NEXT MEETING: Thursday May 17, 2018

How to Shoot, Edit and Publish a 360-Degree Video

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Join the SoCal Media Pros for our May Meeting when Special Guest Marcelo Lewin, founder of  returns to teach you how to shoot, edit and publish 360-degree videos! This is an introductory presentation for those that have never shot or edited 360-degree videos.  We'll cover pre-production, production and post challenges and how to over come them.  We'll be shooting an actual video using a Ricoh Theta V, editing it in Premiere Pro and rendering and publishing it using Adobe Media Encoder. RSVP NOW Pay Online via PayPal or cash at the door! But Please RSVP so we know how much food to buy!

 Don't miss this interactive evening! RSVP HERE

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, April 19, 2018

SPECIAL Intro To VR, AR and MR!

Marcelo Lewin18 photo SMALLVirtual Reality (VR) is for more than just gamers! SoCal Media Pros presents Marcelo Lewin, the founder of How TO CREATE VR  with a special night of cutting edge media. Don't miss this interactive eveniVR 2 Guys

In this presentation Marcelo will share all the basics of VR, AR and MR including the different kinds of hardware, software and VR experiences available today.  You'll learn all about the different types of Head Mounted Displays (HMDs), what haptic suits are, different type of input controllers, what light boxes are and much more!  After the presentation, you'll be able to try out various VR experiences using the Oculus Rift.

Come Early and bring a friend to network with other professionals!

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday March 22, 2018

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Whether you are shooting a documentary, drama, comedy or corporate video good lighting will make your pictures sing. Producer Director, John Coleman, will present his demonstration of "The 5 Most Important Lighting Concepts for johncoleman thumbProfessional Filmmakers and Video Creators." Coleman, a member of The DGA (Director's Guild of America) who has over 30 years in television, has also taught professional college-level media courses—including LIGHTING—for a combined total of over 15 years. For this meeting of SoCal Media Pros he has condensed a number of practical lighting tips into 5 important concepts that are utilized by Hollywood's top Cinematographers and DPs. John promises to demonstrate these concepts and how to apply them using even small, simple lights.

Come early for Networking with fellow PROS and for light food and refreshments.

light LED PanelDATE: Thursday March 22, 2018  Doors open at 6:30 PM / Meeting starts at 7:00
WHERE:  THe DIgital Media Center
1600 S. Bristol St. Santa Ana, CA


Pay online or at the door. $10 --members of SoCal Media Pros pay $5

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NEXT MEETING: Friday Feb 23, 2018

Video Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business and Personal Brand

Join us as Marketing Maven Austin Armstrong from Therapy Cable shares video strategies that really work! Everyone can use Austin's valuable experience in marketing their business but this meeting will be
especially useful to us in professional media! Don't miss being there to network with other pros and to have Austin answer your questions!

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 - Why video marketing is so important

 - Overcoming fears associated with just getting started

 - What equipment you need(it's less than you think)

 - Insider tactics and strategies to maximize success

 - Where to publish to reach your target audience

 - and... How to analyze results!

COST:  $10 donation / Members of SoCal Media Pros pay $5

 RSVP NOW on our Meetup page Click HERE


Location: Logo Therapy Cable
Santa Ana College's DIgital Media Center (at the corner of Wilshire)
1300 S. Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Doors open at 6:15 with light food and refreshments

Progran starts at 7:00PM



SoCal Media Pros Hosting the BLACKMAGIC Design TECH TOUR!

Wednesday Jan 31st — 11am to 3pm ONLY!

Blackmagic Design—those wonderful people who create the coolest video gizmos and seem to do it better and more affordably—not to mention offering the URSA Mini 4K camera and DaVinci Resolve editing and color systems—are coming to Orange County January 31st! Meet their engineers, get a CU hands-on look at their products which make media easier and better and talk tech!

KeyCode BMD Van Tour

Thanks to our friends at KeyCode Media, The Blackmagic design Tour Van — "Technology On Wheels" —packed with the latest stuff from Blackmagic including cameras, switchers, routers, monitors, converters and editing/grading/audio software, DaVinci Resolve 14, will be makiing a stop at Santa Ana's Digital Media Center.  But here's the deal: They're only stopping by from 11 Am to 3PM so you don't wanna miss this!

This event is FREE but you really should RSVP at our Meetup page

...and bring your friends! This is the only stop in OC!

Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol at the corner Wilshire
Santa Ana CA 92704

Map at

Plenty of Free Parking on site 


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'Get The Holiday Party Season Started Holiday Party'

Kick off your celebration for the holidays and the end of the year with our annual ALL-MEDIA holiday bash. Did you have a good year? A bad year? Who cares? Let's Party! This year it's bigger and better than ever, organized by your friends at SoCal Media Pros, VO Peeps and the studios at OC Arts Center. Bring your friends, see old friends and meet new friends!

GREAT FOOD - catering by Jerry Ganguzza (the guy who made all those VO Peeps gatherings so delicious!)

BEER AND WINE INCLUDED - yes soft drinks too, and if you like harder libations feel free to BYOB- just be ready to share!

MUSIC - your favorite tunes to dance to--or talk over --or even sing to!  Yes a little Karioke will be available! Feel free to impress us--or to embarrass yourself!  Hey, you're among friends!

DOORPRIZES -You may win something valuable just for being there!

SHORT MEDIA CONTEST - Show off your best work for the year in a 1 minute presentation, either video (submit mp4 file) or audio only (submit mp3 file) No rules, no categories, make it anyway you want but keep it to a minute. The partiers will all get a vote! And YOU might win a prize!

FUN THEME MEDIA CONTEST - Make a humorous video or audio file (only 1 minute long) to fit the theme, "Oh, THAT went well!" Use your imagination and make it fun…Or, if you prefer, make it dark and depressing with subtitles --we don't really care! We'll just be happy to see your creativity at work!  Again, No rules and no categories, just keep it to a minute.

RSVP and pay $20 per person (what a steal!) HERE  Be sure to Print your ticket and bring it with you!

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MEETING: November 29, 2017 - ONLINE!

New Media and Growing your Audience on YouTube
with Jon Bailey
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If you're in the media business YOU NEED AN AUDIENCE! No matter who your target audience is (the public, media execs, producers, clients, etc) and the various flavors of new media are a good way to find and build that audence.

Join SoCal Media Pros on November 29th as SoCal Media Pros Board Member and Founder of VO Peeps, Anne Ganguzza interviews Jon Bailey about how to use YouTube to build an audience!

Jon Bailey’s been doing professional VO since 2009 & has booked 4,000+ gigs & counting like movie trailers, promos, radio/web/tv commercials, game/toy characters & animation. He’s been the voice of Optimus Prime & the “Epic Voice Guy” of 2x Emmy Nominee Honest Trailers. Jon Bailey has a combined social media following of almost 200,000 & is credited with 1.4 billion combined views on YouTube. Full-time voice actor, social media personality, content creator, husband & father of four including one with Autism. THIS GUY IS AN EXPERT AND HE'S GOING TO SHARE HIS SECRETS!

DON'T MISS THIS special SoCal Media Pros EVENT.
The event is LIVE online via ZOOM starting at 6:30 PM Pacific Time 
It's FREE but we need you to RSVP HERE 
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NEXT MEETING: November 9th LIVE via Zoom



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Unfortunately, Due to an illness in the Family Steve Ray has put his calendar on hold! We'll reschedule with Steve when things get better. As you can imagine this is serious stuff, so our hearts and prayers and good wishes go out to Steve and his Family! Thanks for your understanding!

SoCal Media Pros presents a LIVE Interactive ONLINE meeting with Producer-Director-Actor, Steve Ray. It's FREE.

Get ready for an evening as eclectic as our guest!  As a director (and co-writer), Steve Ray has a short film currently in post… as an actor he's doing both on camera and VO for Capitol One…as a voice over performer, he was the voice of the last Presidential Inauguration Parade!  Of course his resume has a lot more. (did we mention Audio Engineer and 2nd Unit Cameraman?)


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Next Meeting: Wed, August 16, 2017

Live Streaming over WiFi, Hot New Cameras and More!

Join SoCal Media Pros for a great affordable solution to live streaming even with multiple cameras…as well as some of the latest, coolest camera upgrades since NAB! How about an affordable 4K camera designed to both stream directly to the internet (no computer interface needed) and record at the same time...and made for one-person operation!   RSVP HERE

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Next Meeting: Tuesday June 27, 2017

SoCal Media Pros and OCMMA present:

Adobe Work Flow Expert, Karl Lee Soule

RSVP HERE for this FREE Event

Our special guest , Karl, will tour the latest release of Adobe Creative Cloud: new features and tools for graphics, titling, and animation as well as tricks for polishing audio, sharing assets, support for formats HDR, VR and 4K, advanced artificial intelligence… and MORE!  And it's all FREE, including food! Plus, We are raffling off a full year subscription for the latest Adobe Creative Software Bundle and just by being there YOU COULD WIN!

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The Webcam You Use Makes A Big Difference! Here's my Favorites

larry computersIn putting together our SoCal Media Pros event for May 24th ("How to Make Money Providing Live Streaming INTERACTIVE Webinars For Yourself and Your Clients!") a few of us got together on Zoom to play with the video conferencing application. It's a lot better than some of the apps we were using before —I won't embarrass them by mentioning any names— but Zoom seems to be better quality and offers all the features we want, including sharing sharing the screen with up to 50 participants, rolling in video, etc!  Anyway we all noticed the difference in video quality among the participants. Fiddling with each one made us realize it wasn't a problem with Zoom but the individual cameras! (Duh!) The lesson was simple; if you're not using a webcam built into your computer you need to have a good camera or you don't look good!  And I'm not talking about clothes or hair, I'm talking about looking like a knowledgeable media professional! Impressions count—especially with clients! So, of course that was all I needed to test some webcams and upgrade my camera!   

This is what I’ve learned from my Zoom test this afternoon:

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Next SoCal Media Pros Meeting, May 24, 2017 LIVE ONLINE!

How to Make Money Providing Live Streaming INTERACTIVE Webinars For Yourself and Your Clients!

Join us for a very special online SoCal Media Pros free webinar and learn from media mogul, Anne Ganguzza exactly how she provides Streaming Media Services for profit utilizing inexpensive, commonly available technology‚ and How You Can TOO!!  This Meeting will be LIVE ONLINE and YOU CAN ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE via the free Zoom video conferencing app! (details below)       RSVP NOW!

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You'll learn the secrets of interactive webinars by actually participating, as Anne Ganguzza shares the production and marketing techniques that have made her virtual workshops so successful!

This meeting is FREE! Because you will need to download the free Zoom app and have time to test it, please sign up and RSVP at least 1 day in advance! The sooner the better. You will then get an email from us with a link to the SoCal Media Pros Zoom webinar.

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This is an opportunity to learn from an expert how to expand your media business simply and effectively! What are you waiting for?

Our Guest, Anne Ganguzza, is a Marketing and Media Guru, Voiceover Artist, Voice Coach, and founder the successful world-wide networking organization, VO PEEPS. She regularly offers fee-based live interactive training workshops for voice actors, bringing them together in a virtual space with top coaches and directors for a valuable experience.  The secret is the interactivity. All her registered attendees actually participate and get individualized attention! When you join the SoCal Media Pros Meeting on May 24th you will have the same experience.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, Anne is going to show you exactly how you can duplicate her methods and make money providing the same media service for yourself or your clients!   RSVP NOW

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Review: San Diego MediaPro Camp 2017

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Our friends at San Diego Media Pros put on a great event—again! Their 2017 MediaPro Camp drew a full house and featured 4 breakout sessions, each with 4 different rooms working simultaneously! That's 16 different seminars or roundtable discussions in the day! No one left unsatisfied! Of course the best thing about all MediaProCamps is the collaboration and the spontineity since topics of dicussion are chosen by participants on the spot. SD Media Pros Header v5.png

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San Diego Media ProCamp on April 8th 2017!

LOGO Media Pro Camp

Join Our friends at the SD Media Pros for a full day of learning at the annual SD Media Pros Pro Camp. TSD Media Pros Header v5.pnghis special event, sponsored by SD Media Pros, is open to all. There is no fee to attend but you really do want to Register NOW! The day will include four 55-minute sessions, plus a lunch-time keynote by D.P. Bernie Mitchell.  Sponsored by Panasonic, the newest 4K cameras will be on display all day.

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Next Meeting: Wed. May 3, 2017


"Make Your Script Come Alive with... GREAT CHARACTERS!"
Featuring Noted Writing Coach, Leonard Szymczak

NOTE: This was previously scheduled for the 19th but now will be on the 26th!  

Leonard Szymczak AuthorOne of the most memorable elements of any Film, TV Spot, Stage Play, Novel or other media production is the characters. In April, at the monthly meeting of SoCal Media Pros, we'll present the next in our series of  "Make Your Script Come Alive with..." You'll meet our special guest speaker, author  and writing coach Leonard Szymczak (pronounced 'ZIM-check'), who will offer analysis of what makes a great character and how you can create one! This is for writers, actors, directors, filmmakers and anyone who wants to make memorable stories and productions! And by the way, when we say character analysis, we're not kidding—as you'll see when you read more, below!

 RSVP NOW at our meetup site for this dynamic evening!

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Meeting Recap: Make Your Script Come Alive With...Acting

SoCal Media Pros listening Cropped to Brian PageAt the March 2017 Meeting of SoCal Media Pros, Brian Page and Sharyn Case, two Director-Actors gave a condensed and powerful presentation on how actors can contribute to the development of a successful script (Stage or Screen) as well as actors' importance to fleshing out characters and giving them depth. The two talented experts had very practical advice in both finding and working with actors for both theatrical and film/video production.

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SPECIAL EVENT! Wednesday March 29, 2017

"Decode The Buzzwords & Increase Your Impact"

Sponsored By Panasonic and KeyCode Media

Join DP Bernie Mitchell of Silver Platter Productions for an intensive presentation DeCoding the terms 4K, UHD, HDR and RAW. You'll  smalllearn what you really need to know about each and discover how you can use all this new technology to enhance your production and increase your impact! Bernie Mitchell, who travels all around the country as an evangelist for Panasonic, is a highly respected Director Of Photography and Producer based in Orange County CA. He will be addressing workflow including acquisition, post and deliverables. He'll focus on the benefits you'll experience as the producer, the shooter, or the editor--and the extra value you can deliver for your clients.

This event will also include a chance for a hands-on demo of the newest Panasonic 4K cameras, including VariCam LT, AG-DVX200 and the brand-new UX Series 4K cameras, the AG-UX90 and AG-UX180 RSVP HERE

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Next Meeting: March 15, 2017

Next in our series, "Make Your Script Come Alive with …"

Among many other variables, it's Actors who make a story human and real.. But where do you find the right person for each part? Especially if you're doing low-budget? How do you guide actors to a cohesive vision? What's the writer's role at this point? What's the value of a table read…For the writer…For the Director…For the Actor? And what process works for both stage and film to Make Your Script Come Alive? Join SoCal Media Pros for our March monthly meeting "How To Make Your Script Come Alive ...with ACTING!" as we explore the answers to these questions and more. RSVP NOW

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Feb. Meeting Review - Audio Software Shootout

SoCal Pros Feb17 Tim Keenan Joe McNeil Brian PageOur monthly meeting on February 15, 2017, was a big hit with the audience. MC Brian Page (himself a VO artist, actor and sound designer—seen on the right of the photo) added his two cents to the valuable insights of experts, Tim Keenan, of Creative Media Recording in Cypress (on the left) and Joe McNeil of Marktree Productions (in the center.) While both highly respected engineers had lots to say about a wide variety of audio software, their stories and experiences were what captured the most attention.

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SAVE THE DATE: March 15th 2017

Next Meeting of SoCal Media Pros:

On Wed March 15 we'll be presenting the next in our "Make Your Script Come Alive" series. This will feature actors and directors discussing How To Make Your Script Come Alive ...with ACTING! You can expect some inside tricks, and practical advice for translating any kind of a script into an emotional packed presentation. Details to come so check back on our website soon!


SoCal Media Pros Offers A Busy Schedule for Winter 2017

Coming Up:
More Meetings, More Networking and More Great Info for Your Media Business!

Clear your scehdule! Despite a late start with our January meeting being postponed 2 weeks until Feb 1st, SoCal Media Pros has lots of good stuff planned for you! We're cramming our calendar with some presentations you can't afford to miss! Starting off in just a few weeks is our February meeting, "Audio Software Shootout." It will cover not only the big audio programs such as Apple's Logic ProX, Adobe's Audition and Avid's ProTools but major plugins and plenty of freeware! Whether your in radio, recording or video you'll need to know about all the tools we'll cover. March's Meeting will see a new version of "Bring Your Script To Life with..." This time it's about acting and directing. And at the end of March SoCal Media Pros will present DP Bernie Mitchell of Silver Platter Produictions sharing the latest in 4K, UHD, HDR and RAW, in "Decode Your Buzzwords & Increase your Impact."  And then there's NAB... but hey, that's the SPRING! We'll keep you well informed till then!

So What's a FRED TALK?

Like the better known TED Talks which we are unabashedly ripping, I should say, proudly imitating... SoCal Media Pros has created FRED TALKS! They're only half the length of their famous counterpart but promise great insights, mostly about the media-rich world we populate. The SoCal Media Pros, who will deliver a FRED Talk, are all experts in their field —anything from creative; to performance to technical. So each individual FRED Talk will be unique as well as enlightening. Thanks to professional VO Artist Joe Nagle who gave our very first FRED Talk at our January 2017 meeting: "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Voice-over And Beer, But Were Afraid To Ask."  Come to our monthly meeting for face to face networking, important information... and now, FRED Talks!

Special LOCATION: The Silver Dream Factory

If you're not familiar with the site of our January 2017 meeting, this will be a great opportunity to tour OC's most comprehensive professional studio and backlot, The Silver Dream Factory. Created by Producer/Director of Photography, Roland Canamar, the studio offers just about everything a filmmaker needs. Indeed, its regular clients include major Networks and cable channels, big name film production companies, independant filmmakers, national corporations, commercial producers and music video makers, among others. The studio has a very compact campus which makes everything convenient.

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Meeting: January 18th 2017 - POSTPONED TO FEB 1st

Due to a Last Minute Booking Our Meeting is


Make Your Script Come Alive…
       with Cinematography, Lights & Sound!

The so-called technical aspects of filmmaking are crucial to any creative impact you hope your media project will have. Join SoCal Media Pros' President, Larry Stimson, on our NEWLY SCHEDULED DATE, FEBRUARY 1st at the fabulous Silver Dream Factory as he MC's a panel of production experts to answer your questions, give you ideas and an appreciation of the below-the-line-crafts. Our host, DP Roland Canamar, owner of the Silver Dream Factory will be on the panel and tours of this impressive facility will be given if you arrive early. RSVP NOW at

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2016 All-Media Holiday Party a BLAST!

For the Umpteenth Year All the professional Media Orgs in OC got to gether fro a year end celebration!. It was great fun renewing friendships and catching up and Mike McGready of OCMMA took the pictures to prove it! Thanks to all the folks at SoCal Media Pros, OCMMA VO PEEPS MediaAlliance, OC Indy Filmmakers and OC Screenwritrs --and of course everyone who attended -- For makeing it a great gathering! Special Kudos to Bonnie Erdrich for all he hard work! Now enjoy the photos!

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Oct. Meeting Review - Liz Ervin Tells All About Locations

SoCal Media Pros hosted professional Location Scout and Location Manager, Liz Ervin, owner of Pacific Location Search, for our October get-together and no one was dissapointed. Whether you were expecting some important How-To's or some tell-all behind-the-scenes stories, Liz delivered! With over 30 years experience in production of Film and TV, she had a lot to share. The crowd was attentive as she described the business end of searching for, then making deals for use of locations of all kinds. Liz covers all of Orange and San Diego Counties but also has a number of favorite locations in the far reaches of LA and San Bernadion counties. After an intro from SoCal Media Pros Treasurer, Art Kirsch, she described the early days of taking poloroid photos of a home or loaction and scotch taping them into a manila folder...and contrasted that to today's location photos by iPhone and emailing them into her Data Base so clients can search online! (see link to the Video Below)

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Next Meeting: October 19th Location! Location! Location!

Want to rent your home or business out for use in a Movie or TV show? Or do you need a great setting for your next commercial, video or feature film? Got special requirements like a traditional New England home with picket fence? Or Futuristic archetecture? Maybe you need to shoot an action scene—a car chase or a fight on a rugged mountain trail? Well, you need professional Location Scout and Manager, Liz Ervin! At our next meeting Liz will take you behind the scenes and share secrets and fun stories of her 30 years in the business running Pacific Location Search, the premier service for film, TV and photo shoots specializing in OC and San Diego Counties. RSVP and pay online at our Meetup Site:

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Great Scene Analysis- The Scenes

My second submission for “my favorite scene” is taken from the movie, “Patton.”  The scene itself is labeled, “Bound For Bastogne.”  Here’s a link to the clip:

From Larry Stimson

 It’s from the 1945 Hitchcock thriller, “Spellbound.”

From Art Kirsch

"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!"

Taxi Driver (5/8) Movie CLIP - You Talkin' to Me? (1976) HD

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship- Casablanca

Dirty Harry Do You ( I ) Feel Lucky Punk? ( high quality )

You Had Me at Hello - Jerry Maguire (7/8) Movie CLIP (1996) HD

Apocalypse Now  I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

When Harry Met Sally  I'll have what she's having.


From Grace McKay-- This one is about the cinematogrphy. Mr Robot clips



From John Coleman

Je’s Sitcom Fantasy from “Scrubs”

Re SCRUBS I need to play just a few minutes of  “Saddest moments’:
To set up and contrast with “JD’s Sitmcom fantasy:
Here’s my Jessica jones Clip — Kilgrave’s commands part 1
If theres time I’ll talk about the Magnificant Seven —this great clip establishing how tough the seven are as there recruited/
And of course you can’t talk about the Magnifican Seven without the theme song…
my third choice is the famous Baptism scene/Murder scene  intercutting two story lines…a magnificent example of editing & direction

Melinda's Choice!  My choice for favorite movie scene is  The Music Man "Ya Got Trouble"  I hope no one else has the same one!

Michelle Volz:  The title of the episode is "The Deal." The scene is referred to as "The This and the That."

Here's a YouTube link:­


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Seinfeld - Elaine and Jerry want to combine the "this" and the "that"


Meeting September 28, 2016

SoCal Media Pros presents: "Great Scene Analysis"

What's YOUR favorite scene from a movie or TV show? What makes it so memorable? The acting? Script? Camera angle? Lighting? Maybe it's an important plot point, a unique confrontation or a character revealing a truth? Is it a classic of the genre? Does it stand out among action flix, romances, comedy, mystery, war, horror or slasher movies? At this first meeting of SoCal Media Pros, YOUR favorite scene can be shared, enjoyed and analyzed so we can all learn about what makes great media moments—and how different our tastes and appreciation meters can be!  Feature films, TV shows, music videos, documentaries and more are all good—as long as we can find a clip of it to play! We've already got half a dozen great scenes to seed the evening but we need YOUR FAVORITE SCENE. 
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Here are the rules: Find a clip of your favorite scene on YouTube, Vimeo or on a DVD and send us the URL or whatever, so we can play it for everyone that night. You'll share what you like about it and we'll all have a great time! Remember, it's a favorite SCENE so clips are limited to 5 minutes max!
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SoCal Media Pros Announces Programs For Fall '16!

Education about all things media and bringing together professionals and the public is the official mission of the new SoCal Media Pros.  Film Producer Art Kirsch, the treasurer of the new non-profit, explained: "We're a California non-profit corporation, approved to solicit donations and sponsoring memberships.  We have applied for  tax exempt 501c3 status, which we anticipate will be granted during the fourth quarter, so we can provide all the same services the old MCAI did." This means you can expect the meetings and events featuring professional media experts to continue. [Ed Note: SoCal Media Pros is now an IRS-approved Charity!]

In fact, SoCal Media Pros is ready to announce its Fall schedule starting with "Great Scene Analysis" in September, "Location, Location, Location" in October, and a special training event for film and video editors in November. You can also count on the members of SoCal Media Pros organizing a fun Holiday Mixer in December. Details of these events along with articles about professional media are on the organization's website,

Brian Page, a member of the new Board of Directors for SoCal Media Pros put it all in perspective. "The national organization that was MCAI and ITVA before it, is no more. But the tradition of bringing working media professionals together to serve the community carries on with SoCal Media Pros and many other new organizations resurrected from the former MCAI Chapters around the country."




with Dolores Jenerson-Madden

This Special Event is being postponed due to scheduling conflicts!
Look For A  New Date SOON!

This special training will be from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana, CA. Participants will experience a dynamic and informative hands-on interactive workshop and leave with very helpful tips, necessary technical information, refined editing skills, along with valuable resources and handouts. Bring your own laptop with FCPX 10.2.3 software installed!

Anyone who works in FCPX! This workshop is primarily for intermediate and advanced editors. Experienced editors new to FCPX should have no problems but newbies to editing in general may find it challenging, though a good experience at a great price. This workshop is Interactive and Dolores is known for customizing her instruction for the audience.



Bring headphones, 64 to 128 GB USB 3.0 Empty Flash Drive for workshop files, and your Laptop with FCPX version 10.2.3 installed!  (Motion 5.2.3 installed optional).

Dolores Jenerson-Madden has taught media courses at both Chaffey College and Fullerton College and is a Certified Apple Instructor. If you attended MCAI's MediaProCamp you know that Dolores' ebullient personality is perfect for simplifying the complex, explaining the difficult and encouraging creative experimentation. She is a dynamic, people-person who loves to answer questions.

The complete workshop includes five+ hours of actual instruction, handout materials, resources, lunch and refreshments. Cost is $60 per person, prepaid. People with special dietary needs should bring their own food. No discounts offered or extra costs imposed. This low price is only available because MCAI is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to serving its members and the professional media community. A training workshop such as this might cost 5 to 15 times as much elsewhere. This is a one-time only event. We have no plans to offer this workshop again! Don't miss it.





  • Technical Information covering Computer Set Up Issues and Trouble Shooting Procedures, Data Management (Organization, Optimization, Proxy Files, Libraries, Key Words, Smart Collections, Roles, etc.)
  • 3D Text and Titles
  • Audio - from basic to advanced EQ and mixing
  • Editing functions and shortcuts
  • Selected Video and Audio Effects
  • Creating Generators in Motion for use in FCPX
  • Making 4K and HD Projects work together
  • Compressor exports from inside FCPX
  • Time Permitting:
  • Selected Color Correction Steps and MultiCam Editing
  • Dedicated Q&A on specific attendee issues


The DIgital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA. 92704
at the corner of Wilshire.
Plenty of free parking available around the building
as well as directly across Bristol St.

From I-405 fwy, exit onto Bristol St and go North (and East) past South Coast Plaza appox 3 miles. Cross Edinger St and the DMC will be on your left. Do a U turn at Wilshire to enter.

Annual ALL MEDIA BBQ & MIXER is August 11th, 2016

Don't miss one of the best get-togethers all year! It's the Annual ALL-MEDIA BBQ & MIXER featuring the participation of seven (count-em:7) of OC's professional media associations including MCAI; OCMMA; VO Peeps; OC ScreenWriters; OC Media Alliance; OC Indy Filmmakers; and the OC Joomla Meetup Group (web developers). You don't have to be a member of any of these groups to join in the fun and networking! Just RSVP at:

and Pay online (so we have enough food) and show up with plenty of Business Cards! That's right, you can actually do business with a hot dog or burger in your hand! We'll show you how! Food will be fresh off the grill and conversation will be equally tasty! Catch up with old friends and meet new ones who may become your next collaborator or client!

This years BBQ will be held at the sound stages of the Buddy Group in Irvine, known as "The Dot Lot" and managed by Burnie's Grip and Lighting  It is sponsored by www.RoundTable.Media

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Next Meeting May 25th 2016

The DigiMedia Dude Explains How The DJI Osmo Camera Can Change Your Business!

Just back from NAB, Marcelo Lewin, the Digi-Media Dude will show you the ins and outs of the hottest new tool for filmmakers - The low-priced (aprox $600) 4K handheld, DJI Osmo! While the price makes it seem like a consumer product, this is a sophisticated professional tool with details you really need to know about.  Marcelo will share how he used it to cover the NAB show for 2 days! The Digi-Media Dude will also talk about workflow and offer details about settings, lighting, audio, accessories, remote wi-fi operation and more-- including the 3-axis gimbal rig for stabilized shooting. Thenhe'll show you how to export, edit in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and publish to YouTube. -- You'll find it all important stuff. You can check out the Digi-Media Dude's full NAB online coverage at:   Be sure to join the LA/OC chapter of MCAI for this special event on Wednesday evening May 25th.


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Next Meeting: SECRETS OF AUDIO POST! April 13, 2016

Don't miss MCA-I's meeting on Wednesday, April 13th when we present 2 of OC's top audio engineers sharing their secrets!

Working on TV shows, films, commercials and video,Tim Keenan of Creative Media Recording (Left) and Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite (Right) are masters of sound!

Everything from sweetening to Sfx and music, mixing, editing and voice-over is on the table. Did we mention noise reduction and ADR? Bring your EQ questions and we can talk processing too! Great stories, great demos and great people await you at the OC Sound Stage  on April 13th! Don't Miss it! Come early for networking and light food. PLEASE RSVP at MCAI's Meetup Site so we know how much food to get!

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FREE WorkFlow Workshop March 2, 2016

PerfecPictures + Easy Edit + Secure Storage

The LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I and RoundTable.Media are presenting a specialKey Code Media event featuring three top industry-leading companies on the most efficient methods and tools for top quality media workflow. Panasonic, Adobe and Quantum will have their experts offering advice and recommendations to attending professionals on every level of sophistication. MC for the event will be everyone's favorite tech guy, Michael Kammes, the creator founder of independent web series, 5 Things. Sign up for this event HERE

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