LINEUP: Q&A + tips / timelapse HD / ka-chew! / Video Box Studios / Pixel Corps Presents: Multipass Rendering / door prizes
We had a very positive response to our July agenda, which was a mixture of guest studios and useful production tips. We plan to keep that going in August (our 9th Anniversary, by the way), headlined by ka-chew!, a division of the famous animation house Klasky Csupo.
Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page. This month, the Municipal Art Gallery will be open for your pre-meeting viewing pleasure courtesy of Autodesk. This month's show is Super/Sonic 2006 (Multi School MFA Exhibition), Part 2, together including 140 graduates of nine Southern California MFA programs.
Our normal pre-meeting Q&A session. We will continue trying to fit more quick tips into meetings; this month, MGLA co-host Ko Maruyama will present "Dripping & Oozing: Alternative ideas for 3D liquid animation" using Cinema 4D.
Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy will show how he uses a Canon 20D digital SLR still image camera to shoot timelapse HD "video" for an upcoming Chaos Stock library. He will go over some of the problems taking the pictures and then cleaning them up in After Effects. (By the way, they're looking for additional HD footage, should you either have some you want to sell as stock footage, or if you have a timelapse-capable still image camera and are interested in shooting some...
Join Sam Schoemann & John Andrews from ka-chew! on a wild romp through the company's innovative approach to design and animation. See how ka-chew! combines live action, flat art, rotoscoping, and other animation techniques to create an array of uniquely distinctive visuals. Learn first hand how ka-chew! pursues the creative process to define design solutions and how the studio has worked with its clients to produce some of the most recognizable work in the industry.
A chance to stretch, network, and browse the adjacent Municipal Art Gallery.
Video Box Studios returns to MGLA. They have recently completed three broadcast commercials for Cola Turka, featuring two cola spots and one for their lemon-lime drink. Cola Turka is owned by Ulker, the leading beverage and snack food company in Turkey, and represented by Grey World Wide Agency.
Ulker has hired Video Box Studios to create a series of commercials to introduce their product line to Europe and the U.S. Justin Hixon and Jason Hearne will discuss the method of producing the job, including tricks used in the 3D and 2D process.
Alex Lindsay from the Pixel Corps will cover the ins and outs of multipass rendering. While many think of 3D as a single element, power users often render many of an object's attributes out separately which allows them to make real-time adjustments to everything from color to shading to reflections...all while compositing.
Here is the current list of door prizes we will be handing out at the end of the meeting (worth roughly $6000 total value!). We invite you to check out their links 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 Full Festival Ticket to the upcoming FITC Hollywood event October 5-7 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, courtesy FITC ($699 value)
(You may also get a 10% discount off normal registration by using the code MGLA8876.)
* Chaos Stock Vol. 2 HD stock footage library, plus an upcoming new HD stock footage library, both courtesy Digital Anarchy ($499 value each)
* Glass Illusions stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of August where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Fall Colors for $299 or Code Rush 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)
* GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($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)
* ThemeBlox Unit 04: Business & Money stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($199 value)
* coupon worth 50% off virtually any Moviola class (ACSR and bundles excepted), courtesy Moviola ($197-$647 value)
* Flash Professional 8 Essential Training CD by Shane Rebenschied, courtesy Lynda.com ($149 value)
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, from new MGLA sponsor Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* High Dynamic Range Imaging book by Reinhard, Ward, Pattanaik, & Debevec, courtesy Focal Press ($70 value)
* Creating Motion Graphics Volume 2 book by MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy CMP Books ($60 value)
* Creative After Effects 7 book by Angie Taylor, courtesy Focal Press ($55 value)
* After Effects @ Work book (multiple authors, including co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer), courtesy CMP Books ($45 value)
If you're not already on our email list, click on the Join MGLA button to the left and get on it now, so you can get first word of what's going to happen.
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.