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January 29 2015

Pleased to welcome back Philip Hodgetts who just returned from Tasmania, Australia. Philip will show us what he took in his bag to document a recent family history project.

Also Monica Daniel returns to show us "Approaches to Creative Editing."

Plus, "A Tale of Seven Sundances," with editor/director/producer Doug Blush
Editor Doug Blush has had 9 films in 7 Sundances over the last decade. And few people know how to negotiate their way through this festival better than Doug.

See you Thursday, January 29, 2015.

NOTE: lacpug generally meets every 4th Wednesday of the Month
Meetings are open to public and ALL beginning through advanced Digital Story Tellers are welcome.

Agenda (subject to change)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join Gurus
Monica Daniel, Misha Tennenbaum Michael Kammes and Philip Hodgetts as they will attempt to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems concerning FCS and FCPX, Avid, Premiere Pro and anything else you can think of. If they can't solve your problem or answer your question, then you go home with a problem, but you still got out of the house, so that's not a bad thing.

7:20PM - 7:25PM - Announcements
If we have time, this is your time. Get up and tell us something about yourself. Ask for a job, offer a job. Whatever you want. Keep it brief

7:30PM - 7:55PM - In The Bag - Documentary Production With as Little as Possible. Philip Hodgetts
How little gear can you carry, and still get a high quality result? Join
Philip Hodgetts as he explains how each piece of his kit has a strategic use in his “over one shoulder” carry bag production kit, and how he used it on a recent family history project in Tasmania, Australia.

About Philip Hodgetts
Philip Hodgetts is hard to pin down. He has an unusual blend of technical, creative and business skills that he applies to the worlds of digital production, post production and distribution. A technologist, editor, industry pundit, podcasting veteran and specialist in new distribution, Philip Hodgetts has 30 years experience in production and post; since 1994 all in the digital realm. He is a recognized authority on the changing nature of the digital landscape and has an enviable record of accurately predicting the implication of changing technology over the last decade. Philip is also an expert in working in the field with limited resources and no power. He is a metadata expert and will bend you ear about content metadata, any opportunity you give him. See more at:

8:00PM - 8:25PM - Approaches to Creative Editing - Monica Daniel
There is no one right way to edit. Editing is a subjective and creative endeavor. This is not about where to make the cut but how to get through it. I will offer some guidelines to use to get started editing various types of content and how to deal with the great unknown of a new project.

About Monica Daniel
Monica is an Editor and Colorist based in Los Angeles. She has worked for several networks including SyFy, Starz, BBC America, E!, G4 and A&E Bio, to name a few. In addition to Television, she has also worked on independent features that have been released by Miramax, Lionsgate and Anchor Bay Entertainment. She is also currently working on Scripted Projects for That Studio. She enjoys sharing her knowledge by giving presentations about her work, as well as writing a blog about editing; You can follow her on twitter at @monica_edits. And just for fun, Monica produces, edits and Co-Hosts an industry podcast called Going Postal Show where she interviews some of the top editors in the industry. Monica's tool of choice is Avid Media Composer, but she will edit with whatever the job requires.

8:30PM - 9:00PM - Break
This is your chance to ask questions. No questions? Then talk to each other. The break is a chance to hang out and meet and greet and get your problems solved and who knows, get a job. You never know who you are going to meet at lacpug Snacks and Beer and Wine will be on sale in the lobby. Proceeds go to the Gallery Theater.


9:00PM - 9:45PM - A Tale of Seven Sundances - Doug Blush and Sally Volkmann
Editor Doug Blush has had 9 films in 7 Sundances over the last decade. And few people know how to negotiate their way through this festival better than Doug. This year alone Doug has 3 films in attendance. Doug edited Kirby Dick's "The Hunting Ground" and was a consulting editor on SEMBENE, a film about the father of African cinema, as well as BENDING THE LIGHT, from master doc director Michael Apted! Doug will talk about these movies as well as finding your way to Sundance and negotiating your way once you get there. Doug will be joined by assistant editor Sally Volkmann.

About Doug Blush
Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose recent credits include, as the Supervising Editor, the 2013 theatrical hit 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, which won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2014. 20 FEET also brought him his first ACE Eddie Award win for Best Documentary Editing, as well as membership with the prestigious American Cinema Editors. He was Editor and Associate Producer of 2012’s Academy Award nominated THE INVISIBLE WAR, directed by renowned documentarian Kirby Dick.

His film OF TWO MINDS, co-directed with his wife Lisa, is an intimate look at three people living with bipolar disorder that has played across the US and Canada, winning both the 2013 Prism and Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues, and is now in release by Cinedigm on DVD and digital, and has been a top documentary on Netflix since December 2013.

Other recent work includes editing the crossword-culture hit WORDPLAY and the Academy Award-shortlisted national debt primer I.O.U.S.A.; editor and co-writer on THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, a wide-ranging appreciation of the National Film Registry; editor and executive producer on HBO's SUPERHEROES, an on-the-street documentary tracking the adventures of real life crime-fighters; editor of the Emmy nominated OUTRAGE with director Kirby Dick; the Eugene Jarecki-directed segment of FREAKONOMICS, and the editor of the popular investigative documentary BEER WARS. He has additionally edited, supervised and/or produced over twenty other feature documentaries, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also been a TV and feature film sound supervisor, as well as an animator for ABC/Walt Disney Studios, and has shot and edited behind-the-scenes documentaries for major Hollywood features including INDEPENDENCE DAY, DANTE’S PEAK, and TITANIC.

Doug has taught filmmaking for many years, including seminars and classes at USC, UCLA, Northwestern University, the YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Moviola Digital in Hollywood and Video Symphony in Burbank.

Doug and his wife and film partner Lisa Klein own MadPix, Inc, an independent production, post production and film consulting company in Los Angeles.

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How to get to the Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park

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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.

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.

What to do if I cant find a place to park?
Park at the Kaiser Hospital Parking lot. Download directions HERE - or...

1. Turn right on Hollywood Blvd
2. Turn right on Vermont Ave
3. Turn right on Sunset Blvd.
4. Turn right into Kaiser Parking Structure
5. Park on rooftop
6. Take elevator down to Level 2
7. Exit at Parking Entrance on Barnsdall Ave.
8. Cross Street to Barnsdall Park
9. Use Stair or elevator to Park
10. Climb stairs and follow signs to Gallery Theatre
11. Cost is $4.00 (I think) And security is provided.

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.

lacpug 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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