Motion Graphics Los Angeles (MGLA) was started in August, 1997 by Trish and Chris Meyer, Chuck Nigash and Erik Dehkoda, by merging together the then-existing After Effects, Electric Image, and Hollywood 3D user groups with the philosophy that an artist often has to employ not just one program or system, but a combination of 2D, 3D, and editing hardware and software to realize their vision - and that artistic inspiration can be universal. Erik and Chuck soon left to pursue other interests, but Trish and Chris remained hosts for 10+ years spanning 125 consecutive monthly meetings plus 3 special events. They hosted their last MGLA meeting December 18, 2007.

Ko Maruyama, Warren Heaton, and Tony Romain helped co-host MGLA for last few years of MGLA's existence, and are carrying on in the form of a new group called Digital Media Artists Los Angeles (DMALA). They deliver the same quality experience to the Los Angeles motion graphics and visual effects community.

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MGLA held meetings at New Media Hollywood, the American Film Institute, the LA Film School, and then Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. MGLA and the LAFCPUG were instrumental in upgrading BGT into a digital-capable cinema.

The very first MGLA meeting saw 90 people crammed into the demo room at New Media Hollywood. Attendance at meetings peaked pre-9/11 at roughly 180-200 people per meeting. Even at the end, 100 to 150 attended the monthly meetings which consisted of three to as many as eight presentations of both tools and guest artists showing how they created their work. MGLA's email list regularly stood near 2000 members from around the world.

MGLA was a volunteer-driven group, with no membership fee, no admission fee to all but one of our nearly 130 events, and for the past several years thousands of door prizes given away to members every month. Considerable industry support (see the roster at the right for an example of typical MGLA sponsors) made this possible. We were really proud of the professional, supportive environment our sponsors as well as our members helped create for motion graphics professionals. We look forward to DMALA carrying on the tradition.



Thank you to our Main Sponsors

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2007 Site Sponsors

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2007 Door Prize Sponsors

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