My first Final Cut Pro User's Group meeting proved both educational and entertaining. There were a number of presentations, which began with "I Can Hear You Now", a Protools demo by Alex Noyles, who recently completed work on Battle of Brooklyn. The meeting ended with some interesting plugin demos by Ned Soltz (Shooter, Editor Writer - MoPictive, aka - The Moving Pictures Collective - contributor). An entertaining iPad filming/show-and-tell by MEWSHOP's Josh Apter (btw, the third annual EditFest NY is next month!). The iPad was complete with a self constructed "sassy" (that's a quote) multi-purpose convertible shooting and carrying case. Video was shot, cuts were made, a little intro and outro were tagged on and a clip was uploaded directly to Vimeo. MEWSHOP staff did this throughout this year's NAB in a video series they called On the Floor which kept viewers up-to-date on 2011 NAB happenings.
Filmmaker Angela Snow showed up to talk about her feature documentary World Circus Culture. Ms. Snow played a trailer and scene selects as well as discussed her production. The documentary follows five circus acts from different parts of the world as they compete in the Monte Carlo Circus Festival.
Winning numbers were called for raffle wins which concluded the evening. Final Cut User's Group meetings are held monthly. The Moving Pictures Collective of NYC (a D/B/A of the New York Final Cut User’s Group) is about developing storytelling talent and is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. See their About page for more info. Their next meeting is June 15th at AbelCine .