild.

Admission is free, but we are collecting resumes and reels ahead of time to share with attending employers. Please use the provided ticket link, and register now because this event is filling up fast.

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Portland ACM SIGGRAPH: Portland ACM SIGGRAPH is a volunteer, non-profit resource for area post production professionals and students, hosting events, workshops, and screenings that highlight computer graphics/animation/stop motion and creative tech.  Check out the national SIGGRAPH 2020 conference in Washington DC!

52ltd: 52 Limited is a resource company connecting creative + technology talent with leading brands, marketing and engineering departments, start-ups, design firms, advertising and interactive agencies.
Member Perk | Columbia Employee Store Pass
January 31–February 23

Current Student and Pro members received an exclusive pass in their inbox on January 30. We will send passes to eligible members again this week.

Oregon wins again! Portland landed at #11 (Big Cities) and Ashland at #6 (Smaller Cities & Towns) on MovieMaker’s 2020 list of the Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker. 

Two thumbs way up to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for hiring an Intimacy Director, Sarah Lozoff. We’re thrilled to see our local production industry moving in the right direction! (Photo by Jenny Graham)

Wieden + Kennedy produced Super Bowl ads for Coca-Cola and Facebook this year. The Facebook groups mash-up got mixed reviews, but Coca-Cola energy drinks saw a 197% sales increase after the spot aired. Ya win some, ya lose some—right, Missouri?

Please welcome the newest contributing members of OMPA: Mark Unger, Jesse Blanchard, Victor Jackson, Billy Dunston, Olivia Decklar, Candace Fields, Andrew Garrettson, William Whitmire, and Ryan Ao. Thanks for your support! 
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◄ The crew for this shoot was 65% BIPOC and 90% womxn/NB! Props to members @joopjoop.creative @lezglam @actualindustries @sikaafi @kanonhavens @kpc.eng and your whole team.

Use #ompamember to show us your BTS shots, tell us about your next screening, or check out what your fellow members are doing.
Project Spotlight | Matt Hemmerich

From the Artist: "I’m a freelance video editor and motion designer based in Portland, OR. Over the past eight years, I've worked in post for start-ups, agencies, and nonprofits while freelancing on projects that range from digital curriculum and explainers to crowdfund campaigns and documentaries. My previous clients include Swift, Grady Britton, Coates Kokes, The Brigade, and Chronicle Books."

Are you a Pro Member who wants to be featured? Send your work to as a Vimeo or YouTube link and a short description for consideration. 


Feb. 12 (tonight @ 6:30pm)

Animation & Compositing in

After Effects with Softbox Films

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Feb. 13

Portland Motion Designers &

Animators Meet-up at Softbox Films

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“We Design: People. Practice. Progress.”

Opening Reception

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Feb. 18

OMPA Media Mixer at Rain

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Free Range Developers: Networking for

Developers, Artists, & Designers

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Feb. 19

PNCA Design Lecture Series:

Fran Bittakis of Joop Joop Creative

Details Here

Feb. 20

ISA Third Thursdays with 

Z-Nation Creator Dan Merchant

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Feb. 22

Global Game Jam 2020 Showcase

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Feb. 23

Portland Film Community Night

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Feb. 27

OMPA, SIGGRAPH, 52 Ltd. Job Mixer

Animation, VFX, Stop-Motion

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Pints & Pixels Meetup (after the job mixer)

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PAF Extremely Happy Hour at Thesis

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Feb. 28

CreativeMornings Portland: Stacey Hallal

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  • Your Vo!ce 2020 Community Survey: Do you live or work in Multnomah County? Help the local MHCRC understand access to and use of media technology. Please take this survey by February 29 to share your experience. The survey is available in Spanish and English.

  • Support for Curt Klein: Formerly local Video Assist Curt Klein has been hospitalized with a severe combination of the flu and pneumonia and is currently on life support. There is a Go Fund Me to help his wife and small children through this difficult time if you would like to donate or share it.

  • Current Productions: Download this week’s SAG-AFTRA Production Report to see what's shooting around the state.

  • The Garden of Secrets - screening + discussion: Feb. 12
  • NW Music Video Showcase - Oregon, Washington, & Montana: Feb. 12
  • The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival on tour at SOU: Feb. 12-13
  • Portland Black Film Festival free screening - Four Little Girls: Feb. 13
  • OMSI Reel Eats: Dirty Dancing: Feb. 14
  • Portland Black Film Festival - Do the Right Thing: Feb. 15
  • DOSED - screening + panel discussion: 
    • Portland (encore screening): Feb. 16
    • Corvallis (local premiere): Feb. 29
  • Oregon Short Film Festival: Feb. 19-23
    • Congratulations to these members screening their films, many of them award finalists: Cosmo Spada, Anna Mendes, Mig Windows, Brandy Machado, Josh Brine, Mark Roush, Chris Crowley, Emma Josephson, Tyler Schlipf, Dan Evans, and Stephan Fonseca
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am - presented by Open Signal and Portland Black Film Festival: Feb. 21
  • OMSI Reel Science: The Divided Brain: Feb. 25
  • Blackout Girl the Film—documentary pre-screening + Q&A; hosted by National Crime Victim Law Institute: Feb. 25
  • Tag! Queer Shorts Film Festival - showing work by Anna Mendes and Dawn Jones Redstone: Feb. 28
  • 43rd Portland International Film Festival: March 6-15
  • Sleep - new web series created by Richard Sangeleer: March 7
    • 8-9:30pm, 5th Avenue cinema, free
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival: April 16-20
  • *local* The Portland Circuit—April 2020: open now
  • iTVS Documentary Development Fund: deadline Feb. 14
  • Los Angeles Film Awards: regular deadline Feb. 17
  • Film Independent Episodic Lab: non-member deadline Feb. 18
  • *local* Outdoor Adventure Film Grant from #OregonMade Creative Foundation and Travel Oregon: deadline Feb. 21
  • Digiday Media Awards: early deadline Feb. 21
  • *new & local* SIGGRAPH 2020 Reel Reviews—VFX, motion design, 3D; win software prizes: deadline Feb. 22
  • Finish Line Script Competition: early bird deadline Feb. 25
  • Utah Music Video Awards: February deadline Feb. 28
  • MovieMaker Production Services: standard deadline Feb. 28
  • CreARTe Expo Latinx Short Film Awards: regular deadline Feb. 28
  • Discover Film Awards (London, UK): final deadline March 1
  • Berlin Music Video Awards: late deadline March 1
  • *local* PDXWIT Diversity Dinner - apply to attend: deadline March 3
  • *new & local* Make a Movie Script Submissions—Acting for Kids & Teens: scripts due March 15
  • *new & local* Central Eastside Together’s Community Grant Program: deadline March 16
  • Twitter Flight School - master advertising on Twitter: self-directed courses
  • The Art of Makeup School—Film, Television, & Stage Makeup: Feb. 17-20
  • Adweek Webinar: 3 Things to Learn from the San Francisco 49ers CMO: Feb. 19
  • Open Signal—Perception Neuron Motion Capture: Feb. 20
  • Adweek Webinar: How Bleacher Report Wins in Video–Lessons from a Market Leader: Feb. 25
  • NW Documentary—DIY 360 Documentary: Feb. 26 - April 1
  • Willamette Writers—Television Production & Development with Grant Rosenberg: March 3
  • NW Documentary—Camera & Lighting for Documentary: March 7
  • Intellectual Property: How to Protect Your Brand Name & Logo—presented by Rational Unicorn Legal Services: March 10

OMPA is dedicated to creating the best business environment for Oregon media production. We can't do this work without the support of our contributing members. Join us today!

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