Meet the OTP Family

Hesper, George, Pia, Micah, David, Barrett, Jason & Company

Lovestreams

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.

I’m Scared

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

Human Zoetrope

An OTP original 24-frame animated tattoo on a single human body!

Bad Peppermint

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.

Ripe Rock

Madman Max Winston’s early masterpiece of citrus creatures and mysterious feet.

Crystal Visions

Polaroids from our Crystal Visions screening ~ a Purple Curtain event (sponsored by GLAS and CalArts) celebrating female stop motion animators and artists.

Thumb Snatchers

…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!

Guy Fantastico

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.

Daydreaming

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

Balance

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.

PRESS: Pitchfork

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.

Charlie Kaufman

A lovely essay by writer/director Charlie Kaufman on the art of stop motion animation.

PRESS: Businesswire

A very business-like write-up on our recent collaboration with Katy Perry and Staples.

Unarius

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.

Vincent

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.

Almighty Opp

It’s difficult to say whether it’s a coincidence that OPP and OTP are only separated by one letter, but who knows?

Bad Egg!

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.

Kyrie

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…”

Crowtoscoping

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!