A GREAT YEAR AHEAD
By almost all accounts, 2018 should be a good year for all businesses, including Media. Distribution giants like Netflix and Amazon are starving for original content. I expect many of our members will benefit from this new demand.
We’re going to kick off the new year with an exciting presentation from Blackmagic Design. We’ll see some really cool cameras and a demonstration of their revolutionary new software, DaVinci Resolve. Best of all, this meeting is Free! So come join us on Wenesday, January 31 from 11 am to 3 pm. It will be well worth your time.
And, there is more to come! In February, we’ll learn all about microphones. In March, we’ll have a lively discussion about the best and worst endings for films and TV stories. It will run the gamut from “That was great!” to “Is that it?!” Then in April, we’ll learn more about cameras and lighting.
We need your help. In order to attract experts in cutting edge technologies to our meetings, we need the financial support of our members. If your membership has lapsed or you have been considering becoming a member, please join us. Your fellow members will greatly appreciate it.
President, SoCal Media Pros
One thing that really makes me proud to be a SoCal Media Pros member is that we are always exploring new ways to increase our income. And last month’s meeting was a good example of that. As experienced pros we are sometimes reluctant to try new things— we stick with what we know works. Yet Anne Ganguzza showed us how we could profit from a new web technology called, “Zoom.” She could (and does) charge us hundreds of dollars just to login to her presentation but Anne shared it all with our members for FREE! Thanks, Anne. We certainly appreciate the time and energy you put into it. We'll be doing more interactive online meetings in the future but they'll never replace the importance of gathering face-to-face.
You’ll have to agree, SoCal Media Pros is a good place to meet people who share a common interest in media. I think most of our regular members can testify that they have gotten extra work from other members that they have met at our meetings. By becoming a dues-paying member of SoCal Media Pros you support our organization's ability to put on events that help your business as well as the whole community.
If you haven’t been to a meeting, make it a point to show up in person!. It’s fun and we always have interesting guest. Who knows, you might just find your next gig!. I hope to see you there. This month, we will be joining with the After Effects Abusers Group in hosting Adobe Workflow Expert, Karl Soule. Karl will show us how to become more productive using Adobe’s latest video tools.
Larry Stimson, President
SoCal Media Pros
“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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Our 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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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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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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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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The Board of Directors of the new SoCal Media Pros has officially granted automatic membership to all the folks who were members of the old MCAI! And that membership is FREE until their annual renewal date!
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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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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/