LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Greenscreen Compositing / BDA Presents: Jayson Whitmore / visual artist Jennifer Steinkamp / door prizes
The theme for March is music, presenting two different ends of the "video for music" spectrum: artist Jennifer Steinkamp, and creating stage videos for the recent Madonna tour. We will have our regular presentations from the Pixel Corps and the BDA, and our now-typical large haul of door prizes (totalling over $3500 in value, many related to this night's subjects). Note that we've had to rearrange the schedule at the last moment; the new running times are listed below.
This month, thanks to sponsorship from Discreet, the adjacent Municipal Art Gallery will be open - FREE - from 5:30 through the mid-meeting break. Come early (entering through the gallery, not the theatre's normal entrance), browse, and get inspired before the meeting. Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page; for more information on the upgrade we performed to this theatre, click here.
A chance to ask questions, share experiences, quash rumors, and start some new ones while people get parked, seated, and find their way out of the art gallery...
Jennifer Steinkamp is an internationally exhibiting installation artist who works with new media and video in order to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and perception. Her work is presently part of the Visual Music exhibit at MoCA, co-sponsored by the Hirshhorn Museum at the Smithsonian, Washington DC. Jennifer will play some of her work and discuss the creation of it with the audience. It promises to be an interesting, stimulating presentation! Note that there are a number of concerts, screenings, and going on in parallel with this exhibition; click here and here for more details.
Jennifer's work has been seen in many other places. She will be creating sets for the opera "Tannhauser" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles and she has also worked with U2 on the last two concert tours. She has artwork in the permanent collections at The San Jose Museum of Art; MoCA, Los Angeles and North Miami; The Staples Center, Los Angeles; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; The Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas; The Experience Music Project, Seattle, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The W5 Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey; MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Madrid, Spain; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; and the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
A chance to stretch, return messages, and check on those renders. The theatre has a snack bar which offers a variety of snacks and beverages (including coffee, beer, and wine) at moderate prices. The adjacent art gallery will also still be open, if you want to take a quick stroll.
BDA - the Broadcast Designers Association - will present a case study from one of their members at each of our meetings in 2005. This month's featured member is Jayson Whitmore. Those who attended the State of the Industry discussion at the December meeting may remember that Jayson was the freelancer on the panel. He works within the television, film, and fine art worlds. His work includes commercials, network packaging, main titles, concert graphics, music videos, as well as exhibition art.
Whitmore collaborated with a team of artists, art directors, editors, and motion graphics artists at the production house Veneno where he completed several motion graphics pieces for Madonna’s latest tour, “Re-Invention.” During the concert, the sequences were projected on massive, 4-story displays oriented around and above the performance stage, each video sequence being unique to the particular song being performed. Jayson will share with us some of the creative and production process behind these pieces. Go to his Work page and click on the image of Madonna (top row, third from the left) to see video of this cool work.
Alex Lindsay from the Pixel Corps will be talking Greenscreen compositing once again. First, he'll show how a shot is prepared and keyed in Apple's Shake and then dvGarage's latest version of their dvMatte Keyer (Now available for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere, Combustion, and After Effects). Learn how to "divide and conquer" your troublesome keys and how to effectively approach even DV footage. He will continue the lesson at the April 13 meeting.
Alex always brings a stack of prizes (including, this month, a copy of dvMatte and their Composite Toolkit), plus has arranged with Composite Components to give away a 9' x 9' Digital Green traveling matte screen!
Filmmaker Keya Keita has been detained out of town working on a play, and unfortunately will not be able to make it back for this month's meeting.
Here is the list of door prizes we plan to give away at the March meeting, worth over $3500! Click on the links to familiarize yourself with the prizes, to speed up the selection process at the end - we will start enforcing time limits on prize selection so we can all go home sooner!
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. You must be present to win; we don't mind if you hand your ticket to a friend or neighbor.
The list of prizes includes:
* a certificate for half off any of the wide variety of 3-day training seminars
at new MGLA sponsor Moviola ($500
ACSR certification classes are not included)
(click here for additional discounts for all MGLA members!)
footage library, courtesy of Artbeats ($499 value)
(by the way, buy any Artbeats library worth $229 or more this month and you can add a copy of their Waterfalls library for only $199)
* Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE plug-in set ($495 value)
* a 9' x 9' Digital Green traveling matte, courtesy of Composite Components (approx. $400 value)
* Volume 1 of the AE Pro Series stock footage and projects, courtesy of broadcastGEMs ($229 value)
* dvGarage's dvMatte Pro keying plug-in ($199 value)
* dvGarage's Composite Toolkit greenscreen matting training ($199 value)
* LiveTypeCentral LiveFont 20 Pack Volume 1 (NTSC Gold Standard), courtesy 12 Inch Design ($199 value)
* What's New in Adobe After Effects 6.5, courtesy of Total Training ($169 value)
* a 10 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from The Anvel ($150 value)
* a Pixel Corps 3-Month Membership ($135 value each)
* Ron Brinkman's The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, courtesy of Focal Press ($63 value)
* Douglas Spotted Eagle's Vegas 5 Editing Workshop (2nd edition), courtesy of CMP Books ($50 value)
* Adobe Photoshop Tips & Tricks training CD-ROM, courtesy of Total Training ($49 value)
* Stuart Blake Jones' Video Color Correction for Nonlinear Editors, courtesy of Focal Press ($45 value)
* Ed Gaskell's Make Your Own Music Video, courtesy of CMP Books ($45 value)
* Ron Dabbs' Using Audition, courtesy of CMP Books ($45 value)
* Marc Loy's DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio, courtesy of O'Reilly Media ($45 value)
* Douglas Spotted Eagle's Using Soundtrack, courtesy of CMP Books ($35 value)
* Chuck Gloman & Tom Letourneau's Placing Shadows (just-released 3rd edition), courtesy of Focal Press ($35 value)
* William Rodarmor's Illustrations with Photoshop, courtesy of O'Reilly Media ($25 value)
* John Rofrano & lacobus' Instant Acid, 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). On meeting nights where the gallery is open, please enter through the gallery; you can get to the theatre through the right end of the gallery.
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 closely together, 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. See the forum discussion for suggestions.