***Meeting Summary***

Tuesday, March 21

(this is a repeat of the meeting invite)

***** Cover charge: FREE courtesy of Maxon US *****

LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Nickelodeon Promo / NewKat Studios Presents: Production of CG Cartoony Animation / Flash Video overview / demo reels / door prizes

Here is the outline for the March meeting. This month we move off of our normal video-for-television orientation (and continue some themes from our February meeting) by featuring presentations on Flash video, and creating cartoon-style animation. We will also have time at the end to show your demo reels and recent projects. (Bring two copies of your reel; there are jobs to be had - see the mention of the mid-meeting break below...)

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. Note that there has been some confusion lately about which access doors will be open; as of the time of this writing, we are of the understanding that if you are interested in viewing the gallery, enter through the gallery's main doors; if you wish to come straight into the meeting, enter through the theatre's doors (the doors between the art gallery and the theatre will not be open, although we are pushing to change that). The current show is "Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Public Programs."

We are proud to announce that, thanks to the folks at Barnsdall Art Park and MGLA co-host Warren Heaton, that the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre is now a free WiFi hot spot! Up to 50 users at a time may log in (no password required) to the hub "BGT Booth". So remember: Turn your cell phones and pagers (does anyone use those anymore?) off during meetings, but now you can have your laptops on and connected to the internet...

Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page.

Q&A (7:00-7:20)

Our informal pre-meeting question and answer session while people get parked and seated. In place of the "there's a better way to do that" segment we try to insert at the end of Q&A, we will be starting the Pixel Corps presentation early - they have a lot to show...

Pixel Corps Presents (7:20-8:00)

Alex Lindsay of the Pixel Corps will be showing work just completed for a Nickelodeon 60 second Promo Ad. The Spot was shot completed on greenscreen, motion tracked, and composited in less than a week. Alex will walk through pre-production, production, matchmoving, greenscreen, editing and 3D.

Flash Video overview (8:00-8:30)

Elliot Mebane of Roguish will present an overview of delivering video over the internet using the Flash Platform. The discussion will include a review of recent advances in Flash Video capabilities, streaming vs. progressive download delivery options, an overview of the primary tools used to encode Flash Video, and a quick-and-dirty example of how to place your reel onto your website using Flash video. If you would like to see a particular aspect of Flash video covered in the discussion, please email Elliot by clicking here.

break (8:30-8:55)

A chance to chat, get a snack, and make one last run through the art gallery as we reset for the second half of the meeting. Among other things, Sassoon Film Design is hiring about 20 people; Barry Berman from SFD will be there to talk to you and take your reel (we'll introduce him just before the break).

JillNewKat Studios & the Production of CG Cartoony Animation (8:55-9:40)

The goal of this presentation is to outline some of recent innovation that could relate to CG TV animation productions. It includes various ideas on styles and looks, as well as techniques for making CG (computer graphics) animation more flexible and cartoony. Some of the other ideas relate to translating 2D designs to 3D models, dealing with color, and minimizing costs on long term productions.

Topics that Yiotis Katsambas of NewKat will discuss include:

* a quick overview of the whole CG animation process, using a from one of the projects NewKat worked on to indicate the time taken for each step of the process

Jill Overview* pre-production, presenting some of the designs of pre-existing projects and discuss on why their transformation from 2D and 3D, what works and what doesn't. Will include a talk about color and lighting issues and how to use lighting in the design process. Yiotis will also talk about storyboarding to push the dynamics of 3D animation.

* workflow innovations, including a presentation of recent tools that were created specifically for pushing the boundaries of technology to create cartoony animation while keeping the costs low.

* a discussion of various ways on making CG look less CG.

demo reels (9:40-9:55)

A chance to show off what you've been up to, and possibly land a new client or two! Bring your reels or recent projects; please limit the length to about 3 minutes or under. Best formats are DVD, VHS, and SVHS; we can also play back miniDV, DVCAM, and accommodate a computer connection or play back your QuickTime movie. Be prepared to talk about what you show, and bring a card or slip of paper with your contact information so we can include it in the meeting summary. We have t-shirts from Apple and our main 2006 sponsor Maxon for those who share. Hand your reels to Warren Heaton or another one of our hosts before the meeting or during the break to get into the queue.

door prizes (9:55)

Following is a list of door prizes that have been donated for the March meeting, worth nearly $7000! Please follow the links below to learn more about the prizes, both so you know what you want if your ticket gets pulled, and to support the vendors who supply such a bounty of prizes to us every month! (There may be more additions before the meeting - check back...)

As always, we will hand out free tickets during the second half of the meeting (a host will start a strand at the end of an aisle; take one ticket off the strip and pass them along). Winners get to pick from the remaining prizes in the order tickets are pulled. We will pull fewer tickets than there are prizes, so that the last winner still has some choice among prizes.

* a FlashForward 2006 Austin Premium Conference Pass (including pre-conference workshops, all sessions at the normal 3-day conference, VIP reception, FlashForward Film Festival and after-party, FlashForward Gear, and a 12-month Lynda.com subscription) for the September 11-14 conference in Austin, Texas, courtesy of Lynda.com (over $1500 value!)

(In addition, we will also have flyers worth $100 off the Super Early Bird pricing of the conference, good through June 23.)

* a dvGarage PowerPak that contains copies of virtually everything they sell, courtesy dvGarage ($1199 value)

* the "control panels with alpha channels" stock footage library Reticles, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Artbeats also has a deal that if you purchase any collection $229 or higher during the month of March and you are eligible to get their Family Scenarios collection for only $199, or Underwater HD for only $299.)

* Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE plug-in set for importing NLE and Motion projects into After Effects, courtesy of Automatic Duck ($495 value)

* a 12 month Pixel Corp membership, courtesy of the Pixel Corps ($420 value)

* a one-year Premium Lynda.com Online Training subscriptions, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value)

* the complete 5-volume Character Modeling & Animation DVD series by Todd Grimes, courtesy Desktop Media ($320 value)

* Macromedia Flash Professional 8 visual training from Total Training ($300 value)

* Unit 01: Hi-Tech & Medical stock footage library of backgrounds and elements, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($249 value)

* a copy of FrameCycler Professional 3.5 film resolution playback and color channel viewing software, courtesy IRIDAS ($249 value)

* Volume 1 of the AE Pro Series stock footage and projects, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($229 value)

* a copy of SpeedGrade OnSet "look management" (color correction, etc.) software, courtesy IRIDAS ($199 value)

* dvMatte Pro keying plug-in for After Effects, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)

* the winner's choice of either the screenwriting software Final Draft or the script processor software Final Draft AV, courtesy of Final Draft ($129-229 value)

* Flash Professional 8 Video Integration training CD featuring Lee Brimelow, courtesy Lynda.com ($100 value)

* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)

* Flash MX 2004 Hands-On Training book by Rosanna Yeung with Lynda Weinman, plus Flash MX 2004 Beyond the Basics Hands-On Training book by Shane Rebenschied with Lynda Weinman, courtesy Lynda.com ($90 combined value)

* After Effects in Production second edition book by MGLA co-host Trish and Chris Meyer, courtesy CMP Books ($50 value)

* Video Shooter: Storytelling with DV, HD, and HDV Cameras book by Barry Braverman, courtesy CMP Books ($45 value)

* Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials book by Tom Wolsky, courtesy CMP Books ($40 value)

* Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web book, courtesy Peachpit Press ($35 value)

* Hand-on Guide to Webcasting book by Steve Mack & Dan Rayburn, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)

* The Focal Easy Guide to Macromedia Flash 8 book by Birgitta Hosea, courtesy Focal Press ($25 value)

 

And again, thanks to Maxon's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission is free!

Chris, Trish, Tony, Warren, and Ko
Your MGLA co-hosts

 

Door prizes provided by:
Flashforward dvGarage Artbeats Pixel Corps Automatic Duck Automatic Duck Total Training 12 Inch Design IRIDAS broadcastGEMs Final Draft CMP Books Focal Press Peachpit

 

digital projection made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Apple Computer and the Pixel Corps

with additional support from Adobe Systems, AJA, ProMax Systems,
BIAS, Inc, DigitalFilm Tree, and Gefen Inc.

Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and Art Park is a facility of the
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department

 

Directions:

The Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
(between Vermont and Normandie)
Hollywood, CA 90027
Phone: 323.644.6272

* 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).

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.


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