LINEUP: Apple Shake / AniMill Studio / Luxology modo 202 / door prizes
We have finalized details for the September meeting, and it is packed with some high-end stuff: demos of Apple Shake and Luxology modo, as well as guest studio AniMill_LA.
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 Legacy & Legend: Siqueiros & American Tropical Censorship Defied.
Also, remember: there is free wireless internet access at the theatre! Look for the network BGT Booth.
Our normal pre-meeting Q&A and gossip session. Co-hosts Trish and Chris Meyer just came back from FlashForward in Austin, and will have some comments on the convergence between web and video - as well as some of the problems. Time permitting, co-host Chris Meyer will show some tips using the After Effects Glow plug-in, and how you can get two quite different looks out of it.
One of the more interesting recent developments in the field of motion graphics and visual effects is Apple dropping the price of their high-compositing application Shake from $4999 to $499. Now priced in the range of many plug-ins, we feel Shake is certainly worth a second look as a utility, if nothing else, as it offers many great features. Charles Meyer of Apple will be down to show Shake with a motion graphics bent. As an added bonus, we are trying to arrange the demo to include one of the new Intel Xeon-based Mac Pro workstations, but they are hard to get ahold of right now; Charles has promised that if he can't get a workstation, he'll run it on a MacBook Pro Intel-based laptop just to show where laptop performance is these days. It should be an intriguing demo.
A chance to network, return calls (please remember to keep cell phones silent while in the theatre), get something from the snack bar, and tour the adjacent Art Gallery.
AniMill was tapped to create a marketing/technical visualization presentation for an advanced missile defense system for MEADS International, a joint venture between USA, Germany, and Italy. Instead of producing the usual government technical production, they designed a project where the viewer is embedded within a MEADS deployment. Written from the point-of-view of a reporter, they developed a storyline that would emphasize each talking-point the client specified. Utilizing 3DS MAX and After Effects, they quickly designed and created the various elements and effects within a tight schedule and budget restrictions.
Curtis Sponsler, author of the Focal Easy Guide to After Effects (which we will be giving away two copies of later in the evening), will present an overview of various techniques used to efficiently and effectively create the visuals of the MEADS presentation: timesaving VR environments for fast rendering and simple client modifications, using After Effects to enhance 3D particle effects, and "Cheating-is-Good" methods to make bland 3D renderings look near-photo-real.
Paul Davies of Sony ImageWorks will give us a user's perspective on one of the most talked-about new tools for 3D artists: Luxology's modo 202. He will start off with a quick overview of modo, stepping through the new Exploration feature. Then he will demonstrate his organic modeling workflow, "knocking out" a simple creature. During this, Paul will use this creature to show off Interactive UV Pinning and Relaxing and Object to Object Normal Map Baking. We really appreciate him taking the time to come down. For those who want to try modo themselves, a free demo version is available here.
Below is a list of door prizes we will be giving away this month, adding up to around $3500-$4000 in value depending on which options you choose.
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.)
* Liquid Abstracts stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of September where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Digital Aire for $299 or Digital Aire HD 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 12 CD subscription for After Effects and Photoshop training, courtesy of The Anvel ($299 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)
* ProductionBlox Unit 08 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($149 value)
* coupon worth 50% off virtually any Moviola class (ACSR and bundles excepted), courtesy Moviola ($197-$647 value)
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, from new MGLA sponsor Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).
* Creating Motion Graphics Volume 2: Advanced Techniques book by MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy Focal Press ($60 value)
* Digital Compositing for Film and Video Second Edition book by Steve Wright, courtesy Focal Press ($55 value)
* Photoshop CS2 + Flash 8 Integration CD by Michael Ninness, courtesy Lynda.com ($49 value)
* Flash User Experience Best Practices CD by Robert Hoekman, Jr., courtesy Lynda.com ($49 value)
* Reinventing Music Video book by Matt Hanson, courtesy Focal Press ($45 value)
* 2 copies of the Focal Easy Guide to After Effects book by tonight's guest artist, Curtis Sponsler, courtesy Focal Press ($25 value each)
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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.