Conceived by a group of close friends who act under the influence of a white-haired, life-sized puppet named Hesper, Open The Portal began as a DIY operation in the backyards, garages and abandoned factories of Southern California. OTP has grown into a creative studio that creates original content for film, TV, social channels, events, and all the realities.

Studio

Open The Portal

Animation Stages Animation Stages

Our 5 stages are equipped with camera, lensing, and lighting equipment, as well as industry standard Dragonframe software. Stages 1-2 and 3-4 can be combined to accommodate large sets and productions, and Stage 5 is a custom built glass “downshooter” for multi plane effects and paper animation.

  • 5 dedicated stop motion stages
  • 1 Motion Control Rig
  • dedicated capture station at each stage
  • lighting and grip
  • Green screens

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Sound & Music Sound & Music

The custom made studio of our in-house executive audio producer (and resident magician), Barrett Slagle. All music, sound effects, voice recording and other audio for Open The Portal projects is created right here in the studio, just a few feet away from the stages where we animate.

  • Deliverable formats for commercial, film or TV
  • Custom studio built for ADR, Dialogue and Music.
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    Fabrication Fabrication

    Our extensive indoor/outdoor build space is equipped to handle full scale fabrication teams capable of building sets, puppets, installations, and whatever our clients and in-house wizards can dream up! We’ve worked in scales ranging from the ultra miniature to the unbelievably large. Challenges welcome!

  • Rigging and metal work
  • Spray booth
  • Mold Making and Casting station
  • costume fabrication set up
  • Large scale woodworking tools
  • The Sanctuary The Sanctuary

    This sacred room contains enough brainstorm inspiration to get us through ten years at a time–from our specially curated library of books to the longstanding collection of rare VHS tapes (as well as four copies of Men In Black). Take a seat on our eye-searing orange couch, play a round of pinball, or watch a curated slate of films at one of our Purple Curtain events.

  • 8′ x 5′ projector screen
  • Extensive book and VHS library
  • additional production space
  • Kitchen
  • Gated parking