By Connie Terwilliger, MCA-I Co-Executive Director
As if you needed an excuse to come to San Diego! Well, here it is - a business write off in a wonderful location! Leadership, networking and professional development...
Friday, April 4, 2014, we are having a Leadership Conference. Want to be involved in helping MCA-I grow? Then be at this meeting! Friday evening, we will be having a festive cocktail party with awards presentations. Saturday, April 5, the San Diego Chapter of MCA-I is holding a MediaProCamp. Heres how to register for these events...
On Thursday March 20, 2014 the LA/OC Chapter of Media Communications Association-international (MCA-i) presents an impressive panel of experts to celebrate and discuss comic books and all things related! We've booked three talented people who you won't want to miss. This special event has limited seating and you MUST RSVP http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/and pay online in advance.
Here's more background on our three fascinating Panelists…
From Sin City, and Road To Perdition in film, to Marvel's Agents of Shield and AMC's Comic Book Men —not to mention the thousands of comic book titles published yearly— the comic book art form has influenced our culture considerably. On Thursday March 20, 2014 from 7 to 9 PM MCA-I presents an impressive panel of experts to celebrate and discuss the current popularity of comic books and all things related! If you are working in the Media Industry or just love comic books or the comic art form in general, don't miss this special event.
Seating is limited and you MUST RSVP online. http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/ We are expecting a large crowd so please RSVP and pay online soon. When you RSVP on line you will receive a Free Parking Pass for the event.
Feel free to bring your artwork, stories and scripts to share. Media Communications Assoc.- international (MCA-i) is a 501(c)3 professional association about networking, supporting our members and the Media Community.
Original Art by Jon Bogdanove
Colorist: Victor Phan
As our special guest, producer-director-editor Troy Witt, owner of Take One Productions, likes to point out, we're in a creative industry but unfortunately, many creative people are not good at business. Troy's going to share the secrets of his success—both in the business and production side, by demonstrating how Take One sells and then executes a high-end, multi-cam live-streaming event. This is a can't-miss for anyone involved in the industry, most especially video production of events and communications for business.
What's holding your business back? And what's holding potential clients back from hiring you? Troy Witt has answered those questions for his business and he's agreed to share it all with us! Join us at the Gear Monkey Stages as Troy Witt not only demonstrates how to do a high-end multi-cam webcast but explains his business model; Why it works for clients; How it sells itself; Why and how he bundles his services; How to protect yourself in the one area where most video producers lose the most money…and more.
What'd ya say? I said, AUDIO is at least half of your success if you're doing a video …and a whole lot more if you're not working with pictures. This month MCAI is joined by our friends at PVN to help you get the best audio production with the least problems no matter what medium you're working in. Our panel consists of 3 experts that cover the spectrum of sound: top recording engineer, Tim Keenan of Creative Media Recording in Cypress; Theatrical Sound Designer Brian Page who also is a VO artist; and Audio Post Production master, as well as musician and composer, Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite . Between them we'll cover everything from mics to mixing, recording to ADR and editing to EQ. As usual, you can expect your fellow pros to come up with important questions and contribute with their collective wisdom. Sharing tips and best practices is why we get together.
COME EARLY FOR NETWORKING AND BRING BUSINESS CARDS, HEADSHOTS ETC!
Location: South Coast Media Center, http://southcoastmediacenter.com/ home of The Orange County Sound stage http://orangecountysoundstage.com/
Register online now at http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/
Date/Time: Wednesday January 15, 2014
Doors open at 6:15 for networking over light food and refreshments
Program starts at 7:00 PM
Cost: MCAI Members and students with ID pay $5 at the door; PVN members get special rate, Non members pay $10 at the door and same rate if paid online in advance. Even if you don't pay in advance online, PLEASE REGISTER ON LINE AT OUR MEETUP SITE SO WE CAN PLAN FOR FOOD! http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/
Your LA/OC Chapter of MCAI has some really interesting programming lined up for 2014, including Comic Books--that's right--they're the hottest new way to sell a screenplay, among other things...A special Demo on Multi-cam LIVE Streaming and the inside secrets of a top money-making business model! ...Some of the latest and coolest cutting edge Audio products and techniques...and LOTS MORE!
We've partied with these folks many times and they're a great crew! And get this: they're only asking attendees to kick in $10. Apparently it's been a good year for videographers because they're going to cover the rest of the cost for food and refreshments. I mean, really ten bucks? That's nothing. And the PVN crowd loves their food so you can bet Don Jose will be putting out quite a spread! Of course, beer and wine will be available at a cash bar (They know us so well!)
And Oh. yeah, bring a wrapped gift (value about $15) for the gift exchange. They do this every year and it's a lotta fun--you know where you pick a wrapped gift, open it and the next person gets the option to steal it away or pick a still-wrapped gift? Don't want to participate? Then don''t bring a gift!
If you're going (why wouldn't you?) RSVP to Petr Hasa so they can plan for food. (Believe me those videographers eat a lot! so you don't want to just show up and have them short on food!) I asked about entertainment and they said that to guarantee a wild time, past PVN President John Lister will be doing his Dance of the Seven Veils after dinner. We'll see you there!
Don José Restaurant
14882 Holt Ave
BOY! DID WE GET IT WRONG! Our apologies, but we have to correct our last announcement: our friends at The South Coast Media Center including OC Sound Stage, and media companies Live Linkups, Sherman Sound Suite, Vision Star Media and E-Marcom are only offering a STUDIO AND FACILITIIES TOUR this Wednesday evening, December 11th!
Now, that doesn't mean they won't show you a good time if you stop by to tour the studio and facilities--just don't expect ta party! If you're not familiar with South Coast Media Center and the companies housed therein you owe it to yourself to take the tour.
STUDIO & FACILITIES TOUR 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Wednesday evening Dec 11th
South Coast Media Center
17518 Von Karman Ave
Irvine CA 92614
Directions: On Von Karman between Main and Barranca in Irvine. Located in the back of the Von Karman Business center closer to Main St.
Live Video Streaming directly from a camera is no longer a thing of the future – it is available now! This JVC presentation will delve into the latest trend of integrating Wi-Fi and 4G broadband capabilities into modern video cameras. Also included is a look at the newest in HD monitors--both for studio and camera top. You'll be amazed at what a difference a good monitor can make!
MCAI's guest speaker at our Oct 2013 meeting, distributon expert Jerome Courshon, gave almost 90 minutes of perspective and advice on media distribution in today's market. The author of “THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!” outlined the ins and outs of getting your project distributed on Film, VOD, DVD and more.
In business less than a year, The Burly Taco Co. with offices in Orange County and Big Bear, California, has become on of the most popular location catering companies in So Cal— and they'll be serving their specialty at the October gathering of MCAI! For Head Chef Raymond Medrano, it will be like a reunion since he was once a film student at Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center. Now he's combined his two passions and offers great food and craft services to film and production companies all across Southern California! Don't miss this special treat on Oct 16! RSVP NOW ONLINE At our Meetup Group
This year MCAI is joining the OC Ad Federation and almost a dozen other OC advertising, marketing and PR organizations to celebrate the holiday season. It's a great way to meet new business acquaintances…and it's for a good cause. So make plans to join us to reunite with old friends plus make new connections to expand your network for 2014.
Here's how to get the MCA-I DISCOUNT:
Join MCA-i for our October general meeting as we present film producer and distribution expert, Jerome Courshon (“THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!”) He'll outline and discuss what is available to Producers & Directors today. He'll discuss the current realities for filmmakers and explode some of the prevalent myths that have become viral in the filmmaking community. Jerome will also share some key strategies for getting your feature film or documentary into the various markets’ revenue streams, as well as how to choose the right distributors and/or digital platforms. Come join us!
MCA-i is joining our friends at Orange County Advertising Federation as they host their 5th Annual Rockin’ BEACH BASH. Great Food, Entertainment, Music and Prizes to Bring Together a Community for a Cause. Please donate generously--and let them know you're with MCA-i. REGISTER HERE
The Beach Bash is the chance for Orange County to give back to the community to raise money for a local charity. This years’ charity is the Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach chapters of the Surfrider Foundation. This event is free and open to the public; however guests are encouraged to provide a donation of their choice to benefit Surfrider Foundation. There will be networking, giveaways food and drinks under $5 provided by Cabo Cantina. This event is open to the public, but guests can register online at http://www.ocadfed.org/events/calendar
WHERE: PENINSULA PARK GAZEBO AREA IN FRONT OF CABO CANTINA – NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92661
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 – 6:30 – 9:00 PM
WHY: FUNDRAISER FOR SURFRIDER
How does a young independent filmmaker get to do 5 feature films, documentaries, TV Pilots, a slew of music videos and more? Where do you get the money? How do you find the right talent; the right projects; manage your career trajectory and weather the negatives? What is it like doing this from the African-American perspective? Join MCAI as we present a talented and accomplished filmmaker who will show you how to define your own success. Register Online Now
Here's another good reason to join MCA-i for our August meeting: You may win a doorprize that would give you a serious discount for a world class vacation! Our special guest speaker, Rhonda Sher will be giving away "A Holiday Week" access card. This is an access card which allows the user to book a vacation of 7 nights in one of over 4000 locations for a price as low as $299.00! Register online now to join us on Wednesday, August 21 when Rhonda presents Learn How To Be Part of the 20% That Gets 80% of the Business By Doing The 2 Things Your Mother Taught You Not To Do Go to; http://www.meetup.com/newmedia-82/events/132302502/
Want to attract new business, get referrals, retain clients better and increase sales? Then you'll want to join MCA-I for our August meeting as we present Rhonda L. Sher, nationally known author, trainer and expert on small business marketing and networking. Rhonda is the author of The 2 Minute Networker and The ABC's of LinkedIn, Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out. Expect an interactive and fun presentation where you will laugh, learn how to fill your pipeline with qualified prospects and how to use LInkedIn to both on and offline networking.
Rhonda is an expert at creating 30 second elevator pitches for small business owners, entrepreneurs and sales professionals. She is known as the "sloganator" because she creates tag lines that leave listeners wanting to know more. In addition, Rhonda is a natural resource when it comes to sharing her knowledge on the topics of customer loyalty and incentive travel.
Don't miss MCA-i and PVN's annual Summer BBQ get-together! It's been the best way to meet other media professionals for going on 5 years! The food is fun, the people are fun and this year we're featuring a special demonstration of camera jibs, sliders, dollys and other rigs that help you create interesting, dynamic camera moves!
It's almost time to get those grillin' gloves* on and join OC's media professionals for a fun evening of Burgers, Brats and Business! The annual PVN http://www.pvn.org/ and MCAI www.mcai-oc.org get together will be on the second Wednesday of July—the 10th to be exact. Make plans to join us once again on the back lot of the OC Sound Stage in Irvine. http://www.orangecountysoundstage.com/
PS Just kiddin' about the gloves--we'll do all the cookin'! You just come hungry!
We all know you can spend days at the annual NAB conference and still not see it all. It's the digital media Industry's core event with the newest on technology, equipment, software, content creation and distribution—and a lot more. MCA-I has four of our members who will report back on all the industry trends, events and developments so you don't have to miss a thing! This way, if you go to NAB in Las Vegas you can hit all the parties and still get the new information crucial to your business! Of course, if you're one of the many who can't spare a few days to go to Sin City, you really can't afford to miss our April MCA-I meeting on the 17th!
The MCAI monthly meeting for March will feature three experts--that's right, THREE--to help you increase your business with proven techniques. Are you taking full advantage of the available social media tools? Are you integrating your Social Media efforts into a marketing strategy? How do you get the most efficient use of Social Media? Growing your business is what it's all about! Walter Davis, Marilyn McLeod and Jeff Bullas will show you how by revealing MUST KNOW facts about social media strategy! These international entrepreneurs are sought after world-wide for their expertise.Their books, blogs, Internet TV and Radio shows collectively draw hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Register Now!
On February 19 and 20 MCAI sponsored back to back events, both a big hit with their respective crowds!
Co-Sponsoring with the Media Alliance of Orange County, MCAI presented an evening with Amy Lemish, the Exec. Dir. of the CA Film Commission on Tuesday. The next night, the 20th, MCAI Hosted a JVC presentation of new HD cameras and monitors at the Digital Media Center.
At a time when New York State has tripled its tax incentive on post production to 30 percent and more than 40 other states want to steal similar film and TV business from California, Amy Lemisch, Executive Director of the California Film Commission, has brought together the media production industry and government to help save jobs and increase production in the Golden State.
On TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19th, you’ll meet Amy and get the details that can affect our industry, your career and livelihood when the Media Alliance of Orange County (MAOC), presents Ms. Lemisch to discuss the state of our industry. MCA-i Members get a discount when they register online at: www.MAOC.org
MCAI presents Alicia Reed with four –count ‘em four—new HD JVC cameras including their new GY-HM650U. Made for the most demanding ENG work, it’s a shoot-anywhere camera with never-before seen capabilities that make it extremely versatile. And you’ll get a demo of even more field and studio monitors. To RSVP click here.
Whether you’re a freelancer, small production company or part of a large corporate entity, your media business is effected by independent contractor rules, contracts, copyrights/trademarks/patents, licensing, billing, insurance, business issues and many more areas in which a good lawyer can be a valuable guide--not to mention a defender and champion of your interests. Our January meeting presents one of So Cal’s top entertainment attorneys, David P. Branfman of the Branfman Law Group who will answer your entertainment and business law questions.
For a Monday night, Las Fajitas, was rockin’! The cozy Irvine restaurant, known for Fresh Mex more than expansive ambience, was SRO with OC media professionals. Most were members of one of the six sponsoring organizations but many non-members came to celebrate with us as well. It was on open invitation to every professional working in media. Between the socializing, doorprizes, white elephant gift exchange and great food, everyone had fun.
THIS THURSDAY EVENING! Nov 15th: MCAI Monthly Meeting:
LIGHTS! SOUND! CAMERA! Tips and Tricks from Top Pros!
Join us as three top media professionals share tips and tricks you can use on your next production. As you know, MCAI meetings attract top professionals from every area of media with the idea that we're all here to help each other, so bring your favorite, hard-learned production techniques to share as well! And don't forget to bring a friend!
This year we are visiting one of our favorite Mexican Restaurants, Las Fajitas in Irvine. They serve great Fresh Mex at a great price. It's an outdoor-indoor affair so wear a sweater!
Dig out that reindeer sweater or snowflake muffler and wear it on December 3rd when you join fellow media pros, their spouses, sig Os and friends for the annual year-end Holiday Party! There'll be hearty food, great door prizes as well as a gift exchange and of course, a festive atmosphere in which to meet new friends and renew acquaintances .
Check the MCA-i LA/OC Chapter's website regularly for details on these future meetings:
NB: MCAI holds a regular monthly meeting on the THIRD Wednesday of each month... with onlly rare exceptions such as this June and July.
At the next MCA-i meeting, Meet the filmmakers behind "The Brick People" and learn firsthand about everything from acquiring rights to shooting formats and finding a crew! You’ll also get a chance to tour the Buddy Group/DotLot Studios, one of OC’s hidden gems! The film, “The Brick People,” which took seven years from concept to completion, is based on a book of the same name. You’ll get the fascinating details from Producer Art Kirsch; director-editor Mike Kirsch as well as the author of the original book, Alejandro Morales and his daughter, Alessandra Morales-Gunz who is the film’s writer and narrator.
Whether you have a book in your brain or galleys ready to proof—or just want to learn some great ideas for marketing yourself or your business—be sure to join us on September 19th for a really insightful evening with Marilyn McLeod when you’ll learn how to disseminate your creative work and develop a following for both fulfillment and profit.
JVC, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, RED! Join MCAI and PVN as the two organizations come together to bring you a HANDS-ON CAMERA EXPO! Don't miss this chance to talk to manufacturer's reps, the people who sell and the people who rent a wide variety of cameras--all in one place on one evening! Also joining the presentation are the folks from Video Resources Inc. Besides being a premier production company with studios in OC and Boston, VRI rents everything from from DSLRs to RED. Compare cameras and get your questions answered by experts. What's the "Plus"? Monitors, switchers, recorders and whatever other related equipment the reps can bring along! Thanks to the generosity of our presenters this event is FREE
Upon hearing of the sudden passing of longtime PVN and MCAI member Larry Goldsmith, who died early Monday morning July 2nd, the two organizations were ready to cancel the July 11 event. However, Larry’s wife, Olivia, supported the idea that it would be appropriate to use the occasion to celebrate our friend’s life.
So it’s still a party. You might say we’re re-purposing it. We’ll still be cooking up fresh burgers, dogs, etc. on the grill but we’ll hold the Swap Meet on a later date. Rick Sherman, of Sherman Sound Suite, will provide live music so expect to have fun.
Everyone who knew Larry Goldsmith would agree his sense of humor and good nature—and his dedication to Aloha Shirts—made him memorable. So, we’re asking everyone to wear a Hawaiian shirt and bring your best Larry Goldsmith story to share.
This will be a fun, casual gathering of media professionals and as always, a great opportunity to make new business connections and connect with old friends. Whether you knew Larry or not, come and enjoy our celebration of friendship with a man who will be deeply missed.
It's summer time and the VO Peeps are Sizzlin' HOT! Don't know the VO Peeps? They are a must org for every voice artist in the biz! Founder, President and Mama Peep, Anne Ganguzza, is pleased to announce our next Meetup featuring very special guest, Dave Fennoy!--The voice of HULU! And that's not all - We've got special meetups planned for every month through September - exciting details coming soon! Remember to mark those calendars and Register Early as seats may sell out quickly! For our VO Peeps global member attendees - We will be streaming the meetup LIVE on our Ustream channel - Join in on the fun - we'd love to hear from you!
Nobody’s sure if this is the fourth or fifth year MCAI and PVN have joined in hosting a Media-pro Mixer slash Summer BBQ slash Professional AV Swap Meet with business advice for dessert. Heck, we can’t even settle on a short name! When July 11th rolls around it will still be a question nobody asks cause we’re just about havin’ FUN! Besides home-cooked burgers and brats with all the fixins, you’ll be BRO’in with fellow pros from every area of the media. Make new business connections and connect with old friends—it’s a great event!
If life is a lot like Baseball, (to paraphrase Rod Kanehl,*) the Media Alliance of Orange County’s recent at-bat produced three RBI’s: an insightful speaker; a fascinating location; and delicious food.
Earl Mann, CEO of COMf5, is on the cutting edge of new technology you can use now. MCA-i is honored to have Earl Mann come all the way from the east coast to show us How To Take Advantage of Internet TV, Social Media and Mobile Platforms Merging. Whether you are a large media business or a freelancer—or somewhere in between—you need to market yourself and your services with high-impact/low-effort communications. This is what you will learn about on Wednesday May 16:
OC Digital Arts is hosting a special Adobe Creative Suite 6 Event. Learn a lot of the program’s great new capabilities and how they are transforming their software along many areas--and maybe win some free sofware!
Mr. Mann, the CEO of ComF5, will be flying in to Orange County specifically to address the group about the new possibilities for content delivery, marketing and communication his company’s tools provide.
A leader of streaming technology and innovation, ComF5 is at the bleeding edge of media marketing and communications. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to hear this dynamic industry leader explain how you can master the MOBILE SOCIAL INTERNET to maximize marketing and communication for you and your clients.
Rounding out MCAI’s expert panel for “How To Find The Right Talent and Work With Them,” is Casting Society of America member D. Candis Paule. She joins noted talent agent Nanci Washburn and audio producer & master engineer Tim Keenan on the panel.