LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Shooting by the Numbers / BDA Presents: 5-x-b / Faking Transparency in Flash / door prizes
To avoid conflict with the annual PROMAX/BDA conference, the June meeting is being held early: Wednesday, June 15. Our focus this month will be on alternate animation ideas.
This month, thanks to sponsorship from Discreet, the adjacent Municipal Art Gallery will be open - FREE (although they always appreciate donations) - 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.
A chance to ask questions, share experiences, quash rumors, and start some new ones while people get parked and seated.
Alex Lindsay from the Pixel Corps will be completing his talk on Greenscreen shooting on DV, HDV, and HD. This time, Alex will talk about "shooting by the numbers". He'll show how to use Final Cut Pro's scopes feature to measure screens and talk about foreground versus background lighting. Alex will also cover setting up keys in Shake.
Elliot Mebane will discuss the integration of After Effects and Flash techniques used in a recent project, the Whiskas Virtual Cat. The Virtual Cat is made of keyed video of a cat placed on a layer above the website. The cat is interactive, allowing users to feed and play with it. The cat's action set is made up of 50 individual video clips that can be dynamically linked together with XML. FLV, the Flash video format, does not support alpha channel video, so we developed a solution to fake it using vector masks created in After Effects and imported into Flash.
Elliot Mebane is the president of Roguish, a company specializing in merging video with Flash interactivity. Clients include Mars(Whiskas), TBWA Chiat\Day, ClearChannel, Hilton Hotels, Maritz and Healtheon/WebMD. Mr. Mebane is also the manager of LAFX, an LA-based Macromedia Flash user group.
During the middle of the meeting, we will have 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 art gallery will also be open during the break, for you to take a stroll.
We resume our practice of featuring studios and artists who are members of the Broadcast Designers Association with 5-x-b: an art house consisting of 3D Animators, Graphic Artists, Musicians, Writers, Editors, Illustrators and more. They are a unique collaboration of artists from various disciplines, demographics and backgrounds. They create stylized cinematics in 3d, 2d and a combination thereof, character design and creation, illustration, concept development, storyboarding, scripting and more. Their goal is to deliver fresh and engaging products to their clients, which include Ubisoft, G4 Media, MTV, VH1, and SciFi.
This meeting, they will be talking about the show open they did for VH1's 40 Least Hip Hop Moments (some images are included here).
Zax Dow will be showing off the newly released 3D Flag plug-in.
3D Flag brings high-end physics simulation technology to the every day user. This plug-in can turn any picture or movie into a realistic flag animation which will react to wind and gravity. It is surprisingly easy to use and can create hanging banners, pennants and waving background elements. 3D Flag runs within Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Motion, and Apple Final Cut Pro
Zax will be showing how to create a flag, animate the wind, attach it to a moving flag pole, and then distress it for a realistic look. He will also bring a batch of his tiny desktop flags to give away.
We have yet another stellar list of door prizes to give away this meeting, already totalling over $4500 in value. Below is a partial list; check back for additions...
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. Please consider what you want before you get to the front; you need to pick swiftly so everyone else can go home on time.
The list of prizes this month includes:
* the "PowerPack" collection of dvGarage surfacing & training products ($1200 value)
* a certificate for half off any of the wide variety of 3-day training seminars
at MGLA sponsor Moviola ($500
value; ACSR certification classes are not included)
(click here for additional discounts for all MGLA members!)
* the Nightmare
footage library, courtesy of Artbeats ($399 value)
(by the way, buy any Artbeats library worth $229 or more this month and you can add a copy of their Timelapse Flowers 2 library for only $199)
* a full conference pass to this November's ShowBiz Expo in Santa Monica ($349 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 06 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($249 value)
* a Logitech Harmony 676 Advanced Universal Remote, courtesy 3Dconnexion ($200 value)
* dvMatte Pro 3 keying plug-in, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)
* LiveTypeCentral LiveFont 20 Pack Volume 1 (NTSC Gold Standard), courtesy 12 Inch Design ($199 value)
* Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS2 DVDs with Deke McClelland, courtesy Total Training ($199 value)
* What's New in Adobe After Effects 6.5, courtesy Total Training ($169 value)
* a summer semester Pixel Corp membership, courtesy Pixel Corps ($150-200 value)
* Learning Final Cut Pro 4 training DVD-ROM with Sean Blumenthal, courtesy Lynda.com ($149 value)
* Volume 1 of the DV Series stock footage, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($109 value)
* Zaxwerks 3D Flag plug-in, courtesy Zaxwerks ($99 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* a 5 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from The Anvel ($75 value)
* Alex Michael's book Animating with Flash MX, courtesy Focal Press ($50 value)
* Steve Hullfish & Jamie Fowler's book Avid Express Pro Editing Workshop, courtesy CMP Books ($50 value)
* Lynda Weinman's book After Effects 6 Hands-On Training, courtesy Lynda.com ($45 value)
* Carol MacGillivray's book 3D for the Web, courtesy Focal Press ($37 value)
* Dan Rahmel's book Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking, courtesy Focal Press ($30 value)
* Curtis Sponsler's book Easy Guide to After Effects, courtesy Focal Press ($25 value)
* Mark Dileo's book Instant DVD Workshop 2, courtesy CMP Books ($25 value)
* Chris Vadnais' book Instant Boris Effects, 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.