LINEUP: Luxology's modo / Pixel Corps Presents: Tips from the Hinterland / guest studio: Video Box / plug-in preview: Data Animator / Text Animator Tricks / door prizes
Here is the preliminary program we have planned for our July meeting, as we move towards our 8th anniversary and 100th meeting in August. But not meaning to look too far ahead, we believe you'll find this month contains our usual broad mix of tools and artistry.
Also 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.
Starting in September, we plan to morph our normal pre-meeting Q&A session into a semi-tutorial presentation called There's a Better Way to Do That. Bring stories of inefficient ways you (or your clients, or your competition) have been working, and how you have figured out to do it better. Or ask other members if there's a better way to do something you've been banging your head against.
But this month, we're going to replace the Q&A session with a sneak preview of a new plug-in set:
Digital Anarchy is working on a new set of plug-ins called Data Animator, which promise to make it dead easy to create sexy charts, bargraphs, and other similar animations. Yes, there is little inherently sexy about corporate presentations, but a regular bread-and-butter motion graphics task is making them look sexy - this is looking to be a new secret weapon that will make your corporate clients fall in love with you all over again.
The Pixel Corps has an active branch in Zimbabwe. Alex Lindsay will be freshly returned from a recent trip, giving us insight into establishing desktop-based cutting-edge visual effects studios and artists in what some (mistakenly?) think of as a third-world country. More to the point, he will offer suggestions and things to consider when shooting in Africa (or in the far-afield in general). From government relations to what to eat to shooting in the bush, Alex will share what he learned on his most recent trip.
Jason Hearne, head of the video graphics department at Video Box Studios, will be down showing a television spot they just finished that will be airing soon for Nitto Tires. As MGLA co-host Warren Heaton plus MGLA regular Ko Maruyama also worked on the spot, we're expecting a lot of audience interaction during the presentation as well (smile).
The mid-meeting break is a chance to stretch, chat, nosh (the snack bar will be open), and get a last chance to run around the gallery, which will still be open.
modo is a new-generation subdivision surface modeling environment, specifically designed with the goal of helping users accomplish more in less time. By combining a cutting edge toolset, advanced ergonomics with an integrated learning system and tools to integrate directly into an existing pipeline, modo strives to deliver an elegant solution to many of the common barriers and pain points normally associated with the modeling process.
We all know that the text animator in After Effects can create type, but did you know it could also create backgrounds? Join us as Dean Velez - creator of The Anvel Motion Graphics Training Program and Adobe's Digital Video Applications Engineer for the West Coast - explores the amazing properties of the text animator, and what you can do when you apply it to non-text elements and then apply other effects to the result. Click here to see some examples in motion (still previews are included below).
To make time for the Video Box guest studio slot, we're bumping the presentation on the broadcastGEMs AE Pro Series. to another meeting. But in the meantime, we still encourage you to check them out, for no other reason than you might win a copy as a door prize at the end of the meeting!
And speaking of door prizes, below is the current list of prizes we will be giving away at the conclusion of the meeting, totaling roughly $4500 in value.
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 partial list of prizes this month includes:
* a copy of Luxology's modo ($895 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 Lumaform stock
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 Lifestyles - Mixed Cuts 2 library for only $199)
* Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE plug-in set ($495 value)
* 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)
* FrameCycler Professional 3.5 from new MGLA sponsor IRIDAS ($249 value)
* Volume 1 of the AE Pro Series stock footage and projects courtesy of new MGLA sponsor broadcastGEMs ($229 value)
* dvMatte Pro 3 keying plug-in, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)
* a fall semester Pixel Corp membership, courtesy Pixel Corps ($150-200 value)
* a 10 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from The Anvel ($150 value)
* Learning Adobe After Effects 6 DVD-ROM training by Lynda Weinman, courtesy Lynda.com ($100 value)
* Learning Apple DVD Studio Pro 3 DVD-ROM training by Larry Jordan, courtesy Lynda.com ($100 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* co-host Trish & Chris Meyer's Creating Motion Graphics Volume 2 (3rd edition), courtesy CMP books ($60 value)
* Walter McDowell's just-released Branding TV: Principles and Practices (2nd edition), courtesy Focal Press ($45 value)
* Larry Jordan's Final Cut Pro HD Hands-On Training, courtesy Lynda.com ($45 value)
* Marcus Geduld's Premiere Pro Editing Workshop, courtesy CMP Books ($40 value)
* Steve Roberts' Character Animation in 3D, courtesy Focal Press ($37 value)
* Creating Photomontages with Photoshop: A Designer's Notebook, courtesy O'Reilly ($30 value)
* Steve Hullfish, Chris Phrommayon, and Bob Donlon's Avid Xpress Pro and DV On The Spot courtesy CMP Books ($28 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.