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Westin Los Angeles Hotel & Conference Center, Los Angeles Airport Complex
Feb. 18-20, 2003

 
AFTER-SHOW NEWS:
Watch the streaming media feeds and interviews now online here.

FREE! Many Great Prize Give-Aways Prior to Opening Keynote!
At Noon on Tuesday February 18, join us for the show's opening keynote address where we will be giving away thousands of dollars in free software, t-shirts, stock footage and other great prizes just prior to Steve Wright's opening address.
Steve Wright is the author of the 4-1/2 Cow-rated book 'Digital Compositing for Film & Video.' Steve's career began at Robert Abel & Associates, the team that birthed much of what we see and do today. Bob Abel & Friends were the effects and compositing pioneers that shaped this industry in far too many ways to mention here. Today, Steve is the 2D Technical Directory for Cinesite, the feature film digital effects division of Kodak. Steve's credits include over 35 feature films, 50 major television commercials and a myriad of special venue projects. Join us at Noon -- just prior to the Expo opening at 1pm on Tuesday -- and you could walk away with one of many great prizes and have a chance to meet and hear Steve Wright, one of the true pioneers in this industry.

FREE EXPO HOURS:
Tuesday, Feb. 18: 1pm to 7pm
---- Wednesday, Feb. 19: 10am to 5pm ---- Thursday, Feb. 20: 10am to 5pm
To sign up for a free expo pass, click here.

NEW SESSIONS AND COURSES JUST ADDED!
We have two new power sessions that were just added and we have great news about them. They have been sponsored so that we can bring these expert sessions to you at incredible prices. We have never seen courses like these at such remarkable savings, so if you have ever wanted to attend a conference and couldn't make it because the costs were prohibitive, Creative Cow and our great sponsors have a solution for you...

For those who use Newtek's Lightwave, we have brough in arguably one of the very best and brightest in the world of Lightwave -- Lee Stranahan. Lee has worked with many of the top broadcast and cable networks, in film and on the television series Space: Above & Beyond. Lee is one of the true masters of Lightwave and here's your chance to spend a day with Lee for just $99 -- thanks to our friends at ClassOnDemand.net who are sponsoring this session. Joining Lee will be Newtek's own William Vaughn, along with Lightwave legend Larry Schultz. IIf you have ever wanted to spend a day in a Lightwave Master Session with some of the true Lightwave greats, here is your chance. Register now.

The Linux Film Group Symposium is a full day of insight, commentary, technique review and feedback from expert artists and editors with some of the biggest names in the film industry. Hear and learn from a leadership panel that includes members of the teams at Industrial Light & Magic, Disney, Dreamworks SKG, Tippett Studios and many others. This one day Linux Symposium is sponsored by the Linux Film Group and Creative Cow and you can join it for just $99 for the full day. Can't get away for the whole day? Then be sure to be here on February 18th at 5pm for a first come, first serve Linux Film Group meeting. Seating is limited. Register now.

Thanks to our friends at the Motion Picture Editors Guild, we will also be holding a FREE special session on Tuesday night, from 7:30pm to 9pm. This session entitled "Skills Beyond Tools" brings you face to face with a team of film and broadcast editors who will explore the ways they work and think when dealing with their own projects. This look into the working worlds of film, broadcast, audio and effects editors, explores many ideas that you will not want to miss. There will be some questions taken from the floor as well. The session team includes Peter Teschner, currently cutting the next 'Legally Blond,' Gary Bourgeois mixer on many of Peter's projects and many well known shows, Michael Beneviente, sound editor who has worked with both. Also pending is Mark Mangini. Don't miss it. FREE. Tuesday, February 18, 7:30pm - 9pm. Limited Seating. First Come, First Served. Must be registered for the Expo to attend. No night registration services or badge pick-up services, sorry.


FREE* 3 Day Expo brings top media companies to Cow West 2003!
Full exhibitor list.
The Cow West 2003 expo features many of the top companies in digital video, effects and audio. Adobe, Pinnacle, Discreet, Media 100, AJA Video, Promax, Boris FX, Sonic Foundry, Ulead, Matrox, Incite and many, many more will all be showing their very latest at Cow West 2003. From DV to HD and everything in between -- 10-bit, 16-bit and uncompressed -- will be on display.
To sign up for a free expo pass, click here.
*Register in advance for free passes to the expo -- it will be $25 at the door!

Creative Cow Expo floor nearing sell-out point!
Over 95% of the expo floor is filled! Joining industry giants like Adobe, Pinnacle, Discreet and other majors, will be new and innovative companies like SpectSoft -- with their new Linux OS 10-bit AJA Kona-based editing and compositing system that targets highend networked studios. Expect to see the best, brightest and the new and innovative at Cow West 2003. And expect to see it all, from DV to 10-bit, 16-bit and HD! -- If your company would like to exhibit at Cow West 2003, click here.

A ''Who's Who'' of great speakers at Cow West 2003!
We have a powerful line-up of speakers slated for Creative Cow West 2003. As our honored keynote speaker, we have a man whom we respect very much as an industry leader, pioneer, author and creative -- Steve Wright (left), author of the 4-1/2 Cow-rated book 'Digital Compositing for Film & Video.' Steve's career began at Robert Abel & Associates, the team that birthed much of what we see and do today. Bob Abel & Friends were the effects and compositing pioneers that shaped this industry in far too many ways to mention here. Today, Steve is the 2D Technical Directory for Cinesite, the feature film digital effects division of Kodak. Steve's credits include over 35 feature films, 50 major television commercials and a myriad of special venue projects.

Creative Cow West's MAYA course track is pleased to announce that Mark Sylvester (left), one of the original founders of Wavefront Technologies, has signed on to keynote our Maya course track and to introduce one of his old early Wavefront compadres. Kino Gil, who is teaching the one day Maya power course. It's an honor to have Mark with us for Creative Cow West 2003 as he is one of the true visionary pioneers whose efforts have shaped the world of visual communications. Few in this industry can point to the accomplishments that he has made and we look forward to his opening keynote in the Maya course.

In our After Effects Conference tracks, we have the highly respected Brian Maffitt (creator of 'Total AE') co-chairing our After Effects track with the Cow's own nine-time Emmy® winning Rick Gerard and Barend Onneweer (of the Art Academy in Rotterdam, Holland). Joining Brian, Rick and Barend will be a top-rated line-up that includes Trish & Chris Meyer (authors of the prized 'Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects'), Jayse Hansen (creator of the VTC After Effects training series) and many AE gurus.

For Final Cut Pro Conference attendees, the line-up is nothing less than remarkable: chairing the FCP track is the Cow's own Jerry Hofmann (creator of the Class On Demand 'Final Cut Pro 101' training series as well as author of the upcoming 'Final Cut Pro Project X' from New Riders), Tom Wolsky (author of CMP's 'Final Cut Pro Editing Workshop'), Philip Hodgetts (creator of the 'DV Companion for FCP') and many others you'll find in our conference section.

Douglas Spotted Eagle brings his popular V.A.S.S.T. Tour as a special event track to Cow West 2003. On the show's opening day, Vegas Video users can join Spot for a special one-day power course that spans the entire product range of Sonic Foundry tools like Vegas Video, Sound Forge, ACID and other support tools. This special event track is not included in the full conference and is a special event that you must register for separately. But register early as this tour has sold out in nearly every city to which Spot has taken it so far!

For Discreet Combustion Conference goers, we have workede with Discreet to bring in a whole new battery of techniques and effects that have never been presented before in any show anywhere. The line-up is one that makes this show the strongest Combustion line-up we've ever seen in any event anywhere. From Ken LaRue to Marshal Fontaine, from Lee Roderick to

For those attending the Cow's Adobe Premiere Conference track, we have the Emmy® winning Tim Kolb (creator of the new Premiere series from Class On Demand), who will be joined by other Premiere gurus like Mike Velte -- a man that we believe could teach anyone how to use Premiere well. Total Training's empresario of all things Premiere, Jacob Rosenberg, is also on our Premiere roster. You don't want to miss this one.

Keep an eye on the conference section for the latest announcements that will be forthcoming just after the holidays.

Knowledge-filled FREE classes/events join Cow West 2003 conference!
The Cow West 2003 conference/expo has some great classes scheduled for those who can't attend our conference tracks. These special free classes include free classes to help you work with your favorite video, compositing and 3D applications. You can also find courses designed to teach you about new tools and techniques that will bring new powers and profits to your own business in the days ahead. To learn more about our free classes keep an eye on the 'Special Events' section of the Cow West 2003 website.

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