Past Meetings

September 9, 2021

EditMentor Presents: The Motivated Cut

Cutting may appear to be the most basic task an editor has to do, but deciding precisely where to place the cut is a specialized skill. All filmmakers focus on intentional and invisible cuts to ensure continuity.

In this session, you’ll review some of the Rules of Continuity using EditMentor, a unique online teaching system. We will review how to:

Screenshot from EditMentor

Plus, you will get an inside look at the revolutionary tool that is teaching students the Art of Storytelling. EditMentor features a learn-by-doing approach with challenges and instant feedback. 

All attendees will receive a login to EditMentor to try it out after the session.

About Misha Tenenbaum

After years of working in post-production and teaching editing software, Misha built EditStock to make independent films available to students for learning the craft of editing.

Misha’s latest project, EditMentor, completely reimagines how editing education should be taught. Through hands-on, browser based lessons, EditMentor puts storytelling back at the center of video editing education. 

Misha supports and promotes visual literacy as the third basic tenet that includes reading and writing. “Visual storytelling has become a must-have skill for the 21st century. My work will support the education and advancement of this vital expertise.”

August 11, 2021

Hybrid Production Workflows for 2021 and Beyond

The pandemic may have accelerated remote and hybrid workflow adoption, but this trend was already well underway long before it. Designing your production workflow in a way that accommodates local and remote collaboration gives your company the best of both worlds, and can open up incredible opportunities for creativity, flexibility and increased quality.

Hybrid workflows  used to seem out of reach and only the province of large-scale high-budget productions, but the tools now exist to make it accessible to everyone. We’ll explore the differences between cloud, home/office hybrid, as well as in-office editors working with remote collaborators. Specifically, how do we solve problems and optimize performance in all of these scenarios.

Steven Niedzielski and Sam Mestman are two workflow experts who are doing their best to help video teams keep doing what they do best, regardless of whether or not they’re in the office, at home, or on the road. Keeping teams connected is the goal, and new technology is simply the means to get there. Join the conversation to see what Steven and Sam are seeing as current day best practices and where they see these trends going over the next few years.

Steven Niedzielski

Senior Workflow Engineer 

Steven has 20+ years of experience in pro video workflows, managing technical and creative professionals, producing compelling marketing content, and implementing cutting edge technology. It’s no surprise that Steven would be dedicated to helping solve one of the biggest problem for post-production professionals coming out of a global pandemic: hybrid office video workflows. Steven is a Senior Workflow Engineer at OWC where he helps video teams determine which Jellyfish solution will work best for their office, remote, or hybrid workflow needs.

Sam Mestman

Chief Workflow Architect 

Sam Mestman is the Chief Workflow Architect for OWC and the founder of We Make Movies (www.wemakemovies.org), LumaForge, and FCPWorks. As a professional editor and colorist, he has worked for Apple, ESPN, Glee, and Break Media (to name a few), and has edited or colored hundreds of shorts, features, web series, and probably every other type of content you can think of. His specialty is the Apple creative ecosystem and he is also the architect behind some of the largest FCPX integrations in the world, including Focus, the world’s first studio feature edited with Final Cut Pro X. On the video educations side, his Smartphone Studio mobile filmmaking workshops (www.smartphonestudio.tv) are taught in person and remotely to communities around the world and his focus is democratizing filmmaking and storytelling for everyone no matter who they are or where they live.

July 14, 2021

Producing A Micro-Budget Feature Film: From Concept to Distribution

 

At our July meeting, filmmaker and entrepreneur, Noam Kroll will use his previous two feature films as a case study for creating original feature film content on a budget, and using innovative marketing strategies to drive a profit. His business model will be demonstrated through a variety of real world examples of films produced for as little as a few thousand dollars, that have successfully generated revenue through several key channels. Actionable steps are outlined in each phase, from concept development to final delivery, providing a blueprint for making a financially viable indie feature.

About Noam:

Noam Kroll is a narrative filmmaker & creative entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. He’s the owner of Creative Rebellion, which has produced content for brands like Google, NBC / Universal, and Warner Bros Technology, among many others. Over the past decade his personal filmmaking blog (noamkroll.com) has grown into a burgeoning resource for DIY creatives, spawning a popular podcast (Show, Don’t Tell) and newsletter (micro-budget weekly), which collectively reach millions of filmmakers each year. Currently, he is in development for his third feature film which is slated to shoot this summer.

June 8, 2021

Join us to celebrate LAPPG’s 13th Anniversary! Helping us mark this special occasion, are our friends from AJA to share an informative presentation:

Creating High-End Post-Production Remotely

Seeking powerful and remote solutions to produce high-quality editorial, color, VFX or audio mixing while working from home or any location? Join AJA’s Andy Bellamy for a deep dive on remote workflows, the latest industry trends, and new flexible tools that speed high-end post-production. 

In addition to learning about remote solutions, we will celebrate year 13 by adding some extra awesome giveaways to our already valuable trove of goodies thanks to our amazing partners including this new T-TAP Pro  ($795) from AJA!

Treat yourself to a special cupcake or a slice of cake and your favorite beverage and help us toast lucky 13!

*Space is limited! You must register to attend and the first 100 registered attendees that “arrive” at the meeting on Zoom will be admitted. If you can not get in, please head to YouTube where we will be live streaming the meeting.

 

**As with our regular LAPPG meetings we are planning to have a version of our popular giveaway. In order to participate, be sure when you register to use your real name, valid email address and current phone number so we can reach you if you win. To be eligible to win one of the amazing prizes, you must stay until the end of the event. Winners will be chosen offline after the meeting and notified directly.

May 15, 2021


Sony's The Unholy : From Shutdown to Silver Screen

The Unholy, a Sony Pictures/Screen Gems feature film produced by Sam Raimi came to a grinding halt just 10 days shy of their wrap date, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the ingenuity of the visual effects and post production team, the film was pulled off the shelf, solutions were devised, and the film was completed. It hit the big screen in theaters across the country in April – one of the first films to be released theatrically, in the U.S., since the COVID outbreak.

Join us at May’s LAPPG Meeting as we explore the original shoot prior to shutdown with Cinematographer, Craig Wrobleski, CSC and how Temprimental VFX navigated the shutdown using creative VFX solutions, to bring “The Unholy” to the Silver Screen.

Panelists:

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Award-winning cinematographer, Craig Wrobleski, CSC (The Umbrella Academy, In the Tall Grass, Tales from the Loop, Fargo and Legion) will discuss techniques and equipment used (Sony VENICE and ZEISS Supreme Prime Lenses) to capture the frightening mood.

Executive VFX Producer and Founder of Temprimental VFX, Raoul Bolognini, PGA, AMPAS (Fast & Furious, The Twilight Saga and Tomorrow Never Dies) details the post production solutions to complete this unfinished film remotely and to solve principal photography issues brought about by the pandemic.

VFX Supervisor at Temprimental VFX, Robert Grasmere (Where’d You Go Bernadette, The Zookeeper’s Wife, The Giver) will share specific examples, such as how they finished scenes while keeping actors socially distant — across continents!

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