2018: The Anomaly of Science
An introduction to our studio’s official theme of 2018: The Anomaly of Science
Hello Kitty Nutcracker Fantasy
“In 1979, Sanrio hired an ex-Rankin/Bass animator to create their own stop-motion Christmas epic… The results were WEIRD AS HELL.”
Jeom in Sundance!
We are thrilled to announce that our brand new short film JEOM, directed and animated by Kangmin Kim, has been accepted as an official selection for the Sundance Film Festival in 2018!
Little Nemo in Slumberland
It’s almost impossible to believe that this 1911 short by master animator Winsor McCay was released when Walt Disney was only ten years old.
Otevřete Portál! A 1965 masterpiece by Jiří Trnka, one of the fathers (and indisputable all-time masters) of puppet character animation
“A consciousness simulator created by a simulated consciousness.” -Reilly O’David
Donald in Mathmagic Land
Quite possibly the most singularly influential cartoon we’ve had the pleasure of viewing at OTP.
If animator Ub Iwerks lived in the age of Super Mario…
Love in the time of AOL (a short by our good friend Sean Buckalew)
Komaneko Kills You With Kuteness
Komaneko’s “First Step” is the most painfully adorable stop motion film ever conceived.
The Animation Will Not Be Televised!
Selections from our Barcelona Purple Curtain screening–If you’re looking for a fix of incredible stop motion shorts, this is it.
A dreamy new stop motion short based on the works of Craola, shot by stop motion masters of the universe Pete Levin and Musa Brooker.
PRESS: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone features our lyric video for Neil Young’s ‘My Pledge’
2017: Suspension of Disbelief
An introduction to our studio’s official theme of 2017: Suspension of Disbelief
An OTP original 24-frame animated tattoo on a single human body!
An Open the Portal Christmas Morning story, featuring holographic animation created with the Microsoft Hololens.
Here Be Dragons
The mysterious Manuel Barenboim’s unequaled feat of light animation projected onto cactus spines.
Madman Max Winston’s early masterpiece of citrus creatures and mysterious feet.
Polaroids from our Crystal Visions screening ~ a Purple Curtain event (sponsored by GLAS and CalArts) celebrating female stop motion animators and artists.
…From the Moon Cocoon! Bradley Schaffer’s alien massacre magnum opus.
Ship of Fools
“So it just came out…?” -Josh Shaffner
Slow Bob / Henry Selick
Henry Selick’s mind-bending 1991 pilot, created with The Residents. OTP is proud to be sponsoring “An Evening With Henry Selick” (presented by GLAS Animation) at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles
Tick Tock Timecrow
One of the first Open The Portal short films, featuring the original appearance of the Timecrow!
Our music video for the one and only Guy Fantastico, created by a pirate edit of the final scene in Repo Man.
Animation is a Gift Word
A beautiful essay on the value of animation by the late great master of the art form, Chuck Jones.
A Radiohead vignette by Open The Portal
Press: OTP x Helado Negro Game (REMEZLCA)
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Chef Calvin Frederick
“My concern is not whether Calvin is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on Calvin’s side, for Calvin is always right.” -Chef Boyardee
This Oscar-winning 1989 surreal German short looks exactly how inside of my brain feels most days.
Journey Through a Melting Brain
This brain-boiling compilation features the best of “Strata-cut,” a style of animation so intense that only one person has ever mastered it.
Pitchfork premiere of our video for “Atomic Number” by Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.
An Optical Poem
1938 short by Oskar Fischinger, to whom “Fantasia” owes much of its life.
A lovely essay by writer/director Charlie Kaufman on the art of stop motion animation.
A very business-like write-up on our recent collaboration with Katy Perry and Staples.
The Universal Articulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science invites you to the 33rd Interplanetary Conclave of Light.
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Mouse sandwich. They have mouse sandwich.
Brought to life by master animator Stephen Chiodo (who taught us everything we know about stop motion), this 1982 Tim Burton directed short is one of our all time favorites.
The Wizard of Speed and Time
Mike Jittlov’s original, untouchable 1979 masterpiece.
World of Tomorrow
From Don Hertzfeldt, the mind who first brought the phrase “my spoon is too big” into the lexicon, comes a film that has nothing to do with spoons.
It’s difficult to say whether it’s a coincidence that OPP and OTP are only separated by one letter, but who knows?
An early OTP experiment in hand drawn animation (and mouth made sound)
Pen Point Percussion
At Open The Portal, we create all of our own sounds in the studio–influenced in no small part by Norman McLaren, who devised a way of using images on film to create sound.
OTP experiment in visual music using paint and copies of the handwritten music of J.S. Bach, set to his composition “Kyrie,” from “Mass in B Minor.”
Karel Zeman, Adventurer in Film
There’s never been a better time to get lost in the dream world of Karel Zeman.
Open the Polaroids
Gallery of Polaroids featuring our studio space, shot by OTP ally Alfred Hitchcock.
Press: Stop Motion Magazine
“This rag tag group of friends has set out to make something new and different…”
A rare look behind the Portal into our newfangled “Crowto-scoping” technique:
You Smell Too Human
The Hypothetical Clog is Dissolving.
Press: Animation World Network
“…the studio more closely resembles an adult version of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” than a film production facility.”
Open The Party
A collection of photos from our studio launch party on 1/23. Open The Portal is open for business!