April 2013


Join LAPPG Member Bruce Logan on May 6th, 2013 from 9:30am to 5:00pm for this special event.

Bruce shot the opening sequence in 2001 A Space Odyssey.

He blew up the Death Star in Star Wars.

Made the tail-fin prowl through the clouds in Airplane.

Shot the movie’s first journey into cyberspace when Tron fights for the users.

Pushed Lily Tomlin, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, down her own garbage disposal.

Set LA on fire in the opening scene of Blade Runner.

FX shots are primarily the combination two or more different ELEMENTS created at different times and locations that must be COMPOSITED into one image.

The KEY to successful COMPOSITES is that the LIGHTING of all the ELEMENTS, whether they be LIVE ACTION or CGI, puts them into the “same world.”

This class is for BEGINNING CINEMATOGRAPHERS as an overview of matting and for EXPERIENCED DPs wishing to move into more complex VFX/LIVE-ACTION shoots.



For more information and to register:




The 9th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, scheduled for August 15-25, 2013 at the world famous Chinese Theatre, is now accepting submissions.  (www.withoutabox.com/login/4655). This festival has been ranked by MovieMaker Magazine for the third time as one of the Top Festival’s Worth the Entry Fee, the 2013 HollyShorts Film Festival is set to award over $100,000 in prizes.

HollyShorts Film Festival will include: an opening night ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre for 1,000 attendees, fest screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s, panels with top industry executives and players, and private receptions taking place in venues throughout Hollywood during the entire week of the celebration. HollyShorts winners also receive a 1st look distribution deal with the ShortsHD television channel. The Best Horror/Thriller Film receives a 1st look deal with FEARnet and coverage with Fangoria Magazine.

This year, HollyShorts has added a 3D short film category and is accepting short form content for a special 3D showcase.

HollyShorts is accepting submissions in the following categories: Short Live Action, Short Animation, Short Documentary, Music Video, Web Series, Commercials, Trailers, and 3D Shorts.

The HollyShorts Film Festival 2013 submissions regular deadline is April 12, 2013 and late deadline is May 24, 2013.  For prices and additional information visit Withoutabox.



When: May 4-8, 2013

Where: Los Angeles, California

One of the best places to learn about innovations in the industry and within Adobe is at Adobe MAX 2013. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the latest tools and techniques, network with your peers, and be inspired by the brightest minds in the industry.

Choose from over 300 sessions and labs taught by industry leaders and Adobe experts. Customize your MAX experience by mixing and matching sessions from all five MAX tracks: Web Experiences, Design and Creativity, Digital Publishing, Gaming or Video. Click here to learn more and register.

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A couple times a year we love turn the spotlight on our members and see what you’ve been working on. This is a great opportunity to share your talent and skills with the community so don’t be shy!

If you have a project or demo reel that is 5 minutes or less please contact wendy (at) lappg dot com to be put on the list for upcoming member showcases.




Join our friends at Lumaforge for a special day!

What: 4kFLOW Using Redcine X, FCP X and DaVinci Resolve to capture, edit and deliver 4K RED project

When: Saturday April 27th, 3013


Where: The Lot – Fairbanks Theater

1041 N. Formosa Ave

West Hollywood, CA 90046

Ph: 323 850 3550


Morning Session – BASIC 4K WORKFLOW – 10am to 12 noon:

•Basics of RedCine X for 4k workflow

•Basics of FCP X, Motion 5, Compressor 4

•Basics of DaVinci Resolve

•Setting up a 4K FCP X project

•Round-tripping between RedCine X, FCPX and DaVinci Resolve

•Delivery options for 4K material


Afternoon Session – ADVANCED 4K WORKFLOW – 1pm to 3pm:

•Setting up XSAN

•Setting up multiple FCP X editors on XSAN

•Advanced FCP X

•Advanced FCP X to DaVinci Resolve round-tripping

•Advanced 4K delivery


Parking on The Lot is free – enter structure through gate on Poinsettia Ave.


Refreshments but not lunch will be provided – plenty of good restaurants, and fast food eateries within walking distance of The Lot.


Price: $59 per session or $99 for both sessions if you sign up to attend both classes.


Registration details at:



More details at www.lumaforge.com.



Join Moviola for a preview day on Friday, April 26th by appointment only from 9am-2pm and then following day the sale is open to the public on Saturday, April 27th 9am-2pm.

For sale:

Decks / Switches / Cubicles / File Cabinets / Editing Tables / Anvil Road Cases / And Much More!



1135 N. Mansfield Ave.

Hollywood, CA 90038







Please visit our generous partners at NAB, April 8th-11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.





Shutterstock, a leading provider of high-quality, royalty-free professional footage, invites LAPPG members to visit its NAB booth #SL13017. The Shutterstock team is giving attendees the chance to win some exciting prizes:

*A $5,000 digital cinematography camera package featuring a brand new Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR

*One of 10 GoPro HERO3 Cameras


Each visitor will receive a free HD video download from Shutterstock’s collection of over 900,000 clips.

Meet the team, and enter to win. You can explore the Shutterstock Footage collection at http://footage.shutterstock.com. Follow @ShutterstockVid on Twitter and join Shuttertstock’s page on Facebook.



AJA invites you to join us once again at NAB! Find out about new products, amazing collaborations and take advantage of the opportunity to speak with AJA product experts in person!

AJA will be located in the south lower hall at booth SL3816.

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Join Technicolor for The Master’s Eye, a special evening at NAB on April 10th from 6pm-8pm at the LVH Ball Room E with Hollywood visionaries, Adam Valdez, Bob Schneider, Ron Garcia, ASC, and Vincent Laforet.


Their discussion of how color plays a vital role in the creative process will be from four points of view: the director, the DP, the colorist and the visual effects artist, all told from industry leaders responsible for some of the most compelling stories of our day. After the presentation you will have a chance to use Technicolor Color Assist and experience this innovative software yourself.


Click here to register for the event.

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MelroseTEC experts will be offering tours at NAB of the latest from the Avid Booth – SU902. There are four time slots available so sign up today because space is limited.

Click here to register for a tour.

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ProductionHUB is back with NABHUB for another year. You can now follow all the latest news about NAB in one central place on their site: NABHUB. This year they are inviting you to take part in the process!

Whether it’s your own news, a product review, tips for what to see at the show or networking events, photos, press releases, or anything else NAB, they want this to be a community effort. Simply click “Post a press release” under the News tab on ProductionHUB to submit your news for consideration. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @productionhub & tag your tweets #NABShow!

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Focal Press will be selling books at the NAB store.

Focal Press turned 75 this year, and in celebration, they are having a year-long Bound To Create promotion where you can share your story of how Focal Press has helped you create in some meaningful way. One winner will be selected to win $2500 USD and the “I am Bound to Create’ winner’s plaque. For more details or to enter click here.




Visit our partner Blackmagic Design at Booth #SL218 to see their latest and if you miss them at NAB, be sure to come and see them present at our May 8th LAPPG meeting.


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If you are lucky enough to have gotten a ticket to the MediaMotion Ball during NAB make sure to collect your copy of Intelligent Assistance’s Event Manager X! Philip Hodgetts is giving away this necessary plug-in which allows you to take control over your Events and Projects so you can manage what you want to be visible in Final Cut Pro X’s Event Library and Project Library. It allows you to create Sets: combinations of related Events and Projects for instant reload. It also tracks Events and Projects that are on offline storage devices, so you can properly ensure all relevant Events and Projects are mounted.

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Boris FX – Booth SL4327 will preview its next-generation Boris Continuum Complete visual effects technology featuring:


* Expanded GPU acceleration that sets new records for rendering speed

* New broadcast graphics and image restoration tools

* Integration of the Boris RED effects control interface for fast, streamlined VFX design

* A custom user interface for visual preset browsing and creation that is based on Boris RED technology





Once again, Fred Ginsburg CAS PhD will be at the Audio Technica booth – Booth C1711 during all four days of NAB, anchoring the line-up of FREE seminars that will be presented during the days.


Fred will be presenting two seminars each day: one of them will be about the multitrack workflow on the set during production (how to deploy the 4 to 10 tracks of sound that modern digital recorders are capable of, along with advice on selection of use of boom mics. Wide angle booms, short shotguns, long shotguns. Hierarchy of mic techniques: boom, plant, body worn, wireless.)

The other seminar will focus on the selection and rigging of lavaliers: including proximity vs. transparent, use of tiebar, and hiding under clothing.

Fred will also have his soundcart on display and set up for hands-on demo of Audio Technica microphones for film/video, and will feature a Presonus 16.4.2 mixing console as well as a TASCAM HS-P82 field recorder system.







Come see what’s new at NewBlueFX!

Stop by their booth to see their latest products or schedule some time with Lisa Girolamo, VP Marketing, (lisag@newblueinc.com) or Travis White, VP Products, (travisw@newblueinc.com) to find out the latest at NewBlueFX.

Look for these exciting happenings:

NewBlue ColorFast nominated Best New Product for Post-Production at the StudioDaily Prime Awards .

NewBlue Titler Pro 2.0 nominated Best Significant Upgrade for Post-Production at the StudioDaily Prime Awards.

Live demos of all the latest NewBlue plugins presented by Ian Stark in our booth #SL 3430 is a new plug-in that allows editors to create masks directly in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.

Full product giveaways at the booth.

Because they know you appreciate a good sneak preview. Here’s a glimpse of what they plan to announce at NAB:

Royal Blue Membership

They are launching their NBFX Royal Blue Membership Program.

The program will include premium support, free upgrades, multiseat O/S licenses and unbeatable savings.


All New Product Bundles

They’ve combined some of their best effects to create easy to use and install bundles.

cFX – 47 artistic video filters

eFX – 60 top selling video editing plugins

tFX – 68 scene transition filters

totalFX – 2D/3D titling, color correcting and hundreds of plugins


Adobe After Effects Compatibility

NewBlue Titler Pro 2.0 is now compatible with Adobe After Effects.

Booth visitors at NAB will be the first to see it in action.


Make sure to swing by and visit our partner HP at Booth #SL9605 (South Hall, Lower level).



Larry Jordan and the Digital Production BuZZ team will once again be broadcasting the NAB Show BuZZ from booth SL11505, thanks to their Premium Sponsor, Blackmagic Design (booth SL218) and Show Sponsor, Pond5 (booth SL14213).

Larry Jordan is moderating a NAB Show Hot Panel: The Future of Editing which will feature industry greats, Jeff Greenberg, Scott Simmons, Robbie Carman, Tibor Spiegel. Learn more here.



Visit the team from Imagineer at Booth #SL3329 for an exclusive preview of an exciting new FCP X plug-in product created in collaboration with CoreMelt: Slice X powered by mocha.

Slice X is a new plug-in that allows editors to create masks directly in the Final Cut Pro X timeline. It is powered by mocha’s Academy Award winning planar tracking engine to easily track and isolate shapes for accurate masking with less manual keyframing! Imagineer and CoreMelt together will be premiering Slice X powered by mocha at NAB 2013 and will be offering a special pre-release promotion price.

mocha v3.2

Also at NAB, Imagineer will preview brand new point release versions of mocha Pro and mocha AE. Including:

I18N: internationalization support for Chinese and Japanese

translated interface, documentation and toolkit

support for Contour Shuttle Pro shuttle & shortcut controller.



Jeffrey Stansfield of Advantage Video Systems will be a featured speaker at the NAB Cloud Conference as well as the SMPTE event and demoing at the post pit.

Advantage Video Systems is offering FREE concierge services at NAB this year. Their goal is to help you save time and money by streamlining your trip to the show. One of their highly trained sales engineers can arrange meetings and tours with the leading manufacturers at the show. This way you do not need to waste time pushing your way through the crowds trying to find someone to help you. They will have a list with time, date and booth or suites to see the people who can help you get the info you need. Contact them by calling 800-287-5095. They also have party passes for you!








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