You're an animal!
No, worse. Human! - Runaway Train (1987)
Can you believe it? Summer is simply flying through. What’s also flying are all the amazing projects fellow TOCPUG’ers are cranking out!
A few things about TOCPUG:
WE LOVE MOVIES. Yes, many of us have learned the language of “Movie-Speak”
We’re not just a ‘tech group’ blabbing about shit you’ve read on tech-blogs. We’ll cover tech, but we’ll also tear it apart.
The prevailing belief: Art/Technology 50/50.
If you are new to Toronto: A Poet, A film school grad, a wedding/corporate videomaker, an indie horror filmmaker, an actor, veteran of film/tv and would like to meet the BEST in the biz?: TOCPUG is for you.
We are open to all and FOREVER FREE.
“Forever Free” means many things:
Free of ‘membership fees’: We will never ask for $$ or “Sign up”. Those who fund this group do so strictly out of a fervent belief in the mission.
Free of self-censorship: We don’t stream/record our meetings, which gives the best platform in simply coming out and ‘telling it like it is’. Our members love the freedom to vent/praise/experience the wild debate/discussions and politic-free presentations!
Open to All: History has repeatedly proven, insular group-think is a disaster: that sort of thinking is a dead-end. It’s an investment in failure.
Open to All: Yes, even though FCPX has been a disaster on wheels, we offer comprehensive “FCPX rehab” clinics to those willing to make the ‘first step’.
For the past three years, we’ve run the group with one basic principle: Just the facts.
This group focuses/discusses many of the topics/things tech-blogs/tech-sites either doesn’t cover, or (you can guess why) WON’T.
Ethics Statement: TOCPUG has not been compensated/etc: our opinions are solely our own. Our goal has always remained the same “Showcase the best in the biz”. The following is a summary of a special onetime tour of a groundbreaking virtual studio. TOCPUG starts up again this September. We are open to all/free. If you are a filmmaker/creative type, this group is for you.
On May 16th/2017: TOCPUG capped off the finale of another successful year of showcasing the best in the business…with a tour of TFO’s “LUV” virtual studio! It was a fun/informative night, the kind staffers at TFO answered ALL of our questions and made it clear: They’re ‘open for business’.
The line between production/post is clearly becoming blurred with this leading tech. The ability to composite/track/render in real-time fully realized 3D ‘worlds’ was revelatory.
Technology in the past decade has made amazing strides in reducing the cost of post-production, however live-to-air virtual studio productions will further reduce costs/diminish the ‘turnaround’ time needed.
In the past, it was routine for many t.v. dramas/comedies to air ‘live’. Some might even remember NBC’s “E.R.” in the 90s broadcasting an episode live (twice! East/West Coast).
Summary: TFO’s LUV studio is pushing greenscreen in it’s natural direction: Beyond post with real-time deliverables. I see this technology scaling ‘up’, with photorealism: dramatic programming is in the cards.
If you are a producer/production and would like to discuss with TFO the use of this studio/tech, contact: Cliff Lavallee at firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s a wrap! Another great year of TOCPUG meetings! We will start up again in September, have a productive/safe summer.
Keep an eye on this page, our facebook and twitter for updates, musings and networking. If you’d like to present at our fall meeting, have a film you’d like to Q&A on, an app to seminar, a topic you feel important for the Toronto Creative Pro Users Group: LET US KNOW.