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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.

June 2015 Photos

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

September 2014 photos

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September’s meeting included a screening of an emotional, creative and ambitious Sundance short film called, “Me +Her.” We were lucky enough to have the Writer/Director Joseph Oxford and Cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer with us to discuss their amazing journey creating this fascinating film. Then accomplished LAPPG member, Tal, joined us to discuss his work as a colorist and online editor on network shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” “Deal or No Deal”, “Wipeout” and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”

August 2014 Photos

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August’s LAPPG meeting hosted two information packed presentations beginning with returning presenter, Aaron Daniel Annas who discussed ” The Actor’s Editor.”  After the break, LAPPG’s Co-Founder Woody Woodhall presenter on “Defining Loudness and Tracking Audio Levels for Delivery.”

July 2014 Photos

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A great film editor is a great storyteller — not just a creative technician, but an artist who has a hand in shaping every moment of the finished work. Distilling the wisdom of the 17 editors interviewed in his book FilmCraft: Editing, Variety chief film critic Justin Chang discusses the crucial role of this oft-misunderstood craft, specifically how good (and bad) editing can impact the rhythm of a narrative, the quality of a performance and the emotional impact of a story.

March 2014 Photos

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We are excited to have BFX Imageworks‘ dynamic team come and share how VFX can be done without breaking the bank. Partners Steven and BenniQue Blasini will show select shots from their film “Jersey Shore Shark Attack”, with detailed explanations of how they were created.

February 2014 Photos

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Aron Ranen of DVWorkshops.com and Reuters News Agency presents “Shooting and Editing as a Storyteller” and explores his Crash Edit technique using the new Final Cut Pro X 10.1. After the break we had our 3rd LAPPG Plug-in Showcase where we showed some of the hottest and most useful video and audio plugins on the market including plug-ins from: Pond5, Audio Ease and Red Giant.

January 2014 Film Festival

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What an amazing evening and what a great way to launch the new year! On January 23rd at 6:30pm

December 2013 Meeting

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This month’s meeting included our annual food drive for the Westside Food Bank. We had an overwhelming outpouring.

 

October 2013 Meeting

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We were thrilled to have been invited to Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center to hold our October meeting. We had a great turnout and started the evening with DigitalFilm Tree’s CTO Guillaume Aubuchon who discussed their latest initiatives in moving post out of the facility and into the production and the future of post production.

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