Next Meeting May 25th 2016

The DigiMedia Dude Explains How The DJI Osmo Camera Can Change Your Business!

Just back from NAB, Marcelo Lewin, the Digi-Media Dude will show you the ins and outs of the hottest new tool for filmmakers - The low-priced (aprox $600) 4K handheld, DJI Osmo! While the price makes it seem like a consumer product, this is a sophisticated professional tool with details you really need to know about.  Marcelo will share how he used it to cover the NAB show for 2 days! The Digi-Media Dude will also talk about workflow and offer details about settings, lighting, audio, accessories, remote wi-fi operation and more-- including the 3-axis gimbal rig for stabilized shooting. Thenhe'll show you how to export, edit in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and publish to YouTube. -- You'll find it all important stuff. You can check out the Digi-Media Dude's full NAB online coverage at:   Be sure to join the LA/OC chapter of MCAI for this special event on Wednesday evening May 25th.


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President's Message May 2016

The last two years as chapter president has been very rewarding. As I wind down my tenure and we prepare for elections of new officers and Board of Directors for the LA/OC Chapter, I want to thank all our members and the board for making this such a great organization. We've had some great recent meetings on HD Workflow with KeyCode Media; Secrets of Audio Post with Tim Keenan & Rick Sherman; and next week Marcelo Lewin, the DigiMediaDude, is going to give us a demonstration of the amazing DJI Osmo 4K camera with integrated Gimbal.  Our annual Pro Camp is in the process of planning for June and our annual BBQ is scheduled for July.

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Anne Ganguzza Will Speak At MediaProCamp 6/11

ANNE GANGUZZA: How to Grow Your Business With Social Media Ads, On a Budget

  Along with attendee-created roundtable discussions, MCAI's MediaProCamp will present a number of nationally known speakers at the annual FREE event! Social Media Marketing expert and Professor of Digital Marketing at Cypress College, Anne Ganguzza has agreed to reveal her 10 Top Social Media Advertising and Business Building Strategies — strategies that will attract your ideal audience, quickly grow your email list, and ultimately help you sell more of your products and services online - all without breaking the bank! A well-known VO talent and founder of the global networking group, VO PEEPS, Ganguzza also serves on the board of the local LA/OC Chapter of MCAI. The event is FREE —including morning coffee and lunch—but you must Register in advance so we have an accurate count for food!

Registration opens May 26th online. MCAI is a 45+ year old self-run, non-profit association of media professionals. To enhance your business and advance your career, join us by going online to

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YOU are the Heart of MediaProCamp

 MCAI's MediaProCamp  is about COLLABORATION!

Within a few minutes, attendees suggest, then choose the most compelling topics on site and then break into roundtable discussion groups. The result is both amazing insights from the collective experience and brainpower on hand as well as some really fantastic networking.

It's a unique event in may ways, but the real essence of the conclave's format is working professionals coming together to share and solve problems

Of course, this means you must come prepared to PARTICIPATE. Bring your questions, business needs, creative problems, peeves and anything else you need help with. If it's interesting and a common issue you'll probably get more than a few of your peers to join the discussion. In turn, you will be sharing your knowledge, experience and wisdom with others.


We usually book a few experts to share their knowledge—nationally known folks like Anne Ganguzza, Marcelo Lewin and Dolores Jennerson-Madden. But if you only attend their talks you'll be missing out on the most important element MediaProCamp has to offer: PARTICIPATION WITH YOUR PEERS. 

So, come prepared to Share!

Next Meeting: SECRETS OF AUDIO POST! April 13, 2016

Don't miss MCA-I's meeting on Wednesday, April 13th when we present 2 of OC's top audio engineers sharing their secrets!

Working on TV shows, films, commercials and video,Tim Keenan of Creative Media Recording (Left) and Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite (Right) are masters of sound!

Everything from sweetening to Sfx and music, mixing, editing and voice-over is on the table. Did we mention noise reduction and ADR? Bring your EQ questions and we can talk processing too! Great stories, great demos and great people await you at the OC Sound Stage  on April 13th! Don't Miss it! Come early for networking and light food. PLEASE RSVP at MCAI's Meetup Site so we know how much food to get!

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FREE WorkFlow Workshop March 2, 2016

PerfecPictures + Easy Edit + Secure Storage

The LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I and RoundTable.Media are presenting a specialKey Code Media event featuring three top industry-leading companies on the most efficient methods and tools for top quality media workflow. Panasonic, Adobe and Quantum will have their experts offering advice and recommendations to attending professionals on every level of sophistication. MC for the event will be everyone's favorite tech guy, Michael Kammes, the creator founder of independent web series, 5 Things. Sign up for this event HERE

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2015 Holiday Party Was A Blast!


For what some declared our 8th year, (who's counting?) the professional media organizations of Orange County got together to celebrate the year end and offer good tidings of peace and love--with many toasts to future succes for all thrown in! 

The crowd was almost at capacity for the back room of Avila's El Ranchito in Old Town Orange and everyone was in a holiday mood.

Those who arrived early had only one block to walk to see the City of Orange's tree lighting and other festivities, highlighted by a fabulous performance from the Orange Community Master Chorale. We gathered in the old church that is Avila's for dinner, camaraderie, fun and doorprizes —and no one walked away dissapointed

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Awards Given at 2015 Holiday Party

It was a perfect gathering to honor those who have contributed to the OC Media Community in 2015: representitives of more than 5 different organizations were there. The festive atmosphere included Shining Star Awards to outstanding members of MCA-i for their service to the community and special Media Community Leadership Awards to those who run OC's professional media  associations.

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TWO (2) MCAi-VO Peeps Scholarships Offered

VO Peeps  founder and president, Anne Gan Guzza has announced that the joint charity fund run in conjunction with MCA-i is offereing TWO (2) nesw scholarships to some deserving VO Artists to attend VO Atlanta 2016! Applicants should apply immediately on line at  These are The Carol Joy Memorial Scholarship (for national residents) and one International Sc

holarship!  HURRY - The Application Deadline is Dec 14th at 5 pm PST 

We will be announcing the winners on Dec 18th - Just in time for the holidays! PLEASE share this with anyone you know who might be interested! Many Thanks to Gerald Griffith for his continuing support and generosity. One of the biggest events of the year for profesional VO artists, the annual VO Atlanta Conference takes place March 3-6, 2016 in Atlanta!

47th MCA-I Media Festival-Deadline Dec15!

The Media Festival deadline was extended to Dec 15!  But time is running out! Enter NOW! It's great for professionals because it is not judged competitively. In other words, If every entry deserves a GOLD there's no reason they will not all be awarded the higest level. 

Time is short -- ENTER NOW! Congratulations to the 46th Golden, Silver, and Bronze Winners. Trophy and certificates have been delivered - did you get one? Post a selfie with your award to the MCA-I Facebook Group!

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Meet MCA-I Member Patricia Shanks

One of the busiest—and talented—media entrepreneurs we know is Patricia Shanks. An Emmy® Award-winning writer, working voice actor and professional singer-musician, she recently opened her own teaching studio in Laguna Niguel. Maybe you attended the September '15 MCA-I meeting at Studio Shanks.

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Oct '15 MCA-i Meeting Review

It was a small but active crowd at the Digital media Center for our Producer-Performer Roundtable. As promised, it was an interactive discussion between producers and performers coming from different areas of the media. 

The crowd was pretty evenly split between management and talent and we even had a couple of cross-overs who make a living in both job categories. The Panel, made up of Anne Ganguzza, founder and president of VO Peeps; producer Art Kirsch, of SoCal Showbiz; and Brian Page a stage director/sound designer who also is an actor, contributed quiite a bit and kept everyone involved. The topics varied widely.

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MCAI-OC Now Sponsors Joomla Meetup Group

One of the most important forms of communication for media professionals is a good website. That's why when the Orange County Joomla Meetup Group went up for grabs, MCA-i member (and a Joomla developer) Grace McKay quickly approached the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i to help save it. The meetup group, dormant for over a year, has over 150 interested members. The group covers SEO, CMS, online marketing, web design, tech and internet.

"In the past, professional developers and amateur users interested in Joomla found common ground and it looks like that will happen again," said McKay. Joomla is one of the most popular free, open-source web tools around—over 50 million downloads and counting. They've scheduled their first new meetup as a breakfast meeing for Wednesday September 30 at Denny's in Tustin just off RedHill. "It will be informal but a great opportunity to get eveyone back involved --IF they BRING their Laptop," chided Grace.

If you are interested in web design or building a Joomla website be sure to join the meetup group

Sept '15 MCA-I Meeting Review

Acting Demo & Tips; Casting Director's Advice; Behind the Scenes with 'Wild Kingdom' New Host — Combine for Very Special Evening

Casting Director Wayne Morse and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Host Stephanie Arne shared words of wit and wisdom with a full house at Studio Shanks Productions in Aliso Viejo for the September meeting of MCA-i's LA/OC Chapter.  The two featured speakers detailed their experiences in the wilds of Hollywood casting and in the world of wildlife, respectively.

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Meet MCA-I Member Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is a multi-talented pro who, over his ten-year career in media production, has done it all—everything from camera and lighting to set design and construction to directing and production management. Currently available as a production freelancer, he's also developing projects as the owner/producer for his newly formed, Cup of Joe Productions in Costa Mesa, CA. Did I mention he's a huge football fan and has shot a ton of sports as camera op (and more) including college football and AVP Pro Beach Vollyball?

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5 Important Tips To Look Professional On Your Web Cam

I was on a video conference call the other day—altogether eight working professionals—and I noticed the wide variety of picture quality, from below average to just awful. So much business is done on Skype or Zoom and other video situations using our built-in computer cameras that it's worth talking about. It's important to know how to use these tools to look good, to look professional. So here are some useful tips.

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MCA-I OC Chapter Board Thanks Davis and Slade with Shining Star Awards

Retiring members of MCA-I's LA/OC Chapter Board of Directors, Jean Davis and J.L. Slade, were thanked for their service to the organization and the Media Community at large by president Art Kirsch with a Shining Star Award. Their respective terms as members of the Board of Directors ended in June of 2015. "MCA-I is an all volunteer nonprofit," said Kirsch, "and it is only though the efforts of members like Jean and J.L. that we can exist and serve our other members and the media community. We can't thank them enough."

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Terry Bales Retires after 44 years at SAC-TV

Long time MCA-I member, Terry Bales, Professor and Chairman of the Department of TV/Video Communications & Film at Santa Ana College retired in June after 44 years. Terry was an institution in the field of Media Education having laid claim to the longest running Broadcast Journalism program in Orange County, possibly all of Southern California. His party was a large celebration attended by generations of past students, now media professionals, from all over the country. MCA-I's John Coleman was there to present a special award from the organization's Board Of Directors, honoring Bales (seated in photo at right) for his service as an educator.

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MCA-I MEETING RECAP: TherapyCable May 2015

We were invited guests to a taping at the new Orange County streaming video service, TherapyCable where we were introduced to not only their programming concept but a discussion of their low-budget production techniques, sponsor format and business model. It was a unique opportunity for media professionals to go inside the workings of a new media enterprise.

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Panasonic Sponsored All MCA-i MediaProCamps for Three Years!

panasonic-logo-190 Thanks to The Panasonic Solutions Company for making past annual MCA-i MediaProCamp events possible.

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.