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November 2020 Meeting

November’s LAPPG meeting featured our first virtual Blackmagic Design Night! We were excited to have Tor Johansen back to show us the new URSA Mini Pro 12K! And what a beauty! The footage Tor was able to show us was truly breathtaking. It was a real treat for all attendees. And speaking of treats, we were super lucky that the stars aligned and we are able to host one of the first demos of DaVinci Resolve 17 with Mary Plummer who expertly took us through many of the new features. Some of the feature she showed were previewing of effects and transitions on your own footage, the new HDR palette, Color Warper, Magic Mask in the Color Page and Flex Bus, double stacked meters, playback, render and generate Dolby Atmos masters in Fairlight and the new Shapes category inside Fusion.

October 2020 Meeting

Even though our October meeting was online we could feel the energy as people were super excited to hear about real world uses for the recently released version of iZotope‘s go-to audio repair and polishing suite. We were lucky enough to have been able to assemble a panel of very impressive sound professionals to discuss their experience using RX 8. The panel was moderated by LAPPG‘s & Allied Post‘s Woody Woodhall, CAS whose deep knowledge of the program helped make this discussion accessible for those who have been working with it for years as those who are just discovering its massive capabilities through his explanations of some of the terms and processes that were discussed. The panel was comprised of three hardworking and accomplished sound professionals including Founder and Chief Engineer of Audio Mechanics John Polito, Supervising Sound Editor  and Re-recording Mixer for Juniper Post David Barber and Dialog & Re-recording Engineer Doug Mountain. We also enjoyed a Halloween movie poll where we discovered that the favorite horror subgenre of the group was the psychological horror movie. We want to thank all who attended, as well as our partners and of course, iZotope and our fabulous panelists for participating!

September 2020 Meeting

Our online September meeting was jam packed with hard to find information from VFX editor Richard Sanchez. Having recently worked on the feature film Bill & Ted Face the MusicRichard brought his valuable experience to his presentation filled with important explanations of VFX terminology which he provided for us as a pdf document from, his training platform Master the Workflow. (Thanks Richard!) Richard gave a detailed explanation what a VFX editor actually does and shared a lot of insight on things that he wished he had known before he started in the role! Our members were glued to their screens as Richard kindly went above and beyond to answer so many of our questions.

August 2020 Meeting

Our August 2020 meeting took place online via Zoom for the second time. Although online meetings are not ideal, they are great for keeping our community together and for allowing us to continue to learn about new technologies. We were lucky enough to have Karl Soule, Senior Technical Sales Manager for Film & Video with us explaining how Premiere Pro’s new feature Productions works to offer users tools for organizing multi-project workflows, sharing assets between projects, and keeping everything streamlined and efficient, whether you’re working on your own or collaborating with a team. A big thank you for Karl and Kathy Scibetta for sharing this information and supplying a 1 year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for our giveaway.

June 2020 Meeting

June 30, 2020 marked a big occasion for two reasons for the LAPPG. Firstly, it was our 12th anniversary and secondly, we took a big step into the world of online meetings due to the current pandemic situation. While we miss our in person meetings tremendously, we are committed to keeping our members. presenters, partners and friends safe and will only resume when we are directed by state and county health officials say it is safe to do so.

 

In the meantime, it was a lot of fun connecting with members online at June’s meeting. We were lucky enough to have our friends from Sony Electronic’s “in the house” (more like at their house) so to speak as we launched into this new world of virtual gatherings. Dan Perry who works in business development at Sony Electronics did a sensational job giving us a historical look back at the last 12 years for Sony and LAPPG where he explored the various Sony camera, display monitors, topics at LAPPG meetings and the move to card-based workflows after the earthquake and tsunami destroyed the SR tape plant in Japan. It was fascinating to look back the last 12 years of Sony and the industry as well as reminisce about the last 12 years at LAPPG including hosting our meetings at Allied Post, Stoner Park, Showbiz Store & Cafe, Electric Lodge and Crossroads School. And because it was a “celebration” sorts, we polled the group to see what type of beverages everyone was enjoying! Margaritas, red wine and lemonade were flowing at our place!

We hosted a 2nd poll a little later showing that 93% of our attendees owned a Sony Electronics product(s)! Which brought us to our presentation for the evening. DMPC manager, Sam Fares orchestrated an impressive live demo with Woody Woodhall of the LAPPG controlling the focus and zoom of cameras in a 4 camera set up remotely and then performing remote switching during recording. The files were then uploaded to Sony’s cloud platform, Ci. He also asked for an attendee to volunteer and make a clip and upload through a file request link on the spot. Longtime LAPPG member Roxanna Sandoval Sahagun volunteered right away and successfully was able upload her clip through Ci to Sam Fares in this remote workflow demo. Following the demo Laura Pursley from Sony Electronic’s marketing was able to share with us the features and benefits of Sony Ci as well as sharing an outstanding offer with the entire group of  meeting attendees by giving them each a 30-day trial of Sony Ci worth $1,000!

On top of this incredible offer we were able to hold our monthly giveaway offline for all the attendees who joined us and stayed with us through the entire meeting. Winners were notified and very happy! Thanks to Blackmagic Design, Boris FX and OWC for participating in the giveaway.

It was a special meeting indeed, and one we won’t soon forget. For after over 140 in person meetings it was exciting to go virtually to keep our community connected. A big thank you to Sony Electronics and all our partners, members, presenters and friends for keeping LAPPG a valuable and vital organization.

March 2020 Meeting

For the 2nd year in a row we had a Valentine’s meeting visit from the LOVE-ly Mary Poplin from Boris FX. The evening started with members checking in and each receiving beautiful journals and pens from the our fantastic partner, Shutterstock. These were used to take notes during our first presentation and for our members to use to do their own journaling to help reduce stress. The journaling advice was only a small part of the wisdom that came from the entertaining and informative presentation from Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Bill Leavitt. He discussed the often ignored topic of mental well-being and shared insights on the topic of stress which affects many of us in this industry when we are dealing with job insecurity, deadlines and long work hours. He shared some helpful tools for dealing with stress including The Four Fold Breath and No-Thing Meditation.

After his presentation we enjoyed some Valentine’s themed refreshments during the networking break and then Boris FX’s Senior Product Specialist Mary Poplin came to the stage to present an overview of the latest 2020 releases of Sapphire, Continuum and Mocha Pro. There was a lot of ground to cover and Mary, in her own inimitable fashion, knocked it out of the park by showing us many new features as well as showcasing the power of the newly acquired Silhouette. Silhouette is a best-in-class, GPU-accelerated compositing application, delivering the industry’s most robust, non-destructive, paint and roto tools for feature film and visual effects teams. We were all wowed! At the end of the evening we had another amazing giveaway thanks to our generous partners.

February 2020 Meeting

For the 2nd year in a row we had a Valentine’s meeting visit from the LOVE-ly Mary Poplin from Boris FX. The evening started with members checking in and each receiving beautiful journals and pens from the our fantastic partner, Shutterstock. These were used to take notes during our first presentation and for our members to use to do their own journaling to help reduce stress. The journaling advice was only a small part of the wisdom that came from the entertaining and informative presentation from Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Bill Leavitt. He discussed the often ignored topic of mental well-being and shared insights on the topic of stress which affects many of us in this industry when we are dealing with job insecurity, deadlines and long work hours. He shared some helpful tools for dealing with stress including The Four Fold Breath and No-Thing Meditation.

After his presentation we enjoyed some Valentine’s themed refreshments during the networking break and then Boris FX’s Senior Product Specialist Mary Poplin came to the stage to present an overview of the latest 2020 releases of Sapphire, Continuum and Mocha Pro. There was a lot of ground to cover and Mary, in her own inimitable fashion, knocked it out of the park by showing us many new features as well as showcasing the power of the newly acquired Silhouette. Silhouette is a best-in-class, GPU-accelerated compositing application, delivering the industry’s most robust, non-destructive, paint and roto tools for feature film and visual effects teams. We were all wowed! At the end of the evening we had another amazing giveaway thanks to our generous partners.

January 2020 Meeting

What a great way to start of the year! We explored financial considerations with Financial Advisor Amber Romo and CFP® and Wealth Management Advisor Barbara Bernstein who gave us a ton of valuable information about the financial world over the last decade and what we need to know and do to make sure we are in good shape in the future. Plus, we had Lawrence Jordan, ACE come speak about the workflow of the Netflix film “Sextuplets” and Richard Sanchez joined him and they spoke about the vital role assistant editors play in the success and productivity of editorial. They also shared their extensive training program Master the Workflow: Assistant Editor Immersion 1.0 – Feature Films.

November 2018 Photos

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With Thanksgiving in our sights, our November 2018 meeting was filled with gratitude for our members, partners and our presenters and with that in mind, we were thrilled to welcome back two of our favorites to present to the group. First, we welcomed Jem Schofield of theC47 down from Oregon to share information on small to no crew production. We would like to thank Westcott for helping make this happen. Then actress, producer and writer Alexandra Boylan was back with her cinematographer, Richard Galli, to speak about their experience creating their feature film, ” At Your Own Risk” with a $1K production budget. It was a truly a great evening for DIY Fimmaking!

October Meeting Photos

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October’s meeting was full of Halloween cheer with delicious treats and lots of fun decorations.  The evening started with a presentation from ZEISS with moderator Michael Valinsky speaking to husband and wife team DP Beth Napoli and workflow expert Dan Duran. They showcased some of their work and spoke about using ZEISS lenses and how these beautiful shots were captured. During the break Jacqueline Lehr showcased some of the new ZEISS lenses. During the second half of the evening we where  thrilled to have LAPPG member and storied filmmaker Bruce Logan, ASC. Bruce detailed the process of creating his feature film, “Lost Fare” including his experience editing and coloring the film using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.

September 2018 Photos

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September 2018’s meeting was held at Roth Hall and was filled with members reconnecting with those who had been away all summer. It was also great to see many new members in attendance.  Jason Brubaker, founder of Filmmaking Stuff and VP of Global Sales at Distribber took us through the new rules of film distribution. True to his word, as always, Jason left our members with solid action plans and a shift in the way we look at modern filmmakers. He proposed that we see ourselves as entrepreneurial filmmakers.  After the networking break we had LAPPG‘s own Woody Woodhall, CAS share his expertise and knowledge of the incredibly powerful and essential program,  iZotope’s RX. Woody took us through a tour of 4 of the key plugins he employs on a daily basis including Declick, Ambience Match, Spectral Repair, Insight metering using his latest project, feature film, Lost Fare, directed by LAPPG member Bruce Logan, ASC. After this thorough and entertaining presentation we had an exciting giveaway with lots of happy winners.

August 2018 Photos

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We started the evening with a presentation from CEO and Founder of Digital Rebellion, Jon Chappell.   Members got to see how Kollaborate works as well as many of his other apps which Jon gives away each month at our LAPPG giveaways. We celebrated summer during break with some ice cream treats and then started the 2nd presentation with Special Effects Makeup Artist, KC Mussman. She shared many insights from the industry as well as best practices and how her shop funcctions and creates amazing works including a Demegorgon which she gave away to a lucky LAPPG winner. 

July 2018 Photos

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There was a plethora of great energy and tons of new members filling our July meeting. It was wonderful having our friends from OWC come visit. AJ Gerth, Thor Juell and Luke Engstrom filled us in on what’s new with their Thunderbolt 3 family. They answered our many questions about speed and compatibility and even spent time showing us a confidential new product they’ve been developing. They also took time to hear our thoughts as they stressed that these products our being built for us, the end user, so as in the past, they really listened to us and will be taking our comments and ideas back to HQ. After the break we had LAPPG’s first every remote presenter, Jessica Sitomer, The Greenlight Coach. Jessica had to head to Florida at the last minute so using Zoom we had her in the room with us where she shared 5 key strategies we should all employ in our networking to get more work. Jessica’s presentation was filled with valuable nuggets of information and she peppered her presentation with fantastically entertaining stories! A big thank you to Jessica for staying up til midnight to present to us! What a great summer meeting for members new and old!

June 2018 – 10th Anniversary Celebration Photos

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What a special evening! LAPPG members gathered from far and wide to toast the group’s 10th Anniversary at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles’s June Film Festival in DTLA at the South Park Center. Complete with a slate of screenings, two open bars, tech demo tables from Adobe, Blackmagic Design, LaCie and OWC. A big thank you goes out to these companies for supporting the evening along with ZEISS, Shutterstick and Vimeo. Thanks to Larry, Andrew and Bojana and the entire NFMLA team plus a big thank you to all our members, partners, presenters and friends for such an amazing decade.

May 2018 Photos

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May 10th, 2018 marked Blackmagic Night at LAPPG! The evening was jam packed with discussions of the major announcements that came out of NAB and included the new integrations into DaVinci Resolve 15 making it the world’s first solution to combine professional offline and online editing, color correction, audio post-production, multi user collaboration and now visual effects, together in one software tool.

  Paul Saccone showed us Fusion as well as the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and Mary Plummer brought us up to speed on Fairlight, now part of DaVinci Resolve. The audiences audible wows and gasps were heard throughout the evening. Members definitely liked what they saw! 

April 2018 Photos

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Spring is in gear and with that Matt Christensen shared the latest NAB announcements from Adobe Creative Cloud at our April 18 meeting. This was followed by and entertaining and informative presentation from Lyndel Crosley who shared the important role of the DIT. As always, we had time for networking and our enormous giveaway complete with a 1-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud!

March 2018 Photos

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With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner we celebrated with shamrocks and refreshments at our March 14th meeting.  High Energy was the over arching feeling for the evening as members new and old gathered in Roth Hall to explore the current media landscape. First to present was Head of Post Production & Operations for 3d Paint/FX, Shelley Andagan who explored Immersive Technology. Shelley gave solid and specific information on the production and post side of the equation for VR projects and answered lots of questions from our curious members. During our networking break members had a chance to visit with LaCie’s Steve Hitchcock where he showcased LaCie’s brand new revolutionary mobile storage device. The evenings 2nd presentation was from writer, director and juggler Chris Smith who took us through his experience creating the successful YouTube Channel Chris & Jack. Chris gave and entertaining presentation full of valuable tips and capped the night off by juggling three LaCie Rugged Hard Drives! After he finished and we could all breath again, we ended with our $3.5K giveaway thanks to our wonderful partners.

February 2018 Photos

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What a great night at Roth Hall! For our February meeting members piled in to hear about the latest Creative Trends for 2018 from Jon-Paul Harrison, Shutterstock’s Business Development Manager, Entertainment. It turns out that space, cactus, fantasy (including unicorns and mermaid) and ancient geometric patterns are among those topping the list this year. JP’s entertaining and informational presentation left us inspired to see what trends we’ll notice ourselves this year.  Then after the networking break we learned about how to shoot a short schedule indie feature with in demand Director of Photography Dan Kneece. Using his experience shooting three of these last year, Dan detailed various steps he took to insure success with a limited shooting schedule. After Dan wrapped his informative presentation we held our ever popular giveaway including access to Shutterstcok’s incomparable image library up to $2,000! It was an awesome evening for all!

January 2018 Photos

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And we’re off to a great start for 2018! January’s meeting was a great chance for members to double check that they are putting their best foot forward in the workplace this year with a presentation from LAPPG’s Woody Woodhall, CAS called, “Ten Tips for Successful Employment in Hollywood.” Woody shared some key insights into getting ahead in this competitive industry. As always refreshments and networking were plentiful during the break and then Mary Poplin took the stage and shared with us “VR /360 Video Post & Finishing with Boris FX.” It was wonderful having Mary back at our group and learning about the amazing tools inside Boris Continuum Complete and mocha Pro.

December 2017 Photos

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December’s Holiday meeting was full of goodwill and cheer as our members flooded the Community Room at Crossroads with bags of non-perishable food for those in need in our local community. The donations were collected for the Westside Food Bank.

Making this evening even more special was editor Dan Lebental, ACE sharing insights on his work on Marvel’s Spider-man: Homecoming and AI in the Editing Room presented by USC Professor of Cinematic Arts, Norman Hollyn. We ended the evening with our largest giveaway of the year and an excitement to see what the year ahead will bring!

November Meeting Photos

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We gathered in Roth Hall for our November meeting where we were excited to finally have Maxim Jago present! He shared a profound and inspiring presentation called “The Editor’s Kata” and many, many of our members found these simple principles harnessed by the best editors to be extremely helpful and enlightening. Then we had a celebration of Fall during our networking break with pumpkin pie for all! We concluded the evening with a fascinating tag team presentation about the documentary workflow for the Critics’ Choice nominated film, “11-8-16” which chronicled the entire election day through 16 people/groups spread out across the country. David Sommer, post production supervisor, broke down the workflow as he share the details of how all the footage was received, managed and outputted. We then got a closer look from Woody Woodhall, CAS at the post production audio challenges and how a stunning soundscape was created with little music and tons of different sourced audio. Lastly, we had our amazing giveaway and we all left having enjoyed a wonderful celebration of Fall.

October 2017 Photos

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This month’s meeting was full of Halloween spirit as we decorated Roth Hall with pumpkins, bats, spiders and ghosts. We were thrilled to have Zeiss with us sharing their new CP.3 lenses and metadata technology with the group. Sales Manager Snehal Patel delivered a enlightening presentation including a Q & A with VFX specialist, producer, director and Oscar winner Scott E. Anderson. We were blown away by the technology they showed where they removed lens distortion data, did the VFX work and then reintroduced that same data to the final image. This Zeiss technology which is open sourced will revolutionize cinematography for VFX and much more! After our spooky handmade treats we resumed with a fast, furious and funny presentation from LAPPG’s good friend Kevin Good! With the perfect mix of information and entertainment, Kevin took us through 30 workflow tips and cheats in 30 minutes!  There was something for everyone in this presentation, plus we got to find out Kevin makes a mean double caramel macchiato!

September 2017 Photos

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Our September 13th, 2017 meeting was a giant exchange of information and ideas. We had Steve Hitchcock and Jon Bauder from LaCie on hand to share many of the storage options offered by this Seagate Technology’s premium brand. Their entertaining presentation allowed for LAPPG members to have the opportunity to provide feedback on what members would like to see in the world of storage solutions. Following our networking break we had internationally known Film Research, Rights and Clearances Specialist specialist, Barbara Gregson along with her CLEAR, Inc. co-executive director John Downey III speak about Utilizing Rights and Clearances for Your Production. They addressed many questions from the audience and shared information about their organization, CLEAR, Inc.  – The Association of Clearance and Research Professionals.

August 2017 Photos

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August’s meeting was held at Roth Hall and we had quite an enthusiastic group! Everyone was very open and helpful with feedback for the super folks from OWC Digital, Thor Juell and AJ Gerth. We were treated to some sneak peeks of DEC and Viper and got to ask questions and learn how these products could help our workflow. Members were very forth coming with what they would like to see both with these products and others as well as even suggesting some “dream” products they’d like to see on the market.

After the networking break LAPPG’s own Woody Woodhall shared his experience and knowledge from his day job as an award winning rerecording mixer and sound supervisor. He offered the group key techniques for Audio for Documentaries.  Starting with pre production, Woody traced the process all the way through delivery giving ideas and suggestions for how to capture, manipulate edit and deliver the best sound possible. As Woody ended his packed presentation he reminded us all to get plenty of room tone and b-roll audio.

July 2017 Photos

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Our July meeting was held at Roth Hall and was a full house! We were thrilled to have Jason Brubaker back, this time discussing using an aggregator for getting your film distributed. As VP of Worldwide Sales for Distribber, Jason has an enormous amount of information about each individual platform and generously went into great detail sharing this all with us! After our networking break and some light refreshments we where excited to have Steve Lee joining us. Steve is a sound effects wrangler, designer, editor who is working on an exciting project, the launching of The Hollywood Sound Museum. One part history lesson where Steve shared some fascinating stories and sound effects and one part roadmap for his vision of what this museum will become, Steve’s presentation was informative and inspirational! His passion and desire to preserve the history of this creative part of filmmaking was contagious to all who were there.

June 2017 Photos

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It was wonderful seeing so many new and long-time members at our 9th Anniversary on June 22nd, 2017. We began the evening with an inspiring presentation from Indie Film Hustle‘s Alex Ferrari who shared with us why he chose to edit his recently film with DaVinci Resolve. We then had a visit from long time friends Marcelo Lewin and Ricardo Silva who have teamed up and created Essential GFX. They showed us how to create simple Motion Graphics Templates inside of After Effects and then publish those templates using the Essential Graphics Panel to the Adobe CC library so that Adobe Premiere Pro users can easily use them inside their project. There was plenty of great networking, as usual, and the room was filled with good wishes and tons of cake as we threw our diets out the window and sampled our huge anniversary cake and Jeffrey Stansfield’s amazing gluten-free chocolate cake. Here’s to year #9!

 

May 2017 Photos

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May’s Meeting was in Roth Hall where we welcomed back Karl Soule from Adobe to share the latest from Adobe Creative Cloud including updates, new features, a cool Character Animator demo, Adobe’s support for the latest formats and more. After the networking break Jeffrey Stansfield of Advantage Video Systems shared some of the best products from NAB.

April 2017 Photos

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We had two well received presentations on April 22, 2017. The meeting began with a valuable presentation from Derick Rhodes, Vimeo’s Director, Creator Programs and Events where he shared the latest Creator Tools including Vimeo’s support for 360 and the Vimeo Panel for Adobe Premiere Pro as well as the much anticipated schedule for their NAB booth next week. After the networking break Sound & Picture’s managing editor, Kendra Ruczak took to the podium and led a fascinating panel with part of the team from HALON Entertainment. The panel was made up of Clint G. Reagan, Tefft Smith II, and Casey Pyke. They explained the post visualization process, what workflow they used as well as the tools. They showcased some of the amazing projects they worked on including, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “Logan” and some information about the upcoming film “War for the Planet of the Apes.” This was indeed an amazing opportunity for our members to see this incredible work and learn about the process for creating it.

 

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