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January 2021 Photos

Happy New Year! The year got off on right foot at our January 2021 Meeting when we were able to announce that our good friends and parnters Other World Computing (OWC) not only renewed their support of the group for the upcoming year, but also increased their level of support to become a Gold Level Partner. A big “thank you” to OWC!  We also had fun with some polls about New Year’s Resolutions, topics people want to see more of in 2021, and what we’ve been missing most during this pandemic. Then the meeting was turned over Maxim Jago, award winning filmmaker, author, speaker, futurist and  Director of The Creativity Conference running from January 22-24, 2021. Maxim shared with us some essential insights to help us embark on a year filled with creativity. Attendees left inspired and ready to tackle new projects and programs in the year ahead.

December 2020 Meeting

December’s LAPPG meeting helped us get into the holiday spirit. We had a fun poll about favorite holiday movies as well as a holiday themed this or that poll. We spotlighted Sony’s new FX6 Camera and presented a link for our members to participate in our 10th Annual LAPPG Food Drive benefiting the Westside Food Bank. After our introduction we were treated to a fascinating presentation with Emmy nominated editor Kevin D. Ross, ACE (Californication, Stranger Things, Halt & Catch Fire) where we explored 30 years of editing. We hope to have the chance to hear more of Kevin’s story down the road!

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.

July 2016 Photos

The LAPPG jumped into the world of production this month with a vibrant panel of Cinematographers moderated by Michael Valinsky. DP’s Dan Kneece, Colt Seman and Rainer Lipski shared their experiences, techniques and advice for working as a DP in Hollywood.

June 2016 Photos

Our 8th Anniversary meeting on June 9th, 2016 was a wonderful celebration of community as we welcomed two amazing presentations. First up we had L.A. Post Fest Best Film and Best Editing winner, Misha Tenenbaum share his amazing workflow spanning 10 team members in 4 continents. He detailed the process from getting Team Editstock together to delivering the winning film.

After a networking break filled with anniversary cake we came back to hear from the post production team on the feature documentary, “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary.” Michael Donnelly, Co-Producer and Post Supervisor reviewed with us the evolution on this film and technology over a 20 year span. Ethan Boehme covered much of the online and editing process working this so many various formats and Ken S. Polk, CAS spoke about the extensive audio work that was done to create a seamless soundtrack for this fascinating film.

 

A big thank you to our members, partners and friends for helping us create a growing, thriving, open community for anyone with an interest in digital content creation.

March 2016 Meeting Photos

What a high energy meeting with two wonderful presentation! First we had Rony Soussan from Blackmagic Design sharing the latest on Fusion, world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators. Then after our networking break we had Juan Cabrera, winner of two AIS awards for his 3D work on Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. He gave us an entertaining and informative look at Color Grading and left us wanting more!

April 2016 Photos

For our April 26th meeting it was good to be back in the Community Room! We had an insightful Post-NAB panel moderated by LAPPG’s Woody Woodhall. Panelists included: Philip Hodgetts, Clint Milby, Andy Shipsides and Lucas Wilson. We thank them for sharing their time and expertise with the group! Following our networking break busy AE Monica Daniel shared a very well planned presentation about working as an Assistant Editor in Scripted Television. She answered many questions and shared her story as well as a very detailed look at the work she does and the skills that are needed to be successful in this competitive role. A big thanks to Monica as well for her generosity!

 

February 2016 Photos

Our February meeting was all a buzz with current and new technology. First we had Jen Herter, Director of Sorenson Squeeze Sales who enlightened about Squeeze Desktop, Squeeze Stream and Squeeze Server.  After our networking break LAPPG member Jason Bowdach of Cinetic Studios shared his knowledge and research on Virtual Reality talking about some of the basic principles, equipment and issues that are being addressed in this exciting new world.

January 2016 Photos

Our first meeting of the year was chock full of entertainment, great energy and enthusiasm. We started the evening with a case study of “Dinner with the Alchemist” from filmmaker Kevin Good who chose the LAPPG as his first audience to share his trailer with. The group was very impressed and loved learning about the incredibly creative process Kevin took with the visual effects for this indie feature. They especially enjoyed the before and afters Kevin showed with the still she found to create backgrounds that were very impressive and which would have been out of the budget for this film. By the end of his presentation, the audience was inspired to find creative resources for their own projects. After the break, Marcelo Lewin, aka DigiMedia Dude “flew” back to the LAPPG to introduce us to the world of Drones. In pure Digimedia Dude style were were taken through a very thorough presentation of what drones we should by, what we need to know about drones, how to fly them and what safety precautions we should take. Members got to give his flight simulator a try and a few lucky ones even got to fly a real one right in our meeting!

December 2015 Photos

Our December meeting was festive filled with great presentations and thousands of dollars of prizes, holiday treats and a a visit form our very own Santa Claus (Kent Luck)! Donations came in by the bagful for our 5th Annual LAPPG Food Drive benefiting the Westside Food Bank. What a generous and compassionate group we have! May Hwang of HighPoint Technologies presented on their high performance RAID Solutions, Alex Dow from Zaxwerks  wowed the group with a demo of the user friendly 3D Flags v. 4 and Shutterstock’s Director of Footage, Derick Rhodes flew in from the Empire State Building to enlighten us all with a valuable presentation on Branded Content. What a way to wrap up the year! A thank you to all our amazing partners and members and a happy, healthy New Year to all!

October 2015 Photos

With Halloween around the corner, LAPPG members enjoyed some sweet treats along with two very full presentations. Longtime LAPPG friend and CTO of Authentic Entertainment, Will Pisnieski, came to update us on the latest workflows being used at this busy reality production house. Will’s impressive system allows his relatively small team to deliver 150+ hours of television programming a year. Plus, Al Mooney came by from his recent trip to IBC and shared with us the latest video updates from Adobe Creative Cloud. He entertained and answered our questions and left us excited to see what is ahead!

 

September 2015 Photos

September’s LAPPG meeting had something for everyone. We started out with wonderfully entertaining presentation from TV director Phil Ramuno in “Editing is Easy, Comedy is Hard.” Then Sherman Bahr from VideoRepairOne.com spoke about what we need to do to care for our camcorders and what to do when they break. As always, members had very intelligent questions and we closed out the evening with one of our amazing prize giveaways.

August 2015 Photos

We celebrated summer with a little soiree which included summertime treats – watermelon and ice cream treats, a carnival game and free Audio Network bags for everyone! Perfect to hit the beach!  It was great to have Audio Network’s Ali Johnson, Global Head of Music and Jonathan Lane, Manager Music Licensing, TV come and bring us up to speed with their world class music offerings.  Plus, we learned a lot about the world of music licensing which brought up many questions and members were thrilled get answers! After the break we enjoyed a presentation from our friend from AOTG, Gordon Burkell who spoke about freelancing, social media and the power of community in finding work. It was packed with practical and effective ideas and strategies for us to keep ourselves on employer’s radars.  What a great way to wrap up the Summer!

July 2015 Photos

Roth Hall was packed for  our July LAPPG meeting! We had the team from MacMall PRO roll out their LAPPG Member Benefits Program exclusively developed for LAPPG members to get the best prices around. After the break we had a visit from Ant-Man editor Dan Lebental, A.C.E who showed us footage and shared behind the scenes stories about the editing of this summer’s hit film. What an inspiring and entertaining evening for all!

June 2015 Photos


We covered both sides of the spectrum with our June meeting – production and post production. Coming in from the East Coast, we had Jem Schofield a fantastic educator who lead an interactive discussion on 4K as well as lighting techniques and new products from Westcott. Then we celebrated our 7th anniversary with some cake during our networking break. And to round out the evening we had Sony Creative Software’s Michael Bryant give a wonderful presentation on the latest from Sony. We were able to learn about the Catalyst Production Suite as well as SpectraLayers Pro 3 which “wowed” the group. This was a wonderful way to celebrate our 7th year!

May 2015 Photos

Our May meeting was filled with excellent examples of just how much talent exists among our LAPPG community. In our 4th LAPPG Member Showcase we were able to highlight a variety of projects from network promos to award winning shorts which entertained and amazed our audience. It was a fun opportunity to see what our colleagues have been working on and to have questions  answered.

Then we welcomed for the first time at LAPPG, Jessica Sitomer who gave us an entertaining look at how to “create the relationship and master the follow up.” Jessica’s passion was contagious and the group discovered valuable tips and insights to use to help their professional and personal relationships.

April 2015 Photos

April’s standing room only meeting featured Tony Orcena, editor of Modern Family who came to discuss his workflow for this technologically complicated episode called “Connection Lost” which all takes place on character Claire’s laptop and is shot with Apple devices. It was fascinating to hear the details of what went into creating this groundbreaking episode. After our networking break we welcomed our friend Tina Eckman from Blackmagic Design who impressed us the fabulous new products that they announced at NAB. There were many “oohs and aahs” when she showed URSA mini, especially as well as he new features on DaVinci Resolve.

March 2015 Photos

We were thrilled to welcome back Mary Poplin of Imagineer Systems to share her post production magic with us and now her bag is filled with both mocha Pro and Boris Continuum Complete! And with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner our we had some lucky attendees win a full install of both programs! And we all know after March comes April….and Tax Day, so we invited Tony Watson of  Robert Hall & Associates to return and speak about tax considerations for entertainment industry pros. He also spoke about incorporation options as well what is and isn’t deductible. It was definitely an enlightening presentation!

 

February 2015 Photos

Our February 11th, 2015 meeting took place at Roth Hall with LAPPG’s own Woody Woodhall, CAS presenting along with Advantage Video System’s Jeffrey Stansfield. After members checked in networking and grabbed some light refreshments, Woody welcomed everyone and introduced Jeffery who discussed considerations when creating a workspace and showed us many examples and answered our questions. After a networking break Woody brought us back to talk about Splits, Stems and Audio Deliverables. He showed examples of delivery documents from different networks and stressed the importance of reading these from cover to cover as each network  has different specifications. It was quite eye opening for many about the lack of uniformity for audio deliverables.

January 2015 Photos

What a great way to start off the new year! Our January meeting featured Jon Gann, Executive director of CINE and Founder of DC Shorts who spoke with us about awards and accolades and how they can make a difference in your career. Then after the break we had the opportunity to hear all about “Fitness and Post” from its Founder Zack Arnold who inspired us all to make 2015 a healthier year!

December 2014 Photos

What a way to close out the year! Members arrived at our December meeting with armloads of non-perishable good items for our 4th Annual Food Drive benefiting the Westside Food Bank. We were treated to an inspirational presentation from the multi-talented filmmaker Cirina Cantinia who got  us pumped up to grab our Blackmagic Design cameras and start shooting plus, Steven Salzman gave us a thorough overview of the music editing processes. Good cheer and good times were all around. Let’s see what 2015 has in store! Wishing our members, partners and friends much success, health and prosperity!

October 2014 Photos

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October’s Meeting was this biggest ticket of the year! Thanks to HP we had a packed house for people anxious to get a seat and see Gone Girl’s Tyler Nelson and Jeff Brue. The two wowed us with the incredibly advanced workflow of this latest David Fincher film. Then attendees got a treat by seeing the goodies Heather Williams from Atomos brought with her. She even had a prototype of Shogun which was soon to start shipping. The room was buzzing, the prizes were plentiful (a DreamColor Z27x & much more) and the networking was stellar. It was a great night for the group!

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