November 19, 2014
19 Nov 2014

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.


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
@ Sports Complex – Community Room
(2nd Floor)
1634 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

***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.)

November 10, 2014
10 Nov 2014


fusion7interface 2November 10, 2014Blackmagic Design today announced that Fusion 7, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available completely free of charge.

Fusion 7 for Windows can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website now.

Previously getting access to high end visual effects tools such as Fusion cost thousands of dollars, so it was more restricted to elite Hollywood visual effects artists. Now with Fusion 7 being available free of charge there is no limit to block anyone from creating world leading visual effects. Blackmagic Design believes this will revolutionize the industry and consumers will be able to watch dramatically better feature films and television shows in the future.

Also announced was Fusion 7 Studio, a complete bundle of VFX and motion graphics solutions with collaborative tools and unlimited network rendering for creative teams and larger facilities. Fusion 7 Studio drastically reduces the cost of setting up multi user studios. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Fusion has been one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects and motion graphic tools for over 25 years and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including blockbusters like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spider-man 2 and The Hunger Games, as well as hit television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black and many more.

The free of charge Fusion 7 is a fully featured solution and is not limited in it’s features. It has a massive visual effects and motion graphics toolset that can be used for both personal and commercial work. Fusion 7 features an infinite 3D workspace and an easy to use node based workflow for quickly building unlimited effects. Customers get advanced 3D compositing, paint, rotoscope, retiming, stabilization, titling, an amazing 3D particle generator and multiple keyers, including Primatte. Fusion 7 also lets customers import and render 3D geometry and scenes from other applications as well as create their own elements from scratch.

The $995 Fusion 7 Studio includes everything found in the free Fusion 7 software, plus adds extra high end features such as optical flow tools for advanced retiming, stabilization and stereoscopic 3D production, support for third party OpenFX plug ins, and distributed network rendering so customers can render jobs on an unlimited number of computers at no additional cost! Fusion 7 Studio also includes Generation, a studio wide multi user workflow and collaboration tool that helps creative teams manage, track and review versions of every shot in a production. Customers can also move projects from the free Fusion 7 software to a workstation running Fusion 7 Studio and take advantage of workflow collaboration and unlimited distributed network rendering.

Unlike other software, Fusion 7 Studio doesn’t require annual maintenance fees, subscriptions, a connection to the cloud, or per node render license costs. That means customers don’t get tricked into hidden or on going costly payments for software they’ve already purchased. “Visual effects software has been expensive for way too long and it’s time that this changed. Consumers are screaming for more exciting movies and television programs and so we need to do everything we can to help our customers create stunning visual effects,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Now, with the free version of Fusion, everyone from individual artists to the biggest studios can create Hollywood caliber visual effects and motion graphics! When combined with DaVinci Resolve Lite, customers can get the world’s most advanced tools for editing, grading, 3D compositing, visual effects and motion graphics, all absolutely free!”

Availability and Price:

Fusion 7 software for Windows is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 at all Blackmagic Design Resellers. Existing Fusion 7 customers and customers on a current Fusion support plan can upgrade to Fusion Studio at no additional charge by contacting Blackmagic Design.

November 7, 2014
07 Nov 2014

Band Pro’s One World Open House 2014

BandPro Open HouseOn Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 1 to 8pm head to Band Pro’s Burbank Headquarters for:

Band Pro’s One World Open House 2014!
Location: 3403 W. Pacific Avenue 
Burbank, CA 91505

Each year they feature a cross section of the industry’s best new technology and this year will be no different. Check out over thirty of the top broadcast and cinema equipment manufacturers under the tent outside, with great international cuisine and beverages served inside.

This year Band Pro’s Guest of Honor will be Italian Director Enzo Castellari.  Mr. Castellari is known for his work on the original ‘Django’, ‘Any Gun Can Play’, ‘Keoma’, and the original ‘Inglorious Bastards’, among many other films.  Currently Enzo is in preproduction on a new film starring legendary Spaghetti Western actor (and ‘Keoma’ star) Franco Nero.

There is no admission fee, and complimentary valet parking is provided. Always a global event, One World continues to draw attendees and press from all over the world, and provides you with a great opportunity for networking and getting hands-on with the newest technology.

Space is limited. To view the full list of exhibitors and to RSVP and reserve your spot please visit:

Band Pro’s tent exhibition space will again be transformed into a dynamic, interactive camera, recording, and workflow environment where products will be displayed as they are actually used on set. Come see our 4K short film ‘Of Rushing Nowhere’ shot on Catalina Island, and other original, exclusive 4K content.  Special guests and lots of giveaways make this the perfect kick off to the holiday season.

November 1, 2014
01 Nov 2014


PVC at AES 2014 – Details About the New Upgrades to Ozone from iZotope
Mixing and Mastering Audio with Ozone 6

By Woody Woodhall | October 31, 201

pvclogoiZotope was previewing their updated version of Ozone at AES 2014 in Los Angeles and I had a chance to catch up with Evan Allen, Product Specalist at iZotope, who took us through a tour of the redesigned interface and all of the enhancements that have been added to this latest iteration of the software. Ozone 6 is now able to function as a stand-alone application, as well as a suite of plug-ins in your DAW of choice.  (Read more and see the video at PVC…)

November 1, 2014
01 Nov 2014

Focal Press Book Discount

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