This year's NAB was a very good one for motion graphics artists, and we hope to get some of the more interesting products in over the next few months. We start with some interesting hardware and codec advances from AJA (who is generously sponsoring this night's month's), plus a couple of great studios: Troika, and Tomorrow's Brightest Minds. We also have nearly $8000 in prizes to give away at the end of the evening!
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.
Jon Thorn, Mac Product Marketing Manager for AJA will be on hand to talk about their latest products and how they benefit motion graphic designers, animators and content creators. Topics covered will include AJA's unique ability to play Animation codec media directly from Final Cut Pro without rendering, hardware based Downstream keyer capabilities, unique timecode output from simple player applications and pipeline efficiencies enabled when using AJA's new Io HD with Apple's Pro Res 422 HQ codec for motion graphics. At the end, AJA will be giving away one of their top-of-the-line Kona 3 cards - many thanks!
Troika Creative Director Gilbert Haslam will share a comprehensive overview of the company’s creative process for designing and implementing premiere sports branding packages for NBC Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports and NFL Network.
He’ll walk through some of the creative and technical challenges unique to each project and reveal the creative strategies and production solutions that allowed each project to go from concept to on-air without losing the integrity of the original designs.
Some of the challenge highlights will include:
- Building Packages for Longevity
- Production Builds for Live Event & Daily Programming
- Creating Design & Production Toolkits
- Delivering Client-Friendly Production Files
Tomorrow's Brightest Minds is a creative collective based in Los Angeles. They utilize a series of highly experimental psychic and scientific methods to excel in the fields of music video, commercials, motion and graphic design. Their identities: An enigmatic writer/director known only as BOO!, telekinetic designer/animator Dave Simmons, and a time-traveling producer from an unknown time called Wade Harpootlian.
The origins of TBM are difficult to ascertain, but this much is certain: they come from a variety of backgrounds: film and art school, web design, advertising, and most importantly, a solid root to the streets.
TBM have been called “the real life Ghostbusters” by some of their clients. These clients include: Atlantic Records, Dreamworks Records, V2 Records, Barsuk Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, Elektra Records, Epitaph Records, RCA Records, Geffen Records, Vagrant Records, URB Magazine and Pro Keds shoes.
Below is the list of prizes we will be giving away at the end of the meeting, with a total value of nearly $8000! Certainly worth sticking around for...
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.
* Kona 3 SD/HD video card for Mac, courtesy AJA ($2990 value!)
* Holiday-Maker HD Powertools HD 3 DVD pack of stock footage, courtesy Motionstream ($799 value)
* Nature Abstracts stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of February where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Family Life for $299 or Family Life 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)
* a bundle of LiveType Expansion Packs 1, 2, and 3 of textures, lower thirds, titles, and text animations for Apple LiveType, courtesy of 12 Inch Desgin ($450 value)
(note LiveTypeCentral also has several bundle deals going on)
* 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)
* 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).
* Photoshop for Video book by Richard Harrington, courtesy Focal Press ($55 value)
* Prepare to Board book by Nancy Beiman, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* High Definition Cinematography book by Paul Wheeler, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)
* a one-year subscription to Script magazine, courtesy of Final Draft ($25 value)
And again, thanks to AJA's sponsorship of MGLA this month, 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 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.