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July, 23, 2008

Join us as welcome Bruce Nazarian, "the Digital guy" who will drop by to discuss ongoing developments in the Blu-ray format. Also Steve Martin of Ripple Training returns to lafcpug to show off and talk about the one Pro App in the Final Cut Studio suite that no one seems to understand but should, Soundtrack Pro 2. Also the students from SFETT will make their annual pilgrmage to lafcpug to show and tell all about their upcoming iCan 9 Film Festival in San Fernando. Plus Editor Derek Mok will take us into the 'Craft of Editing' by comparing before and after clips from a narrative film and the "what and why" decisions that went into achieving the "final cut." Plus Stump The Gurus, Show and Tells and of course, World Famous Raffle.

Agenda (Subject to change)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join FCP Gurus Andrew Balis, Steve Martin and Christine Steele as they will attempt to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems concerning FCS. If they can't solve your problem or answer your How 2, then you go home with a problem but you still got out of the house, so that's not a bad thing.

7:20PM - 7:45PM - FCP/FCS-to-Blu-ray workflow - Bruce Nazarian
Bruce Nazarian, "the Digital guy" will drop by to discuss ongoing developments in the Blu-ray format, and demonstrate a simple Mac FCP/FCS-to-Blu-ray workflow for both blu-ray media (BD-25) and red-laser media (BD5-BD9).

7:50PM - 8:15PM - Soundtrack Pro- Steve Martin
You either love it or hate it, but most of you do not understand how to use it. Ripple Training will soon ship "Soundtrack Pro: Sound Editing and Mastering," and Steve Martin of Ripple Training will give us a sneek peak as well as tips on using Soundtrack Pro effectively.

8:15PM - 8:35PM - iCan Festival de Cine - Students from SFETT
Students from San Fernando High School's San Fernando Education Technology Team, (SFETT) return for their annual visit to lafcpug to talk briefly and show a trailer for the upcoming iCan Film Festival which will take place Saturday, August 2 2008 at the Library Plaza in San Fernando. For those of you who don't know about SFETT you should check it out HERE. It's a great, as well as inspirational story.

8:35PM - 9:00PM - Break
For the first time in lafcpug history we will have food at the meeting. That’s right hungry people. Spanish restaurant Tinto Tapas Espana will be at the theater making and selling yummy paella and tapas for a very cheap price. And Sangria too. The food is between $1 and $10. There will be paella for $5 to $10, and the tapas will range from sandwich bites, mushrooms, meatballs, salad, etc. from $1 to $2.50. So bring your appetite for food and drink as well as learning.

Also in the lobby will be the students from SFETT selling T-shirts. Also CalDigit will be in the lobby showing off their storage solutions. Also Data Robotics will there debuting the cool Drobo storage solution now with Firewire 800. Also Veescope Live will be in lobby. Also lafcpug meeting sponsor MelroseMac will be in lobby answering all your questions. The Lobby will be jammed. The break is a chance to hang out and meet and greet and get your problems solved. Lots of FCP Gurus come to lafcpug meetings and this is your chance to network and make contacts and get your problems solved. Snacks and Beer and Wine will be on sale in the lobby. Proceeds go to the Gallery Theater.

9:00PM - 9:35PM - The Editing Process - Derek Mok
When we talk about Final Cut Pro, sometimes we focus too much on the technical aspects -- codecs, standards, storage, special effects -- and don’t get to discuss the craft of editing nearly as much. How do you make a film work? How can you help a director or producer turn a doomed hodgepodge of footage into a coherent, engaging, entertaining film?

Young filmmakers study films, but rarely do they get to see the actual process that brought the film to its final shape. LAFCPUG moderator and editor Derek Mok, with the permission of his director Randall Dottin, will be showing an excerpt of Randy’s successful 2003 film-school thesis, A-Alike (winner -- Gold Medal, Narrative, Student Academy Awards 2003), which showed on HBO and was a finalist at the American Black Film Festival. Alongside the final cut, the same excerpt of the film from its very first cut will also be shown. After almost 10 years working together, Randy and Derek are now working on their first feature together, and this is a chance for a “Before and After” look at the process of editing and at the collaboration between director and editor at the grass-roots level.

9:35PM - 9:45PM - Chip Bolcik- Show and Tell
From Chip:
I've only been using FCP for a few months now, and most of what I've learned, I've learned from coming to LAFCPUG meetings. I'm putting together a TV pilot for a couple of friends who want to try to sell it. I'd like to show the first four minutes of the project to the group. I'm just so happy with what I've learned through you guys, that I thought I'd show a little bit of that knowledge off.

9:45PM - 9:55PM - "Cold Play" - Geno Andrews - Show and Tell
Director Geno Andrews will show a clip from his movie "ColdPlay" which will screen July 25 as part of the Dances With Films Film Festival.

9:55PM - World Famous Raffle
Damage plug-in - Digieffects
Adobe Bag - Adobe
USB Hub - Adobe
$200 free Stock Footage Clips - Pond5
$500 credit towards services - Post Mango
2 DVD Art Professional Volume I - EyeScream Factory
"Stop Staring and Start Grading with Apple Color" - Creative
"Money Making Graphics & Effects for FCS 2" - Creative
HD Survival Guide DVD - CallBox
Digital Color Correction - Call Box
T-shirts and Water Bottles-
BBC Motion Gallery
Training DVDs - Ripple Training
2 Free HD Clips - gotFootageHD
Copy of VeeScope Live - VeeScope Live
$100.00 off or towards any Digital Heaven products - Digital Heaven
100 credits for the royalty free stock video clips of your choice - Revolution Stock Media
Copy of DVDxDVPro - DVDxDV
50% off Training class at Moviola - Moviola
Plug-in package of your choice - Lyric Media
Ken Stone dot net T-shirt - Ken Stone

Special thanks to MelroseMac for footing the bill and Dean Cleary for taping the show

How to get to the Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park


Click here for Google Map


Click HERE to download a PDF(300K) of the grounds that points out the parking areas and includes other helpful hints.

The Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
(between Vermont and Normandie)
Hollywood, CA 90027
Phone: 323.644.6272

Enter through the gate on Hollywood Blvd just West of Berendo. The theater is at the top of the hill, adjacent to the art gallery.

From US 101 (heading South),
take the Hollywood Boulevard exit.
Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Hollywood Boulevard.
Turn right into the entrance to Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard. (you will only see a parking lot. Drive to top of hill to find the Gallery Theater)
The Gallery Theater is in the center of the park.

From US 101 (heading North),
take the Vermont Avenue exit.
Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Vermont Avenue.
Turn left onto Hollywood Boulevard.
Turn left into the entrance to Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard. (you will only see a parking lot. Drive to top of hill to find the Gallery Theater)
The Gallery Theater is in the center of the park.

Metro Red Line
Yes, Los Angeles has a subway and if possible you ought to use it. Riders are dropped of at Sunset and Vermont, one long block from the Art Park. More info on the Red Line can be found here.

Note on Parking: Parking is FREE. There is ample parking on top of hill near the Art Park. Parking extends around the perimeter of the Park. NOTE: Please park your car diagonally even though the spaces are not marked that way. If there are no spaces to park at top, then use parking lot at bottom of hill near Hollywood Blvd. Click HERE to download a PDF(300K) of the grounds that points out the parking areas and includes other helpful hints.

Wheelchair access: Park in the lot next to the Hollyhock house (you will see a handicap parking sign), come into the theatre entrance, and take the elevator down. There will be space in the front of the theatre for wheelchairs.

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 Blvd.


digital projection made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Apple Computer and the Pixel Corps

with additional support from Adobe Systems, AJA, ProMax Systems,
BIAS, Inc. DigitalFilm Tree, and Gefen Inc.

lafcpug meetings are presented in association with the
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, a facility of the City of Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs

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