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Digital Media Artists / Los Angeles

Monthly meeting starts big in 2008 By Ko Maruyama
In the early summer of 2007, Chris Meyer announced to the group in attendance that he and Trish would be retiring from hosting the meetings, and that they would be handing MGLA over to Warren and me to continue.

For many reasons, Chris decided that it would be better for the group if it continued under a different name. That's how DMA/LA was born - but it's not completely new.  Just a new name.  DMA/LA = Digital Media Artists / Los Angeles.  Not just broadcast motion graphics, but animation, print art, video game art and visual effects.

Warren Heaton, Tony Romain and I have been volunteering to help Chris put parts of the free monthly meeting together, but for the most part - Chris had been doing it all by himself.   So when he handed the reins over to Warren and me to handle a meeting last October, it was a bit of a task.  However, with pro guests such as AutoDesk Toxik demo artists, award winning artists from Three Legged Legs and Pixel Corps, the meeting was pretty simple once it was set up.

In January of 2008, the three of us hosted the beginning of the DMA/LA monthly meetings at Barnsdall Art Gallery Theater.  Helping to kick off the meeting under the new name was MAXON and ADOBE. 

MAXON and ADOBE have been touring together for the past year, showing an integration solution for 3D and the Creative Suite, including modeling, compositing and audio. 

Steve Whatley shows Adobe After Effects CS3 / Macbook Pro

We were excited to be able to host the Adobe/MAXON Power Integration Tour at Digital Media Artists / Los Angeles (  With 3D animation becoming more of an expected talent for all motion graphics and broadcast designers, the presentation showed how easily the two products work together.  

Most of the DMA/LA members are professional animators and compositors working in and around Hollywood.  Some use 3D applications and some use compositing software.  While many of our members use both animation and compositing software together, everyone was impressed by how well CINEMA 4D and Adobe After Effects fit within a production pipeline.

Rick Barrett and Kai Pedersen from MAXON Computer came to demonstrate some modeling and animation tricks using the MoGraph module, and Steve Whatley came to represent Adobe, showing off CS3 on a shiny red Apple.  

The meeting was attended by 200 Los Angeles digital artists who came to find out more about the software, how they might implement the same, and to find those 5 or 6 little tricks that they hadn't seen before.

At the end of this unique meeting, we were able to give away a copy of CINEMA 4D + MoGraph ( and three copies of Adobe Production Premium CS3 (  Additionally, Artbeats ( - a provider of premium goodies on both MAXON and Adobe software - gave away some of their footage as well.  

In February, we will be hosting some more industry top developerss and digital artists.  Check out an update on the DMA/LA nextmeeting page here:  

DMA/LA continues to run on a completely volunteer basis - hosted by Warren Heaton, Tony Romain and myself.  Our help also comes from Pixel Corps members Ed Raeker and Tom Luth.   Meetings are currently free for all members.  Membership is free.  To  become a member, all you need to do is sign up your email to: Subscribe:

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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