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July 25 lafcpug Meet


Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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Next lafcpug meeting will be July 25, 2012 beginning at 6:45PM
- till we drop at the 
Gallery Theatre in Hollywood Ca.


Join us as we welcome Hollywood-DI’s managing Director Neil Smith and colorist Andrew Balis who will show us DaVinci Resolve 9 using the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display.

Plus Josh Mellicker will present the world debut of the revolutionary version 2.0 of Leaping Brain Lab’s “MOD Machine”video distribution platform, and explain how video editors, DVD authors and post production companies can leverage this platform to get more encoding and authoring work, as well as make a permanent and growing residual monthly income that in some cases could be substantial (i.e., "set for life").

Plus Sound Editor Vickie Sampson on what sound editors need in order to do their work and what you need to do in order to get great sound.

Plus Stump the GurusWorld Famous Raffle and Show and Tell. 

You must register if you plan to attend. 

NOTE: lafcpug generally meets every 4th Wednesday of the Month
Meetings are open to public and ALL beginning through advanced Digital Story Tellers are welcome

Agenda (subject to change)

6:45- 7:10PM - Stump the Gurus
Join Gurus
 Andrew BalisMichael Kammes and TBA as they will attempt to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems concerning FCS and FCPX, Avid, Premiere Pro and anything else you can think of. If they can't solve your problem or answer your question, then you go home with a problem, but you still got out of the house, so that's not a bad thing.

7:15PM - 7:25PM - Announcements
A chance for you to get up and say whatever it is you want to say. Ask for a job, introduce yourself, sell your movie. This is your time.

7:25PM - 7:50PM - Leaping Brain Lab’s “MOD Machine” - Josh Mellicker
Josh Mellicker will present the world debut of the revolutionary version 2.0 of Leaping Brain Lab’s “MOD Machine” video distribution platform, and explain how video editors, DVD authors and post production companies can leverage this platform to get more encoding and authoring work, as well as make a permanent and growing residual monthly income that in some cases could be substantial (i.e., "set for life").

About Josh Mellicker
Josh Mellicker • UX Designer/CEO, Leaping Brain Labs, & President, DVcreators.net
Josh has been recognized as one of the foremost experts, pioneers and consultants in the digital video industry for over 15 years. Pioneered video-based computer software training, instrumental in helping Apple launch and support Final Cut Pro, co-founded DVcreators.net, served as Production Conference Chair at NAB 2004, designed the “DV Revolution Workshop” - the world's most successful 3-day digital video production workshop, created and implemented the “DV Experience” - the biggest digital video free seminar tour in industry history, designed and created DV Kitchen web video publishing software and currently, the revolutionary MOD Machine enterprise-class video distribution platform.

7:55PM - 8:30PM - DaVinci Resolve 9 - Neil Smith and Andrew Balis
Hollywood DI will be demonstrating the brand new version of DaVinci Resolve 9 from Blackmagic Design. Resolve 9 has many new cool features which will be of great interest to editors an filmmakers. Hollywood DI superstars, Neil Smith and Andrew Balis will be taking you through the new interface, project settings, conform and color options all in a sparkling demonstration full of insight and practical suggestions. As well as taking you through the features of Resolve 9, Neil and Andrew will be demonstrating the new Apple Retina Display MacBook Pro in action.  The killer combination of Apple Retina Display MBP and Resolve 9 is an integral part of Hollywood DI's 'Dailies In A Box' solution for editors and DITs. This portable on-set and near-set station from Hollywood DI will be on display in the lobby area.

About Neil Smith
Neil W. Smith | Managing Director and DI Supervisor
Neil Smith is founder and owner of Hollywood DI. After a successful 25 year career in the computer industry, the last ten with Microsoft Corporation, Neil returned to school.  He spent 4 years at USC graduating with honors. It was at USC that he also attended film-school classes and became involved in film production and editing.  During this time he began to comprehend the major impact that the ‘digital revolution’ was going to have on the movie industry. Hollywood was going digital and with his high-tech background he saw an opportunity to bring his expertise and knowledge of complex IT systems to the data driven world of modern digital filmmaking and file-based workflows. 

About Andrew Balis
Andrew Balis | Colorist & Online Editor
Andrew Balis is a colorist and online editor with projects spanning from narrative feature films to documentaries. He has been deeply involved in consulting and training industry professionals in editorial and color correction systems, color theory and new emerging technologies and editorial workflows. 
Andrew works as a colorist at Hollywood DI consulting closely with cinematographers, directors and producers to help realize their vision and shape the look of their projects. As a longtime principle instructor at Moviola Digital Arts Institute, he has instructed colorists, editors and assistants from Paramount to ABC/Disney, Fox, E, Comcast, Matchframe, Fotokem, Trailer Park, Cimarron Group, MTV to virtually every post production facility in the Los Angeles area.

8:30PM - 8:55PM - Break
In the lobby will be many FCP, Avid and Premiere Gurus. This is your chance to ask questions. No questions? Then talk to each other. Also in the lobby will be Tery Williams and Christina Oliver from brand new lafcpug Platinum SponsorAJA. Also, brand new lafcpug sponsor, Hot Pixel Post will be there to answer all your post production questions. It will be a packed lobby. The break is a chance to hang out and meet and greet and get your problems solved and who knows, get a job. You never know who you are going to meet at lafcpug. Snacks and Beer and Wine will be on sale in the lobby. Proceeds go to the Gallery Theater.

9:00PM - 9:30PM - SOUND: The Final Frontier?  Vickie Sampson
Sound is probably the only part of the filmmaking process that is still relegated to a hazy Netherlands.  No one wants to talk about it, (until they HAVE to!) or think about it on the set (too many other things to do, like lighting!) or deal with it until the very end. But think about a world in which sound is given the same (if not more) importance as the visual image. On the day of a shoot, I know everything is pretty crazy. But that day lives on both as a visual image and as a sound memory. You, as picture editors, live with those images and those sounds for the rest of the life of the film.  In the editing room, sound becomes critically important. It is where the story lives, it is the actual, live performances captured on “the day.”  No ADR will usually ever live up to what is done live and in the moment (though that is certainly our intent!)  ADR is not ideal.  It is a “fix it” tool. A necessary evil. Okay, sometimes it’s an addition, some exposition, that adds something that wasn’t there before.  Production sound and how it gets recorded either makes your film sound professional or amateurish.  Recording production sound properly is of utmost importance.

What I would like to cover in these 30 minutes: 

• How sound and picture editors interface and communicate with each other.

• What we sound editors need in order to do our work. (Properly formatted quicktimes and OMFs with academy leaders and head and tail pops, burned in timecode and footage references and the proper frame rate)

• If possible, try and edit with separate mics if that’s possible.

• Turn over to us a copy of the lined script, sound reports, list of cast etc.

I will show some examples of why using a sound editor is important, even for “low budget” projects. 


About Vickie Sampson
Victoria  Rose  Sampson has been a Feature Film Sound Editor since 1973.  In addition  to sound editing full time she pursues her producing, writing, directing and film editing career with her independently financed short films and commercials. Her latest directing job was a PSA for Women in Film for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation and is currently airing on national TV.  Shot in 35mm film by DP Nancy Schreiber.

Her short film “Her Need for Speed” a two minute film shot in 35mm by acclaimed cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC, was shot for a commercial contest sponsored by Harley-Davidson. “Her Need for Speed” was the Grand Prize winner!

With her co-producing partner, Chantal Marie, they formed Garden Gate Films in 2009 to write, direct and produce commercials, PSAs, short films and feature films. They have won monetary prizes for their commercials for Hershey’s, Almay, HP Photosmart, and Samsung products from Current TV.

In 2000, with co-producer Chantal Marie, Victoria produced, wrote, directed and edited “Click Three Times” (30 minutes, 35mm) starring Emmy Award winner Isabel Sanford (The Jeffersons), “CLICK” won many awards and still gets invited to play in film festivals. Not bad for an 11 year old film! Its latest screening was at Women In Film Shorts Festival in March 2011.

Ms. Sampson is a graduate of the AFI’s acclaimed Directing Workshop for Women. She also guest lectures about sound aesthetics at AFI, UCLA and USC.  She is a member of POWERUP, (Professional Women in Entertainment Reaching UP), and The Alliance of Women Directors where she serves on its Board of Directors.

She teaches post-production sound at Video Symphony in Burbank and has taught classes at USC, AFI and UCLA on the value of sound’s contribution to story.

She is a member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Local 700 of the IATSE and is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she serves on the Sound Branch Executive Committee.

9:35PM - 9:45PM - Show and Tell - Les Perkins
Les Perkins has been coming to LAFCPUG for 10 years, since he bought his first FCP 3 system. He's a producer/editor with more than 70 awards for creating short- and long-form, scripted and unscripted projects for major studios and TV networks, such as Discovery Channel, PBS, CBS, NBC, and especially Disney. He created bonus content for dozens of DVDs and Blu-rays for Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and Pete's Dragon. Tonight he's showing two, recent promos for new clients that are quite a departure from his Disney work.

9:50PM - World famous Raffle (subject to change)

Copy of DaVinci Resolve - Blackmagic Design
Copy Of Production Premium CS6 - Adobe
2 x copies of Finisher - CrumplePop
1 full license "Repair Collection" CHV Plug-ins
1x Pro Maintenance Tools- Digital Rebellion
1x Pro Media Tools- Digital Rebellion
1x Video Space (brand new iPhone / iPad data rate calculator)- Digital Rebellion
2x Editmote- Digital Rebellion
1x Cut Notes - Digital Rebellion
$100 voucher for any AssistedEditing product - Intelligent Assistance
2 FREE Webinars - Larry Jordan
Any On demand Webinar - FilmmakingWebinars.com
$200 free Stock Footage Clips - Pond5
Free Stock Footage HD Clips up to $500.00 value - Artbeats

1 seat of Nveil video filters for FCP & Motion - Nveil
$200 towards MotionVFX Templates - MotionVFX
QC Effects for FCP and Motion - QC-Effects
Copy of VeeScope Live - 
VeeScope Live
Copy of DVDxDVPro - DVDxDV
FCP Keyguide - Neotron

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Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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The Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group, (formally lafcpug) was established in June of 2000 and now boasts a total membership of over 6000 people worldwide. lafcpug meets once a month in Hollywood, Ca. where it attracts 200-250 people a meeting. Headed up by Michael Horton, lacpug is the largest User Group dedicated to digital storytellers in the world. http://www.lafcpug.org

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