Lip-Sync…For Your Animated Life!

June 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

How do animators create the illusion of a voice from their characters?

What makes it convincing? Lip-Sync is the art of putting words into the mouths of animated characters for gaming, film, VFX, and even robotics. Take a look into this side of animated action, from Mickey Mouse to Coraline, with Emmy Award-winning animator Teresa Drilling. This is a rare chance to look at, learn about, and explore the styles, tools, techniques, and tricks of the art of animated speech with a master of the form. All experience and interest levels are welcome!

Instructor: Teresa Drilling
Teresa Drilling is an award-winning animator, director, and designer working in commercials, features, television, and on independent projects. Her feature work includes CHICKEN RUN, ELF, CURSE OF THE WERE RABBIT, CORALINE, ANOMALISA, and the upcoming film, THE WATERMAN.

She is credited with helming over 25 commercial spots and was animation director on NBC’s. Emmy-nominated COMMUNITY episode, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.” Her other TV work includes projects for THE SIMPSONS, ADULT SWIM, AMAZON, NETFLIX, CBS, ABC, THE DISNEY CHANNEL, and THE HALLMARK CHANNEL. She won an Emmy for her work at Vinton Studios (A CLAYMATION COMEDY OF HORRORS) and a second Emmy for her work at Aardman Animations (CREATURE COMFORTS AMERICA). She was most recently nominated for an Annie Award for her series work for Amazon (TUMBLE LEAF). Teresa created the original concept and co-developed “Cecille” for SESAME STREET, and her independent work has been screened and exhibited internationally. She has contributed to four books on animation, and samples of her professional designs are part of THE SMITHSONIAN’s permanent collection. Teresa is a founding board member of ASIFA-Portland, a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and teaches, workshops and lectures throughout the US.

Ages: 18 years and older
Tuition: $150

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.