It was a great evening to escape some of the rain we’d been having plus, it was the night before Valentine’s Day which meant delicious, delectable desserts were aplenty. First up it was a great honor to have John Long, co-founder of award winning film and television advertising company, Buddha Jones visiting. John, along with Buddha’s post supervisor inspired us and answered so many of our questions about the art and the craft of creating compelling trailers. Then, after the networking break we were thrilled to have Mary Poplin, Senior Product Specialist from Boris FX back on the house. Mary opened our eyes to more than Mocha this time around! We were introduced to the 2019 versions of Continuum and Sapphire in addition to Mocha. Mary demoed like a champ and answered all if our questions. It’s always fun to watch her demo and to see Sapphire and Continuum added to her slate made it a super opportunity for LAPPG members. Thank you to John, Blake and Mary for an exceptional night!
January 10th’s LAPPG meeting was filled with high energy as we kicked off 2019 with two inspiring presentations. First we had director and showrunner Pat McGee come with his team to speak about how he went from creating the documentary “American Relapse” to pitching and producing a 10 episode docuseries for Viceland called “Dopesick Nation.” After the networking break we had independent filmmaker and entrepreneur Noam Kroll back to present to the group. This time he spoke about ways of building a sustainable career in filmmaking in 2019. Noam’s presentation was full of insights and great actionable steps that inspired us all. We are looking forward to 11 more fabulous meetings in the year ahead!
December’s meeting was festive and fun and a great way to send off the year! With a thorough and informative presentation, Mark Anderson from LaCie shared a ton of storage and workflow information, answered many of our questions and gave and an amazing explanation of RAID storage. After the break filled with holiday treats like cream puffs, eclairs, gingerbread and lots of networking we had the pleasure of welcoming senior colorist from ArsenalFX Color, Rory Gordon. We learned about the fascinating research she did on a white paper she delivered at SMPTE, on observations she made on the effect of HDR as it varies through visual styles, using examples from a one hour medical drama, a half hour super hero comedy, and a one hour spy thriller. The audience was fascinated. Thank you to both Mark and Rory and all our presenters this year. And to our members, partners and friends, we can’t wait to see you in the new year! Thanks for your support!
With Thanksgiving in our sights, our November 2018 meeting was filled with gratitude for our members, partners and our presenters and with that in mind, we were thrilled to welcome back two of our favorites to present to the group. First, we welcomed Jem Schofield of theC47 down from Oregon to share information on small to no crew production. We would like to thank Westcott for helping make this happen. Then actress, producer and writer Alexandra Boylan was back with her cinematographer, Richard Galli, to speak about their experience creating their feature film, ” At Your Own Risk” with a $1K production budget. It was a truly a great evening for DIY Fimmaking!