May 2024 Detroit Section Meeting

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Detroit Section Meeting Notice
May 2024
Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation, 412 Maynard St., Ann Arbor 48109
At the behest of the sponsors of the tour scheduled for next Tuesday, I propose that we bounce it out a week to Monday May 20.  I realize this is also different from our normal Tuesday.
This delay will allow our SMPTE folks that work at the Academic Innovations offices – managers Tim O’Brien and Chris Goosman – to finish up a few things they wanted to have ready for the tour.
I hope that you can all make it.  This will be a tour of an amazing new facility at UM.
This is best as an in person tour at the facilities in Ann Arbor, which offer the latest in AV technology in support of teaching and learning, including their new Virtual Stage, a smaller version of “The Volume” in Hollywood used to film “The Mandalorian” series.

Here is an article about these facilities as well as other high tech tools at UM.

Once again, the May meeting of the Detroit chapter of SMPTE is now going to happen on Monday May 20.  Meeting starts at 7:00 PM, with meet & greet starting at 6:30 PM.  
We will have pizza and drinks in the Academic Innovations event room right inside the front door, with a short presentation by our hosts  starting at 7 PM laying out the extent of the facilities and what they do before we take a walking tour.
Here is a Google Maps pin. The address is 412 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.  There is a public parking lot directly across from the front door of the facility as well as street parking if you can find an open meter. Street parking is free after 6 PM.  The structure is not.
Here is the Google Maps search link.  It has more photos as well.
I have not planned a managers dinner, as two of our Managers will be getting ready for our tour and we will have pizza at 6:30.
We will work on offering a Zoom option as well, but it will be nothing like the real thing.  It will be a smartphone on a gimbal at best.
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