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Grow Your Business and Help the Community! SoCal Media Pros is a non-profit 501c3 serving member professionals working in every area of media as well as the general public. Through meetings, mentorship and events about the Media business we help everyone understand and stay at the top of an ever-changing, highly competitive industry. To learn about the many benefits of membership, just click on the JOIN TODAY icon below

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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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Tom SmithAn Interesting Journey

SoCal Media Pros member, Tom Smith, is a well-known producer-director with a wide variety of clients. Besides the CEO of Thomas Smith Productions, he's also a respected videographer who freelances for a number of large event companies. We got to chat with Tom about his very interesting business and how he got here--a journey you may find surprising!

SoCal: Tom, What excites you about your business?

Tom Smith: The best part of my job is the wide range of people I get to work with. Last month I worked for a large Catholic university on an immigration and refugee program, very different. Last week I was working with people in the General Aviation field and shooting state-of-the-art aircraft, next week interviews for real estate. Always different and Fun!

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President's Message - May 2018

Growth & Success: Helping Each Other

larry Stimson at computerWow!  It’s been almost two years since we became SoCal Media Pros and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to be there when it all started.

Soon it will be time for me to move on.  My tenure as President is nearing its end.  I want to thank my Board of Directors for all their support, particularly Art, Brian and John for stepping up and making the transition from MCA-I to SoCal Media Pros possible.

You may remember that our debut as SoCal Media Pros was at the All-Media BBQ in July of 2016.  Since then we’ve had many memorable events.  In February 2017, we kicked off our three-part series on “How To Make Your Script Come Alive.  We also learned about the latest Panasonic Cameras from Bernie Mitchell and Alicia Reed gave us the latest info on the new JVC Streaming Media Cameras.

So far this year we’ve learned about “Video Marketing Strategies” from Austin Armstrong, “5 Important Lighting Concepts” from John Coleman and Marcelo Lewin gave us an “Introduction to Virtual Realty”.

We have many more exciting meetings planned this year, including “How To Shoot, Edit and Publish a 360-Degree Video” which will be coming up on May 17th.  You won’t want to miss out on that one!

I’m calling on you to help us keep the ball rolling.  We need your help and financial support to continue to attract experts in cutting edge technologies.  If your membership has lapsed or you have been considering becoming a member, please join us.  Your fellow members will greatly appreciate it.

Larry Stimson, President
SoCal Media Pros

Members Are working On... 1st Quarter 2018

socalmediapros logo180wMembers of SoCal Media Pros help each other in business and also serve the community. They're very good at what they do, so get in touch and collaborate with these experts for your next project!

Our friends have been busy and we haven't reported on their activities for a while, so let's start Alphabetically!

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Brian Page, Versatile Master

brian page 150 thumbYou've heard the old saw, Jack of All Trades Master of None? Well, SoCal Media Pros member, Brian Page, is a prolific creator who turns that archaic wisdom on its head! Page is a Master of a number of professional media trades, some of which seem to observers as quite disparate. For instance, how do you reconcile his success as an Actor and Director with his technical prowess as a Sound Designer? It all makes sense once you get to know him!

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MEETING REVIEW: SoCal Pros March 2018


Veteran Producer-Director, John W. Coleman, presented his demonstration of "5 Important Lighting Concepts for Professional johncoleman thumbFilmmakers and Video Creators" to the SoCal Media Pros March gathering at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana.

Coleman, who has taught a lighting class at local colleges for over a decade, pointed out that the concepts were all well accepted by top DPs and Cinematographers, even if they were such second nature they rarely needed to be mentioned. To demonstrate he used small tungsten lights from a classic Lowell kit along with some new portable, low-lumen LEDs. SoCal President, Larry Stimson, captured the very simple presentation on video.

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When you rise to the top of your profession as SoCal Media Pros member Tim Keenan has, it's often due to more than just expertise and longevity. While Tim has over thirty years experience as producer, audio engineer and studio owner at Creative Media Recording in Cypress, CA, his well-earned reputation for top quality work is always accompanied by another equally important characteristic: he's a nice guy! Yep, everybody really likes working with Tim Keenan!

We recently spoke with Tim about his successful business, his career, professional media and the changes he's seen.

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Meeting Review: February 2018

Video Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business and Personal Brand

Austin Armstrong SmallerAustin Armstong, a digital marketer for over 13 years has been a Project Manager and Video Marketing Strategist for Therapy Cable the last four. In that position he's produced over 700 videos as a tool to market their online service. Austin gave SoCal Media Pro members the benefit of lessons learned and the strategies he's developed over those last four years at our February 2018 meeting, entitled "Video Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business and Personal Brand". He did not disappoint.

Armstrong started with some important facts, including that YouTube is the second largest search engine, second only to google! His stats proved the value of marketing via video with a note that Facebook live videos are watched 3x longer than non-live videos. Then the really important information began to flow!

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