For this month’s Ease we had a laid back drop-in at Krog St Market where we met up for drinks/food and had a couple hours just to catch up and check in with everyone. It was an awesome turn out with a lot of new faces and even more laughs. A huge thank you to everyone that made it out, you are truly what makes these so awesome.
Indigo Studios new EP, and long time Ease contributor, Eric Brackett walked us through the incredible work their studio is doing, showed us the studio and laid out goals for their future. Indigo is a gem here in Atlanta that is doing really amazing hyper realistic 3D work from toys to big machines and everything in between. It was awesome getting to meet the folks that who do the work and get an insight on the inner workings of a shop that has been in Atlanta for 15+ years. Thanks to Indigo and Eric for hosting and letting us get a look behind the scenes!
We got hear from creative Mammals own Robert Burroughs as he discussed the brain’s two systems for forming thoughts. The presentation was based on the work of Nobel Memorial Prize winner Daniel Kahneman and created quite the conversation amongst the group. The event was held at their swanky new digs that was an AMAZING rooftop view of the city. Big high fives to Masha and Robert for hosting Ease!
Our first edition of Teach & Tell was nothing short of amazing. 50+ attendees, 7 incredible speakers and a ton of knowledge all packed into an amazing room provided by the insanely hospitable General Assembly. Each presenter spoke on a variety of different topics all relating to motion graphics. We covered everything from Illustration, 2D, Lighthing to client communications and 3D modeling. Thank you so much to everyone that came out and made it such an awesome event. Also, sorry about the warm beers! See you at the next one!
The stars aligned and we were just able to catch the Meptik team while they were in town at their amazing studio. Nick, Sarah and the team were kind enough to break down their work and the all the technicality that goes into creating for massive displays, live shows and INSANE projection mapping. It was so cool to see behind the scenes of everything that goes into creating captivating immersive experiences. Highest of fives to Meptik for hosting us!
It was amazing to hear Primal Screen founder and CCO Doug Grimmett talk about his life and times as a creator. In the talk, Doug talked about his journey through the world of design and how he wound up at Primal Screen along with showing some of the iconic pieces that Primal Screen has made during their 20+ years of operation! The turnout was amazing, the pizza was delicious and space was incredible. A huge thank you to Doug and Primal for hosing and thank you to everyone who made it out!
Our host for Ease 11 was Scad Atlanta, where we all gathered for a discussion of the animated short film “Quicksand”. The group who wrote, directed, designed, voiced, animated, and did sound design for the short gave a great process breakdown of their film. We heard about everything from concept art, to future plans both for the short and additional “episodes” they might want to make. The value of the presentation was in hearing how they worked together for a two year period to get this short done, including all of the stumbling blocks, dead ends, and ultimately huge success they acheived. We’re all hoping “Quicksand” does well on the festival circuit and the team can report back at future meetups how things are going.
At the end of the presentation, we managed to get the first ever Ease Atlanta group photo!
Ease 10 was in September and hosted by Witness. They did an AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything). It was an open discussion about things we’ve learned and things we still can learn in running a studio and working in MoGraph. We had a great turnout and continue to be excited about the growth of this community.
The August meeting was the largest turnout yet. Elevation, Inc was our host and the crowd size was big enough that they opted to make arrangements for us to meet in the Trolley Barn instead of their studio space. They are in the process of building out their space and just didn’t have the room. It’s great to see the Atlanta MoGraph community growing.
The theme of the night was pitching and Elevation's presentation focused on wins, losses and learning opportunities. Using a hilarious Dungeons and Dragons theme, ECD Stephen Cocks walked us through case studies that represented pitches they’ve both won and lost. Then, Justin Burks showed us a breakdown of a PSA that he art directed and discussed how everything came together perfectly for them.
In April, we met up at Creative Mammals and had a great time catching up on what everyone is up to during a busy spring.
If you missed our February meeting, then you missed out. We were hosted at the new Mercedes Stadium and given a VIP behind the scenes tour and demonstration of how their huge screens operate. Better still, we were able to submit animations that were then played on the halo screen while we ran around on the field and watched it all.
Ease Atlanta kicked off our first meeting at Ponce City Market. We put a lot of faces to names and spent some time listening to the super talented Sam Bass walk us through a recent project he completed at MaxMedia. See the great work Sam does at his site: artbysambass.com.