We are a user group located in Silicon Valley. Our mission is to
help filmmakers of all levels develop high quality content using
a Macintosh-based workflow. While an emphasis of MacFilmmakers is
post-production with Final Cut Studio, we also look at the entire
production cycle from project development through distribution.
For the foreseeable future, we are trying an experiment with how
we post our meeting announcements. Since updating a website is a
little involved and we want to get our announcements out FAST, we
are now posting our meeting announcements on our spiffy new MacFilmmakers
Blog. Here is the link to that blog:
So, go on over and check it out! Of course, we will also continue
to send out announcements via our Listserv, so to sign up for that,
see Staying Informed as a MacFilmmaker further down.
So...just what is it y'all DO
at a MacFilmmakers meeting??
Throughout the year, usually on the last
Wednesday evening of every month (except December due to the holidays),
we gather to learn and discuss a broad spectrum of topics related
to filmmaking. Anywhere from one to several speakers will make
presentations on just about anything related to film production.
A sampling of some of our talks from the last six years includes:
The Casting Process: How to Find and Audition
Actors for Your Project
Working with SAG on Your Low Budget Production
Location Sound Techniques
Hands On with the RED ONE Camera
Editing in Final Cut Studio
Title Design for Film and TV
DVD Design and Distribution
Sundance: More Than Just a Festival
New Models of Film Distribution: You Don't Necessarily Need
a Theatrical Release
It's kind of like going to film school, just that at completely
free of charge, our rates are a wee bit lower.
But our meetings are more than just presentations, we also network.
Do you need an editor? Are you a DP looking for work? Don't know
of a good place to rent equipment? Did you recently win an award
and want to make sure the world knows about it? Are you just happy
that everybody really, really likes you? Announce it to our membership!
Every meeting we set aside time for your announcements and questions.
Then, during our Fabulous Pizza Break, connect up with your
filmmaking peers, talk up your project, hand out your business cards,
hunt for investorsit's all good!
Finally, every month we also showcase your Demo Reels on
our big screen. All we ask is that you keep the total running time
to less than five minutes; reels are accepted on a first come first
Staying Informed as a MacFilmmaker
Those looking to stay informed via our MacFilmmakers
virtual community can sign up for our MacFilmmakers Listserv. There
you and your filmmaking peers can share news and ideas related to
filmmaking in a semi-private online fashion. The listserv is also
where MacFilmmakers meeting and event announcements are posted and
is therefore the best way to stay up to date. Subscribing to (and
unsubscribing from) the list is completely self-serve; see
MacFilmmakers' Listserv below for the
MacFilmmakers maintains a listserv for our members (open to all).
This list helps to create a virtual community for our 410 online
members (at last count) to communicate with each other by offering
information and tips, asking questions, posting filmmaking-related
announcements, etc. This is also where all MacFilmmakers meetings
and events are posted. The Web page for self-serve sign-up is:
The rules are simple: plain-text-only messages, no spam, and courteous
communication. MacFilmmakers reserves the right to remove subscribers
and posts from the list, as warranted.
Note that this listserv is completely separate from any email list
for which you may have signed up long ago at a MacFilmmakers meeting.
That old email list is no longer in use. At all. Major hard drive
crash. Kevin has learned his lesson and now backs up daily.