Meeting Recap - May 17, 2006


It was great to see new faces last Wednesday, May 17, as the MCA-I members met at Gear Monkey in Orange.  It was a fun time with great food, networking and being able to tour this unique facility that we have here in Orange County.  MC, Fina Lee Bentley, introduced host Jay Antonus, the Director of Operations for Gear Monkey.  In conjunction with Post Factory, Jay and Mike Boyd, Creative Director of Post Factory gave us an overview of production and post-production at this up-scale facility.  He explained that this is a one-stop shop facility between the two companies providing location equipment,  duplication, editing, graphic design, TV commercials, infomercials, music videos and so-forth.  As I walked through the different rooms, noticing all that they had to offer, it was impressive to me to think that many Los Angeles advertising agencies and companies were coming to Orange County to do business here.

The meeting was opened by on-camera and voice-over artist, Fina Lee Bentley, who did an excellent job as our MC.  She introduced our President, John Coleman, who reminded us that next month’s meeting will be hosted by KOCE -TV, giving us a short course in how to get your show aired on their station.

Gear Monkey hosted a panel discussion, and those who participated included George Russell, video engineer, who gave comparisons between three cameras and talked about the difference in quality and price.  Also, Mary Riggin, editor who specializes in Smoke and Avid, and Chris Potter in post production who talked about audio mixing in TV, radio and video games.  Those present at the meeting were not only working professionals in TV, audio, graphics and videography, but also educators and students.  It was nice to see so many people networking together.  There were also some fun door prizes that were given out including some gifts from Gear Monkey.  I do believe a great evening was had by all.

Tina Wilson – MCA-I Recording Secretary

Editor’s note:  Indeed, The Post Factory / Gear Monkey is a very impressive facility.  Not only is their facility absolutely beautiful, they treat you right.  I had the need to purchase just a lamp for my light kit and a roll of gaffer’s tape recently and I was treated like royalty.  They are great people!