Don’t Miss the Annual ALL—MEDIA Holiday Party!
All the media Pros of OC —no matter what organization or association you may belong to (or not belong to) are gathering for our annual Holiday Bash on Sunday, December 6th at 6:30 PM. You need to be there! It’s a great time to renew old acquaintances and make new friends!
Location is the fun spot, Avila’s El Ranchito in Orange, just off the circle http://www.avilaselranchito.com/orange.php
Spouses and Friends Welcome!!
But FIrst, you have to RSVP at the MCAI Meetup site http://www.meetup.com/newmedia-82/ and Pay for Dinner!
It’s $25 per person for more food and fun than you can handle!
Includes non-alcoholic beverages-- Cash Bar / corkage fee $7
Avila’s El Ranchito (Formerly PJ's Abbey)
182 S. Orange St. (in an old church)
Orange CA 92866
They're the hottest production tool and very controversial. Will Drones be too closely regulated for media use in the near future? What do you need to know about drones to use one effectively—and safely? Find out on Nov. 4th as MCA-i presents the Digimedia Dude himself, Marcelo Lewin.
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Accelerating Your Joomla Website!
The new meet-up group for anyone using JOOMLA on their website is calling for a 4th Wednesday get-together on Oct 28th. It's at a new Starbucks in Lake Forest and we're limited to 10 people so organizer, Grace McKay, is holding a meet at 7AM and another at 6:30PM. The topic is Sharing tricks for a fast, responsive webiste. The person with the fastest Site gets free coffee and pastry. Grace is currently building www.Roundtable.Media and trying every trick she knows to make this deep, function-filled site move quickly. She's learned a lot worth sharing and would love to get more great tips. If you work with Joomla you will enjoy this meet-up—and enjoy meeting other users.
We need you to RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Joomla-Website-Meetup/events/225592156/
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!
RSVP at MCAi's Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/newmedia-82/
Casting & Auditioning Tips
FROM THE PROS
The right performer can make or break a production. That's as true for a drama or comedy as it is for a marketing or training video. Whichever side of the camera you work on, you will want to join us on Sept 16th. Our Host, Patricia Shanks—who knows a thing or two about acting and casting—has lined up noted casting director, Wayne Morse, and the talented new host of the iconic TV Series, Mutual Of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Stephanie Arne. They'll be sharing real-world experiences and tips for finding the right performer—and being the right performer at the right time!
RSVP NOW at MCA-I's MeetUp site: http://www.meetup.com/newmedia-82/
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We're preparing a great MCA-i Meeting for September. It's all about Casting and Auditioning. Whether you are a producer, director, performer or writer you will want to join us on Sept 16th. Our Host, Patricia Shanks—who knows a thing or two about acting and casting—has lined up a noted casting director and a hot young performer who will be joining us direct from her recent shoot in Costa Rica! You'll meet some talented people and get perspcetives and practical tips on the process--no matter what side of the camera you're on!
SAVE THE DATE: Wed Evening September 16th 6:30 PM
Location : Studio Shanks in Laguna Niguel http://www.studioshanks.biz
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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Don't Miss The Annual Summer Networking Feast!
Our annual All-Media BBQ is only a week away, on Wednesday evening July 8th. It's one of the most popular events of the year. 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. It's a fun get-together with friends and colleagues and a great way to meet new collaborators and clients!
RSVP HERE So We Know How Much Food to Buy! NO PREPAY! Just show up and pay $15 at the door. Bring a friend or two and come hungry!
Orange County Sound Stage (714) 598-6557
17518 Von Karman Ave, Irvine. Just off Main Street
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!
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 http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/
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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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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 www.maoc.org
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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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As you know, our All Media Holiday Party on the Dec 14th, 2014 will feature many FREE door prizes. Everyone who attends is eligible to win! So far, the door prizes donated have been significant and there are still more to come.
For instance, Tim & Linda Keenan of Creative Media Recording in Cypress, the first to step up, have donated a beautiful gift basket for you to enjoy over the holidays.
A round of golf for two (value up to $220) is being provided by the Aliso Viejo Country Club on their Jack Nicklaus designed course.
And MCA-I member Tom Smith has arranged for a dinner for two at the prestigious Center Club located right next to Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. If you've ever been to this plush and private enclave you know that this doorprize is valued at $150 to $200.
Of course there will be plenty of other Free Doorprizes of all kinds donated by media professionals like you and friendly businesses partners so we're expecting more. If you want to donate a gift just let us know! Call John Coleman 310.488.0711
If you have not already RSVP'd do it NOW by going to MCA-i's meetup site, http://www.meetup.com/newmedia-82/
Join Us For A Fun Event:
Annual All-Media Holiday Party
Dec 14, 2014
Our annual All-Media Holiday Party and wild bacchanal is scheduled for Sunday evening, December 14th! All your friends from MCA-I, OCMMA, PVN, VO PEEPS and MAOC will be there—along with anyone else who wants to celebrate the season! Don’t miss it! Throw on your warm muffler and get ready to Fa-la-la! We’ve got Free Door Prizes, a Raffle of Film/TV production equipment—Including a new GoPro Camera—as well as entertainment and some great food. And of course, we’ll have the ever-amusing and larcenous Gift Exchange!
Our get-together is designed to be an informal year-end celebration for the whole professional media community, so the dress code is ‘Holiday Casual,’ for those who observe dress codes. Bring your spouse and friends! And talk about the spirit of giving… the price is only $15 per person.
RSVP NOW click HERE Details below.
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It's official! Our annual All-Media Holiday Party and wild bacchanal is scheduled for Sunday evening, December 14th! Get your Reindeer sweater out of storage and get ready to Fa-la-la with all your friends old and new! We'll be giving you details in a few weeks (Hey, it's not even Thanksgiving yet!) But for now block that date on your calendar!
Festivals & Awards: Why they're important and How to pick the right one.
Just how important is it to garner awards for your work? And with so many to contests to choose from, how do you know which one is your best choice—or should you enter everything and take your chances? That's what Lee Gluckman will address at MCA-I's monthly meeting on November 19th. He's a long-time member of MCA-I and the CEO of the prestigious US International Film & Video Festival which has been celebrating creative media excellence since 1967.
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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!
This is a Joint meeting with PVN
ALSO RSVP AND PAY FOR MEETING ($5) http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/
TO BECOME A MEMBER OF MCA-I NOW http://www.mca-i.org/en/cms/?830
Not a member yet and want a video? JOIN MCA-I TODAY by going ONLINE at www.mca-i.org (http://www.mca-i.org/en/cms/?830) Individual membership is $80 yearly.
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By John W. Coleman
First, let's talk about your elevator pitch, then discuss adapting it to record on-camera for your Free MCA-I member video on October 15th 2014. We'll also cover some questions everyone has about being on camera.
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