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Tentpoles and TV

Join us Wednesday, August 28 for a very special Summer lacpug Meet.

Academy Award nominated film editor Matt Chesse ACE returns to lacpug to talk "Editing Tentpoles," in particular World War Z. He will be joined by editor Dan Lebental ACE

And editor Kelley Dixon returns to talk and take a bow for her six seasons of editing the acclaimed TV show, Breaking Bad.

Plus another round of Stump The Gurus and World Famous Raffle!

There will be plenty of time for Q and A, so take advantage of this opportunity to get up close and personal with two of entertainments finest picture editors.

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, Adam Bedford 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 - 7:30PM - 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 - 8:20PM - A Conversation with Kelley Dixon on editing Breaking Bad
Editor Kelley Dixon returns to lacpug, having just finished season six of arguably the finest Television series in history, Breaking Bad. We intend to have an informal conversation with Kelley, show a couple clips, and open the rest of the time to you the audience.

About Kelley Dixon
Kelley Dixon just finished up Season Six of “Breaking Bad.”

Kelley has been nominated twice by the American Cinema Editors (A.C.E. ) for Season 3 and Season 4 of "Breaking Bad" and has recently been nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for BB's Season Five Episode "Gliding All Over."

Kelley grew up in Chicago, Illinois and got a degree in journalism at Colorado State University. She originally had her sights on writing for advertising but got a job in the mailroom at MGM Studios soon after graduating.

After working as a Production Assistant and an Assistant Editor on Features and Television for 17 years, Kelley landed an editing position on Season One of "Breaking Bad."

8:30PM - 9:00PM - Break
Brand new lacpug sponsor HDDISK will be showing their storage solutions. Also Heather Williams from Atomos will be showing off the brand new just shipping Samurai Blade. Also Gard Cookson will be in the lobby showing off the soon to be released iPad App for KillerKeys Pro 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 - 9:50PM - Editing Tentpoles - Matt Chesse and Dan Lebental
We welcome back Academy Award nominated editor Matt Chesse and Dan Lebental to lacpug. Matt has edited such films as Monsters Ball, Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace, “Warrior” starring Tom Hardy and recently, World War Z. Dan has edited 2 Iron Man movies as well as ELF and many more. We intend to have a conversation with them about editing "tentpole" movies. Is it different? If so, how? There will be plenty of time for questions.

About Matt Chesse A.C.E.
Matt Chesse is an American film editor, producer, and director who is mainly associated with Independent films. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing for Finding Neverland. Chesse has edited most of the films directed by Marc Forster, including the James Bond film Quantum of Solace and most recently, World War Z. Chesse was born and raised in the San Francisco, California area, and received a bachelor's degree in English literature from San Francisco State University. After college he was invited to relocate to Los Angeles, California to assist Peter Kagan, a director of commercials, at Stiefel and Co. He next worked as an assistant to Angus Wall, an editor at the commercial editorial shop Rock, Paper, Scissors. Chesse became an editor under the tutelage of David Lee and Lauren Zuckerman. His first project with Marc Forster was on the film Everything Put Together, which led to their collaboration on the very successful film Monster's Ball. Chesse has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors. He has been nominated, for an Oscar in 2005: Best Achievement in Editing for Finding Neverland, an Eddie in 2005: Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic for Finding Neverland, and a Satellite Award in 2008: Best Film Editing for Quantum of Solace which he shared with Richard Pearson

About Dan Lebental A.C.E.
Dan Lebental is a Hollywood professional editor, the founder and the designer of Touchedit. He has been editing feature films for more than twenty years, working with some of Hollywood's top movie studios and directors. His long time collaboration with Jon Favreau has yielded hits such as ELF and the blockbusters IRON MAN and IRON MAN 2. His versatility across genres includes working on comedies, dramas, thrillers, documentaries, TV projects as represented by more than 20 movies and hundreds of music videos cut over the span of his career.
He recently completed the documentary THE ART OF CONFLICT as both Producer and Editor.

Dan Lebental is a member of American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Academy of Arts, has lectured on the art of editing at USC and has spoken at various international conferences.

Throughout his career Dan continues to support and mentor students and aspiring beginners taking pleasure in fostering a new generation of editors.

10:00PM - World famous Raffle (subject to change)
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2x 5 Hours of FREE Automatic Transcription Service - uSubtile
2 copies of CrumplePop SkinTone for FCP X  - Crumplepop
full license of Integration FX" CHV Plug-ins
$100 voucher for any AssistedEditing product - Intelligent Assistance
2 FREE Webinars - Larry Jordan
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FCP Keyguide - Neotron

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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