MCA-I Offers Members FREE VIDEOS!

You heard correctly! Just become a member of the local LA/Orange County chapter of MCA-I and get a free video to help market their company or professional services. Sound too good to be true? Well, it's for real. Here's what's involved:

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Next Meeting September 17, 2014

MCA-I Presents a Fall Trifecta:

  • Making the Message Matter – Richard Theiss Discusses a Career in Wildlife Filmmaking

  • Tips for Both Sides of the interview

  • Your Media Business Elevator Pitch

This is a Joint Meeting with PVN!

This month we've got three—count 'em 3— great topics for you! Fascinating Filmmaker and long time MCA-I member Richard Theiss of RTSea Media talks about sharks, producers and other wildlife; John Coleman and Tom Smith offer practical advice on doing interviews—both how to get a good interview out of a subject and how to be a good on-camera subject; And a discussion of the classic marketing tool, your Business Elevator Pitch! Don't miss this event—and bring your friends! RSVP NOW Click Here

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Review of August 2014 Meeting: Social Media & Branding For Your Business and Aerial Mastcam

A good crowd of professionals from various facets of media filled the meeting room at the Digital Media Center for this joint meeting of PVN and MCA-I. MCA-I President Art Kirsch introduced the first two speakers, MCA-I members Tim Keenan and Manny Pacheco, who did back to back presentations that fit together perfectly. Each had some very useful tips to market your media business successfully. Later, videographer JL Slade demonstrated her unique aerial mastcam and discussed the importance of a high shot for filming. We'll review JL's presentation in another article. But overall the evening was informative and lively with a number of good questions and answers.

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JL Slade's Aerial Mastcam Presentation at MCAI Aug 2014

As we mentioned in the above article, it makes sense to spin out coverage of JL's Mastcam presentation to this separate article. After capturing the two previous presentations (Tim Keenan and Manny Pacheco on social media and branding) with her Mastcam, JL, owner of Up There Video, was at a distinct disadvantage when she stepped out from behind and moved to the front of the room: she had no one operating the camera! Of course, it would have been nice if she could have done both simultaneously…but I'm sure there will be an app for that soon.

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MCA-I's Summer Project '14 was Massive & Fun

Our first-ever 'Summer Project' was the video and audio coverage of a unique 2 day community music festival, the "60's OC Musician's Reunion II." MCA-I recruited an all-volunteer crew who shot over both days and recorded all the emotions and music of the historical get-together. Thanks to the 20 media professionals who pitched in, close to 75 hours of video were captured to document the event which was held on three stages.

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Tim & Linda Keenan Get Lifetime Award

MCAI member and former MCAI Board Member Tim Keenan and his wife Linda were recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce at their annual Business awards Dinner. Tim & Linda, long time Cypress residents, own Creative Media Recording, an audio production company in Cypress.

“Having been involved in the “media” community for so many years has allowed us to meet a wide variety of people, with many interests similar to ours," said Tim. "This business is all about referrals and we readily refer people who need help in other areas.”

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New President's Message

As my term as president of the LA/OC chapter begins, I want to thank, first and foremost, all of my predecessors and fellow board members for building and nurturing our chapter that has provided me with excellent professional value and lasting friendships.

Our immediate past president, Walter Davis, has done much to upgrade our social media presence, initiate a relationship with the city of Santa Ana, and began live streaming of our meetings. I trust we will be able to continue to take advantage of many of these additions in the years to come.

Our most formidable challenge is attracting and retaining members by remaining relevant and providing value to our membership. Many local organizations have experienced these same difficulties with the disappearance of big industry partners who have increasing withdrawn support for their employees to belong to non-profits, no matter how worthy.  

My goal is for us to collect as much information from members and non-members alike to help us make our local chapter a valuable resource for everyone in the media industry.

My guess is that we will need to seriously discuss how we can add value through:

  • Education
  • Networking
  • Recognition
  • Public Service

Please share your thoughts with me about how you think we can become more relevant to our members by contacting me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Thank you.

Art Kirsch

MCA-i First "Summer Project" is a Concert!

MCA-i is gathering volunteers to help film a community concert weekend on Sat & Sun Aug 2nd and 3rd. We have the remote possibility that this project may be aired on PBS as a special but at the very least there will be a DVD documentary made from it and you will get a copy with your name in the credits. We need shooters--with or without camera--and help with live sound mixing. TO VOLUNTEER CONTACT US AT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MCA-I / VO Peeps Scholarship Fund Passes $21 GRAND!

It was only a few months ago (April, in fact) that we were crowing about the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund passing a lifetime total of $16,000 bucks! Now, VO Peeps founder, Anne Ganguzza has again tallied up the donations since the inception of the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund, (it's administrated by MCA-I as the fiscal sponsor under our IRS Charity status,) and she tells us that it's topped $21,000!--Thanks to YOU!

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Hector Gomez Awarded MCAI-OC's inaugural Alton Glass Future Filmmaker Award

At its annual MediaProCamp on June 14th 2014, MCA-I's LA/Orange County Chapter honored an outstanding student of media or young working professional with its inaugural Alton Glass Young Filmmaker Award. The recipient is Hector Gomez of Garden Grove, who finished his last semester at Santa Ana College this spring. Hector was nominated by his teachers who described him as hardworking and dedicated.  In presenting the award, noted independent filmmaker Glass said, "I'm honored to have my name on this award and very pleased to give this to a future filmmaker who exhibits creative drive, a dedication to be the best, and a love of the Media." Along with a beautiful crystal trophy, Hector received a cash prize and membership in MCA-i.

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Networking 101

By Peter Carlos

One of the topics discussed at the MCA-I St. Louis Chapter April 2014 meeting, and keeps coming up time and time again, is the ins and outs of networking. Few of us do it well. Some of us could be better at it. Some people are uncomfortable in crowds, and others hate one-on-one situations. But it's important to all of us. So here's some refresher tips:

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HOOP Foundation Needs Mentors, Cameras & Equipment

Bryan C. Jones, one of the founders of non-profit HOOP Foundation (“Holistic Offerings & Opportunity for People.”) has asked the MCAI Media Community for help finding volunteers to teach kids video and broadcasting with an emphasis on sports. They also need any equipment you can donate--as long as it's working. The idea is simple: kids love sports. What better avenue to capture their attention and teach them about media while keeping them off the streets. You'll be working with kids at Locke High School helping youngsters learn how to cover sports for broadcast, video, webcasting and more

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Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014

There's a video you need to see. It's posted on YouTube by noted Social Media Mentor and MCA-i chapter president, Walter Davis. Besides being a producer, TV and radio host and internet entrepreneur, Walter has captivated audiences at MCA-i's MediaProCamp with extremely useful lessons in social media and making money on the web. The title of this aprox 15 minute video is all you need to know before viewing.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014

Your Input is Needed!

MCAI is making plans for next year and we need your suggestions! What program topics or speakers do you need more info on? What can we present at our monthly meetings that will help you in your media business and career? Have you been to MCAI's MediaProCamp? What can we do differently to make it better?

Let us know how were doing. And as Jerry Maguire would say, help us help you! Email your comments, ideas and suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks!

The LA/OC Chapter is part of the Media Communications Association-international, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to helping our members in business and serving the professional media community as well as the community at large.

MCA-i Member Benefit: Production Insurance

No matter how small your media business, you need the protection of a good insurance package. MCAI has partnered with Buell Insurance to provide members with insurance packages customized for the entertainment and media production industry.

Buell works with CNA, one of the most trusted names in the business. Policies are competitively priced, and Buell offers prompt response to your insurance questions. A quote can be provided usually within 48 hours of submitting an easy on-line application. If you are a member of MCAI check out the production insurance link here. If not, Join MCAI now! 

Monthly 4th Wednesday Breakfast Meeting

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Great people, good conversation and a delicious breakfast. All good reasons for coming to our monthly breakfast meeting on the fourth Wednesday of this month. 

Join us starting at 7:30 AM (or whenever you can make it) at Denny's in Tustin. Theres often a few stragglers that stick around until after 9:00 AM. This restaurant, home of the legendary  "Grand Slam," is immediately adjacent to the 5 Fwy at the Red Hill Exit.  It's about a half block east of Red Hill on El Camino Real -- facing the northbound side of the freeway.

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Board Meeting Every 1st Wednesday!

Your volunteer Board of Directors for the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Currently,  board meetings are held at Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center on Bristol Street We start at 6:30 PM and set the direction for our organizations' activities. If you're interested in serving on a committee, let us know! Help us serve our fellow members, the broader media community and our community at large! Your two cents are worth a million dollars to us!  Then be sure to come to our chapter meeting open to all media professionals and students--generally held on the third Wednesday of the month at various locations.

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Panasonic Sponsored All MCA-i MediaProCamps for Three Years!

panasonic-logo-190 Thanks to The Panasonic Solutions Company for making the annual MCA-i MediaProCamp events possible. The popularity of the event has grown the series to a total of six this year.

Previously, Panasonic has given attendees sneak previews of new products such as the groundbreaking AG-3DP1, a 3D integrated twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder, and the Panasonic AG-AF100 featuring a large 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager with an imaging area just slightly smaller than 35mm cinema film. We can't wait to see what they will unveil tis year!

.In 2014, MediaProCamp Events will be held in San Diego, Orange County, St Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, and Central Carolina, reaching ever more media pros. For more on MCA-i's MediaProCamp go to the pulldodwn menue on the front page of our Chapters website, www.mcai-oc.org