LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Distributed Podcast Production / Maxon Cinema 4D r10 / guest artist: Big Machine Design / demo reels / door prizes
Think of our December meeting as our version of the office holiday party. In addition to very informative presentations from Pixel Corps, Maxon, and Big Machine Design, we will be highlight your work by showing your reels, and also giving away a LOAD of prizes (scroll down to see the awesome list).
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. The current exhibit is Clayton Campbell's "After Paradise" - new photographs inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. This will be the last month MAG is making themselves available to MGLA members on our meeting night, so take advantage of it. You need to enter from MAG's front doors; the doors connecting MAG and BGT will be closed even though the museum is open.
Also, remember: there is free wireless internet access at the theatre! Look for the network BGT Booth.
Alex will also be talking about the ever-changing and growing revenue related to online video production.
The latest release of Cinema 4D is now shipping. Rick Barrett of Maxon US will be down to show us what's new, and how to put it to use.
A major focus of r10 is character animation, and to that end a whole new comprehensive toolset has been added to their MOCCA module, including joint-based skeletons with improved IK setup and solutions, skin deformations, automatic weighting solutions and tools, extensive morph management system, and muscular deformation based on the animation of joints. Another nice touch is that BodyPaint 3D is now included in with every configuration of Cinema 4D. Also look for the new user interface, enhanced keyframe editor, an interactive renderer, and more. You can download a free demo here.
Hollywood design and animation studio BIG MACHINE will present a recent project in which they used CINEMA 4D and other support software to complete the animation. Big Machine frequently mixes various combinations of motion graphics, 3D animation and live action for their clients.
Co-founder Ken Carlson and other animators from the studio will be on hand to demonstrate creative workflow and answer questions about various projects that they have worked on, which include broadcast promo, branding, music video and film. Their work can be seen at the studio's website: http://www.bigmachine.net
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.
For those who share their reel with us, we have t-shirts and the such from Maxon, GridIron, Digital Anarchy, and Luxology. Those who share an actual project will also receive a Motionstream HD Sample Pack, which includes several royalty-free HD clips they can use on future projects. If you have a project, and need over 3 minutes running time, contact Warren Heaton so we can schedule accordingly.
Since we didn't give away door prizes at our November special meeting at DV Expo, and also because it's the holidays, we've loaded up on prizes we're giving away at this meeting - over $8000 worth, including copies of Cinema 4D r10 and After Effects 7! It will be your best chance in some time to walk away with a freebie (many of significant value) at the end of the night.
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.
Here is the list:
* Adobe After Effects 7 Professional Edition (Mac version), courtesy Adobe Systems ($999 value)
* Holiday-Maker HD Powertools HD 3 DVD pack of stock footage, courtesy of new MGLA sponsor Motionstream ($799 value)
* Chromatica stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of December where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Chris Meyer's Liquid Abstracts for $299 or Liquid Abstracts HD for $399, which is a $2-400 savings.)
* 2 copies of the GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($495 value each)
* 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 bundle of FrameCycler Professional 3.5 film resolution playback and color channel viewing software plus SpeedGrade OnSet "look management" (color correction, etc.) software, courtesy IRIDAS ($448 value)
* 2 Lynda.com Online Training Library 1-year Premium Subscriptions, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value each)
* a 6 month membership in the Pixel Corps ($300-350 value)
* a 12 CD subscription for After Effects and Photoshop training, courtesy of The Anvel ($299 value)
* 2 coupons worth 50% off virtually any Moviola class (ACSR and bundles excepted), courtesy Moviola ($197-$647 value each)
* a full set of After Effects books - Creating Motion Graphics Volume 1 and Volume 2, plus After Effects in Production - by co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy CyberMotion ($170 value)
* Conduit nodal compositing plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($149 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 08 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($149 value)
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, courtesy Little Men Entertainment ($99 value)
* VideoSyncrasies: The Motion Graphics Problem Solver DVD by MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy Desktop Images ($80 value)
* Encyclopedia of Visual Effects book by Damian Allen and Brian Connor, courtesy Peachpit Press ($60 value)
* 2 signed copies of The Art of Ray Harryhausen, courtesy Maxon US ($50 value each if unsigned)
* Animation From Pencils to Pixels book by Tony White (with forward by Roy Disney), courtesy Focal Press ($50 value)
* DVD Studio Pro 4 book by Martin Sitter and Adrian Ramseier, courtesy Peachpit ($50 value)
* After Effects @ Work book by multiple authors, including MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy Focal Press ($45 value)
* The Technique of Video and Film Editing book by Ken Dancyger, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* Easy Guide to DVD Studio Pro 3 book by Rick Young, 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.