Past Meetings

March 8, 2023

We're Back....
In Person That Is! (for March)

Join us for our first in-person meeting in 3 years! We are thrilled to have the chance to bring everyone together again at the amazing ZEISS Cine Lens Demo Center! Details below…

Integrating Lens Metadata into a Visual Effects Workflow
ZEISS Cinema Lens Demo Center Tour

The successful integration of Lens Metadata into the Visual Effects Production pipeline is not yet fully realized. With new tools, techniques and a bit of R&D, we are about to see some fascinating developments that allow creatives to emulate better backgrounds, foregrounds, AR objects and overlays. The results are more accurate, more realistic and closer to what audiences expect. Learn how Lens Metadata is quickly becoming a way for filmmakers to get the “look” right, when it comes to visual effects workflows.

March’s meeting will be held at the ZEISS Cinema Lens Demo Center, which serves as a home for both the cinematographer and visual effects artist. The Demo Center offers cinematographers and filmmakers the opportunity to handle and test the latest in ZEISS lens technology by offering the ability to demo a thorough selection of ZEISS Lenses on several camera formats, as well as utilizing their CinCraft Mapper software. The facility has a 9-seat 4K HDR theater, a full editorial suite with DaVinci Resolve and Nuke software, and the bay equipped GECKO-PRO technology lens projection and a fully furnished prep bay.


When: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Where: ZEISS Cinema Lens Demo Center – 15260 Ventura Blvd #820, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

6:30pm – Doors open – time for networking, grab some refreshments and take a look at the incredible history showcased around the space
7:15pm – Presentation begins with a brief explanation on the center and attendees will have time to explore the various demo areas.
7:45 – Feature presentation – Integrating Lens Metadata into VFX Workflow with Q & A to follow
8:45pm – Giveaway
8:50pm – Network and visit the various demo center areas
9:30pm – doors close

The ZEISS Cinema Lens Demo Center in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Important Reminders

  • Masks are optional but encouraged as is social distancing when possible.
  • This meeting will not be live-streamed.
  • This event is free but capacity is limited, so you must register and receive a confirmation email to attend.
  • Registration will close at 12:30pm the day of the event.
  • Please only register if you fully intend on showing up.  We need to give our host an accurate headcount for both capacity and refreshment reasons. Thank you!

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Our members’ health and safety is extremely important to us. If you are feeling sick, have any symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please do not attend this meeting. We thank you in advance for helping keep our community safe and COVID-free.

Parking details: 
Parking is available in the building’s garage but parking validation is unavailable, so you may want to take advantage of street or metered parking. (The rate for the garage for 2+ hours is $26.50.)

– Dickens Street
-Moorpark Street
– Sepulveda Blvd
(side street off of main Blvd)

– Ventura Blvd – 2 HRS
FREE after 8pm

Entry details: 
*If entering through parking garage, take the garage elevator to the ground floor
*Once in the building lobby, ride the elevator up to the 8th floor to get to ZEISS’ suite
*ZEISS is the first suite with glass doors

February 8, 2023

So You Think You Are Indestructible?

Combating Stress For Health & Success

Filmmaking is a stressful career with tight deadlines, long hours, job insecurity, being asked to do with less and months of separation from family which can have a huge impact on your personal health and relationships. Discover the 5 strategies and self-care habits that make a huge difference in boosting your creativity, efficiency, energy, happiness and health for maximum success.

Lydia Hurlbut

Lydia Hurlbut is the CEO of Filmmakers Academy. Her varied career as a forensic RN, Certified Life Coach and Reiki Practitioner has given her a unique perspective of what can help filmmakers succeed. She brings knowledge of brain physiology, and a recognition of the power of resilience and fearlessness to create success for filmmakers. In addition, 35 years of marriage to Shane Hurlbut ASC, AMPAS, have given Lydia an insider’s perspective on the challenges busy filmmakers face every day.

This meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

January 18, 2023


A Small To No Crew Workshop with Jem Schofield of theC47

Lighting & Shooting Interviews is the bread and butter of the video production industry. It’s how many people make their living in this business. While shows like “60 Minutes” have big budgets, killer locations and large crews, most of us have to settle for much smaller budgets, less than ideal locations and crews of 1-3 people (which usually include you). And, the client still expects those interviews to look polished and professional.

To kick off the new year and to help you up your game in terms of lighting, Jem Schofield of theC47 is going to conduct an online workshop to help you light & shoot your interviews. It will feature little to no Powerpoint/Keynote slides and will be a “hands on” workshop with Jem demonstrating live how to get great results from 1-3 lighting fixtures (that don’t cost thousands of dollars), and a few light modifiers. In 45 minutes you will see at least 2-3 lighting set-ups that will help you light your interviews in different ways.


The workshop will also include a rolling Q&A with Jem so you can ask questions along the way.


Jem Schofield – theC47 — Producer, Director, DP & Educator

Jem started his journey in capturing images as a wee lad with his first real camera (a used Pentax K-1000). It was a great start to his education and in content creation & storytelling. He now spends most of his time producing content, educating others and otherwise being borderline obsessed with lighting, cameras, and production as a whole.

His company, theC47, specializes in creating effective, brand-driven content for a wide range of clients with a focus on video & post production services for corporate, promotional, commercial and educational based projects. theC47 also provides remote production solutions and has successfully produced hundreds of hours of content remotely for a wide range of clients such as Age of Learning (ABC Mouse).

Jem is also an equipment design consultant to many manufacturers in the film and television industry. He designed theC47 DP Kit & theC47 Book Light Kit (geared towards corporate, in-house and small to no crew productions), which is based on FJ Westcott’s Scrim Jim Cine system.

His in-depth training courses such as “Cinematic Video Lighting”, “Advanced Cinematic Video Lighting” and “Corporate Event Video: Producing Company Meetings and Presentations”, are currently available on LinkedIn Learning.

Current and past clients include AbelCine, Age of Learning, Apple, Inc., ARRI, Canon, Corus Entertainment, LinkedIn Learning, MAC Group, MZED, NBCUniversal, NPR, PBS, Riverbed Technologies, Scottish Enterprise, Sony, TED, The Vitec Group, Walmart Films, Westcott, YouTube & Zeiss.

December 8, 2022

Team v. Single Mixer Projects
Cinema Audio Society

We are honored to have an amazing panel of award-winning re-recording mixers from the Cinema Audio Society joining us for a comparative discussion of workflow and social dynamics as it relates to mixing alone in a post audio environment or as part of a mix team on a dub stage. Both carry the same mission, so what are the advantages and disadvantages of each for the mixer, the project, and the client? Find out at our last meeting of the year!

Moderator and Panelists:

(Moderator) Karol Urban CAS, MPSE, NATAS is a re-recording mixer for television and feature films. She is an involved member of her community, having served on the Television Academy’s Governor’s Peer Group for Sound Mixing, organized events for The LA Sound Group, and served as a blue-ribbon panel judge for the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reels. Karol acted as content editor of the CAS Quarterly and served as a board member for the Cinema Audio Society before being elected as President of the organization in 2019. She enjoys educational outreach and has moderated and appeared on panels for Mix’s Sound for Film Event, EIPMA, MPSE, Soundgirls, and AMPAS.

Some of her credits include: #RealityHigh, Band Aid, Big Sky, New Girl, Gentefied, Grey’s Anatomy, For All Mankind, Made for Love, National Treasure: Edge of History, Outlander, She-Hulk:Attorney at Law, The Stand.

Bob Bronow CAS is a re-recording mixer working in television, film and radio for more than thirty years. He has received three Primetime Emmy Awards with an additional eleven nominations, four CAS Award wins and two MPSE Golden Reels.

He is a former governor for the Television Academy’s Sound Peer Group and currently sits on the Sound Peer Group Executive Committee. He also currently serves on the Cinema Audio Society’s Board of Directors.

Projects include: Cruel Summer, American Soul, Genius: Einstein and Picasso, Barkskins, Tacoma FD, A Christmas Prince, The Last Ship, Graves, Nightcap, Z: The Beginning of Everything, The Family, fourteen seasons of Deadliest Catch, Perfect Match, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, American Masters: Marlon Brando, Carol Burnett & Bob Newhart, What We Carry, The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses and The Wrecking Crew.

Shaun Cunningham CAS is a Re-recording Mixer specializing in animation sound.  A graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering, Shaun began his career recording and mixing music before making his way into post production audio.  Starting in sound editorial and working across a wide range of formats from Film to Television, Shaun moved into Foley mixing and sound design before coming to re-recording mixing.  Shaun is currently the re-recording mixer for Family Guy and American Dad.

After producing records in his native London, Jonathan Wales CAS moved to LA to work as a re-recording mixer on movies. Having worked at Universal Studios and other facilities, Jonathan’s passion for sound and technology led to the creation of Sonic Magic – a leading independent facility, where he mixed for over 15 years. Jonathan then made the move to Warner Bros. where he is currently based. With over 250 credits, he is most recently known for his work on the award winning shows Get Out, The Haunting of Hill House and The Black Phone.

Mathew Waters CAS is a six time Emmy winner and six time CAS winner as a re-recording mixer. He has won two Golden reel as a sound supervisor. He has been in Post Production sound for over 30 years and has worked as an assistant, transfer person, sound designer, sound supervisor, and re-recording mixer. Some of his recent credits include: Game of Thrones, Only Murders in the Building, The Underground Railroad, The Curse of Bridge Hollow.

November 16, 2022

Eliminating the Gap Between

Wrap and Edit

Camera to Cloud workflow is impacting creative teams in new and exciting ways. Join Adobe’s Laura Pursley and Shawn McDaniel as they discuss the democratization of the hardware necessary, how camera makers like RED and Fujifilm are building this function directly into their latest cameras, and -most importantly- the benefits to editors and creative storytelling in post-production.


Laura Pursley
Product Marketing Manager |, an Adobe company

With a career spanning movie marketing, independent film production, and imaging technology, Laura Pursley brings deep audience knowledge and communication prowess to her work within and Adobe. Pursley previously launched the FX9, FX6, and FX3 cameras while at Sony Electronics. She was also instrumental in the expansion of post house Light Iron from its origin in Hollywood to locations in New York, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Pursley frequently volunteers as a career mentor, and is an expert grower of heirloom tomatoes.

Shawn McDaniel
Instructional Media Specialist|, an Adobe Company

Shawn McDaniel’s career as an independent filmmaker began while he honed his video editing skills working at Buzzfeed, MGM, and Riot Games and as a trainer for Apple. At, an Adobe company, McDaniel is the Instructional Media Specialist, teaching technical filmmaking skills and post-production workflows to industry professionals. Still possessing a passion for directing, McDaniel recently produced a proof-of-concept web series called My Death Co.


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