The November meeting will be jam-packed: we have four presentations scheduled, plus co-hosts Trish and Chris Meyer will be selling and signing their latest book Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects 4th Edition to raise money for victims of the recent Southern California wildfires. Stay to the end; we have a large assortment of prizes (including the software demonstrated throughout the evening) to give away!
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 usual pre-meeting banter while folks get parked and seated.
Brad Kolacinski, Director of Marketing Operations for Antics Technologies, will be showing a "sneak peek" of the upcoming release of Antics, an easy to use 3D animation application that is quickly gaining attention in a wide variety of markets from film pre-viz to machinima to legal re-enactments and emergency response training/simulation. Brad will include a brief overview of how easy it is to animate in Antics with their intelligent characters, props and environments and to output an animated scene complete with complex camera choreography within minutes. He will also quickly demonstrate how you can even import real world locations from Google Earth into Antics.
Brad will be joined by guest artist Bobby Maruvada, who recently used Antics in conjunction with After Effects and Final Cut Pro on a massive HD video wall project for a big-budget client. Finally, Brad is also offering a copy of Antics as a door prize at the end of the evening - thanks!
Alan Lorence, President and lead developer at wondertouch, will be giving a "sneak peek" of the long-awaited particleIllusion plug-in for Adobe After Effects: pIllusion AE. The plug-in will afford motion graphics and visual effects professionals working in the film post-production and pre-visualization, commercial broadcast, standard and HD video, and Web graphics industries to easily access the powerful and highly-acclaimed particleIllusion 3.0 engine from directly within the After Effects environment to efficiently add and modify spectacular effects from the huge particleIllusion library.
Alan will include a brief overview of particleIllusion 3.0 (the standalone application), compare it to pIllusion AE, and show how the two products complement each other. He'll also call upon his years of experience designing particle effects to demonstrate several particle emitter creation tips that can be applied to almost any particle systems -- not just particleIllusion -- resulting in more realism, more complexity, and better performance. Alan is also generously giving away 2 copies of particleIllusion 3.0 as door prizes.
A chance to stretch, socialize, browse the door prizes, and grab something from the snack bar.
Todd Prives from GenArts will be showing brand new Sapphire Plug-ins from their recent release of Version 2 for After Effects and Compatible products. Version 2 features more than 30 new and innovative effects including FilmDamage, ZDefocus, Cartoon, BleachBypass, GradientMulti, SwishPan, Light3D, Deband, and TextureNeurons.
Sapphire 2 includes support for the latest versions of all After Effects and compatible host applications including Adobe CS3 and the "Smart FX" API which provides more efficient processing and support for 32-bit image formats. All platforms running v2 will have improved rendering speed. In addition, GenArts will be giving away the winner's choice of a "box" (collection) of Sapphire Plug-Ins as a door prize.
Chris Do of Blind will be joining us again (some may remember him from our July meeting), demonstrating a variety of compositing tricks to achieve subtle looks and effects to enhance a shot using GenArts Sapphire among other tools. He'll focus on integrating green screen footage with computer graphics and photographic plates.
Established in 1995, Blind has grown over the past decade, garnering numerous industry accolades and awards and assembling an envious list of national and international clients. Blind is a full service design, production and post-production company that includes editorial and live-action directing for commercials, broadcast television and film.
The embarrassment of riches continues, with over $5500 in prizes lined up for this month's meeting. In addition to our normal wonderful assortment of prizes, all of the vendors showing off their wares tonight are also donating copies for you to win and take home.
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. Prizes not claimed will be rolled over to the next meeting.
The list includes:
* Genome HD Volume 1 stock footage, courtesy MotionStream ($799)
* Sapphire Plugins 2.0 plug-in collection for After Effects (winner's choice of box set), courtesy of Genarts ($599 value)
* Antics Studio, courtesy of Antics3D ($595 value)
* Line Elements stock footage, courtesy Artbeats ($499)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of November where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, and you are eligible to get Digital Web and/or Kids of Summer for only $299 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)
* GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($395 value)
* particleIllusion 3.0 standalone application, courtesy of wondertouch ($389 value)
* Lynda.com Online Training Library 1-year Premium Subscription, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value)
(For a free 24-hour pass to check out their service, click here.)
* 6 month Pixel Corps membership, courtesy Pixel Corps ($240-290 value)
* Stationary Blocking DVD, courtesy Hollywood Camera Work, Volume 1 & 2 ($135 value)
* LiveType Expansion Pack #1, courtesy of 12 Inch Design ($99 value)
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, courtesy Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).
* ProductionBlox Unit 06 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($99 value)
* An Introduction to Poser training DVD by Arena Reed, courtesy of E-Frontier ($49 value)
* After Effects Expressions Series 1 Training Bundle by Harry Frank, courtesy Toolfarm ($45 value)
* A Face for Radio book, courtesy of Focal Press ($45 value)
* TV Noise Vol. 1 stock footage library, courtesy Little Black Bird ($45 value)
* Final Cut Express HD Editing Workshop book by Tom Wolsky, courtesy of Focal Press ($35 value)
* Designing Sound for Animation book by Robin Beauchamp, courtesy Focal Press ($37 value)
* Seventy Nine Eighty Photography, courtesy of Melrose Mac ($30 value)
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And again, thanks to GenArts' sponsorship of MGLA this month, admission is free!
Chris, Trish, Tony, Warren, and Ko
Your MGLA co-hosts
This meeting is presented in association with the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre,
a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
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.