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Bob Stewart Passes Away

MEMORIAL ON FEB 25th

Bob StewartEmmy Award-winning musician, composer, sound engineer and OC audio icon, Bob Stewart has passed away. According to his friend Robb Hart, who had been working with Bob on a shoot in the desert just days before, it is believed that Bob suffered a heart attack in his sleep on Monday Feb 6th. Besides being friendly and fun Bob was well-known as a multi-talented member of the OC professional media community. For many years he ran Stewart Sound on the second floor of a funky building in Old Town Santa Ana, providing all kinds of audio services for music, film and TV. He will be missed.  Details below...

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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!

 

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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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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Member Profile: Bill A. Jones

Bill Jones GleeFinalwith Patricia Forte JacksonL and Fortune Feimster RSoCal Media Pro member, Bill A. Jones http://www.BillAJones.com may best be known for his on-screen roles: ‘Rod Remington,' the character he played on FOX's Glee for six seasons (photo on the right from the Glee Finale), and starting in February '17 on the new NBC show Powerless as newscaster ‘Marv Wolfman’. Bill Jones Headshot However, many of us in the industry also know Bill from less high-profile gigs — such as his VO and Emcee work. The big surprise to some will be to find out Bill Jones is also an accomplished singer.  As a vocalist, he performs the great standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble` and others, often backed by a Big Band, or his smaller group The A Players.  Bill's singing performances are a real treat! He was named one of LA's Best Male Cabaret/Concert Artists by BroadwayWorld's Don Grigware.

We got a chance to ask Bill about all this and more…

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MEMBERS ARE WORKING ON.... For February 2017

SoCal Media Pros members are always trying to stay busy with new projects…Join our group, connect with our members and let us know what you're up to!

Tom Smith of Thomas Smith Productions recently completed a package of 6 commercial spots his company produced. The man is talented…and prolific! But he wasn't too busy to load up his truck with sound gear and run audio for our monthly meeting at the Silver Dream Factory! We've got lots more members and lots more to report on their activities ...read on...

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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 off....er, 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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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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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, www.SoCalMediaPros.org

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."

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