Laura DiMeo on Her Work as a Hollywood Grip – January 4th, 2018

The 1st NAPƒS meeting of 2018 will be held Thursday, January 4th starting at 7PM.

The meeting location is United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727 – MAP


7:00-7:15PM Meet & Greet, Member Print Exhibition Q & A
7:15-7:30PM Announcements, New member introductions
7:30-9:00PM Guest Speaker/ Judge Introductions, Club Competition, Presentation

Member Print Exhibition

During the Meet & Greet, Joshua Guenther will exhibit a selection of his printed photographs from his job with UT RecSports as a Production Assistant. The work covers a broad area from documenting Intramural championships to product advertisements to events, such as the Longhorn Run. During the Meet and Greet Joshua will be available to explain his work and answer questions, so introduce yourself to him and get some tips.

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, December 30, 2017

January’s competition theme is Open to any subject and will be judged by our speaker for the evening.

Submissions are divided into two classes and each club member is free to choose which class to enter, unless you were told otherwise. For more info, read this post about classes.

The monthly NAPƒS competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and a useful learning tool.

A reminder – you must join NAPƒS or renew now to take part in 2018 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24 and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations and activities.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!’

Meeting Speaker Laura DiMeo

We’re waiting to learn Laura’s exact presentation title, but we know it will be highly informative about lighting, photography, and include stories about her many production gigs. She’ll open the floor to your Q and A. Just exactly what does a “Best Boy” do on a set? What is the difference between a Gaffer and Rigger?

About January’s Speaker

Laura DiMeoLaura DiMeo teaches at Austin Community College in the RTF department. Her students love her hands on, practical lessons and think she’s “awesome” at sharing her experiences. Want to see for yourself? Register for her Spring 2018 classes ” RTVB 1304 – Lighting for Film and Video” and “RTVB 1305 – Introduction to Television Technology.” DiMeo has been teaching budding TV grips and best boys at ACC since 2009.

She has been doing freelance TV work since 1980 for such powerhouse companies as WGBH Boston, MA, Century 3 Teleproductions, Boston, MA, numerous TV networks and affiliates, Hollywood features, independent films, and network movies of the week. Her technical skills were gained in media positions including: Key Grip, Best Boy Grip, Dolly and Crane Operator, Gaffer, Rigger, Assistant Lighting Director, Lighting Board Operator, Teleprompter Operator, Studio Manager, Floor Manager, Assistant Director, DV and HD Camera Operator,  Linear and Non-Linear Editor, Boom Operator, Set Dresser, Assistant Food Stylist, Prop Assistant, and  Digital Still Photographer!

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About Clay Leben

I've always loved photography and cameras. Started in high school with darkroom and school newspaper; continued with college yearbook photos. I just keep going; taking photos of events around me for personal pleasure. I love capturing the moment and saving memories as "citizen journalism" storytelling. Like Cronkite used to end the newscast by saying, "And, that's the way it was!"