December 10th, 2014



Cirina Headshot 2014“Now more than ever, in part because of new technologies, we have the ability to communicate our thoughts, ideas and stories and share them with others on a very broad scale,” says Filmmaker Cirina Catania. Join us for a discussion with Cirina as she speaks about what drives us as creatives and how to keep saying “Yes” to our instincts and avoid falling into the “No” traps that are thrown at us.

Cirina will also talk about how Blackmagic Design cameras have inspired her and how they have been used recently in two documentaries. She will share some tricks and tips and reveal how she has managed to “get good stuff” without breaking the bank. She will also share her experiences on the road in her work and offer advice for all filmmakers with projects that need pitching, marketing, distribution and building an audience.

This is the perfect opportunity to be inspired to create in the year ahead. We hope you’ll leave wanting 2015 to be the year you cut that documentary on your shelf, shoot that short you’ve been putting off or finish your feature film!

Cirina is the Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group and has been involved as a writer, Cirina preps the martini shot_Kionte Storey_Ramona California 2014-08-10_DSC09856 copydirector, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 120 film, television and new media projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and similar networks. She is one of the original co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former executive at MGM-UA and United Artists.  She is currently donating much of her time to producing self-funded documentaries about our wounded veterans and the organizations that help them. You can view her work at and at



Music Editing: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe temp music soundtrack has been useful for many years in the postproduction industry as a template and music guide for composers, directors, picture editors and producers. Steven Saltzman designed this presentation to share music editing guidelines and tips and tricks for creating an initial temp music soundtrack. Additionally, some demonstration projects will be available to show; as time allows.

In this presentation we will be:
– Explaining a brief overview of the music editor’s work.
– Demonstrating important elements to the successful temporary music sound track.
– Showing approaches to finding the right theme, type and style of music.
– Discussing editing techniques and using crossfades.
– Working with source and songs.

Mr. Saltzman is a certified expert Avid Pro Tools instructor and has created a music-editing course, which h9780415817578e has been teaching for the past nine years. He has taught at UCLA Extension, Moviola Digital Arts Institute, Video Symphony, Community Colleges in Los Angeles and Riverside, California and is presently an instructor at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and most recently joined the faculty at the Palomar Film Music Workshop. He has recently authored his new book entitled, Music Editing For Film and Television: The Art and The Process and received a Golden Reel Award for his work as a music-editor.



4th Annual LAPPG Food Drive

Westside Food Bank

Join us as we help to bring some holiday spirit to those in need at our 4th Annual LAPPG Food Drive benefiting the Westside Food Bank. Please bring canned and non-perishable items to our December 10th meeting. For each item you will receive 1 ticket to our giveaway. We have a 10 ticket maximum (for food donations) but you can bring an unlimited amount of donations!

Thank you for your help!!!!!

Please register by sending an email to

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.

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Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
@ Sports Complex – Community Room
(2nd Floor)
1634 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
[/box][/one_half][one_half]***Parking lot is on the north side of the Sports Center, at the end of 18th Street; available on a first-come, first-served basis.

(Please do not use Google Maps as it will take you to the wrong location. Click here for the link on MapQuest.)[/one_half]

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