Apart from the early pioneer efforts of Lew Cook, animation was virtually non-existent in Portland until the 1950s when several engineer/technicians built serviceable stands and began to animate local commercials. Vintage Portlanders may recall the ads for Staceys Cleaners, Equitable Savings, and Big O Tires.
The individual behind much of the work was a radio engineer turned filmmaker/inventor named Frank Hood.
Hood was an engineer by training. He was hired in the late Forties as the 24th employee of a start-up company called Tektronix. In the early 1950s Frank talked his boss into letting him make training films for the company everyone in California was doing it. He quickly tired of the turn around time for sending his footage to Hollywood and set out to build his own processing machine in the basement of his home on N.E. 13th and Roselawn. By day Frank was a Tektronix employee and by night and weekend a filmmaker and lab technician. He dubbed his basement enterprise Teknifilm Lab.
Excerpt from Rose Bond’s excellent essay about Portland animation history.
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