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MGLA Marks Its 100th

Motion Graphics in Los Angeles: A history of community By Ko Maruyama
There are user-group meetings and loose associations of video artists throughout the world, but for many, the premiere meeting spot is disclosed once a month, when Chris Meyer posts the announcement for the "Next Meeting" for MGLA / Motion Graphics Los Angeles.  Now in its 8th year and celebrating the 100th meeting, MGLA takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

Originally conceived by Chuck Nigash, the group was formed to take off where AFI's "Advanced Technology program" left off.  The community, animators, editors and 3D modelers needed a collective.   The Cutting Salons, which were part of AFI's program (formed with Apple and Sony's help back when QuickTime 1.0 launched).    Almost ten years ago, when Chris and Trish began to help the seeds of the group germinate, the idea of desktop animation was just starting to catch on.  Back then, even some of the biggest studios around Los Angeles had only started to consider that graphics could be created on something other than a multi-million dollar machine.

Motion Graphics Los Angeles (MGLA), although highly regarded, is by no means exclusive.  Although MGLA is run as a not-for-profit organization, it's free of any membership fees whatsoever.  Comprised of a sampling of animators, producers, sound engineers, students and just people interested in the idea of motion graphics, MGLA has thousands of members who have signed up to read the newsletter alone (which announces new meetings and recaps previous sessions).

Those of you who are After Effects artists may know the Meyer name from books around your studio.  Through history with their own graphics company, CyberMotion (, they have had more than enough experience to fill three books solely on Adobe's After Effects, not to mention the countless articles found in DV Magazine.  And, although many consider Trish and Chris Meyer to be MGLA, there are other co-hosts, including Tony Romain from Trance, Lucky Westfall from Quiet Earth and Warren Heaton who assist with all aspects of the meetings.

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