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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Next Meeting May 20, 2015

Join Us as MCA-I Visits New OC-Based Program Service, TherapyCable!

The future of media is happening now in OC! Broadcast was challenged by Cable and Cable networks transformed the media landscape. Now, streaming channels of content mean our professional world is changing again! Don't miss the revolution! Join MCA-I at our May 20th meeting at TherapyCable! It may be your future! Seating is limited. RSVP NOW at: http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/

You will get a personal introduction to the concept and production making this new venture a model for future media. We'll watch the recording of one of the channel's most popular series, Circle of Insight, and meet host Dr. Carlos Vasquez who will answer questions about TherapyCable. MCA-I Member, Manny Pacheco, who hosts his own TherapyCable show, Forgotten Hollywood, will also answer questions. Find out why they started, how they keep going, who their sponsors are and if you can get a show on TherapyCable!

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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!

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!

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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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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