President's Message for March 2017

Larry Stimson 100x100“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should” – so says Tim Keenan regarding removing “breaths” from your audio recording. Those who attended learned this and a lot more at last month’s SoCal Media Pros meeting titled, “Audio Software Shootout.” Tim added that many people have the urge to “sanitize” their audio recordings and pull out every single breath. The problem with this is that it makes the recording “sound like a robot.”

I never cease to learn something at our SoCal Media Pros Monthly Meeting...

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WHAT FUN! President's Message - February 2017

Panel of Experts Feb 2017Our February 1 meeting (really a belated January meeting) was held in front of a police station next to an airliner fuselage. One of our cameras was set up in front of the cockpit of a 727.  Hospital rooms could be found next to the police station and the bathrooms were next to the morgue.  All these sets emerged from the imagination of our host, Roland Canamar.  Roland calls his studio the “Silver Dream Factory.”  What fun!  As the guests walk through this maze of sets their imaginations filled with ideas for their next movie.

(Photo: Larry Stimson (L) Prepares for the Panel discussion with (left to right) Gaffer Craig Burns, DP Roland Canamar and Sound Engineeer Rudy Garcia.)

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President's Message Jan 1, 2017

Looking Forward

First, a quick look backward—but not very far—just to December's All Media Holiday Party.  My wife, Maureen, and I thoroughly enjoyed the All-Media Holiday Party last month.  Good food, good company and entertaining stories 

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President's Message: Looking Ahead

We've come a long way but we got a lot of great programs ahead!

“Challenging, interesting, stressful, can be lucrative and maybe, just maybe a little bit fun” is how Liz Ervin described what it’s like to be a location scout at last October’s meeting.  I was glued to my seat as Liz told us how she got into the business of finding locations for commercials, reality TV and major motion pictures.  “Every client is different, every crew is different, every location and every day is different,” is what keeps her inspired, Liz added.  I was fascinated to hear about the requests for locales by her clients and how she managed to find them. 

Maybe you’re familiar of the movie titled, “Adventures in Babysitting.”  Well, in one of my favorite anecdotes was the one where Liz is on location at 5:30 A.M. waiting for the caterer to arrive. The crew was getting antsy and she had promised them all a hot breakfast before the shoot.  Liz calls to find out what’s keeping the caterer and is told he’s been arrested and is now in jail.  But Liz had a back up plan.  Or so she thought.  She calls her PA and tells him where to go and what to pick up for breakfast whereupon he sheepishly confesses that he has lost the petty cash.  What to do? Liz had to quickly figure out how to feed the large, hungry crew - and all before 6 a.m. 

You can learn more about Liz and her enterprise by visiting Pacific Location Search at http://www.pacificlocationsearch.com/  Read the meeting review on our home page and watch the video of her talk, filmed by RoundTable.Media  Now for a look ahead...

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President's Message: A Great Beginning

One of the things I liked best about September’s “Great Scene Analysis” meeting was how everyone participated.  Of course, we all have our own unique perspectives about movies and TV shows.  Some of us enjoy the story, others appreciate the acting and still others appreciate the technical aspects of filmmaking such as sound, lighting and camera. I particularly enjoyed the trivia or insights people shared about their clips.  Of course, not all my questions were answered.  For example, in Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” how was it that a biplane could not have avoided crashing into a gasoline tanker in the middle of nowhere? If you weren't there you missed a fun evening with fellow professionals.

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47th MCA-I Media Festival-Deadline Dec15!

The Media Festival deadline was extended to Dec 15!  But time is running out! Enter NOW! It's great for professionals because it is not judged competitively. In other words, If every entry deserves a GOLD there's no reason they will not all be awarded the higest level. 

Time is short -- ENTER NOW! Congratulations to the 46th Golden, Silver, and Bronze Winners. Trophy and certificates have been delivered - did you get one? Post a selfie with your award to the MCA-I Facebook Group!

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MCAI-OC Now Sponsors Joomla Meetup Group

One of the most important forms of communication for media professionals is a good website. That's why when the Orange County Joomla Meetup Group went up for grabs, MCA-i member (and a Joomla developer) Grace McKay quickly approached the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i to help save it. The meetup group, dormant for over a year, has over 150 interested members. The group covers SEO, CMS, online marketing, web design, tech and internet.

"In the past, professional developers and amateur users interested in Joomla found common ground and it looks like that will happen again," said McKay. Joomla is one of the most popular free, open-source web tools around—over 50 million downloads and counting. They've scheduled their first new meetup as a breakfast meeing for Wednesday September 30 at Denny's in Tustin just off RedHill. "It will be informal but a great opportunity to get eveyone back involved --IF they BRING their Laptop," chided Grace.

If you are interested in web design or building a Joomla website be sure to join the meetup group http://www.meetup.com/Joomla-Website-Meetup/events/225592156/

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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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!

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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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.

President's Farewell Message: We Had A Great Year!

Walter Davis Finishes Term. 2013-2014 MCA-I Los Angeles/Orange County President’s Farewell Message

One of the greatest honors I will always have to share with others is my term as President of MCA-I Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. It has really been a good year for me.

We have seen the development of a robust social media presence on Facebook, Blogger, Google+, YouTube, Twitter and Meetup. This provides an opportunity for members to market themselves and the organization for years to come. I'm proud to say this is but one of many advancements our organization has accomplished this year.

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VO Peeps & MCAI Scholarship Fund Update

The LA/OC chapter of Media Communications Association-international along with The VO Peeps, is getting ready to award two more of their Career Education Scholarships this month. Entries closed September 1 and are being evaluated by a blue ribbon panel. The scholarship awards are for Full VIP registrations for Voice Over Virtual 2013. It's a bustling three-day online voice over conference for the voice community held September 18-20.

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MCA-i / VO Peeps Scholarship Fund Raffling Valuable Prize.

Last year our scholarship fund raised and donated over $7,000 in products, services and cash to help struggling VO artists. Now, to raise money for the 2013 fund, which is co-sponsored by the MCA-I, VO Peeps founder, Anne Ganguzza is raffling off a spot in Beverly Bremers Voicercise class! Beverly Bremers is one of the most respected coaches and a highly-sought-after performer in the VO World. www.voicercise.net To earn one chance in the raffle, donate $10 to the cause. I am hoping you can help to spread the word on your Social Media channels - It would be greatly appreciated! Here is a link for more information and how to donate: http://vopeeps.com/together-our-voices-can-build-dreams/ Remember, you don't have to be a VO artist to donate! Should you win and can't use the prize—no worries, we know someone who will cherish it!

$10,000 Raised for Charity in 2012 by LA/OC Chapter!

This year the LA/Orange County chapter of MCA-I has distributed close to $10,000 in cash, goods or services to help various members of the So Cal media community. “Starting in January we began utilizing our organization’s 501c3 Charity status to help raise money for needy members of the professional media community,” said Brian Page, chapter president and voice actor. “As you can see, we’ve been very successful in our first year.” The chapter has partnered with other local media organizations not only to raise money but disburse it as well.

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President’s Message December 2012

Our Greatest Strength

Well, 2012 is rapidly coming to a close and we’ve just gone through a very contentious, politically charged election season and are still in the midst of difficult financial times. The future is still cloudy with all the professional prognosticators putting out reams of thoughts, ideas and statements, including the end of the world according to the Mayans. All, seemingly, intended to drive the general public into a frenzy by using a mixture of fear, worry and trepidation. Some people become “preppers”, hoarding gold, guns, ammo, food, water and all the back issues of Mad Magazine they can find. While others just hope it all gets better in time. To some It all seems dire, but, the resilience of this country is very great. And one of our greatest strength is that of community.

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MCA-i Member Benefit: Production Insurance

No matter how small your media business, you need the protection of a good insurance package. MCAI has partnered with Buell Insurance to provide members with insurance packages customized for the entertainment and media production industry.

Buell works with CNA, one of the most trusted names in the business. Policies are competitively priced, and Buell offers prompt response to your insurance questions. A quote can be provided usually within 48 hours of submitting an easy on-line application. If you are a member of MCAI check out the production insurance link here. If not, Join MCAI now! 

President’s Farewell: Mark Alexander

Mark Alexander  I was relatively new to the field of independent production when I joined MCA-I and from day one this group has educated,   supported and encouraged me. The experience and generosity of the board and other chapter members is worth its weight in gold. I can’t emphasize enough how much value being associated with MCA-I LA/OC has brought me personally. On top of that, I have made some great friends! I was a little awed when nominated to be chapter president in 2010 but was more than happy for the opportunity to give back.

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