This track will take in in depth look at the digital revolution happening in the entertainment industry. It will examine the blurred lines between creative and ICT skills and the many hybrid jobs evolving in the industry. Topics will include:

  • The Digital Revolution in Entertainment: Front office, production, and post
  • Digital Workflow Technician: CCC Credential
  • Trends: Developing trends in the digital entertainment job market
  • Sound recording: the unappreciated frontier (TV-Film-Music- sound- recording, editing and archiving)
  • Video Game Design: How it is merging with traditional entertainment
  • Digital Media and ICT Convergence: the emergence of the ICT specialist for entertainment
  • Digital Asset Management: How core ICT skills apply to managing large amounts of digital media and other data.

Track details are subject to change without notice. Please check this page often for an updated schedule.

  • Sara Anne Fox and Eric Swelstad
  • Creative Consultant and LAVC
  • Thursday, June 09 2016
  • 10:00 - 10:45 am
  • Room:305

Screenwriting: Different Approaches for teaching creativity

Teaching writing is one of the greatest challenges: is it important to stress story? character? scenes? Is it best to teach "best practices" or allow students to explore their own methods? Should the instruction be geared more toward the script being the end product, or just the start of a whole other creative process where ultimate target (the audience) should be considered? What are some of the differences between teaching television series writing vs. feature films? This panel, featuring writing instructors, development executives, and writers themselves delves into these creative and instructional challenges.

  • Tracie Savage
  • Pierce
  • Thursday, June 09 2016
  • Room: 205

Journalism in the Digital Age

Tracie Savage, known television news anchor and Los Angeles personality, describes the challenge of adapting journalistic techniques to the digital age -- and yet maintaining those journalistic principals from the "analogue era." The focus of her session will include basics of writing a good news story (the who/ what/ when/ where/ why/ how) and some of the differences that the immediacy of the 24 hour news cycle has brought.

  • Jennifer Phillips
  • Thursday, June 09 2016
  • Room: 205

Digital Workflows and Logistics Planning

While not unique to entertainment, digital workflows are an important consideration to the post production process and are a key requirement for anyone planning to enter not only entertainment but the graphics world in general. Join Jennifer Phillips as she goes through the entire post production process and explains how the digital work flow operates from recording through delivery, and how it changes from the United States to Europe.

  • Scott Claus
  • Thursday, June 09 2016
  • Room: 301

Training Today's Animators

Veteran animator and community college graduate Scott Claus presents an overview of teaching animation to students -- not only the digital skills, but the hand drawing skills. Using his own experience from working at Disney, Dreamworks, and on LIFE OF PI, Scott showcases how animation is a combination of both traditional and technological skills.

  • Ralph Kalatucka
  • Society of Television Engineers
  • Thursday, June 09 2016
  • Room: 107

Digital Media Engineering for Educators

Digital Video requires specific handling of data depending on the end platform(s) on which it will be viewed, such as a theatrical, broadcast, video disc, streaming (etc.). If the creator wants to convey a message or tell a story, the video will probably consist of many segments that must assembled (edited) together. And digital audio recording & processing will also be needed, whether 2-channel stereo or 5.1 channel surround sound. Current HDTV is sometimes referred to as 2K digital video, while 4K video is being increasingly used in "Digital Cinema" as a replacement for traditional motion picture film. Storage & retrieval of these formats, their benefits and limitations, will be discussed. We will also look ahead to future developments that are already on the horizon.

  • Robert Reber and Company
  • Thursday, June 09 2016
  • Room: 107

Students Speak Back

This popular panel is updated every year and features students who have graduated and are now in the workforce returning to discuss program successes and areas for improvement. As the entertainment industry is in a constant state of flux, it it often difficult for instructors to know exactly what is needed by the current workforce. Having ex-students from a variety of campuses provides an opportunity to learn what works, what needs work, and how to prepare students for work. This panel will be led by Robert Reber, who has become not only a familar face at all events ranging from DMEC to but many for LA region CCPs.

  • Doris Driver and Dan Watanabe
  • LAVC
  • Friday, June 10 2016
  • Room: 206

Entertainment and Diversity

There has been plenty of talk of "diversity" in entertainment, yet the situation is perhaps more challenging today than it was thirty years ago. Join Dan Watanabe as he discusses the changes in minority employment, particularly in the all-important front office, and how this issue may be addressed moving forward.

  • Stephen Burns
  • Golden West College, Otis College of Arts and Design & Santa Monica College
  • Friday, June 10 2016
  • Room: 206

Improved Productivity With The WACOM Pen

If you want to improve your productivity then you need to make the WACOM tablet a part of your workflow. The Wacom pen & tablet is industry standard for digital artists everywhere and if you are still using a mouse then I suggest you are creating with a brick. So, come and learn how to marry the digital world and the traditional concepts using a WACOM tablet.

In this workshop Stephen Burns (author of 3D Photoshop For Creative Professions & President of the San Diego Photoshop Users Group) will share pen-centric workflows that will improve your productivity greatly. We will get into the proper way to use the Pen for a variety of traditions to include digital painting, photography and 3D applications to name a few. Learn how to customize the control button on your pad and pen for your unique workflow.

I will demonstrate:

  1. How to apply the pen's 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity to fit your personality.

  2. How to setup the express keys for Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, 3D workflow and painting workflow

  3. Creating custom effects brushes in Photoshop.

  4. Creating custom brush tools to improve your productivity.

  5. Using the Radial menu to extend productivity features an much more.


  • Marty Mullin and Robert Reber
  • Friday, June 10 2016
  • Room: 107

Digital Technology, DSLRs and Drones

The proliferation of new technologies and software in entertainment is daunting. No where is this more apparant than in the world of recording devices, especially cameras and digital audio. Join cinematographer Marty Mullin (everything from film to 3D to 4K) and Robert Reber as they discuss the wonderful world of digital recording devices... and debate what is the best avenue for schools to teach. Included is a new section on drones and some of their legal ramifications.

  • Roland Aguilar
  • Friday, June 10 2016
  • Room: 206

Post Work in Hollywood

The Ins and Outs of Post Production. Join the presenter as he relates his experiences of working in Post Production for over 30 years.

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