Author Archive for: Wendy

January 26, 2015
26 Jan 2015

February 11th, 2015

Stems, Splits & Audio Deliverables

Have you wondered what the terms splits or stems in regards to audio means? Have you heard about dipped and undipped splits? Do you know about an M & E or Mix Minus tracks and why they are imperative to your final project?woody_small_1

Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer and Rerecording Mixer (and Co-Founder of LAPPG) Woody Woodhall will discuss this and other aspects of audio for distribution or broadcast. Splits are an essential component in audio deliverables and Woody will discuss what they are, why they are needed and how they can increase the value and longevity of the sound for your project.



Considerations When Designing Your Own Workspace from Production to Post

As workflows and equipment change so do our needs for a more efficient, connected and user-friendly space to work. Jeffrey Stansfield​,​ President and CEO of Advantage Video Systems will deliver an overview of what goes into creating such a studio space. We’ll have a look at various facilities from a small home office to a large video production facility and a few in between and Jeffrey will discuss workflows, hardware as well as potential problems and the things you should consider before setting out to create or re-envision your work environment. He will also answer questions as well as showcase different hardware and software solutions.

Jeffrey Stansfield is the President and CEO of Advantage Video Systems, a leading technology provider to AVS LOGOnewthe broadcast, motion picture, television and motion graphics industries. Stansfield launched AVS in 2001 and has steadily built its clientele by focusing on one customer at a time. His slogan, “How can we make your day perfect?” drives him and his team to empower clients with the latest information and technology solutions. His company’s work encompasses workflow consultation, design, installation and integration.

Jeffrey has served as a general board member, treasurer and secretary of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers). He supports the Los Angeles Post Production Group and many other industry organizations including the Creative Pro User Group Network, the Digital Cinema Society, the Hollywood Post Alliance, the Society of Television Engineers and the National Association of Broadcasters. His more than 25 years of experience including the construction of broadcast facilities as well as technology services for production and post-production facilities, special effects businesses and motion graphics businesses.




Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
@ Roth Hall
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

***Street parking is available on 21st and also on Michigan east of 21st Street and in Crossroads’ 22nd Street parking lot (between Michigan and Pennsylvania.)

January 16, 2015
16 Jan 2015

Thank you to Jon Gann and Zach Arnold!


Fresh from the east coast, Jon Gann, Executive Director of Cine and Founder of DC Shorts Film Festival answered so many of our questions about awards and festivals and how the system works. And Zach Arnold, editor and founder of Fitness in Post inspired us with small steps that we could do in our daily lives to begin leading a more healthy life. What a great way to start the year!

January 16, 2015
16 Jan 2015

Our Most Recent Meeting: March 12th 2015 @7pm


Post Production Magic


Mary Poplin Product Specialist Imagineer Systems

Mary Poplin is Product Specialist for Imagineer Systems, the innovators of mocha planar tracking and visual effects tools. An experienced visual effects and motion graphics artist, Mary has worked on major Hollywood feature films such as The Last Airbender, Gulliver’s Travels, and Jackass 3D. As Imagineer Systems’ west coast product specialist, Mary consults with film studios and customers to provide hands on training to help evangelize the power of mocha and planar tracking, and now Boris FX as well.

Time consuming tracking, detailed rotoscoping, high end paint and beauty work, and other post production effects once only done in large studios can now be done on your laptop or home office. Mary Poplin from Imagineer Systems shows you how to use the same planar tracking techniques used on movies like Casino Royale, Pirates of the Caribbean, and X-Men on any project and any budget. Mary will show you how to make your project achieve a big screen look at small screen price tag; and how cinematographers, VFX artists, editors, and directors can easily create difficult visual effects with a new power tool in their tool box. When paired with Boris FX BCC Continuum Complete, an AE, mocha, and Premiere or Avid pipeline can really start to sing.


Tax Considerations for Entertainment Professionals


Agent Tony Watson of Robert Hall & Associates

Join us as we welcome back Enrolled Agent Tony Watson of Robert Hall & Associates to explore Tax Considerations for Entertainment Professionals. Just in time for everyone’s favorite day, April 15th, come and get the scoop on how you can save yourself and your business money and get your tax questions answered. Tony will be discussing:

Tony Watson graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. As an Enrolled Agent, Tony started working for Robert Hall & Associates in 2005 and has quickly become one of their leading tax consultants.

  • Top 5 Entertainment Industry Deductions
  • Is incorporating Right For Me?
  • How can I avoid paying self-employment tax?
  • Can I pay myself a reasonable salary?
  • Can I rent back my home office to myself?

In addition to servicing a full roster of clients, Tony has taken on the role of public speaker for Robert Hall & Associates, speaking to more than 150 businesses and associations each year throughout the state of California.

For over 40 years, Robert Hall & Associates has specialized in tax preparation and incorporating services for the entertainment industry.

As always there will be plenty of time to network, enjoy some coffee and participate in our great giveaway! $5.00 kindly requested at the door will include 1 giveaway ticket.
Eventbrite - Post Production Magic & Tax Considerations for Entertainment Professionals at LAPPG on March 12th @ 7pm


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
@ Roth Hall
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

***Street parking is available on 21st and also on Michigan east of 21st Street and in Crossroads’ 22nd Street parking lot (between Michigan and Pennsylvania.)

January 16, 2015
16 Jan 2015

Thank you for participating in our 4th Annual LAPPG Food Drive for Westside Food Bank

LAPPG_Food_Drive_2014 copyWe did it! At our December Meeting over 250 cans and non-perishable food items were collected from our amazing members and we surpassed last year’s total! Thank you all for your generosity! We hope this helps make the holidays a bit brighter for those in our community who need a helping hand this year. LAPPG members ROCK!
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December 30, 2014
30 Dec 2014

Product Launch – HighPoint RocketStor 5411D Single-Cable Drive Dock + Hub

HighPoint RocketStor 5411D – Single-Cable Drive Dock + Hub: Connect to All of Your Mac & PC Peripherals for $119!

HighPoint Technologies continues to expand its industry leading USB 3.0 productRS5411D_Connection_all portfolio, and has unveiled the RocketStor 5411D – the most compact and convenient USB 3.0 Drive Dock and Hub Solution in today’s marketplace; connect all of your devices and peripherals  to your MacBook or Windows & Linux notebook and workstation using a single USB 3.0 cable! The tiny palm-sized docking station combines the convenience, and flexibility of multiple USB 3.0 ports, a card-reader, SATA drive dock and universal charging station into a single compact device!

Single-Cable USB 3.0 Drive Dock + Hub Solution

The RocketStor 5411D is more than just a simple USB drive dock – it’s Intelligent Hub capabilities allow you to manage all of your USB peripherals, SD memory cards, audio devices and storage from a single, compact docking station! Each of three USB 3.0 ports provide two functions: a universal USB charging station and a single connection point for all of your USB peripherals including printers, scanners, headsets and input devices.

The built-in audio jacks support headsets and recording devices, and an integrated Ethernet port allows you to access USBdevices over a local network connection and supports Remote Wake Up via USB.

Easily Access SATA Drives of any Size! The integrated, modular drive bay supports any industry standard 3.5” and 2.5” SATA drive, including today’s fastest 6Gb/s SSD’s and high-capacity 6TB hard drives.

3 Integrated USB 3.0 Ports: support any industry standard USB 3.0 drive, peripheral and input device.

 Integrated Audio Ports: Support headphones, head sets, speakers and recording devices.

Perfect for Digital Cameras: The SD card reader socket supports high-speed UHS-I SD cards up to 100MB/s!

Built-in Gigabyte Ethernet port: Share devices over your local network or internet connection!

Versatile, Stand-Alone USB charging station

The RocketStor 5411D is capable of charging up to 3 USB devices, such a Smart Phones, Tablets, cameras and media players, simultaneously! In addition, the RocketStor 5411D can be used as a standalone charging station – simply leave the unit’s power cable plugged and utilize the dock as an all-purpose charging station!

Ultra Energy Efficient!

Unlike many USB docking stations, hubs and drive docks, the RocketStor 5411D is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows 8/7 power saving modes. Hard disks inserted into the drive bay will enter a low-powerstate when the operating system is in sleep or standby modes.

Pricing and Availability

The RocketStor 5411D will be available from HighPoint’s North American Retail and Distribution partners in Mid January 2015.

MSRP: USD$119.00

Why Choose HighPoint?

The answer is simple – Affordable High-Performance. If you are in the market for a fast, reliable storage solutions capable of taking full advantage of today’s tech, HighPoint has you covered. We are Storage Technology Experts. Our seasoned, in-house engineering teams have been at the forefront of the storage industry for the better part of two decades.

RocketStor–High-Performance, Reliable, and Affordable Connectivity &Storage Solutions
We specialize in performance oriented product design, development and manufacture, and continuously work to improve our products based on direct feedback from our valued customers. Over the years, we have forged strong alliances and technology partnerships with industry-leading storage providers, which enable us to quickly deliver Thunderbolt™ and USB Connectivity and storage devices to the global marketplace.

Built for Performance
HighPoint doesn’t cut-corners when it comes to performance. Our expert in-house design team is a key component of our success in this competitive industry. The knowledge gleaned from the years of experience developing, manufacturing, and deploying cutting-edge storage solutions allows us to optimize performance over the latest storage and connectivity interfaces.