As we have in past years the professional Media Community gathered once again for a warm year-end celebration. We had a good turnout—easily double the RSVP list on our Meetup site! Members from all 5 OC media groups were there: OCMMA, PVN, VO Peeps, Media Alliance of OC and of course the organizers, MCA-i. While there were a few familiar faces missing there were plenty of old friends and lots of new faces as well. It was a busy night with good food, three different raffles and fun networking.
I get by with a little (ok maybe a lot of) help from my friends. Since July 1st, the start of my term as chapter president, I have been guided by the fact that the vast majority of our members are independent contractors. With information and networking available on the Internet, in order to remain relevant and of value to our fellow members, our organization needs to provide networking and educational opportunities that help us increase our income.
To complement MCA-I's famous Find-a-Pro listings, our organization has created a JOB BOARD! This new service to Members is just beginning to be populated. After logging in, members may get a job or add a job for Free in any of 16 categories. The Job Board will be for both freelance contract and permanent Staff positions. You'll find it easily under the pulldown tab Find Crew/Jobs on the front page navigation bar--or CLICK HERE
If you would like to Add a Job please click this link For the immediate future, regular job postings are free to members and non-members. Premium listings are at a nominal charge for priority sorting. Postings longer than 30 days are also at a nominal charge for non-members.
Remember that as a member of MCA-I you also have access to the ProductionHUB Job Board by clicking on Media Industry Resources under the News/Resources Tab on the nav bar.
Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I), invites media communications professionals to enter the highly acclaimed MCA-I Media Festival to compete for the revered Golden, Silver and Bronze Reel Awards. For more than 40 years, the MCA-I Media Festival has celebrated excellence in media communications. Golden Reel honors remain highly coveted and recognized internationally. Judged by panels of media communications professionals, most of whom are MCA-I members, the MCA-I Media Festival differentiates itself from other media festivals by providing judges feedback to the entrants.
The October '14 chapter meeting was a real departure! Instead of an expert speaker sharing valuable info on the media industry we produced over half a dozen short videos for members—all thanks to Tom Smith (videogrpaher) and the OC Sound Stage (location.) Besides the talents of Tom Smith, other members contributed by helping each other prepare and deliver their on-camera 'elevator pitch.' Those who took advantage of the unique offer were very pleased. For some it was the only way they were able to get such a marketing video for themselves—Free! Petr Hasa, the Stage Mgr of the OC Sound Stage, was not only generous with the facility but with his time as well! John Lister volunteered and was a big help. The main stage, Studio A, was busy wrapping up a production so we used their 'Studio B,' a good sized insert stage that was more than ample. The facility also boasts a green room, wardrobe-makeup room and a very nice kitchen-dining area. So there was plenty of room to spread out, rehearse privately if you desired or mingle with others and snack on the usual. While it was a small crowd, there was lots of networking and camaraderie! Thank YOU Tom Smith and OC Sound Stage--and all who participated!
With great sadness we report that after a long Illness Brad Hagen died peacefully in the evening of Friday, October 10th. His wife, Tracy, said he was surrounded by family with guitars playing.
Besides being a talented photographer, producer-director and businessman, Brad was a media industry leader in Orange County and beyond. As the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Santa Ana-based Video Resources Inc., and long-time member of MCA-I, dating back to the days when it was known as ITVA, Brad made many friends and was known for his easy manner, good humor and generosity.
Services will be Saturday October 18 at 4:00 pm at Tustin Presbyterian church located at 225 West Main Street Tustin CA 92780. We recommend that you attend to share our loss and express your condolences to his family, many friends and colleagues.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.