LINEUP: guest artist: Alex Lindsay (GarageBand + Motion) / guest studio: ka-chew! (broadcast design arm of Klasky-Csupo) / Media 100 HD / Cycore FX HD / door prizes
This will be our first meeting at our new home, the Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park. Make sure you check out the new address and directions at the bottom of this page; for more information on the upgrade we performed to this theatre, click here.
But it's not all about the venue - we have a great blend of hardware, software, and pair of artist presentations this month as well! And not to mention, over $4000 in door prizes...
We'll attempt to answer your latest question and debunk the latest rumors while people get parked and seated. Our main discussion will center around our new home, and what we have planned for December and 2005 (lots of exciting things!).
Alex Lindsay, former member of Industrial Light and Magic’s “Rebel Unit” and founder of the Pixel Corps, a global guild of digital media craftsmen, will be walking through how he created a movie’s opening title sequence using Apple’s GarageBand along with their new motion graphics application, Motion, including some of its unique animation, particle, and text features.
Alex always brings a bag full o' goodies from dvGarage to give away, and he will continue to play Early Santa at this meeting: He is giving away 1 Power Pak (dvGarage Bundle $1100 Value), 3 Pixel Corps 3-Month Memberships ($135 Value each), 1 Copy of dvMatte Pro ($199 Value), and 1 Surface Suite ($249 value).
Sam Schoemann, Executive Producer and John Andrews Senior VP/Creative Director for ka-chew share the ways that they have brought the diverse worlds of drawn and computer animation into their work in broadcast design and motion graphics.
Ka-chew comes out of Klasky Csupo, known for its expertise in character animation. John Andrews comes from MTV with its historical emphasis on eclectic sources for unique use of graphics and animation. Sam Schoemann comes from marketing experience at Fuel and Razorfish and from packaging experience at Columbia Tristar International and is tuned-in to the wide variety of client needs in developing an overall branding.
Together they have developed and sold a unique studio and style. Now they're thinking about and looking to discuss "What's Next" for their studio and the world of broadcast graphics as they aim to grow their team and their client base. See examples of recent titles work for clients like E!, A&E, Cartoon Network, Disney and MTV and commercial campaigns for Burger King, Minute Maid, Proctor & Gamble and others.
A chance to stretch, return messages, and check on those renders. The theatre has a snack bar which will be open during the break where sodas, coffee, and snacks are available for $1 each (hey - parking is free; it's a good trade-off); we should also have our customary complimentary Red Bull (courtesy of Discreet and Red Bull).
Media 100, now a business unit of Optibase, returns to the MGLA this November to showcase Media 100 HD. Media 100 HD for OS X is a 10-bit, uncompressed HD and SD editor with support for multiple codecs in it's multi-track timeline and support for bi-directional broadcast format conversion built into its all-new hardware. Featuring up to 99 video tracks, RGB color correction and robust keying controls, Media 100 HD is a familiar solution with some surprising new power.
One of the best things about the After Effects 6.5 upgrade is that it comes with a copy of Cycore FX (essentially a revamped edition of Final Effects Complete) for free. However, there are a few things missing, such as 16-bit and non-square-pixel support. Cycore FX HD ($395) answers those questions, plus significantly enhances the particle system plug-ins and adds three new effects. MGLA co-host Lachlan Westfall will go over these new features. Cycore is also providing a copy as a door prize.
Yet another long list of great prizes, worth over $4000 total! Please check out the links below so you can have an idea of what you want to pick should you win.
For those new to our meetings, we hand out tickets (one per person, free) during the second half of the meeting (grab one and pass the strip along). We then draw at the end, with winners getting their choice of one of whatever prizes are left on the table, in the order we call your numbers.
* the dvGarage Power Pak Bundle of most of their software and textureware ($1100 value)
* the colorful Virtual
stock footage library from Artbeats ($499 value)
(by the way, buy any Artbeats library worth $229 or more this month and get their Changing Seasons library for only $199)
* a copy of Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE (Mac or Windows version; $495 value)
* a copy of Cycore FX HD for After Effects (Mac or Windows; $395 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 06 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($249 value)
* a copy of dvGarage's Surface Suite ($249 value)
* a copy of dvGarage's dvMatte Pro ($199 Value)
* 3 Pixel Corps 3-Month Memberships for the winter term ($135 value each)
* the Mac version of the Inside Flash MX Production Essentials training DVD from Magnet Media ($99 value)
* a 5 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from new MGLA sponsor The Anvel ($75 value)
* Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production by Jan Roberts-Breslin, courtesy of Focal Press ($50 value)
* the latest issue of the DVD magazine Zoom In - an HD Special Issue - which also includes tutorials on After Effects 6.5, Photoshop CS, DVD Studio Pro 3, and Apple's Motion ($49 value)
* Adobe Audition 1.5 Classroom in a Book, courtesy of Peachpit Press ($45 value)
* Adobe Encore DVD In the Studio by Douglas Dixon courtesy of O'Reilly Media ($40 value)
* Content Rights for Creative Professionals: Copyrights & Trademarks in a Digital Age by Arnold P. Lutzker, courtesy of Focal Press ($40 value)
* Premiere Pro Editing Workshop by Marcus Geduld, courtesy of CMP Books ($40 value)
* Using Soundtrack by Douglas Spotted Eagle, courtesy of CMP Books ($35 value)
* Instant Boris Effects by Chris Vadnais courtesy of CMP Books ($25 value)
And again, thanks to Adobe's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission is free!
Chris, Trish, Lucky, Tony, and Warren
Your MGLA co-hosts
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and Art Park is a facility of the
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
The Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
(between Vermont and Normandie)
Hollywood, CA 90027
* coming South/East on the 101: exit Hollywood, head East
* coming North/West on the 101: exit Vermont, head North, turn left (going West) onto Hollywood
* coming from the 5: exit Los Feliz, head West, turn left (going South) onto Vermont, turn right (going West) on Prospect, Prospect becomes Hollywood
Enter through the gate on the South side of Hollywood Blvd. just East of the light at Edgemont, or West of the light at New Hampshire (which is just West of where Prospect and Hollywood come together). The theatre is at the top of the hill, adjacent to the art gallery (they have separate entrances).
Parking is free. There is parking at the bottom of the hill, but first try to find a space around the perimeter of the park at the top. Please park at an angle (regardless of how the parking spaces are painted!) to allow more cars to park. Click here for a PDF map (300k) of the grounds that points out the parking areas and includes other helpful hints.
Wheelchair access (or if you are carrying a lot of gear): Park in the lot next to the Hollyhock house (you will see a handicap parking sign - there are also spaces for loading etc.), come into the theatre entrance, and take the elevator down. There will be space in the front of the theatre for wheelchairs.
Click here for a MapQuest interactive map, including the ability to get directions from your location to this address. There is also a Metro Red Line station at Vermont and Sunset, about a block and a half from the park's entrance.
Before or after the meeting, there is a fine restaurant row on Vermont between Hollywood and Franklin (just around the corner from the park). There are also a number of funky ethic eateries along Hollywood.