LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Previsualization / broadcastGEMs stock footage / an evening with The Studio from New Wave Entertainment / demo reels / door prizes
After a long hiatus, we bring back a time slot for demo reels this month. Please bring your reel or a recent project you've worked on, and share with the group!
Speaking of projects, the ever-busy folks at The Studio will be down to walk us through several of their recent broadcast projects. The Studio is the award-winning design and editorial division of New Wave Entertainment. They are a full-service creative boutique with over 15 years of experience in motion graphics, editorial and finishing. Details on their presentation, and others, below:
We're looking at changing up our pre-meeting while people get parked and seated. After reviewing recent events and answering any pressing questions, your hosts will demonstrate tips and techniques in a segment we're going to call There's a Better Way to Do That.
Have you ever had 20 people waiting for you to decide your next camera placement? Have you missed key shots because you hadn't completely thought it through before hand? Do you sometimes wish you could do a video shoot twice? Wish no more! Alex Lindsay of the Pixel Corps and dvGarage will show how to use Motionbuilder to pre-visualize shots with amazing detail. Learn how the Pixel Corps is beginning to use Motionbuilder to animate and even edit sequences before they shoot.
Co-host Warren Heaton will walk through this backgrounds library which exhibits part of a trend in stock footage: providing the projects so that advanced users can tweak or customize the results. We will also have a copy of their top-of-the-line AE Pro Series library to give away at the end.
A chance to stretch, return calls (remember to keep your cell phones and pagers silent while in the meeting), and get something to eat or drink from the snack bar.
The Studio - a branch of multifaceted firm New Wave Entertainment - will present a special talk they call "3D artists are from Mars, 2D artists are from Venus: A guide for navigating the 5 stages of collaboration to create a long-lasting and creative relationship."
They'll be showing a montage of 2D/3D collaborations that we've done, then talk through the 5 stages, showing examples of multiple types of work throughout the phases. They'll wrap with a completed main title of Cinemax's Friday After Dark.
The presenters from New Wave will be Damon Wubben and Vicki Shively of The Studio, the design and editorial division of New Wave Entertainment. Damon is an award winning Senior Art Director/CG artist at The Studio branch of New Wave Entertainment. He has created everything from Harry Potter owls to lush abstract environments on projects ranging from feature main titles to broadcast and DVD design. Currently he's art directing two commercials for VU Games: Crash and Spyro. Vicki is also an award-winning art director. She has designed for all major studios including Universal, 20 th Century Fox, Sony/Tristar/Columbia, HBO and UPN. In addition to working on industry standard programs such as After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Final Cut Pro, Vicki also enhances her graphic work by applying her cinematography skills and directorial experience to film live-action and still photo shoots. Currently, Vicki is learning Maya to elevate her future creatives in 3D design. The two of them have been collaborating on 2D/3D projects for over 10 years.
Bring your reel or a recent project, and be prepared to discuss it with the audience! Please keep the videos to 3 minutes or under. We can play DVD, VHS, SVHS, miniDV, and DVCAM formats. Presenters will receive an Apple t-shirt or Total Training bag for their bravery.
Below is the list of this month's door prizes to be had; the total value is over $4500!
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 currently includes:
* dvGarage Power Pak bundle of most of their 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 Cyber
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 Ground Rush 2 library for only $199)
* the Pro Import AE plug-in and project conversion set, courtesy of Automatic Duck ($495 value)
* a 16 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from The Anvel ($300 value)
* PowerBlox Unit 02 stock footage and elements library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($299 value)
* FrameCycler Professional 3.5, courtesy IRIDAS ($249 value)
* Volume 1 of the AE Pro Series stock footage and projects, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($229 value)
* a three-month membership in the Pixel Corp, courtesy Pixel Corps ($150-200 value)
* dvMatte Pro keying plug-in for After Effects, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)
* Larry Jordan's Learning Apple DVD Studio Pro 3 DVD-ROM, courtesy Lynda.com ($100 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* Michael Burns and George Cairns' Designing DVD Menus, courtesy CMP Books ($45 value)
* Walter McDowell's and Alan Batten's book Branding TV: Principles and Practices, courtesy Focal Press ($45 value)
* the just-released Broadcast Graphics on the Spot, courtesy CMP Books ($27 value)
* Pete May's Essential Digital Video Handbook, courtesy Focal Press ($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.