April 30, 2015
30 Apr 2015

Thank you to our April Presenters for a great meeting!

Tony Orcena gives us a behind the scenes look at the workflow used on “Modern Family’s “Connection Lost”.

Tina Eckman “wowed” us with the amazing new products heading our way form Blackmagic Design.

Modern Family’s Tony Orcena facinated meeting attendees with the workflow he and his team utilized to bring the episode “Connection Lost” to air. And Tina Eckman of Blackmagic Design shared their exciting NAB news with the group including the new cameras and DaVinci Resolve 12!

April 27, 2015
27 Apr 2015

$150 Off for LAPPG Members for 2-Day DIT Dailies Workshop

Von Thomas, LAPPG member and presenter has offered our members $150 off his upcoming ICA – Practical DIT Dailies Workshop – Los Angeles / 2 Day Event.

The job of the DIT (aka PrePost on set) is constantly evolving, and to that evolvement, this workshop was created. This two day class concentrates on the production of dailies, and all the tools, software and skill to get you working efficiently and quickly. We start with the backing up of camera files and go all the way through to handing off of your shuttle drive with finished dailies to the editor or post house.

This class will be unique, it will be a practical class, where you will go through the actual steps yourself from backing up on set to syncing audio, color correction and applying LUTs to final files delivery to the editor. We quickly go through all the steps below, and then you go to work, hands on and LIVE as if you are on an actual working set.

This is a relaxed class that will remove the mystery, help simplify and have you become confident in the DIT position. You will be exposed to cool gear and software to allow you to be an artist on-set.

Class is limited to 16 students. Continental breakfast will be served in the morning. We break for lunch (there are several restaurants within walking distance of the studio to choose from, including Pink’s and Chipotle), and then we finish out each day.

This class is designed for those looking to move up from Assistant Camera, Loader, Utility and Assistant Editor positions, or even DIT’s, Editors, DP’s and Producers that want to gain further knowledge of On-Set (PrePost) Dailies workflow. No prior experience necessary, but having computer skills is a must. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops. Power point presentation on thumb drives will be given to each student, which will also include a copy of Davinci Resolve Lite, and Assimilate Scratch. I suggest you download these two free software packages and get a little familiar before the class.

Los Angeles – $1050

May 2-3, 2015

Register here


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April 20, 2015
20 Apr 2015

Silverdraft To Build State-of-the-Art Supercomputing Lab In Hollywood

The Silverdraft Center for Content Creation leverages Micron Memory and Storage Technology to Accelerate Rendering Workflows

NAB, Las Vegas, NV (April 13, 2015) – Silverdraft LLC today announced the creation of a unique supercomputing lab in the heart of Hollywood. Located at the historic Jim Henson Studios, The Silverdraft Center For Content Creation (SC3) will enable freelance artists, and creators of content, such as games, Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive cinema, to post-produce and render their projects using the fastest, most highly-optimized technology in the industry. It will offer a 4K screening theater, as well as multiple creative bays running professional systems for post-production and rendering workflows for 3D animation, VFX, Digital Intermediate (DI) and finishing, as well as VR content creation for platforms such as Oculus Rift. Silverdraft is exhibiting during NAB 2015 at booth #SL15105.

The SC3 will give content creators first-hand experience with state-of-the-art workflow tools typically associated with high-end facilities, while enhancing the quality and production value of their projects and decreasing turnaround times.

The SC3 will also serve as a showcase for Silverdraft technologies, where artist feedback will go directly into the pipeline for future product development. Each of SC3’s creative bays will contain a combination of Silverdraft Devil™ & Demon™ supercomputers and workstations featuring, high-performance Micron components, to power their workflows. Meanwhile, all artists will have access to a shared 4K screening room. The Silverdraft team will collaborate with artists as they create their projects to deepen the understanding of workflow bottlenecks and challenges, and to deliver new solutions.

“As a freelance artist, I’m always pushed to deliver more, but with less time and for less money”, said editor and digital artist Brian Fox. “I’m really excited to take my project to the new SC3 lab to see firsthand how supercomputing technology can help me break that cycle. Real-time client attended sessions, with dramatically faster render times, will allow me to finally meet both the creativity and productivity requirements at the same time.”

Powered by leading-edge memory and flash storage developed by Micron, Silverdraft Devil & Demon supercomputers and workstations are highly application-optimized and deliver significantly faster performance at lower prices than off the shelf systems. This optimized performance significantly accelerates the post-production process by decreasing render times and powering real-time client-attended VFX and DI review sessions.

“Silverdraft’s Devil & Demon supercomputers and workstations have built a strong reputation by delivering scalable performance and flexibility that is unmatched by off-the-shelf PCs, but at a lower price”, said Ted Schilowitz, President of Silverdraft. “Independent content creators love our products because they need a never-ending supply of faster performance, but their budgets are always very constrained. The SC3 puts our technology to use and creates a blueprint for how supercomputing can change the way we design workflows. Our deeper understanding of the way artists work will help us to develop even better products in the future. We believe the SC3 will inspire and empower many up-and-coming content creators as they help to deliver the next generation of great stories.”

“Moving data quickly and reliably is at the core of all complex computing, and it’s especially critical in advanced motion graphics rendering,” said Steve Pawlowski, VP of advanced computing solutions at Micron. “We’re thrilled to see Silverdraft using our technology to build systems and services that will make a dramatic difference in how content is created.”

The SC3 is slated to open in the fall of 2015. For more information, or to have your upcoming project considered for the SC3, contact sc3@silverdraft.com.

About Silverdraft:
With offices in Boise, Idaho and at the Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, California, Silverdraft meets head-on the dramatic changes taking place in modern film and television production, and today’s fast paced post-production. As filmmakers require greater immediacy, efficiency, convenience and creative voice, Silverdraft answers with technology that provides unparalleled speed, security and value in support of their creative endeavors. Beyond the power of the server, Silverdraft can custom design a processing unit to your specifications, supercharging your system in ways never thought possible… or affordable. With proprietary technology already operating at speeds that exceed current industry standards, our systems are built to answer the challenge of the new world, where the terms “cost conscious” and “creative flexibility” must find a way to walk hand in hand. The Silverdraft supercomputer technology is a proprietary system that brings unprecedented data processing and information management within a manageable framework. Visit their website at: http://www.silverdraft.com.

April 10, 2015
10 Apr 2015

What Digital Studios (Buyers) Are Looking For Event

laandnycJoin VideoInk and HollyShorts + Our Experts in Conversation:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT) – NYC & LA, United States

“What Studios (Buyers) Are Looking For”

Including OPEN BAR + SNACKS!!

This is the first dual-event to kick off our NYC + LA event series! Each month we’ll be choosing a topic and holding a simultaneous event in both New York City and Los Angeles.
With an increasing number of digital studios, distributors, and platforms active in the entertainment industry, writers and directors have a lot more opportunities to pitch and sell their ideas. But even with a greater number of options, these buyers are still often looking for specific types of content. What exactly are they looking for? Are particular genres or formats more popular right now than others on digital? How about TV — is it different from what TV networks and buyers are looking for? Are formats that can potentially “crossover” from online to TV, or extend from TV to the web, valued more than others?

Join VideoInk and HollyShorts, and a panel of influential executives in digital video space, to explore the needs of those willing to buy and fund original content, from web series to TV series and feature-length films.

HelLA is a popular comedy series from Rory Uphold, about the perils of living in LA.  Each episode is a snapshot of an ‘only in LA’ type moment.

Panelists include:

Dan Weinstein (LA)
Collective Digital Studio
President & Founding Partner

Melody Hammer (LA)
Hammer 360
Creative Content and Marketing Strategist

Mickey Meyer (LA)

Jonathan Hsia (NYC)
Managing Partner, Digital Investment Lead

Frank Besteiro (NYC)
Head of Biz Dev & Partnerships, Video



NYC Location:
Hayden 5
22 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
LA Location:
Ignited Spaces

Hollywood-7080 Hollywood Blvd #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

April 8, 2015
08 Apr 2015

Randi Altman’s PostPerspective Profiles LAPPG

We were honored when Randi Altman published a blog post about the group.  Below is an excerpt from:





Face to face in a Web-centric world

Why groups like LAPPG are more relevant than ever

By Wendy Woodhall

I’m always appreciative and humbled when, after spending a 10-hour day in a dark room dealing with a producer’s demands, crashing systems and updating software, folks are motivated enough to drive across town through horrible LA traffic to join us for a night of learning, networking and camaraderie.

In 2008, when we started the Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG), a user group/professional organization, we took a leap of faith that people in the post industry wanted to have …(read more here).