December 2007 will mark MGLA's 125th monthly meeting, and the last meeting for original hosts Trish and Chris Meyer. Join us for the end of an era. An outline of the meeting is detailed below.
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.
We will discuss what lies ahead for this long-running motion graphics user group. In short, the group will carry on; just under a new name with new leaders and direction.
Co-host Warren Heaton will see if Trish and Chris have any brain cells remaining by asking them about milestones in gear, software, and trends over the past 10+ years. You'll be amazed at what was considered "cutting edge" not all that long ago...
One of MGLA's earliest regular presenters was the visual effects and design house Reality Check Studios. Kory Jones of Reality Check will return to give us an overview of what they've been up to lately, and then break down a pair of shots they've created which you might have seen...
A chance to stretch, network, grab a snack (or glass of wine), and peruse the prizes.
Mike Goedecke of Belief and now WonderHowTo has given several thought-provoking presentations on creativity at MGLA in the past, and this month will be no exception. After showing us some recent work from Belief and giving us an overview of his exciting new web venture WonderHowTo, Mike will demonstrate several ways he's used unusual objects and technology to inspire new graphic forms and ideas, and will engage the audience in some creativity exercise. We're sure it's going to be a night to remember.
We've been trying to show your work at least once a quarter this year, and there's no reason to change this meeting. Show us your stuff! 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. If you have a project, and need over 3 minutes running time, contact Warren Heaton so we can schedule accordingly. Hand your reels to Warren Heaton or another one of our hosts before the meeting or during the break to get into the queue.
Harry Mott of Otis College of Art and Design (and before that, AFI's Advanced Technology Program - one of the early inspirations for MGLA) will be on hand to show his student's recent work.
Don't worry - Santa has plenty of prizes left in his bag for this meeting - well over $4000 worth!
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 current list is:
* Genome HD Volume 1 stock footage, courtesy MotionStream ($799)
* Storm Clouds 2 stock footage, courtesy Artbeats ($599)
(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 Moods for $299, or Digital Moods HD for $399.)
* 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)
* the Moviola class of your choice (except the Avid ACSR classes), courtesy Moviola ($395-895 value)
* GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($395 value)
(Moviola will also have 25% off certificates for those who attend this meeting!)
* 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.)
* Staging High End Scenes Volume V & VI DVD, courtesy Hollywood Camera Work ($135 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 01 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($99 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 05 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($99 value)
* LiveType Expansion Pack #2, 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).
* Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Fourth Edition book by Trish & Chris Meyer ($65 value)
* 60-Day Cineversity membership - access to hundreds of video tutorials online, courtesy MAXON Computer ($50 value)
* After Effects Expressions Series 1 Training Bundle by Harry Frank, courtesy Toolfarm ($45 value)
* After Effects Apprentice book by Trish & Chris Meyer ($40 value)
And again, thanks to Adobe's sponsorship of MGLA this year, 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.