Past Meetings

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!

April 14, 2021

Demystifying Volumetric with Members of the Volumetric Format Association

Join ZEISS and Verizon – two founding board members of the Volumetric Format Association (VFA) – for an introduction to Volumetric Video. This cutting-edge process has become more prevalent in Film and Gaming in recent years as a means of creating an immersive experience for the viewer.

Gain insight into the current technologies supporting the Volumetric ecosystem from acquisition to playback, and learn how they are utilized in real world applications.

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Speakers include:

Snehal Patel, Head of Cinema Sales, ZEISS
Denny Breitenfeld, Director of Volumetric Technology, Verizon & VFA President

*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.

We’re excited to hang out with you online again!

March 10, 2021

TNT’s The Alienist Color Grading and Finishing Workflow with Juan Cabrera

Join colorist and founder of LightBender, Juan Cabrera, CSI discussing the color grading and finishing workflow he creatively used on the second season of TNT’s The Alienist: Angel of Darkness.

You’ll get to know how Juan built a non-destructive and efficient finishing pipeline, allowing him to be agile and flexible throughout the whole process – conforming, color grading and preparing all the final deliverables of this popular TV series. Juan’s work was  recognized with a nomination for best color at last year’s HPA Awards.

About Juan I. Cabrera
Juan started his career in Madrid 24 years ago, working as a VFX Supervisor and Animator. After 11 years in the VFX industry, he evolved his career towards Color and Finishing. His background in Visual Effects helped him immensely with the technical side of color grading and color science, and often blends both worlds when needed – and that’s how he discovered SGO and Mistika Technology. He has worked with Mistika since version one and has been an active beta-tester and has regularly proposed new features since the beginning. This has allowed him to develop a very close relationship with the software, integrating it on every project he has worked on.

Juan has worked with Mistika on major blockbusters like Prometheus, Amazing Spiderman, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for which he won 2 Advanced Imaging Society Awards. On the television side he has worked on shows like Sony’s StartUp, Microsoft Quantum Break and more recently The Alienist: Angel of Darkness for TNT. 

Six years ago Juan opened his own finishing studio, LightBender, where he has three color rooms with Mistika Ultima and two support rooms with Mistika Boutique & Workflows, providing all color and finishing services including advanced formats like 4K, 8K, HFR, HDR, etc. LightBender is Dolby Vision Certified and MPAA Security Compliant. His clients include Sony, Paramount, Microsoft, Netflix, Hulu, THX, and many others.

About SGO & Mistika Technology

SGO is a Spanish high-end technology company with decades of experience in developing and integrating high-end post-production solutions. Built on years of research, development and production experience, Mistika Technology empowers users with new levels of creative power, performance, and efficiency in HDR, UHD/4K, 8K, S3D and VR workflows. Available for both Windows and macOS, Mistika Boutique is the first and only post-production system to natively integrate the most complete spectrum of professional finishing tools, including conforming, VFX, color grading, Stereo 3D, VR/360º – and so much more.

*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.

We’re excited to hangout with you online again!

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