LINEUP: Stardust Studios / Rodney Ascher / demo reels / door prizes / & more
In July we will have another artist-heavy month, with studios presenting case studies plus - by a popular demand - a chance to view your demo reels. Here are the details:
Our normal pre-meeting Q&A session.
Co-host Ko Maruyama will demonstrate using Maxon's Cinema 4D to create some 3D animation. An easy addition to 2D motion design, Sweep NURBS objects can provide some elegant 3D solutions. Ko will provide a 10 minute introduction to simple animations using splines to create geometry, animated in Cinema 4D and treated in Adobe After Effects.
Co-host Trish Meyer will demonstrate a number of useful animation tips in After Effects. She will be focusing on ways to animate layers using the new Behavior Animation Presets in After Effects 7, as well as using parenting. Both make it easier to tweak animations and respond to client changes. Then she will share ideas on how to take advantage of the ability to copy and paste path information between different parameters in After Effects.
Rodney Ascher will return to present "The Making of Fight Night: Sweet Dreams" - a TV commercial for the EA Sports videogame, which involved a live action shoot on 35mm for background plates and motion tracking to marry them to animation of the actual game. Rodney will be bringing a DVD with the spot and an animatic, references, and rough cuts. You can view a QuickTime of the final spot here.
A chance to stretch, network, and get something to eat or drink from the lobby snack bar.
Stardust Studios owner and Creative Director Jake Banks plus Executive Producer Eileen Doherty (formerly a senior producer at MTV) will their lovely MAC Cosmetics Project. From initial concerting of boards, through motion tests and the final delivered project they will highlight all of the key moments that defined the work and discuss the various programs used in the design and animation.
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. Hand your reels to Warren Heaton or another one of our hosts before the meeting or during the break to get into the queue. We will have t-shirts and the such to give away to those willing to share their work with us.
Below is the list of the door prizes we will be handing out at the end of the meeting, worth nearly $6000! 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.
* Adobe Production Studio Premium (for Windows), which includes After Effects 7.0 Professional, Premiere Pro 2.0, Photoshop CS2, Audition 2.0, Encore DVD 2.0, and Illustrator CS2, courtesy Adobe Systems ($1699 value)
* a dvGarage PowerPak that contains copies of virtually everything they sell, courtesy dvGarage ($1199 value)
* Nature Abstracts stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of July where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Nature's Gallery 1 for $299 or Digital Refractions HD Vol. 2 for $399, which is a $3-400 savings.)
* 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)
* 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)
* ActionScript 2.0 Essential Training CD by Joey Lott, courtesy Lynda.com ($149 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* After Effects in Production second edition book by MGLA co-host Trish and Chris Meyer, courtesy CMP Books ($50 value)
* Digital Intermediates for Film and Video book by Jack James, courtesy Focal Press ($50 value)
* Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production book by Andrea Pejrolo, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* Easy Guide to Macromedia Flash 8 book by Birgitta Hosea, 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.