PDX Lunch & Learn: Tech & Oregon’s Stop Motion Animation Industry

Event Details

Nov 13, 2019
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Wacom Experience Center
1455 NW Irving St
Portland, OR 97209

TAO Member: $10

Non-Member: $25



Oregon’s stop motion animation industry has been making content and winning awards since the 1970’s and has grown into an industry supporting hundreds of jobs - spending tens of millions of dollars in the state on an annual basis. Along the way it has developed its own technology and maximized the use of new and existing technology to create well known animated films like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, and many projects currently in production here in the state.

Technology Association of Oregon and Oregon Film invite you to a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, November 13th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm for an intimate conversation between Tim Williams, Oregon Film Executive Director, and Sarah Serata, Producer of Wendell and Wild a stopmotion animated feature for Netflix, about the intersection of animation and technology - past, present and future.


 Tim Williams
Executive Director
Oregon Film

Tim Williams has been both an executive and independent producer for more than 25 years and has partnered on projects with many companies in various capacities and locations with credits on many award winning titles. From 1998 to 2011 Williams was a partner, Co-President and Head of Production for GreeneStreet Films, a leading New York based independent film company. While there, he was involved in the production of nearly 30 features, producing or executive producing most of their projects. Latterly, he managed the company’s opening and running of their Los Angeles office followed by work with companies like Fox Searchlight and Film Finances. Williams started his career as a set production assistant and assistant director in New York on features, commercials and TV shows, and then worked for several years producing and directing new plays on the London Fringe in the UK.
    Sarah Serata
Wendell and Wild - Netflix Animation Feature

Sarah Serata is an Emmy-award winning feature film and television producer specializing in stop-motion production and story development. Sarah began her animation career with stop-motion legend Henry Selick in 2005, managing the art department on the Academy-award nominated film 'Coraline' and went on to develop and produce for Mr. Selick's ShadeMaker Studios with Disney & Pixar in 2012. Ms. Serata is currently producing the feature Wendell and Wild  with Henry Selick, in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two children. 

The topic will be most relevant for those interested in hearing about the intersection of a long standing creative industry and the many technologies being utilized to create this creative content here in Oregon.

Oregon Film is a state agency that has overseen the economic growth of the film, television, animation and interactive industry in the state. Celebrating 50 years last year, Oregon Film has helped make Oregon a creative destination for more than 450 feature films over the last 110 years of the state’s history.