Posts Tagged ‘HD Expo’

Createasphere/EXPLORE Entertainment Technology Exposition

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Createasphere/EXPLORE Entertainment Technology Exposition
FEBRUARY 18, 2010 | Universal Hilton | Universal City, CA
Hours: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The first look for the Entertainment and Media industry at what will drive entertainment technology in 2010.

This expo sets the pace for the year ahead in the quickly evolving world of entertainment technology and is a must attend event for all serious content creators. The February Entertainment Technology Exposition (formerly known as HD EXPO) enters its 9th year as the leading west coast venue where future technology and creative vision converge. It is the premier west coast event for the production and content creation community. The Entertainment Technology Expo brings together exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and industry supporters, all of whom have a vested interest in understanding and shaping the future of the industry.

About the Event:

The expo, which takes place in Universal City at the heart of the entertainment community, includes a dynamic exhibit floor where attendees connect with exhibitors representing all aspects of the industry. In addition to the expo floor, the event features conference sessions and panel discussions by leaders in the field, and well as a variety of workshop events. The expo has also gained a well deserved reputation as a key social and networking opportunity for the community, bringing together industry professionals, independent film makers, students, technology innovators and industry supporters.

Co-located with the new Createasphere Digital Asset Management conference, the Entertainment Technology Expo will provide attendees and exhibitors a valuable opportunity to expand their learning experience by registering for the Digital Asset Management conference.

Online registration is FREE and includes exhibit hall, intensive workshops, panels, keynotes and evening reception.

Quintessential Studios Exclusive HD Expo P2 Camp Discount!!!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Okay Folks! I worked a deal for you!!

If you call the number below (818-842-6611) to register for the Los Angeles August  6th and 7th HD Expo P2 Camp and you use the promo code “Quintessential” you will save 20% off of the regular price. That means your total registration will be $480. That’s even $69 cheaper than the “Early Bird” special!

So, even if you miss the Early Bird Special, you can get this discount, if you call to register and use the promo code “Quintessential”!

Hurry and register by phone. This offer may not last that long!!!!

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Call and use the promo code Quintessential

Call and use the promo code Quintessential


To learn more about P2 Camp:

I Like Free (and Almost Free) Stuff

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Okay, okay.  I know I promised you a Norm Hollyn bit on this next blog, but I just wanted to slip another entry in here before that one.  So stay tuned.  How’s that for a “lean forward moment”?

Being active in whatever field you’re interested in will more than likely garner your own fair share of free stuff.  But if you seem lacking in accouterments, read on.

Free movie screenings for writers

Some years ago, I joined the mailing list for Creative Screenwriter magazine.  With this email list, you get invites to many film screenings throughout the year, usually on Tuesday nights.  These are very special screenings because they have a Q & A afterwards, usually featuring the screenwriter(s) of the film.

I’ve been at screenings featuring Rob Zombie, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Seth Rogan Evan Goldberg, Michael Davis, Zach Helm, Nancy Oliver, Gustin Nash, Garth Jennings, Nick, Goldsmith, Jason Reitman, Guillermo Arriaga, Scott Frank, Zoe Heller, Patrick Marbel, Phillip Glass, Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Fredi M. Murer, Don Payne, Drew Goddard, Ari Sandel, Peter Billingsly, John Fusco and Collin Chou.  These have been very entertaining and free!

So if you are interested in the craft of screenwriting, I think you’ll like these too.  But seriously, if you aren’t going to stay for the Q&A, don’t sign up to go.

Conferences Seminars and Expos

Conferences, seminars and expos are great places to learn more about your desired profession and to learn the upcoming changes that could affect the future of what you’re into.  Not only that but also they are great places to network and meet new people.  I make it a point to meet at least one new person besides the booth personnel or company reps whenever I attend a conference or expo.  And what else is important here?  Free stuff!


The following film making events were all free via sign up on the web.  Usually you have to register by a certain date to get free admission.

Apple Final Cut Server World Tour 2008 – I attended this event in Los Angeles May 13, 2008.  This was a great event that covered the new Apple product Final Cut Server.  They also went into some great detail on using Motion and Soundtrack Pro too.  At the event they had product booths from about ten vendors.  So mainly they just had fliers and brochures to hand out, but there was free sodas and coffee.

And then the raffle…  my wife wins the iPod nano!

DV Expo – Nov 5th, I went to the DV Expo.  It wasn’t as good as the HD Expo I attended earlier and will talk about later but there were a couple of good seminars and cool stuff to look at/drool over.  There was also some free magazines to pick up.  No free refreshments here though.

At one of the seminars, I won a $210 Viper book.  I have no use for a $210 Viper book so anyone that does, let me know.

HD Expo - Oct 29th, I went to the HD Expo in Burbank.  (This year it’s at the Universal Hilton, March 5th!)  I attended a RED presentation (will again this year too) where we got a great preview of what’s going on at RED as well as a very cool preview of Che, the Steven Soderbergh flick.  Their were TONS of free magazines and a really cool exhibit area.  Parking was validated.

Post Production:

FCPUG SuperMeet – (10.99 and a drive to SF) — This San Francisco version on Jan 7, 2009, was really a lot of fun and covered in an earlier post, so read that one.

LAFCPUG – ($5 suggested donation) — I have attended all of these meetings since March 2008, but was very late to one because I was at another seminar on lighting given by Birns & Sawyer (where they had free beer and snacks!)  They have a great raffle there and if you don’t win, you can most likely get an Automatic Duck keychain!

LAPPG – (Free) — I have recently found the Los Angeles Post Production Group.  Last month I attended their meeting and it was very cool.  It’s a small group only and you have to RSVP right away or else you won’t get in, as I found out the first time I tried to attend.  But last month’s meeting was a presentation by Jay Miracle, award-winning editor, producer and director.  Jay worked as editor on the Emmy-award winning documentary Hearts of Darkeness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, chronicling Francis Ford Coppola making Apocalypse Now.  Very insiteful and full of dirt and secret stories… ooo cool…. and hey, I won a Moviola T-shirt!

DMA/LA – (Free) — Also at the Barnsdale Art Park Gallery Theatre (where the LAFCPUG meets), Ko Maruyama heads up this great meeting of Digital Media Artists.  They have a raffle too.

Pizza & Post – (Free) — As the name implies, there’s free pizza and a talk on post.  This is a new find of mine too and is put on by the Video Symphony TV & Film School in Burbank.  This month’s talk was by Philip Hodgetts of Intellegent Assistant.  There’s some free mags there too.  RSVP is needed for this event.

Miscellanous Stuff

Movie Night w/Mostly Lisa – ( Won two free iPhone apps while watching Lisa Bettany get drunk watching the Oscars.  (And I don’t even have an iPhone!)

Digital Production Buzz – ( Every Thursday 6pm – 7pm, Pacific Time.  Fantastic Digital Video Production, Post and Distribution online radio podcast.

Leo Laporte –, live and recorded video broadcasts for tech stuff.  The ultimate geek-out.

The more I look into events, the more I find and I would swear that if I were jobless, I could survive on the freebies of events such as the above.  This combined with the plethera of eseminars/webinars has given me a wealth of knowledge in the digital film making arena and I look forward to more this year.  I’ll let you know what I find.


LAFCPUG, a Year of FCP and Confessions of a Seminar Junkie

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Well, it’s almost been a whole year since I started this whole FCP and video editing journey.

I started my first FCP class Feb 18, 2008.  And started Final Cut Pro (the software program) for the first time on March 10th.

It was at that class that I learned about the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group and I attended my first meeting March 26th.  I’ve gone to every one since and because I love seminars and presentations and lectures, I’ve added many other events to my itinerary over the past year as well.

I’ve long been a fan of seminar-style learning, heck isn’t that what it was like in Kindergarten?  Someone who knows something much better than I, up there telling me how it all works.  Raise your hand, ask a question and get an answer or better yet, raise your hand, give an answer and feel all warm because you’re being praised for such a good job of understanding!

I’ve always been kind of a “brain” and “teacher’s pet” in the eyes of my schoolmates.  But one thing I was bad at was homework.  I procrastinated like nobody’s business!  Report due next month?  Why I’d wait until the morning of and copy stuff out of the encyclopedia, being very careful to “use my own words” for fear of being charged with plagiarism!  Despite all of that I made it through school fairly well and only partied my GPA down to a B+ my senior year of high school, when I figured I was just going to have fun.

I’ve given up partying and have improved my study ability in the years hence.  And now at an advanced age of forty-one, am filed with purpose and drive.

The motif of people who do well at what they do seems to be, “I’ve always wanted to do _____!  Ever since I was a wee lad/lass, I’ve been doing this in one form or another!”  I’ve done lots of things from childhood and I have to admit those things I’m pretty damn good at.  But there’s another type that I hope I am.  One that has always wanted to do something and then when he is finally able to put all of his resources together, he goes and does it and he excels a it.

Well, that’s my plan for editing and maybe a bit of film making.  I fully intend to win an Oscar for editing, even if it takes me to eighty years old.  Hopefully not that long but I’ll keep doing it until I do and beyond, (Insert your favorite deity or force here) willing.  I haven’t always done editing nor film making but I’ve always had a desire. (I even took a year off of high school to try to pursue cinematography.  Long story and I didn’t even get close to doing it but the desire has been there for a long time.)

Now, my love for seminars even transcends to tape and CD lectures.  I buy business related “infomercial” products too.  One of the best I ever bought was a business and marketing kit by E. Joseph Cossman.  Just amazing stuff.  When I go to lectures, I try to record, either by video or audio the event too.  Usually via a pocket recorder, these days it’s been with my Palm TREO 700p.  It can record video for hours.  What a great feature.  Heck, I have all my FCP classes and all of my LAFCPUG meetings on video.

I guess I would lump conferences and conventions in to my “lectureous” desires too.  I especially love to get swag at conventions.  I’ve been to three eBay Lives!  You don’t want to see my embarrassing collection of eBay trading cards!  The funny thing is that the free swag at the events always ended up paying for the trip to the conventions with more left over!

In addition to the LAFCPUG meetings this last year, I have attended the Apple Final Cut Server World Tour in L.A., where my wife won an 8G iPod nano; DV Expo; FCPUG Supermeet; Birns & Sawyer lighting seminar; Digital Cinema Society green/blue screen event and the HD Expo.

In addition to my FCP Editing class, I took Intro to Pro HD with Discovery and History Channel Producer/Director Jim Lindsay.  An amazing life experience where I learned a lot not only about shooting professional HD but also a lot about the business as a whole.  In this class, Shane Ross taught a couple days, we went to EFILM and to Plaster City Post.

This year, I also was able to be on set for Prison Break and meet with the director, DP, editors and an assistant editor of the show.

Truly, LAFCPUG has been “bery bery” good to me!  Not only do they have great presentations and great people to meet but also they have a raffle that, if you actually go ahead and buy some extra tickets for you will very likely win something.  Like I said, I have attended the last ten LAFCPUG meetings (they didn’t have a December meeting).  And I have won something from the raffle eight times and of the two times I didn’t, once was because I got there late and couldn’t get any tickets but even then I got some free pass to an expo!

This new year, I have been doing a lot of webinars and eseminars and podcast watching/listening and streaming video watching.  There is unlimited data in this vein.  And I plan on going to a lot of events.  I have to take a four month hiatus from LAFCPUG because of a class commitment, but it’s killing me….  I guess I’ll have to order those meetings off of iTunes!

If you are into FCP and are in the L.A. area, definitely check out the LAFCPUG meetings.  Here’s a link for more info:

Next Blog: Norman Hollyn and why you need to buy and READ his book, The Lean Forward Moment.  BTW, he’s going to be presenting at LAFCPUG in Feb, so go see that for sure!!!!