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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.

This was the first regular meeting of our new SoCal Media Pros and everyone ejoyed themselves while we shared insights about our favorite films and TV shows. It went very well.  We tried to step up our refreshments by offering soda in addition to water.  I think this will be appreciated by those of us who need a little pick-me-up after a long day at the office or studio.

This month’s meeting is “Location, Location, Location.”  On Wednesday, October 19th, Liz Ervin will tell us all about finding the right location for your next block-buster movie.  Again, it will be held in the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana starting at 6:30 P.M.  You can learn more about this and other upcoming events at our new SoCal Media Pros website at:  I want to extend special thanks to Grace McKay, John Coleman and Art Kirsch for their efforts in building this website for us.  In addition to our new website, you can still learn about upcoming events at our Meetup page, where we ask you to RSVP for meetings.

We are very lucky to have people like Grace, John and Art but I don’t want to omit thanking others who have helped save our little organization from extinction.  This includes Brian Page, Joe Nagle and Tom Smith. 

An organization like ours is only as good as it members.  If we are to continue, we are going to need more members.  So please, if you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our group, invite them to become a member.  It’s only $50 a year. 

Remember to bring business cards whenever you attend one of our meetings.  You never know when you might meet someone who is looking for a professional just like you! 

I look forward to seeing you on the 19th. 

Larry Stimson

President SoCalMediaPros