January 10, 2014
10 Jan 2014

January 8th, 2014 Meeting

Our January 8th meeting was held for the first time in Roth Hall at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. It was a cozy evening with a packed house and a great way to start the new year!

We welcomed LAPPG member Von Thomas who is a DIT, photographer, cinematographer and digital capture expert. He shared his background with us and then launched into some very valuable information on what a Digital Image Technician does and why you would use one. He discussed the proper use of LiveGrade and why to use it, why to use the gray card in digital cinema for easy one light color correction, primary color correction, synching audio and the basics of back up and checksum software along with final delivery. Members besieged Von with a lot of important questions about the DIT process.

During break time people networked, grabbed some coffee and homemade baked goods and gathered around a couple of new Mac Pros that Advantage Video Systems’ Jeffrey Stansfield brought for us to display.

Next, we were joined once again by Career Coach Shawn Tolleson of Strategy Coaching as she returned to show us the practical tools that we we need to be unstoppable in our career. This included creating a crystal clear vision, a strategic plan, a supportive team, a powerful execution of the plan and overcoming obstacles to get back into effective action. Shawn worked with two LAPPG members up front at a white board to create crystal clear visions and she gave everyone in the audience a handout for us all to work on creating crystal clear visions of our own. This was a very inspiring and motivating presentation to help us all make 2014 our most successful yet!


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January 6, 2014
06 Jan 2014

Get Your Tax Questions Answered on February 22nd

Find out how to get the most out of your tax returns while getting the valuable answers you need.

LAPPG Presents: Maximizing Your Entertainment Industry Deductions – Tax Insights for the Entertainment Professional

Last year we had such a great response from attendees who came to our LAPPG meeting featuring a 45-minute presentaiton from Robert Hall & Associates that we jumped at the chance to host a full 2-hour seminar filled with plenty of opportunities to have your questions answered!

We will be welcoming Enrolled Agent Tony Watson of Robert Hall & Associates, a federally licensed tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation. He is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers for audits, collections and appeals before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service.
In an effort to learn to maximize your deductions by limiting your liabilities, Tony will discuss:

Top 5 entertainment deductions for industry professionals.
What is the most audited entertainment industry deduction?
What to know about having a home office in the entertainment industry.
Plus, Corporation vs. Sole-proprietor? What’s right for you. And more!

9:30am Check-in and Coffee
10:00am-12:00pm Seminar and Q&A

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

January 4, 2014
04 Jan 2014

Upcoming Hands-on Video Workshops with Aron Ranen

4-Day Crash Course…2 Day Camera Course and 2 Day Final Cut Pro X course.
January 25-28 & March 8-11 at Vidiots in Santa Monica.

More info http://www.dvworkshops.com/dvcrash.html

Learn Camera/DSLR Video on-line at http://vimeo.com/ondemand/dvworkshops
more links:
Ranen’s Youtube Channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/Realitysurfer
Village Voice review of Ranen’s Premiere at MOMA http://www.villagevoice.com/2000-02-08/film/the-dark-side-of-the-moon-landing/

January 2, 2014
02 Jan 2014

New Year – New Events!

Happy New Year! What a great year 2013 has been for the LAPPG and we are looking forward to having you join us for some special educational and networking events in 2014.

Our first LAPPG PRESENTS event of the year will be on January 23rd at The Parlor at 7250 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046. This industry mixer will include a panel on:

THE ROLE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL TODAY AND TOMORROW: What filmmakers need to know to succeed now and in the future

In this focused hour-long panel we’ve gathered some of LA’s most influential Film Festival Directors to candidly speak about their festivals and how they fit into today’s cinematic landscape. The panel will be moderated by Jon Gann, founder of the DC Shorts Film Festival, author of Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work, and newly appointed Executive Director of the CINE Golden Eagle Competition.

Jon will delve into how film festivals work to support the independent filmmaker and what filmmakers should know about the state of the industry and advice for creating a strong strategy for festival acceptance. He will also check in with each panelist on their vision for the future of film festivals and how each is adapting to virtual, online opportunities and what this means for the independent filmmaker to succeed.

Panelists include:
Daniel Sol, Co-Founder and Co-Director of HollyShorts Film Festival
Jeannie Roshar, Director of LA Comedy Shorts Festival
Larry Laboe, Executive Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
Henry Priest, Co-Director of Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles
Tickets on sale at http://lappgpresentsmixerandfilmfestpaneljan23.eventbrite.com.

January 2, 2014
02 Jan 2014

2014 DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition Submission Kick Off Party!


dcshortscurrentMeet the Programming Director and past screened filmmakers and writers of Moviemaker Magazine’s top “Coolest Short Film Festival” and the Largest Short Film Event on the East Coast. Join us for nibbles and custom happy-hour specials. All attendees will receive a discount code to save on submission fees.

DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2013, we received over 1,200 entries from 51 nations. We ultimately programed 152 films into 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a combined audience of over 9,300 people. We also hosted a table reading of six screenplays, and awarded the winner an incredible prize of $2,000.

SUBMISSION WEB SITE: http://festival.dcshorts.com — Click here to RSVP for the Event