Los Angeles, CA / Boston MA – The Final Cut Pro User Group Network (FCPUG Network) have announced that over 600 people attended the First Annual London SuperMeet recently held at the Kensington Conference Centre in London, England on June 25, 2009.
“This was our first standalone SuperMeet not tied to a trade show and to be honest, we were a bit concerned about the turnout,” said Michael Horton, head of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and SuperMeet co-producer. “But the London production and post-production community came through and supported this event way beyond our expectations.”
“It showed us once again how much these SuperMeets matter to digital filmmakers,” added Daniel Berube, head of the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group and SuperMeet co-producer. “Clearly, this SuperMeet was well-timed and very well-received and enjoyed by those in attendance.”
The London SuperMeet featured camera demos from UK filmmaker Philip Bloom and post-production workflows from Adobe’s Jason Levine, Digital Heaven’s Martin Baker and Space Digital’s Simon Blackledge and Gary Kelly. Legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch gave an engaging talk on his latest editorial work with Final Cut Pro on Francis Ford Coppola’s newest film, “Tetro.”
“SuperMeets are user-driven events and as such we strive our best to bring to the stage a dynamic range of users working with the various hardware and software we all use in our industry,” added Berube.
In addition to the large crowd in attendance at the London SuperMeet, over a dozen companies were present to show off their wares and solutions in what the SuperMeet organizers refer to as the “FCP Showcase.”
“The London SuperMeet gave us the chance to speak directly with editors, producers and filmmakers in a relaxed, informal environment,” stated Liz Cox, Marketing Communications Manager for JVC Professional Europe Ltd. “With engaging presentations and speakers on the main stage, combined with the chance to demonstrate our products fully, the London SuperMeet worked really well for us.”
“We can’t do these SuperMeets without these companies,” added Horton. “They are the ones who pay for these events and keep it affordable for the attendees. We can’t say enough about their generosity, let alone the quality of their products and their ability to solve our production and post-realted issues in our community. The FCP Showcase is a huge part of these SuperMeets and we are grateful to all of the companies who participate.”
Next up will be the Second Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet to be held on Sunday, September 13 at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, Netherlands alongside the IBC2009 tradeshow. The SuperMeet organizers are currently raising funds for this event and they have no fear that despite the present economy and the “doom and gloom” that permeates throughout current discussion, the Amsterdam SuperMeet will also draw record attendance and continue to inspire.
“We have secured a wonderful venue for this years SuperMeet,” added Berube. “The Hotel Krasnapolsky is located in the heart of Amsterdam just a short tram ride away from the REI center that will host IBC2009. The hotel’s not only easy to get to, but it’s a beautiful venue to visit and network in. We are very lucky to have this year’s Amsterdam SuperMeet at the Krasnapolsky.”
Tickets for the Amsterdam SuperMeet will go sale online only, July 20, 2009. It is expected that the Second Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will sell out as historically every SuperMeet sells out. For complete details on the Amsterdam SuperMeet including agenda, current list of raffle items and a link to where to buy tickets visit the Second Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet web pages.
SuperMeets are gatherings of Final Cut Pro editors, gurus and Mac-based digital filmmakers from throughout the world who use or want to learn to use Apple’s Final Cut Studio suite of applications, most importantly Final Cut Pro. SuperMeets are held annually along side large trade shows such as Macworld in San Francisco, NAB in Las Vegas, IBC in Amsterdam and in 2009 as a stand alone event in London. The agenda usually includes appearances by Apple, demos of new products, digital video tips and tricks, and filmmaker show and tells, including an FCP Showcase with vendors and small developers who will be showing off their solutions for digital filmmakers.