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Next lacpug Meet is June 22, 2016
beginning at 6:45PM
- till we drop at the Gallery Theatre in Hollywood Ca.

Happy 16th Anniversary Lacpug

The Art of Story Telling with VR/360° Video Night.

Eventbrite - June 22 LACPUG Meet

VR/360° video is here to stay folks so you might as well learn how it works so you can work with it.

Join us as we welcome Neil Smith and Matt Celia as they take you behind the scenes of the creation of an incredible virtual journey aboard a Pirate ship sailing the seven seas in search of hidden treasure and deadly contraband. In 360° video. Really.

Plus we welcome New Deal Studios Co-Founder,Creative Director and VFX Supervisor Matthew Gratzner. Matt will take us through the process of how he created his Cinematic Narrative VR Films from prep, production and through post.

Also digital cinema innovator and rental house Radiant Images will be in the lobby showing off lots of VR gear.

Oh yeah, Stump the Gurus, World Famous Raffle and CAKE!

Oh yeah, we got a new projector!

Eventbrite - June 22 LACPUG Meet


Agenda (subject to change and availability)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join Gurus Adam Bedford,
Misha Tennenbaum, Monica Daniel, Michael Kammes 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.

7:15PM - 7:25PM - Radiant Images - Sinclair Fleming
Radiant Images is an award-winning digital cinema innovator and rental house here in LA providing creative solutions in 2D, 3D, VR and augmented reality, leading-edge cameras and equipment, and unrivaled client support, to the motion picture industry worldwide. Sinclair Fleming will tell you all about them and they will also be in the lobby showing of VR Gear.

7:30PM - 8:20PM - The Art and Tech of VR Storytelling involving Parrots, Pirates and Pandemonium - Neil Smith and Matt Celia
VR/360º technology is ushering in a new era of visual storytelling and end-user experiences - everything from VR video games to 360º documentaries to immersive journalism and YouTube spherical commercials. But what about good old fashioned narrative story-telling? Can it be done in VR and if so, what are the challenges and how do you go about it?

Join Neil Smith and Matt Celia as they take you behind the scenes of the creation of an incredible virtual journey aboard a Pirate ship sailing the seven seas in search of hidden treasure and deadly contraband. - Well, a sailing ship moored in San Diego bay transporting a vicious parrot, motley mutineers and sea-sick wenches, anyway. All as part of a short VR story aimed at bringing some humor to the otherwise bleak, horror filled landscape of much current VR content.

Neil and Matt will delve into both the technology behind the VR/360º production as well as the creative process involved in writing, shooting, editing and delivering an entertaining, story-led VR piece. This tale will feature 360Heros rigs with CamMan2 DIT software, along with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects with the Mettle 360 Skybox plugins as well as sound design using Dolby Atmos.

All in all, this will be a captivating and riveting introduction to story-led VR content creation and delivery. Anyone turning up late for the session will be given ten lashes from Michael Horton and forced to walk the plank into the fish pond at the Barnsdall Art Park. It is cold and deep, me hearties! You have been warned.


About Neil Smith
Neil Smith is General Manager of ‘The VR Lab @ LumaForge’ and has been involved with VR technologies since the 1980s. As well as being a 25 year veteran of the computer industry, Neil studied Psychology and NeuroScience at USC in 2000 where he also got involved with the USC Film School and HD documentary filmmaking. In 2005 Neil set up LumaForge Systems to combine his experience of IT with the emerging world of digital filmmaking, working closely with companies like RED, Canon and Blackmagic Design. LumaForge continues to work closely with digital filmmakers to bring modern file-based workflows and fast shared storage solutions to the art of visual story-telling. Two years ago, Neil rediscovered the joy of VR through the Oculus Developer Program and the DK2 and since then has been heavily involved in investigating and experimenting with this next-gen version of VR tech including HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Google 360º and Facebook/Oculus. Based in the heart of Hollywood, 'The VR Lab @ LumaForge' is the nexus and plexus for all parties involved in exploring and harnessing the power of VR/360º story-telling.
See http://www.lumaforge.com/  for more details.

About Matt Celia
Matthew is a partner at Light Sail VR, an immersive cinema production company focused on pushing the boundaries of creative storytelling virtual reality. A skilled filmmaker with an eye towards telling authentic stories, he’s spent the last 10 years in the industry producing, directing, shooting, and editing a variety of narrative and nonfiction projects. His broad but consistent curiosity has led him to develop specialized skills in all aspects of production and tell stories in creative ways. His interest with Virtual Reality began he was in grade school by modeling Shakespeare’s Globe theater in a 3D Quicktime VR interactive experience. At 15, he founded his own graphic design company and paid his way through a B.F.A in film production at Chapman University. He took that momentum into the industry, working for the Warner Bros., Chevrolet, NBC, and directing a feature length documentary called Off The Floor which just recently ended its film festival tour across the United States. Light Sail VR combines Matthew’s production and post production expertise with long time friend and producer Robert Watts. In addition to branded work, the boutique creative studio is currently developing a slate of original series to grow the new medium.

8:25- 8:55PM - Break
The most important part of the show. It's networking time. This is a great opportunity to not only ask questions and get problems solved, but to meet people that just migh
t change your life. Radiant Images will be in Lobby showing off lots of VR Gear. Also in the lobby will be Sam Mestman and Josh Minney of LumaForge showing off the various ShareStations. There are snacks and drinks for sale. All proceeds go to the Gallery Theatre.

8:55PM - 9:45PM - Creating Cinematic Narrative VR Films - Matthew Gratzner
Director/Writer/Producer, Matthew Gratzner takes you through the process of how he created his Cinematic Narrative VR Films from prep, production and through post. The films Matthew will be discussing are The Mission, Mutiny and the music video for the Galvanized Souls' song “New Generation”;  All shot in real time 360° VR experiences.

About Matthew Gratzner
@MatthewGratzner
Matthew Gratzner is a triple threat talent who balances directing, design and technology fluidly when creating content. Matthew has a pioneering spirit and is always willing to create with new tools while remaining grounded in story and character.

Best known for his visual effects work on the biggest feature films over the last decade as Visual Effects Supervisor and co-founder of the Academy Award winning, New Deal Studios, Matthew is also an accomplished director. He has two feature films in post, several commercials, huge visual effects sequences, digital shorts and is now pioneering cinematic virtual reality content. He was the first to direct a cinematic live action virtual reality short called
The Mission. He has directed live sports VR for the NHL. His Music Video for Galvanized Souls' song “New Generation” was hugely popular last summer. His latest is the virtual reality short Mutiny for Nokia and their OZO camera.

9:50PM - World Famous Raffle
Editing Chair - Edit5 Consoles
240GB OWC Envoy Pro mini - OWC
Full License of Boris Continuum Complete 10 - Boris FX
1TB EV G Tech Rugged Drive - IVB Media Services
Full License of Mocha Pro -
Imagineer Systems
2 copies of CineXinsert - Cinedeck
AKiTiO Thunder Dock - Advantage Video Sysytems
Two Copies of Tool Plugin Suite - Crumplepop
5x CinePlay for Mac - Digital Rebellion
3x Pro Media Tools - Digital Rebellion
3x Pro Maintenance Tools - Digital Rebellion
5x Pro Versioner - Digital Rebellion
5x Cut Notes for iPad -
Digital Rebellion
$50.00 voucher for RocketStock.com - RocketStock.com
$100.00 Music Voucher - PremiumBeat.com
1 DigiSuite V3 + Video Wall for AE - Digieffects
2x copies of a "free scene" with feedback from EditStock
Automatic Duck Bottle Openers - Wes Plate



Directions

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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

Digital Projection provided by Adobe,
DigitalFilm Tree, OWC, DVCreators and lacpug Members

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