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Next meet is Wednesday, February 25, 2015 beginning at 6:45PM
- till we drop at the
Gallery Theatre in Hollywood Ca.

Eventbrite - February 25 lacpug Meet

We welcome VFX Artist Scott Squires who will show us how to do VFX on a Budget. A really small budget.

We welcome Jon Chappell from Digital Rebellion who will show off CinePlay. What is CinePlay? CinePlay is a professional Mac media player complete with timecode overlays, markers, masking, safe areas and cloud playback support.

Also we welcome Director of Production for the LA Kings Hockey Club, Aaron Brenner. Aaron just wrapped a huge project for the Kings, essentially turning 100TB of footage into a 90min doc. Here is an exerpt.

Plus Stump the Gurus and World Famous Raffle.

All in ONE NIGHT!

See you Wednesday, February 25, 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.

Eventbrite - February 25 lacpug Meet


Agenda (subject to change)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join Gurus
Monica Daniel, Philip Hodgetts Michael Kammes and Adam Bedford 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 - 8:00PM - Cineplay - Jon Chappell
CinePlay is a professional iOS media player complete with timecode overlays, markers, masking, safe areas and much more. It is ideal for dailies, portfolios, client feedback and mobile note taking. Jon Chappell will show it to us

About John Chappell
Jon Chappell is an editor, post production supervisor and software developer originally from the UK. He is the owner of Digital Rebellion LLC and is a regular contributor to the Final Cut Pro, Avid and Adobe communities. His company's post production software is used by freelancers, production companies, studios and Fortune 500 companies worldwide to fix problems, optimize workflows and manage their teams.





8:00PM - 8:30PM - The Making of "Stanley Cup Moments" - Aaron Brenner
Director of Production for the LA Kings Hockey Club, Aaron Brenner just wrapped a huge project for the Kings, essentially turning 100TB of footage into a 90min doc. Here is an exerpt. .
Aaron will take us through the workflow.

About Aaron Brenner
Aaron Brenner is the Director of Production for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings. Alongside a cast of talented and creative professionals, Brenner leads an in-house production team that produces original content, oversees internal video needs, and is a driving force behind the LA Kings' content strategy. Currently in his seventh season with the LA Kings, he's covered two Stanley Cup Championships. For his work covering those runs, he won an Emmy Award in June 2014. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California and flies a helicopter to avoid traffic.


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 - 9:40PM - VFX on a Budget- Scott Squires
From Scott:
This presentation is aimed at filmmakers who have need of visual effects to tell their story, but lack a blockbuster (or anything close) budget. Legendary visual effects supervisor Scott Squires will take the audience through many tips and techniques to get the most out of whatever budget you may be forced to work around. He will cover the value of visual effects, why they are expensive and how to approach projects to get the most out of your visual effects.
You won't necessarily be able to create Avatar yourself for $10 after watching this, but you will better understand how to deal with visual effects as a filmmaker in a productive manner.

About Scott Squires
Scott Squires has a full range of experience working with both traditional and cutting edge digital techniques to create photo real visual effects. His career began with the development of the Cloud Tank Effect for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” His creative and technical problem solving combined with his knowledge and experience has allowed him to achieve the artistic vision of his directors. Squires received Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for “The Mask,” “Dragonheart” and “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.”  He also received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his pioneering work in the area of Film Input Scanning.

Squires co-founded Dream Quest Images where he was a Visual Effects Supervisor, as well as the company’s president for six years. Dream Quest was a leading visual effects facility from 1979-2001 before it was purchased by Disney Studios.

After running Dream Quest, Squires was recruited by ILM where he worked as a visual effects supervisor and commercial director for twenty years.

An avid inventor, Squires has developed a number of tools and processes to accomplish his work. Squires developed Commotion, a visual effects software package for doing rotoscoping, animation and compositing. Squires founded Puffin Designs, Inc. in 1997 to market Commotion which was acquired by Pinnacle Systems which was in turn acquired by Avid.

For Van Helsing he developed a technique to shoot bluescreen actresses to match predefined animation. On Dragonheart he wrote a program to gather data from a digital surveyors tool and also convert it into the necessary data format to load into a 3D application. He also wrote the software for doing the exploding star sequence in Dragonheart.

Squires has recently developed iPhone applications including a Paint Program (Squiggles), a video puzzle game (Fliparoni) and an iPad note taking app (NotesToStore)

Squires is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences -Visual Effects Branch. Squires is on the board of the Visual Effects Society

He is a Director of Photography in the International Cinematographers Guild.

Want more information about Scott Squires? You can find it at http://squiresstudios.com

9:50PM - World Famous Raffle
Edit Chair - Edit 5 Consoles
2x ShotPro for iPhone and iPad - ShotPro
10x FREE song credits - Total Soundtrack
Full License of Mocha Plus - Imagineer
2x Magnetic Stereo - Crumplepop
2x Cut Notes
- Digital Rebellion
5x CinePlay for Mac - Digital Rebellion -
2x Pro Versioner - Digital Rebellion
2x Pro Media Tools - Digital Rebellion
1x Pro Maintenance Tools - Digital Rebellion

2x Kollaborate 1 year licenses - Digital Rebellion

Complete Drag & Drop Series I or II, (winner's choice) - Digital Juice
1 Boris Continuum Complete Unit- BorisFX
Copy of Indie Essentials - That Studio
Delirium + Damage Bundle - Digieffects
3x copies of a "free scene" with back from EditStock
full license of Integration FX" CHV Plug-ins
$100 voucher for any AssistedEditing product - Intelligent Assistance

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.

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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