Past Meetings

We’re heading online this month!


We miss seeing you at our monthly meetings so we are excited to have you join us online  via ZOOM, from the comfort of your home, as we toast our 12th anniversary with SONY on:

 June 30th, 2020

Because this is our first online meeting, we’re going to do the best we can and would love the support of this special community! You are welcome to bring your favorite beverage to toast our inspiring community as we take a look at developments over the last 12 years with SONY and where they are now as well as where they are going!

Now for the presentation details…

A Look Back and A Look Ahead

Remember when….

We had to figure out 3D workflow? You transitioned off tape? Post Houses were places you could go? Join Sony in celebrating LAPPG’s 12th Anniversary with a look back at how we grew together while exploring nonstop changes in production and post technologies.

Plus, a live presentation covering solutions for remote workflow as we look ahead to the next year of changes in how we make movies and TV.

Sony speakers during live session:

Dan Perry, Business Development
Samuel Fares, DMPC Manager
Laura Pursley, Marketing

Space is limited so please register if you are sure you can make it so we can accommodate as many as possible.

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!

During this time away from our in person meetings, please stay connected with us on our Blog, our YouTube Channel and our Social Media Channels – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram!

Stay well!


March 11, 2020

Join us for our March LAPPG meeting featuring:


Director Jon Kean with three of the amazing Holocaust survivors who served as subjects in two of his documentary films.

Jon Kean & Anne Stein, the director/editor team behind the documentaries Swimming in Auschwitz and After Auschwitz will be presenting their experiences working in the biographical documentary genre.  They will discuss the creative and technical strategies and decisions that were used to bring these historically significant films to life.

Jon, who started in the theatre world in LA and New York, has been a filmmaker since his directing debut Kill the Man opened at Sundance in 1999. He is currently in production on two new documentaries including a project about Rwanda 25 years post-genocide.

Anne started her editing career in the sound department of Milos Forman’s film, Hair. As an editor she has worked extensively with Freida Lee Mock as well as other Los Angeles based directors and has always gravitated to projects that reflect a social and emotional sensibility in line with her personal values.




OWC’s Director of Business Development, Richard Wright, will visit LAPPG’s March meeting to discuss the new OWC Mercury Helios 3S PCIe card expansion chassis for Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs and PCs. It adds an external PCIe slot for quick and easy addition of pro-level PCIe cards, and its dual Thunderbolt 3 ports offers the ability to daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt peripherals. Richard will also have on-hand the newest technology products from OWC including storage and connectivity solutions.

Richard is looking forward to meeting attendees and having the opportunity to not only introduce them to the latest solutions from OWC, but to discuss member pain points and workflow needs, so that OWC can continue to produce the solutions that creatives need to deliver their stories.


February 12, 2020


Join Mary Poplin from Boris FX as she talks about the brand new 2020 releases and Boris FX’s newest Award Winning acquisition, Silhouette. Hear what’s new in Mocha, Particle Illusion, and parameter tracking in Sapphire and Continuum. Boris FX products now include industry-standard OpenColorIO support, improved Mocha tracking and masking tools, and faster renders. Find out how to get home on time even when complex shots are looming with the fastest tools in your toolbox.

Mary Poplin is an accomplished visual effects artist and the product specialist for popular plug-in developer, Boris FX. An experienced trainer and post-production artist, Mary has worked on major Hollywood feature films such as The Last Airbender, Gulliver’s Travels, and Jackass 3D. As a Boris FX Senior Product Specialist, Mary consults with film studios and customers all over the world to provide hands on training to help evangelize the power of Mocha planar tracking and the Boris Continuum, Silhouette and Sapphire plug-in packages. She continues to hone her skills as a VFX artist on real world projects and specializes in match moving, paint, beauty work, and matte painting.



As we get our footing in place for this new decade, we realize so much of our professional success whether it be in the edit bay, the director’s chair, or behind the lens has to do with what is going on in our brains. This month we are delighted to have Bill Leavitt, LMFT joining us to explore mental well-being as we tackle some of the key issues that affect freelancers and entertainment professionals. Come get information and tools on how to deal with the stress and uncertainly many of us face and make it a priority of taking care of your whole self this year!

Bill Leavitt is is licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Burbank. His specialty is working with people who are stressed, anxious or depressed, and hitting a rough patch – grasping for answers and help.  He’s found that what we think, our self talk, drives the emotions, but also tends to be the key to open the door to other deeper aspects of our psyche that control our patterns of behavior. Once the door is opened a variety of techniques taken from a number of disciplines can be used. Bill has spent 12 years in the USMC and 20 + years in corporate America with an MBA.


January 9, 2020

Start the year off with a bang at LAPPG’s first meeting of the year featuring two valuable presentations:


The beginning of the year always seems like a good time to take stock and to make goals so come join Amber Romo and Barbara Bernstein to learn how to financial plan for your future. This will be an informal talk specifically for entertainment professionals to educate, answer questions and give some high level guidance.

About our presenters:

Barbara Bernstein is a CFP® and Wealth Management Advisor in Downtown LA. She grew up on the westside of Los Angeles and gravitated to the broadcast news and entertainment field upon graduation from UC Berkeley. After years in entertainment as Co-Executive Producer of America’s Funniest Videos and TV news, Barbara found her true calling in finance. She is passionate about advising individuals and business owners, in areas of comprehensive financial planning and investing.
Amber Romo, Financial Advisor in Downtown LA moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to follow her career in entertainment. After almost a couple decades in post-production, from sales to running a facility, Amber found her love in finance by making an impact on people and businesses in planning for their futures. She is on a mission to make an impact on entertainment professionals to help them gain financial control.




Editor Lawrence Jordan, ACE and Visual Effects Editor Richard Sanchez will discuss the “real-world” realities of what it’s like to work on the front lines on some of today’s most demanding feature films and television projects.

Jordan, a 38- year veteran editor will talk about his experiences in Hollywood and what it takes for long term survival in the competitive world of studio and network post production. He’ll also talk about the unique editorial challenges of his most recent Netflix feature film “Sextuplets,” a visual effects comedy culled from almost 200 hours of dailies.

Sanchez will shed a light on his experiences as an assistant editor and visual effects editor on some of today’s highest profile features and television shows including Robin Hood, Catch 22, Suicide Squad and his current project, Bill & Ted Face The Music.

Finally, Lawrence and Richard will give you a look into their professional level training course, Master The Workflow: Feature Film Assistant Editor Immersion 1.0.

With a desire to train the next generation of editorial professionals, the duo created the online course which has now been taken by almost 500 students in over 40 countries around the world.


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Send an email to rsvp-at-lappg-dot-com.

As always there will be plenty of time to network, enjoy some coffee and participate in our great giveaway!

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Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

@Roth Hall
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

*There is street parking as well as a Crossroads parking lot on 22nd Street. Please view this map for parking info. We encourage ridesharing or using public transportation as there are two Metro Expo Line stops within walking distance to Roth Hall.

Click here for a map of the location.

December 19, 2019

Join LAPPG for our last meeting of the year where we think about those in need in our community at our 9th Annual Food Drive and to make it even more special, we will have our friends from ADOBE in the house! Plus, we’ll be enjoying some holiday treats, our famous holiday giveaway thanks to our amazing partners, extra networking time to make connections for the new year, plus, there may even be some special “seasonal” guests dropping by to give out some extra goodies from the LAPPG giveaway cabinet!




Join Adobe Master Trainer and Emmy award winner, Christine Steele as she covers new features available in Adobe video and audio tools, including the Freeform panel and Auto Reframe in Premiere Pro, Content-Aware Fill in After Effects (in case you have seen that magic!), and much more. This is a great opportunity to get up to speed what’s new, and get answers to the questions you bring.






It’s that time of year again where we think about those who may need a little extra helping hand. Please bring non-perishable food items to our meeting and help us fight hunger! All donations will benefit the Westside Food Bank (and you’ll earn some extra changes to win prizes in our giveaway!)

The following are the types of food Westside Food Bank needs: (no glass please, except for baby food.)

Please make sure that all food donated has not been opened if it is not individually wrapped, and that the inner packaging is still intact. Please, no expired food.

Cans of:
• Tuna, Vegetables, and Soup
• Fruits and Fruit Juices
• Pork & Beans
• Stews & Other Meats

Packaged Foods:
• Pasta, Lentils, Pinto and other beans.
• Macaroni & Cheese & Packaged Dinners
• Instant Soups
• Hot and Cold Cereals
• Peanut Butter & other Nut Butters
• Nutritional Bars: protein, granola, energy or breakfast bars

Baby foods are also urgently needed. Sadly, two thousand babies and toddlers are without adequate nutrition each day right here on the Westside of Los Angeles. We want to help them receive the nutrition they need to grow and develop into strong and healthy children. We now have a special section at our warehouse devoted exclusively to infant and toddler nutrition so that our member agencies have easy access to the foods that are so vital to the health and well-being of the children in our community.

Please consider collecting the following items:
• Infant formula
• Jar foods – all flavors and stages
• Crackers, teething biscuits, and cookies
• Raisins & fruit snacks
• Juices: jars, cans, pouches and boxes
• Infant and children’s cereals

**For each item you bring up to the first 10 you will receive a ticket for our very popular monthly giveaway. You are of course welcome to bring as much as you are able to!**

We’ll have some festive snacks and tons of special holiday giveaways worth thousands of dollars as well as some extra time to network! Come end the year with a bang at this Holiday Meeting!


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Send an email to rsvp-at-lappg-dot-com.

As always there will be plenty of time to network, enjoy some coffee and participate in our great giveaway!

$5.00 kindly requested at the door will include 1 giveaway ticket.[/one_half] [one_half]


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

@Roth Hall
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

*There is street parking as well as a Crossroads parking lot on 22nd Street. Please view this map for parking info. We encourage ridesharing or using public transportation as there are two Metro Expo Line stops within walking distance to Roth Hall.

Click here for a map of the location.

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