Meeting Summaries

Below are links to copies of the invitations or summaries of 8+ of MGLA's 10 years of monthly meetings. The intention of these summaries are to provide links to the demonstrating vendors, allow you to contact those who showed their demo reel at a given meeting, and as a reminder of what took place. Over time, companies do come, morph, and go; if a link is broken, return to this page and try a Google search (a search box is included at the bottom of this page).


December 2007 Looking Back / Kory Jones of Reality Check / Mike Goedecke of Belief / demo reels

November 2007 GenArts Sapphire Plug-Ins 2.0 / guest artist Blind / Antics software / wondertouch particleIllusion

October 2007 Pixel Corps Presents: Podcast Production / Autodesk Toxik / guest artists Three Legged Legs

September 2007 Pixel Corps Presents: Conduit Live / Steadicam + Expressions / VeeScope Live / demo reels

August 2007 Imagineer mocha / Digital Anarchy ToonIt! and PlasmaFX / Trapcode Flux / Magic Bullet 3

July 2007 Apple Motion 3 / Pooch QuickTime Clustering / guest artist Chris Do of Blind

June 2007 Automatic Duck / GridIron Software / Zaxwerks / guest artist Ken Locsmandi of Filmworks/FX

May 2007 AJA / Troika / Tomorrow's Brightest Minds

April 2007 Adobe Night: Creative Suite 3

March 2007 Imagineer Systems motor / Expression Workshop / guest studio Titmouse: Using Flash in a Broadcast World

February 2007 House of Moves / guest studio: LAMBO with New Pollution / Pixel Corps Presents: Broadband Video

January 2007 Adobe Soundbooth / Zborn Toy / After Effects Expressions


December 2006 Pixel Corps & Podcasts / Cinema 4D r10 / guest artist: Big Machine Design / demo reels

November 2006 Joint MGLA/BDA Presentation: design studios Exopolis & Roger

October 2006 Pixel Corps' Europa / Digital Anarchy ReSizer & Data Animator / Johnson & Murphy Advertising: PBS KIDS

September 2006 Apple Shake / AniMill Studio / Luxology modo 202

August 2006 ka-chew! / Video Box Studios / timelapse HD from stills / multipass compositing / cheating water

July 2006 Stardust Studios / Rodney Ascher / sweep NURBs in Cinema 4D / animation tricks in After Effects / demo reels

June 2006 Boxwrench & complex interactive DVD project / Nylon Motion & hand-drawn music videos / VJ tools overview

May 2006 Conduit for Motion / GridIron Nucleo & Nucleo Pro / Synk Audio Musicbed DV / guest artist Image Line Productions

April 2006 Ray Harryhausen / Cinema 4D MoGraph / SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4

March 2006 Pixel Corps Presents: Nickelodeon commercial / NewKat Studios on cartoony CG animation / Flash video overview

February 2006 Pixel Corps Presents: 4:4:4 video / AFI Digital Content Lab / Silhouettefx Roto+Paint / DAZ | Studio

January 2006 Adobe Night: The Adobe Production Studio (including After Effects 7.0)


December 2005 Joint MGLA/BDA Presentation: Designing a Network Package

November 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: IPTV / Sound Design primer / the IRIDAS Color Pipeline / guest artist: Psychic Bunny

October 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Matchmoving / guest artist: Rodney Ascher / project breakdown by Alpha Dogs / creating 3D ribbons

September 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Previsualization / broadcastGEMs stock footage / an evening with The Studio from New Wave Entertainment

August 2005 Alternate Business Models for artists & small studios / Belief's Pollinate 2005: The Common Desk

July 2005 Luxology's modo / Pixel Corps Presents: Tips from the Hinterland / guest studio: Video Box / plug-in preview: Data Animator / Text Animator Tricks

June 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Shooting by the Numbers / BDA Presents: 5-x-b / Faking Transparency in Flash

May 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Keying in the Real World / Apple Motion 2 / guest artist Robert Drummond

April 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Photoshop CS 2 / BDA Presents: Dale Herigstad / Discreet combustion 4 / Allegorithmic MaP|Time 1.5

March 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Greenscreen Compositing / BDA Presents: Jayson Whitmore / visual artist Jennifer Steinkamp

February 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Camera Mapping / BDA Presents: Aerodrome Pictures / artist Ken Locsmandi of Filmworks/FX / Zaxwerks Gradientwerks

January 2005 Pixel Corps Presents: Matchmoving / BDA presents: Belief / silhouette+fx's silhouette+roto / Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE 3.0 / demo reels


December 2004 Special presentation by BDA: State of the Industry 2004. An industry-wide panel discussing the pivotal issues facing our industry today.

November 2004 Alex Lindsay (GarageBand + Motion) / guest studio: ka-chew! (broadcast design arm of Klasky-Csupo) / Media 100 HD / Cycore FX HD / door prizes

October 2004 3ds max v7 / MTV2 VideoMods case study by Alex Lindsay / Allegorithmic's MaP | Time

September 2004 dvGarage & Greenscreen Techniques / Alias Maya / XFX Widescreen PAL DVD trade show video case study / Book Signing

August 2004 Curious Software gFx and World Maps / Darkling Interactive Noise / guest artist Jen Smith / guest artist Ken Nakada

July 2004 Lee Roderick: Real Jobs with Real Clients / Ken Locsmandi: Key to Arson music video / Anthony Phills: Building a Giant Brand / Raj Naik: Rose McGowan music video

June 2004 Apple Motion / Digital Film Tools 55mm v4 / Digital Anarchy's new toys / demo reels

May 2004 Adobe Night, including an overview of the Adobe Video Collection, a focus of the new features in After Effects 6.5, and guest studio The Orphanage

April 2004 GrangerFX for PremierePro and After Effects / Cleaner 6 tutorial / Ko Maruyama and Trapcode Lux / guest studio Heaven and Imagine Los Angeles 2050

March 2004 MotionWorks and Motion Capture for Lord of the Rings / Todd Grimes and Character Animation / Final Draft / GenArts plug-ins for After Effects

February 2004 Brendan Lambe and projects with Combustion / Tom Luth and 3D Motion Control Camera Moves / Lachlan Westfall and graphics for "More Than Human" / Trish Meyer and titles for "Cold Mountain"

January 2004 3Dconnexion's new I/O devices / Vital Distraction on 3D pre-visualization / Rich Helvey of Access Hollywood on 3D Motion Graphic Design / Steven Walker on VFX projects and Walker Effects 2.0


December 2003 Anark Studio 2, Tony LaTorre on AOL's Matrix Global First Feedback Project, yU+co on Shake, Multiscreen Space Museum for NASA.

November 2003 Apple's LiveType, Text in After Effects 6, Useful Assistants from Profound Effects, and guest artist Susan Yoon deconstructing a Home Depot spot

October 2003 Radley Marx of Electronica-Optica on VJ'ing, Apple's Soundtrack, and guest artist Culley Bunker of Base 2 Studios

September 2003 Discreet combustion 3, Alex Lindsay of dvGarage on keying DV, and Zaxwerks ProAnimator winners Joke Productions on pitching your show ideas

August 2003: Alias Maya 5, Apple DVD Studio Pro 2, and a creative presentation from Belief entitled Chain Reaction: The Cultural Interaction Between Commercial and Non-Commercial Art

July 2003 Adobe Night: Adobe Premiere Pro, Encore, Audition, and After Effects version 6.0

June 2003 guest artist Brett Shapiro and The Chocolate Curse, Photoshop and After Effects integration & tricks, and Zaxwerks ProAnimator

May 2003 Digital Anarchy ReTimer & Text Anarchy 2, RE:Vision Effects Twixtor 3.0 & RE:Fill, Chris Meyer on Dialog Editing Tricks

April 2003 Discreet Combustion 2.1.1, Digital Voodoo & Bluefish444 video cards, Kevin Dole on Looking Like Film: Don't Just Scratch the Surface, Useful Things winner

March 2003 Media 100 844/X v2, guest artist Clayton Glen of the WB on inspiration, Hermoswave Internet on building a web site for collaboration, and Digital Film Tools Composite Suite 3

February 2003 Apple Xserve RAID, Profound Effects Useful Things, ProMax on Using SDI to Improve DV Workflow, Brian Maffitt of Total Training, and Roger Nall on Creating the Holly Rick Dees KIIS-mas spot

January 2003 Quantel/After Effects file exchange, Quantel QPaintbox Pro, Boris RED, AlphaDogs and Tough Enough opening titles, Lloyd Alvarez's Unusual Approaches to Design


December 2002 Special session on running your own business, including as panelists Beth Roy (motion graphics freelancer), Michael Kelley (Idiot Box), Trish & Chris Meyer (CyberMotion), Lloyd Alvarez (BLINK.fx), Sam Schoemann (class-key chew-po), and Ann Epstein (E! Networks).

November 2002 Maya Complete 4.5, Alex Lindsay & Multipass Compositing, Blair Hayes and Adam Jensen of Area51 with Push Nevada opening titles, and Quico Encinias with Do Over opening titles

October 2002 Boris Continuum Complete, Fnord Ubercolor, Scott Billups and producing Mid-Century, Lachlan Westfall and 3D graphics for Mid-Century

September 2002 RadTIME 3dFilm Suite, Magic Bullet, Conoa, and dvGarage Composite Toolkit

August 2002 Apple Shake 2.5, Ultimatte AdvantEdge, guest studio TAG and Minority Report

July 2002 Media 100 844/X, Digital Anarchy 3D assistants and Color Theory, guest studio Belief and Untitled003: Embryo

June 2002 Discreet combustion 2, iDVD, Dan Warvi & Fox Family production DVD, guest studio Klasky Csupo (aka class-key chew-po), project from David Billings

May 2002 BDA introducion, Adobe Photoshop 7, guest artist John Ridgway of Via Worldwide on motion graphic design, Steven Walker & Walker Effects, Strega Imaging and opening for the new Truth or Consequences

April 2002 Digital Film Tools 55mm, RE:Vision Effects RE:Rex and Smoothkit, TAG and Hallmark Channel launch, CyberMotion and Isuzu Ascender launch

March 2002 Getty Images stock footage focus group, Digital Anarchy plug-ins for After Effects, Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro for After Effects, Electric Image Universe 4, and demo reels.

February 2002 Kevin Dole and Digikam plus toy commercial production, Sonic Desktop Sonicfire Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 3, guest studio Belief on projects for Acura and Sony India, and artist Valerian Bennett on a project for First Americans in the Arts.

January 2002 Lachlan Westfall of Quiet Earth and New York Islanders video, Ken Locsmandi of Filmworks/FX and Smashmouth music video, and Adobe Adobe After Effects 5.5.


December 2001 A special meeting that featured a panel discussion on running your own motion graphics business. Panelists included Wendy Vanguard of Manna-Design, Frank Capria of Kingpin Interactive, Ken Locsmandi of Filmworks/FX, Matt Silverman of Phoenix Editorial, and Chuck Carey of Trioka Design Group.

November 2001 Synthetic Aperture & Echo Fire plus Color Finesse, Visual Infinity & Grain Surgery, Associated Production Music on music licensing; ATTIK & NoiseFour.

October 2001 Wacom Intuos 2 & Cintiq, Crew of Two and Duality, electricFX and eFX Pyro plus Channelizer, dvGarage and new products including shooting panoramas.

September 2001 Alias Wavefront & Maya under OS X, artists ShimFilms on low-budget high-impact production, Final Cut Pro 2 with Matrox RTMax.

August 2001 3 Ring Circus & The State of Design, Automatic Duck Composition Import, Maxon Cinema 4DXL v7.1, TrapCode Shine. This summary includes the special meeting at After Effects West: an evening with the After Effects team.

July 2001 Jodi Binstock on branding the Fox Family channel, Dan Warvi & color selection tip, Fred Lewis & AE5 tips, Belief & Alive Network design

June 2001 Ken Locsmandi & JAG effects shot, Lachlan Westfall & 3D VR in Electric Image, Alex Lindsay of dvGarage & camera mapping, Amorphium Pro

May 2001 NAB wrap-up, Quiet Earth on 2D+3D integration for DSL City, Felicia Oh & Autumn Boh on DVD menu authoring, Zaxwerks Invigorator ProModeler, Alex Lindsay & dvGarage on surface texturing

April 2001 Apple OS X & iDVD, Digital Anarchy's Elements of Anarchy: Text, Theory's ColorTheory, Electric Image Universe

March 2001 Adobe After Effects 5, Discreet 3ds max 4

February 2001 SoftImage XSI 1.5, ProMax on the new Macs, Scott Billups on digital movie making, artists SeeSaw Studios & MusicCountry

January 2001 Adobe Premiere 6, The Consolidator, ProMax video card, RE:Vision FX, artist Rich Helvey from Access Hollywood


December 2000 Year-end tax planning tips, Maxon BodyPaint 3D, studio VCE with The Sixth Day and 13 Days, and studio Pittard Sullivan with Kabel 1 on-air package

November 2000 REALVIZ MatchMover, ImageModeler, and ReTimer, Maya Paint FX for After Effects, audio editing tutorial, artist Quiet Earth Design & San Jose Sharks project

October 2000 AE Companion, ProMax DA-MAX, Digital Voodoo HD, Boris Continuum & new product sneak, Phil Bates of Artbeats, artist Ryan Miniger

September 2000 Steven Walker & building explosion project, Northern Lights Blaster for EI, Pinnacle Systems CineWave, artist Linda Kane

August 2000 Tinderbox plug-ins for AE, Puffin Designs Commotion 3.0, artist Matt Silverman, New Shoes Design & CyberMotion on Motion Graphics Trends

July 2000 NewTek LightWave 6, 3D Invigorator for AE, Belief's "Untitled 1: Darkness", studio Foundation Imaging

June 2000 discreet's combustion, Tony DeRosa & SuperSpy project, Lachlan Westfall/Quiet Earth & earth texture mapping, RPF (Rich Pixel Format) demo

May 2000 Creating Motion Graphics book signing, Alias|Wavefront Maya 2.5 & Paint FX, Micronet SANcube, Judy Korin/SeeSaw Studios & Fox Boyz/Girls Channels

April 2000 Artel's BorisFX Pro, Graffiti, & RED, Cult3D, Adobe LiveMotion, Alex Lindsay & Star Wars case study

March 2000 Softimage|XSI, ProMax & FireWire, studio Mainframe Entertainment

February 2000 Nothing Real Shake 2.2, Quiet Earth and procedural shader overview, Trevor Gilchrist & Silver Screen, Barry Berman & camera mapping in Electric Image tutorial

January 2000 Maxon Cinema 4DXL v6, Cycore Cult Effects v1.5 plug-ins for AE, EPS Invigorator, Tony LaTorre & Tony Romain Blind Date production tips, Frank Cords & Master P music video


December 1999 Synthetik Software Studio Artist, CyberMotion & circles, lines, and stuff tips,Chris Meyer & luminance values + DV codecs, studios Hornet Animation, OR Virtual & Moon Against Man

November 1999 New Shoes Cool Moves stock footage CD, Chris Meyer/CyberMotion & countdown project, DigiEffects Delirium, Lachlan Westfall/Quiet Earth & animated text map tutorial, Triple D PowerParticles 1.5, Jim Tierny & fractal noise tutorial, 3D Invigorator for AE, 3D Gear shaders for Cinema 4DXL

October 1999 Chris Meyer & SDI overview, Adobe After Effects 4.1, ICE updates, Paul Sherstobitoff & EI Modeler tips

September 1999 Special "Film on the Desktop" session including technical advice and walk-throughs of the opening titles for The Avengers, East of A, The Crow 3, The Omega Code and The Talented Mr. Ripley

August 1999 Chris Meyer/CyberMotion & 3D elements tutorial, Photoshop Inside & Out tapes, Videonics Effetto Pronto v2, Belief & "Faster Cheaper Better - the Macintosh 1999"

July 1999 BDA wrap-up, CyberMotion & enhancing footage, Apple Final Cut Pro, Artel Boris FX plug-ins for AE, artist Paul Sherstobitoff

June 1999 DSL, tax breaks, artist Matt Silverman, Puffin Designs Commotion v2 plus Primatte, Composite Wizard, and Image Lounge plug-ins for AE, Masters of Visual Effects tapes, Atomic Power Psunami, Lachlan Westfall/Quiet Earth & grass texture mapping experiments, Trish Meyer/CyberMotion & Isuzu VehiCROSS, Chris Meyer/CyberMotion & QAD opening video

May 1999 Pixels3D, TripleD aFraktal shader for EI, Artbeats Liquid Ambience stock footage CD, David Hutchins/The Picture Mill & Spyglass Entertainment logo, Cycore Cult Effects v1 plug-ins for AE


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