Next MCA-I Meeting April 29th 2015

Behind The Camera of Major Hollywood Features with Greg Irwin

Already in pre-production for the new feature film, 'Steve Jobs,' cinematographer Greg Irwin has worked the 'A' camera as 1st AC --head of the camera department--on over 50 major motion pictures. He has just finished 'GeoStorm' and 'Terminator Genisys' due out next year. Catch him at this special MCA-I event while he's in between assignments. Greg Irwin has many great tales to tell—insider stories about actors, directors, crew and more, as well as comments on trends and tips on how to make it behind the camera in the tough no-nonsense film business. Pre-register online at OC New Media Meetup Group

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Chapter Elections in MAY! Volunteer Now!

You have great ideas and want to make a difference! You like helping and being a leader! So why haven't you joined the MCA-i's LA/OC Chapter Board of Directors? Every May we elect (or Re-elect) the Officers and Board who run our all-volunteer organization. We are a national 501c3 charity run for the benefit of our members and to serve both our professional media community and the community at large. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Fresh faces and new ideas are always welcome. It's your turn to step up and contribute! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to throw your hat in the ring!

EVENT Volunteers Needed!

Your LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i—like all the chapters around the country—is member run and relies on your participation to make it a valuable organization that can support your career and professional goals. Annual events like our signature MCA-i MediaProCamp in June and the All-Media BBQ in July can't exist without you! Do you have a few hours you can give to planning, organizing and running these events and others? If so, contact one of our officers or board members or email ua at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can make a difference!

Coming May 20th 2015

A Special LIVE MCA-i Event at a New Program Channel!

With streaming technology new media media entrepreneurs are creating 24 hour programming networks of their own choosing. Don't miss this special inside introduction to a very new and innovative program systen based in the heart of Orange County! You'll find out what they do, how they started, who they reach and maybe find you can get a show on theri channel! Save the date Wednesday May 20th in the evening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Subscribe to our email newsletter to get the details first!

MCA-i's Annual MediaProCamp Scheduled for June 13th!

Save the date--Saturday June 13th for MCA-i's annual MediaProCamp! It's a very unique event that bring professionals from all areas of Media together to collaborate in short sessions. It's hard to describe because there's almst nothing else like it..but you will love it. You'll share with fellow Media Pros and solve problems--tech, creative and career! Everybody wins! For an idea of the experience go to our website's main page nav bar and pulldown MediaProCamp. Save the date and bring a friend!

Save The Date: All-Media BBQ July 8th 2015

MCA-i Again Hosts Summer Networking Feast with PVN!

Plan now to attend our annual All-Media BBQ on Wednesday evening July 8th, 2015. This our 6th (or is it 8th?) year co-organizing the popular event with PVN. As usual it will be held on the back lot of the famous Orange County Sound Stage in Irvine — and everyone who works in any area of Media is invited! You can count on good food and great conversation -- as well as some entertainment and door prizes! It's a fun get-together with friends and colleagues and a geat way to meet new collaborators and clients! Sign onto our MCA-i newsletter and visit this home page to get the details closer to the event!


You can expect to come away with new tools, insights, and more efficient actions to take, which will have a positive impact on your success! The $20 fee includes lunch, parking, great doorprizes and important speakers.

Register on-line now CLICK HERE


MCA-i and OCMMA are co-hosting this very special event with the support of other OC media groups. Whether you are a freelancer, have your own company or have a 'permanent' job, you won't want to miss this!

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SPECIAL EVENT Jan 29, 2015

Media Alliance of OC Presents:

Growing the Orange County Media Industry in 2015

Panel Discussion/Networking event

You will want to join us Thursday night at the beautiful Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach as the Media Alliance of Orange County (MAOC) presents a networking event and panel discussion on the outlook and strategies for increasing business for the Orange County media industry. The evening will explore not only how the media production/post-production industry in Orange County can increase the amount of business, but also new opportunities for alternative types of business. Hear firsthand from OC media industry leaders, OC advertising agency representatives, producers and more, regarding building a more positive, lucrative future for our industry.

 For Tix: go to the Media Alliance website

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Monthly Meeting January 21, 2015

New Streaming Channel Needs Producers, Crew, etc.

This is a combined meeting of MCA-I and PVN.

At our January 2015 meeting you'll meet Ann Devere. She and her husband Michael are principals in a new 24/7 streaming service —a new television network which will debut this Spring. They are targeting the $10.4 Billion Self-Improvement Market. And get this: they need media production pros—everyone from producers to camera ops— to create the programming for their clients' weekly shows. It might be YOU!

Want to know more? Join us at the OC Sound Stage for this month's meeting —a joint meeting between MCA-I and PVN. Ann Devere will demonstrate their technology, discuss their goals and explain how you as a media professional can fit into their business model.

Consider this another new chapter in the development of new media available to the masses—and one you can't afford to miss!

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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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President's Message

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.

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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.

 to Learn More CLICK HERE

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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