MCA-I Presents a Fall Trifecta:
Making the Message Matter – Richard Theiss Discusses a Career in Wildlife Filmmaking
Tips for Both Sides of the interview
Your Media Business Elevator Pitch
This is a Joint Meeting with PVN!
This month we've got three—count 'em 3— great topics for you! Fascinating Filmmaker and long time MCA-I member Richard Theiss of RTSea Media talks about sharks, producers and other wildlife; John Coleman and Tom Smith offer practical advice on doing interviews—both how to get a good interview out of a subject and how to be a good on-camera subject; And a discussion of the classic marketing tool, your Business Elevator Pitch! Don't miss this event—and bring your friends! RSVP NOW Click Here
Don't miss the August 20th meeting of MCA-i's LA/OC Chapter--we've got important info on easy ways to use social media to increase your business, Some great tips on how to use branding to increase the effectiveness of your marketing and social outreach...and to round off the evening, a must-see demo of the unusual 'Mast-Cam.' BUT WAIT! THERE"S MORE! We'll also give you some training on an 'Elevator Pitch' for your business--in preparation for a FREE Elevator Video from MCA-i later in the year. Who doesn't need a FREE Video? Get the details on Aug 20th!
If you've been reading the monthly BLAST from MCA-i you already know that Wednesday evening, July 23rd is our annual All Media Organization BBQ and Mixer. NOW you can register and prepay at this special online site! It's only $12 if you prepay onlne... but PLEASE REGISTER even if you plan on paying at the door! We'll determine how much food to buy based on sign-ups and you don't want to get there and have us run out of food, do you?
Every year our gathering gets bigger and bigger. It's a fun way to network with future clients, suppliers and friends! FIrst held by PVN years ago, MCA-i got involved a few years back and started inviting all our friends! This year is going to be a joint effort of PVN, MCA-i, OCMMA and Media Alliance—and yes, VO Peeps as well, even though they didn't get on the banner! (Sorry, Peeps) That should mean more people, more fun, more food and maybe some fabulous prizes! To register on line and prepay CLICK HERE
VO Peeps are proud to announce a LAST MINUTE EXCLUSIVE PEEP EVENT that has US BUZZING! Steve Savanyu, Director of Educational Services for Audio-Technica U.S.’s Consumer and Professional products divisions will be EDUCATING us in the HOUSE on Saturday, June 28th! This event is for anyone interested in audio and voice work!
Don’t wait around for another news flash, sign up now at the VO Peeps site and we promise you won’t be disappointed! You'll get an Audio Education second to none - Steve is an accomplished presenter and teacher, and has over 40 years of professional audio experience in live sound, contracting, studio and broadcast applications.
Mark your calendar now: Wednesday evening, July 23rd is our annual All Media Org BBQ and Mixer. Every year it gets bigger and bigger. FIrst held by PVN years ago, MCA-i got involved a few years back and started inviting all our friends! This year is going to be a joint effort of PVN, MCA-i, OCMMA and Media Alliance. That should mean more people, more fun more food and maybe some fabulous prizes! But as they say on TV, WAIT THERES MORE! We're talking to a whole bunch of other organizations about signing up! So save the date and tell your friends this could be the biggest best yet! What a way to start the summer! The event will be held at the OC Sound Stage in Irvine and a special RSVP website will be available to pre pay!
On Wednesday, May21 the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i is hosting a roundtable discussion of membership outreach and service for all the non-profit media organizations in OC. We've invited over a dozen organizations to participate. The idea is to bring together the leadership to solve a common problem: membership outreach and involvement. With a page taken from MCAI's MediaProCamp, the format is designed to share common experiences, best practices and find solutions to serve our respective members and the community at large. The evening will be moderated by MCA-i president Walter Davis and will be recorded for the organizations to use at a later date. Space is limited so it's not open to the public but anyone representing a non-profit media organization is welcome to join. Location: Digital Media Center at 1300 S. Bristol St in Santa Ana, beginning at 6:30 PM.
Mark your calendar now for two great MCA-I annual events!
Saturday, June 14, 2014 is our legendary MediaProCamp. It's a concentrated series of roundtable discussions and seminars with media professionals from every specialty sharing ideas, techniques and solutions. It's powerful and it's FREE, courtesy of MCA-I and our sponsors like Panasonic. Jump start your career and your business, meet new collaborators and possibly your next client at MCAI's MediaProCamp.
Wednesday evening July 23rd is MCA-I's annual All-Media Pro BBQ, held in conjunction with PVN. Every year has seen more folks join us from every area of the media business. It’s a great way to kick back and get together with friends --Old and New.
Making An Impact With Mitsubishi's Video Wall
You've seen those giant video displays—at events, tradeshows and conventions—some as high as 25 feet! Now, find out how they work and how you can use them for your media business as MCAI takes you inside Mitsubishi's Video Wall. Thanks to Jerry Ganguzza and Mitsubishi Electric Visual and Imaging Systems we'll get the inside scoop on both technology and application.
Don't miss this special event. Space is limited. Note the date and time are different from our usual third-Wednesday-of-the-month gathering, so RSVP today! This meeting is FREE to all.. It is a special after-hours courtesy for MCAI so don't be late. Doors close at 6:30 PM Sharp!
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…
Pop! Bam! Kapow!
The Art & Influence of Comic Books
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
Solve Your Client's Pain and Solve Your Business Pain:
The TECH and BIZ of Live Multi-cam Streaming
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.
It was a full house at the OC Sound Stage for the LA/OC Chapter's "Audio! Audio! Audio!" presentation at the first meeting of 2014. As often happens, many people who did not RSVP via the chapter's meetup site showed up, so food was in short supply…but participation was not. The seats were filled with media pros from every area--audio, video, performers, etc.
After short opening comments from the three experts on the panel (on professional audio pet peeves,) MC John Coleman of Twin Oaks Communications, made it clear that the experience and wisdom of the audience was to be part of the process. As a result, the great commentary from panelists, Tim Keenan, Chief Engineer at Creative Media Recording; Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite; and Brian Page of Vocal Images, was reinforced and expanded upon by real-life stories from the audience. Along with some really intelligent questions from the observing pros the evening was one of good-natured collaboration. Someone likened it to the vibe at MCAI's annual MediaProCamp held each June.
AUDIO! AUDIO! AUDIO!
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!
Our good friends at PVN (the professional Videographers Network) have invited MCA-i to join them to celebrate the Holiday Season! They're opening the doors for you and all our fellow Media Pros next Thursday, December 19th at Ricardo's Don Jose Restaurant in Tustin starting at 7:00 PM.
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!
NO PARTY! NO CELEBRATION! NO OPEN HOUSE!
NO WILD HOLIDAY DOINGS!
NO BACCANALIAN FEAST! NO DANCING GIRLS!!
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 Streaming Direct From The Camera!
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