LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Matchmoving / guest artist: Rodney Ascher / project breakdown by Alpha Dogs / creating 3D ribbons / door prizes
Here is the preliminary information for the October meeting, which we're quite excited about, as it contains an excellent combination of artistry and technique.
Also this month, thanks to sponsorship from Autodesk, 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.
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.
Matchmoving used to be a painful process that could take weeks to complete. Learn how you can do it in minutes with affordable, that's right, affordable software. The Pixel Corps and 2D3 have teamed up to create a Pixel Corps version of Boujou Bullet for less that $400!! That's over $2000 less than the current version. Alex Lindsay of the Pixel Corps and dvGarage will walk you through the process and show you how to use this super cool new tool in new ways.
We are very happy to have at our October meeting Rodney Ascher, pioneer of the "Kids Stays in the Picture" technique of animation still images in 3D. He will be giving a presentation he calls Reanimation: Adventures in moving still photos around in the computer!
Rodney has been animation still photos in After Effects since Buddha Bar in 1998 (shot on one disposable camera in about an hour). He's taken breaks working in other mediums, but he keeps coming back, trying to find a way to do it bigger and better.
As his computer power, experience, and budgets have increased, so has the complexity of his projects, with recent work in the technique including a pilot for VH1 and short form broadcast work.
For this presentation Rodney will screen excerpts from some of the more notable pieces Dive created with this technique, talk about the ways one project has leapfrogged into the next, and allow a peek under the hood at some of the original source files and photos.
Projects screened (in whole or excerpted) will include:
* Buddha Bar
* Liz Phair’s Down
* an Anti-Smoking PSA
* VH1’s Totally Gay! (title sequence)
* VH1’s 1st Person (an animated pilot)
* Emily Strange Presents 'Night of the Living Strange'
Rodney Ascher is an award-winning animator and director based in Hollywood after stops in San Francisco and Miami. His clients have included VH1, the Bravo Channel, Capitol Records, DirecTV and many more. For more info, visit www.rodneyascher.com.
Russell Frazier of Alpha Dogs will be down to talk about the open for a show originally called "World Premiere" on Fox Movie Channel produced by Kenny Rhodes, later renamed "Above-the-Line Beauty" (and that's part of the story).
The project is interesting from a technical standpoint because it makes extensive use of camera and flat layers (and stencils) in After Effects 2.5D space in a 600+ layer composition.
From a creative standpoint , the look was inspired by an unused concept for another show (which Russell will also show in the presentation), and because it went through many variations along the way, including an unusual "casting" process of the "celebrities" and a rainbow of color variations.
Russell Frazier has been a motion graphic designer and animator since 1993, using Quantel Hal and Domino, Discreet Smoke and Flint, and currently After Effects on Macintosh. He has created show opens, visual effects, promo graphics, and DVD menus for clients that include The Disney Channel, Discovery, Miramax, the WB, and Fox. He has also worked as a compositor or digital artist on about a dozen feature films, including Beloved, The Winter Guest, and Mulholland Falls.
New 3D host Ko Maruyama will be presenting a series of tricks, tips, and techniques over the next several months. Tentatively planned for October is a demonstration revealing a simple 3D ribbon trick. It seems that everyone has wanted ribbons and "graffiti write-on" in AE, with 3D depth. Well, last spring, it became very easy to do in Maxon CINEMA 4D with a free plugging!
Below is the list of this month's door prizes to be had, again well over $4000 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 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 Ocean
Water Effects 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 Reel Fire 3 library for only $199)
* PXC Boujou Bullet, courtesy Pixel Corps ($369 value)
* a 16 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from The Anvel ($300 value)
* ThemeBlox Unit 01: Hi-Tech & Medical stock footage and elements library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($249 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)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* Creating Motion Graphics Volume 1, third edition by MGLA co-host Trish and Chris Meyer, courtesy CMP Books ($65 value)
* Digital Intermediates for Film and Video by Jack James, courtesy Focal Press ($50 value)
* If It's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling by Patti Bellantoni, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* Broadcast Graphics On the Spot by Richard Harrington, Glen Stephens, and Chris Vadnais, courtesy CMP Books ($28 value)
* Instant Boris Effects by Chris Vadnais, courtesy CMP Books ($25 value)
And again, thanks to Adobe's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission is free!
Chris, Trish, Tony, Warren, and Ko
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.