Past Meetings

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!

February 10, 2021

Demystifying HDR

Join us at our February 2021 LAPPG meeting for an open forum with Senior Colorist, Andrea Chlebak, and Color Scientist, Matthew Tomlinson to explore HDR and how it can be harnessed as a storytelling tool.

PRESENTERS

Andrea Chlebak, has spent the past 16 years honing her skills as a colorist for major studios and indies alike.

Canadian-born, Chlebak’s recent work has included supervising color for Seth Rogen’s “An American Pickle” for HBOMax, as well as collaborating for a third time with award-winning cinematographer Gregory Middleton ASC to supervise color for Netflix’s feature “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monsterhunting”.

Major credits include Hollywood studio films such as Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” and “Chappie”, as well as award-winning indies “Mandy” and “Prospect”.

Adept at collaborating with directors, cinematographers, visual effects supervisors and editors to develop and refine the final look and feel for a film, her approach, “Adds clarity and dimension to the creative experience and unearths beautifully polished images” says Chlebak, “I like to bring an artistic sensibility and technical rigor to all of my projects.”

With over 25 years of experience, Matthew Tomlinson is currently the Color Scientist at Harbor where he services projects by ensuring color consistency from pre-production through final color as well as creative look development. Prior to joining Harbor, he held Imaging Science positions at SHED, EFILM, Tippett Studios, P.O.P and Bossfilm where he worked on projects including “Suicide Squad”, “Skyfall”, “The Avengers”, “Matrix: Revolutions” and “Air Force One”.

His recent credits include Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Louis Leterrier’s “Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”, Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” and Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman.”

January 12, 2021

NURTURE YOUR CREATIVE NATURE

WITH

MAXIM JAGO

Join Filmmaker, Author, and Director of The Creativity Conference, Maxim Jago, for a deep dive into best practices and far-reaching insights to help you keep the spark alive and maintain your creative flow. After exploring diverse approaches to the creative process with guidance from countless world-class creatives, Maxim will share practical advice and actionable steps you can take to find inspiration and take dynamic action to create works that are truly original and impactful.

If you are setting yourself creative goals for the new year, this presentation will offer valuable perspective and clear steps to help you turn ideas into action (and stumble upon new ideas in the process).

For more information about The Creativity Conference – taking place from the 22nd to the 24th of January – check out https://www.creativityconference.is/

 

Maxim Jago is a multi-award winning filmmaker, screenwriter, author, consultant, futurist, public speaker, and Director of The Creativity Conference. He’s the author of some of the standard texts used by film schools around the world, and Director of The Creativity Conference and is well known for his online and public training courses in film production and post-production.

Maxim provides support and perspective on developments for several international media and technology organizations. As an award winning film director and screenwriter, he’s a regular speaker at film festivals and media technology conferences including Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Raindance, TIFF, NAB, IBC, BVE and SXSW.   @MaximJago

 

*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.

**As with our regular LAPPG meetings we be hosting a 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.

December 15th, 2020

30 Years of Editing: Advice, Insights and Technology with Kevin D. Ross, ACE

Before we move into 2021, we thought it would be a good practice to take a look back at the last 30 years of editing with Editor Kevin D. Ross, ACE (Californication, Stranger Things, Halt & Catch Fire). Kevin will outline his journey through the transitioning film and television world by touching on some of the technology and techniques that were used along the way. Be sure to tune it for valuable advice on from the important role of the assistant editor to the benefits of being in a guild. This is a challenging business and Kevin is being kind enough to tell us how it is!

Meeting Details:

*Space is limited! You must register to attend and the first 100 registered attendees that “arrive” at the meeting on Zoom will be admitted. After that, everyone else can catch the meeting on YouTube where we will be live streaming.

**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.

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