LINEUP: House of Moves motion capture studio / guest studio: LAMBO & New Pollution / Pixel Corp Presents: Broadband Video / door prizes
This month's meeting touches on important subjects such as motion capture and broadband video delivery, and includes with a great guest studio and case study. The preliminary running order is below (there is a chance presentations might swap around at the last minute). Regardless, you will want to stick around until the end; we have over $4000 in prizes to give away as well!
Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page. Also, remember: there is free wireless Internet access at the theatre! Look for the network BGT Booth.
Our normal gossip, rumor, and problem solving session before the meeting proper as people get parked and seated.
Motion capture has become a visual effects staple in many movies, commercials, and other work. House of Moves is different in that not only do they produce these shoots, they also make stock data and software available.
Amy Calcote, Gary Roberts and Scott Gagain of House of Moves will be going through a wide range of topics including character rigging, solving and retargeting to a character skeleton, the overall capture process and an overall description of their services as a whole. They will also be sharing a few different project samples from jobs over the past few years to give us a feel for what motion capture brings to the table and how it can help brings things to life in the 3D Production World.
A chance to network, return calls, and grab something from the snackbar while we set up for the second half of the meeting.
LAMBO is named after "a fictional animal of our creation possessing the finesse of a lamb fused with the 'we'll kick your ass' fighting spirit of Rambo." They will be showing their acclaimed spot for Fuel TV called New Pollution. As they say, "Where do we begin to explain this one? All I know is that one day we came into the studio and were stunned to find four gigantic monsters all wrestling over who was going to use the bathroom first." They forwarded this description of the spot's creation:
"The premise behind 'New Pollution' was to create a show package for the up and coming grom that has high hopes of one day becoming the next Michael Jordan of x-sports : surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, wake boarding, freestyle motor cross, and BMX. Todd and Matt over at Fuel TV had some preliminary ideas of the show concept moving toward a robot/monster direction (which we had no qualms about doing).
"First were the questions of what kind of monsters and how many; next, how much do they charge a day to destroy stuff and what do they want to eat; and finally and more importantly, what were their names? "Aqua Puss" is the wet beast of the sea, the hairy "Yeti" likes polar bears and penguins for lunch, smelly monster "Mr. Muddy" kicks it with moto kids who like to do back flips off him, and of course our favorite " Pave Man " who couldn't have a cooler name, were all born.
"Now that we have these monsters what now? Well these monsters are more than your average beast; they have feelings. No, really they represent big brothers to the groms. They are the big kid's down the street that would give you shit if you ever dared to look at them or, god forbid, say something. But as you grew up and got better at skating, surfing or whatever they did (because honestly you really only did it in the first place to impress them) these big brothers, bullies, idols, punks.... threw you obstacles (no matter how much you hated them) to make you better, and you loved them for it. The monsters throughout the open represent that staple in every young grom kids childhood."
If their presentation is even half as entertaining as their description, we should be in for a rollicking good time.
Broadband and cell phone video have arrived...which is great news for media creators. Alex Lindsay of Pixel Corps will talk about the business models that are emerging for content creation and walk through a few of the productions the Pixel Corps is producing for outside clients. See how the "Guerilla Techniques" they use as freelancers position them perfectly for the next bubble reaching Silicon Valley, and what buyers are looking for.
Below is the list of the loot we'll be giving away at the February meeting, totaling over $4000 in value!
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.
* Holiday-Maker HD Powertools HD 3 DVD pack of stock footage, courtesy of new MGLA sponsor Motionstream ($799 value)
* Glass Illusions stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of January where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Mayhem for $299 or ReelFire HD 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 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)
* GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($395 value)
* a Lynda.com Online Training Library 1-year Premium Subscriptions, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value)
* a 6 month membership in the Pixel Corps ($300-350 value)
* PowerBlox Unit 02 stock footage + element library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($299 value)
* dvMatte Pro keying plug-in for After Effects, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)
* Conduit nodal compositing plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($149 value)
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, courtesy Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).
* Digital TV over Broadband book by Joan Van Tassel, courtesy Focal Press ($60 value)
* After Effects @ Work book by multiple authors, including MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy Focal Press ($45 value)
* Designing Movie Creatures and Characters book by Richard Rickitt, courtesy Focal Press ($37 value)
* Understanding and Crafting the Mix book by William Moylan, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)
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And again, thanks to Adobe'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
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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 Google 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.