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LAPPG Thursday March 12th: Post Production Magic With Mary Poplin & Taxes For Entertainment Pros

This week’s Los Angeles Post Production meeting focuses on planar tracking and other big budget visual effects that can be done on your laptop, as well as an in depth look on how to save yourself this coming tax season.
The meeting will be at the usual time and place: March 12th at 7pm, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences @ Roth Hall, 1714 21st Street Santa Monica, CA 90404. As always $5 at the door gets you 1 giveaway ticket for LAPPG’s awesome prizes.
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Mary Poplin is Product Specialist for Imagineer Systems, the innovators of mocha planar tracking and visual effects tools. An experienced visual effects and motion graphics artist, Mary has worked on major Hollywood feature films such as The Last Airbender, Gulliver’s Travels, and Jackass 3D. As Imagineer Systems’ west coast product specialist, Mary consults with film studios and customers to provide hands on training to help evangelize the power of mocha and planar tracking, and now Boris FX as well.
Time consuming tracking, detailed rotoscoping, high end paint and beauty work, and other post production effects once only done in large studios can now be done on your laptop or home office. Mary Poplin from Imagineer Systems shows you how to use the same planar tracking techniques used on movies like Casino Royale, Pirates of the Caribbean, and X-Men on any project and any budget. Mary will show you how to make your project achieve a big screen look at small screen price tag; and how cinematographers, VFX artists, editors, and directors can easily create difficult visual effects with a new power tool in their tool box. When paired with Boris FX BCC Continuum Complete, an AE, mocha, and Premiere or Avid pipeline can really start to sing.



Join us as we welcome back Enrolled Agent Tony Watson of Robert Hall & Associates to explore Tax Considerations for Entertainment Professionals. Just in time for everyone’s favorite day, April 15th, come and get the scoop on how you can save yourself and your business money and get your tax questions answered. Tony will be discussing:

Tony Watson graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. As an Enrolled Agent, Tony started working for Robert Hall & Associates in 2005 and has quickly become one of their leading tax consultants.

  • Top 5 Entertainment Industry Deductions
  • Is incorporating Right For Me?
  • How can I avoid paying self-employment tax?
  • Can I pay myself a reasonable salary?
  • Can I rent back my home office to myself?

In addition to servicing a full roster of clients, Tony has taken on the role of public speaker for Robert Hall & Associates, speaking to more than 150 businesses and associations each year throughout the state of California.
For over 40 years, Robert Hall & Associates has specialized in tax preparation and incorporating services for the entertainment industry.

As always there will be plenty of time to network, enjoy some coffee and participate in our great giveaway! $5.00 kindly requested at the door will include 1 giveaway ticket.
Eventbrite - Post Production Magic & Tax Considerations for Entertainment Professionals at LAPPG on March 12th @ 7pm


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
@ Roth Hall
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
***Street parking is available on 21st and also on Michigan east of 21st Street and in Crossroads’ 22nd Street parking lot (between Michigan and Pennsylvania.)

Written by Jake Fruia

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