NEXT MEETING: October 21st

SAVE THE DATE! Producer-Performer Roundtable!

LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i is pulling together a Producers-Performers Roundtable discussion. It's an open forum to discuss anythig relating to performers on one hand and production on the other. One of our Panelists is Anne Ganguzza,founder of the worlldwide VO Peeps and a member of MCA-i. The evening will be moderated by actor-director Brian Page and our producer panelist will be announced shortly. But it's really all about YOU. What do we have to discuss? How about fair rates, rehearsals, agents, unions, casting, OC opportunities, Ad agencies, hyohenates, divas, directors and slave-drivers, promoting yourself online and everywhere and more...but what is it YOU want to talk about? Expect an evening of interactive, honest discussion. Bring your friends as well as headshots and resumes. You never know who you'll meet.

So mark your calendar now! Join us at Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center on Wednesday evening Oct 21st, Doors open at 6:15 for networking over light food and refreshments. MCA-i members are FREE and all others pay $10 at the door. PLEASE RSVP so we have enough food. It ain't fancy but we hate to run out!

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47th MCA-I Media Festival Call for Entries

Our long-running annual media festival is now accepting entries. 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. Enter before November 15th and save some bucks! 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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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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President's Message

There's A LOT GOING ON at your LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i!
We are completing our 2014-2015 season with really exciting programs. We hope you will be part of it all! Just a few weeks ago we had an over capacity crowd to see Greg Irwin, a highly respected Hollywood camera operator with credits including the new Steve Jobs movie,  'Furious 7', 'Mordecai', 'Interstellar', 'American Hustle', the 'Hangover III', and more ...

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MCA-i International Announces New Officers and Board Members

With the new year comes new management of our self-directed non-profit run entirely by members from the various chapters around the counry. Taking national office are three members of the LA/OC Chapter. They include Art Kirsch, Brian Page and John Coleman. The trio joins others elected by the national membership to serve for the 2015 year, guiding the all-volunteer-run organization.

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Holiday Party '14 Was A Great Bash!

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.

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MCA-I Job Board NEW!

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.

Enter MCA-i Media Festival Now!

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.

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MCA-i Creates Member Videos at OC Sound Stage

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!

Long-time MCA-I Member Brad Hagen Passes Away

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.

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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