January 29, 2015
29 Jan 2015

October 2014 Photos

October’s Meeting was this biggest ticket of the year! Thanks to HP we had a packed house for people anxious to get a seat and see Gone Girl’s Tyler Nelson and Jeff Brue. The two wowed us with the incredibly advanced workflow of this latest David Fincher film. Then attendees got a treat by seeing the goodies Heather Williams from Atomos brought with her. She even had a prototype of Shogun which was soon to start shipping. The room was buzzing, the prizes were plentiful (a DreamColor Z27x & much more) and the networking was stellar. It was a great night for the group!

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.

 

 


LOCATION

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!

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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

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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

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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

LOCATION

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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