LINEUP: DVD Studio Pro advanced project / Video Performance as an Art Form / Hand-Drawn Music Videos / door prizes
This month, we've got an eclectic mix that seems to have two main points of focus: music, and engines. It will include advanced DVD designs, hand-drawn music videos, and VJ (video jockey) tools:
Our informal pre-meeting question and answer session while people get parked and seated.
Pixel Corps member Brent Bye is the founder of BoxWrench.net and the creator of the "Basic Engine Building" DVD project. Brent worked in various video production and film industry positions for the past twelve years and has been a lifelong automotive enthusiast. When the DVD format came along Brent began to fuse together the two worlds of automotive content and computer enhanced educational materials to develop the BoxWrench Series of interactive DVDs.
DVDs have always been capable of providing highly advanced interactivity and non-linear playback functions but almost all DVDs ever created only use only the basic functionalities the DVD format is capable of. The demonstration of the "Basic Engine Building" DVD will illustrate how any content producer can take advantage of industry standard software and disc media to create an interactive experience that would enhance any topic or instruction set.
The workflow and DVD authoring topics covered will be:
* Creating a graphic user interface to apply interactive buttons to video clips
* Creating a "database" of supplemental content to accompany a video project
* Using interactive video to advertise to niche markets (and have the audience welcome the ads)
Click here for additional details and sample clips of the "Basic Engine Building" DVD.
Geoff Oki from Nylon Motion will be discussing the production of his two hand-drawn music videos of The High Speed Scene's "F*ck N' Spend" and "The Iroc-Z Song." He'll touch upon working with the band to his storyboard process to hiring animators, actual production and finally the delivery of the video, dealing with the label, and most importantly working as a first time director.
Geoff was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and moved to Los Angeles to earn a BA in Design | Media Arts at UCLA. He left a design job at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment to join Nylon Motion Inc. and went on to direct an award winning music video. Besides directing, Oki does illustration, design, and animation, having done everything from album covers to t-shirt graphics, concert posters and film websites.
A chance to network and grab something to eat or drink from the snack bar as we switch over for the second half of our meeting.
After our mid-meeting break, we will have a pair of presentations showing how VJ-oriented tools can be employed to create cool motion graphics.
Surya Buchwald of Los Angeles Video Artists (aka Momo the Monster) will be speaking about the state of Video Performance as an art form in LA, demonstrating compositing with VJ (Video Jockey) software, and opening an avenue for collaboration between graphic artists and video performers. Surya has been working on building a VJ community in Los Angeles for over two years. He specializes in building custom interfaces for Audio/Video performance-experimenting with new ways of interacting with video. Surya has mixed video with The Orb at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Robin Guthrie from the Cocteau Twins, 50 Foot Wave, and countless indoor and outdoor parties. By trade he works freelance creating graphics, video and websites.
After Surya, Ricardo Silva - a long time 2d and 3d Motion Graphics freelancer based in Los Angeles - will be demonstrating a basic introduction of Quartz Composer (one of the main tools VJs use) and talk about specific features of the program. His tutorial will cover the use of patches, like input splitter, interpolator and multiplexor, and how to reuse your own creations in future compositions. If time permits, he will also show specific techniques to implement keyboard inputs in order to control different aspects of the composition (specially useful during live Video Performances). We expect it to be a very informative, eye-opening evening.
Below is the list of the door prizes we will be handing out at the end of the meeting, worth over $5500! Check out the links below before the meeting so you can come with some idea of what you might want, should you win.
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 dvGarage PowerPak that contains copies of virtually everything they sell, courtesy dvGarage ($1199 value)
* Ocean Water Effects stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($599 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of June where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Kids of Summer for $299 or Kids of Summer HD Vol. 2 for $399, which is a $3-400 savings.)
* Macromedia Studio 8 Essential Training Bundle of 5 video training titles, courtesy Lynda.com ($550 value)
(In addition, we will also have flyers worth $100 off the Super Early Bird pricing of the FlashForward Conference in Austin, Texas this September. The discount is good through June 23. MGLA co-hosts Trish and Chris Meyer will be among the speakers there.)
* 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 6 month Pixel Corp membership, courtesy of the Pixel Corps ($350 value)
* LiveType Combo Pack 3-disc set of LifeFonts, effects, textures, templates, and more courtesy 12 Inch Design ($300 value)
* a 12 CD subscription for After Effects and Photoshop training, courtesy of The Anvel ($299 value)
* a copy of Conduit for Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($269 value)
* a copy of FrameCycler Professional 3.5 film resolution playback and color channel viewing software, courtesy IRIDAS ($249 value)
* broadcastGEMs Volume01 AE Pro Series stock footage library with After Effects projects, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($229 value)
* a copy of SpeedGrade OnSet "look management" (color correction, etc.) software, courtesy IRIDAS ($199 value)
* GridIron Nucleo render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($150 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 08 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($149 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* DVD Studio Pro 4 book by Martin Sitter and Adrian Ramseier, courtesy Peachpit ($50 value)
* After Effects in Production second edition book by MGLA co-host Trish and Chris Meyer, courtesy CMP Books ($50 value)
* Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production book by Andrea Pejrolo, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* If It's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling book by Patti Bellantoni, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* After Effects 7.0 Classroom in a Book, courtesy Peachpit Press ($35 value)
* Designing Sound for Animation book by Robin Beauchamp, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)
* Easy Guide to DVD Studio Pro 3 book by Rick Young, courtesy Focal Press ($25 value)
* Easy Guide to Adobe Encore DVD 2.0 book by Jeff Bellune, courtesy Focal Press ($25 value)
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And again, thanks to Maxon'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).
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.