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On August 26, Nerdy Connections’ Michael Mondragon attended the monthly Digital Media Artists Los Angeles meetup in Hollywood, CA. The topic of this meetup was a Student Showcase where talented students get to show their work.
Digital Media Artists / Los Angeles (DMALA) is an association for professionals creating imagery for video, film, and other media using desktop tools. MGLA was formed in August 1997 through the merger of several previously-existing groups. DMALA is an extension of that – continuing in 2008. DMALA’s area of discussions are not restricted to a specific hardware or software solution, understanding that an artist often has to employ 2D, 3D, and other digital tools to realize their vision – and that artistic inspiration can be universal.
The student work continues to pleasantly surprise everyone in the industry. Sometimes it’s disciplined design and application of traditional practices, and other times student work breaks from tradition or implements new technology to achieve new, equally successful work.
First up was Tess Denham’s “Train of Life”. She described it as “A short inspired by my grandfather who passed away, showing how much I loved him and how many people he touched. It reflects on his lovely life. It was a release for me, celebrating his life through every scene.”
Next up was Claire Kang, Lois Kim, Nicole J. Choi and Charles Wang with their short film entitled “Shai”. Described as “A short film about a little girl named Shai. This is a story about desperation, dreams and yearnings. Inspired by “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen”.
And, as always it was great to see Astute Graphics‘ Sebastian Bleak who had a demonstration on various professional Adobe Illustrator plug-ins. I have been blown away with their products (which I own and use daily) and I highly recommend checking them out. Check them out here.