October 17, 2012 Meeting of MCA-i: How To Make A Documentary—Behind The Scenes Of “The Brick People” AND Tour the Buddy Group/DotLot Studios!

At  the next MCA-i meeting, Meet the filmmakers behind "The Brick People" and learn firsthand about everything from acquiring rights to shooting formats and finding a crew! You’ll also get a chance to tour the Buddy Group/DotLot Studios, one of OC’s hidden gems! The film, “The Brick People,” which took seven years from concept to completion, is based on a book of the same name. You’ll get the fascinating details from Producer Art Kirsch; director-editor Mike Kirsch as well as the author of the original book, Alejandro Morales and his daughter, Alessandra Morales-Gunz who is the film’s writer and narrator.

They’ll discuss translating media forms and why they made a factual doc from a dramatic, narrative novel; how they raised money for production and the good and bad of crowd-funding for post production; tech and format considerations that challenged them; researching survivors and how they dealt with unexpected story changes in mid production; How they plan on monitizing the film with targeted distribution; and a lot more—including answering your questions!

The Producer-Director team are father and son, Art and Mike Kirsch. (on the left in photo) Art is the founder/editor of www.SoCalShowbiz.com and a producer of films, commercials and live events. He serves on several media industry boards including MCA-I. His son, Mike Kirsch, a director and editor, is the Director of Video Production at well-known OC production house, The Buddy Group. He is also a steadi-cam operator and cinematographer for Flying Cam, a remote helicopter production commpany. Besides winning numerous awards for his TV commercials and on-line video work, Mike has run the camera department for an independent IMAX production company.

Author Alejandro Morales (far right above) based his story on the experience of his parents at the Simons Brick Plant #3 in what today is Montebello. His novel begins in 1892, with Rosendo Guerrero laying out the ground plan for the original Simons brickyard in Pasadena, California and continues through several generations of Anglo and Chicano/Mexicano families and their interactions in Southern California in the first half of the twentieth century. It is the saga of two clans: the Simons and the Revueltas families, representing the capitalist and working classes respectively.

His daughter, Alessandra Morales Gunz brought her father's touching historical novel to the screen as the scriptwriter and narrator. She teaches English in the Newport-Mesa USD.

Our host for the evening is THE BUDDY GROUP / DOT LOT STUDIOS is one of OC’s premier creative agencies/production companies. Describing themselves as a digital engagement agency, they offer content creation, audience tracking, interactive design, graphics/animation as well as video production and studio rental under the name DotLot. Don’t miss the rare chance to see the inside of The Buddy Group!



EVENT: How To Make A Documentary—Behind The Scenes of “The Brick People.”
With tour of the Buddy Group/Dot Lot Studio Facilities.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Doors open at 6:00 PM for networking over light food and refreshments and tour of The Buddy Group/DotLot Studio Facilities
Program starts at 7:00 PM

COST: MEMBERS of MCAI and students with ID pay $7. All others pay $15 at the door or $12 if you pre-register online at OC New Media Meetup Group http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/

LOCATION: The Buddy Group/DotLot Studios
7 Studebaker
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone 949.468.0042

DIRECTIONS: From I-5 Exit onto Bake Parkway (Just south of the El Toro ‘Y’) heading EAST. Cross Muirlands then go LEFT onto Jeronimo Rd. Take Jeronimo to Alton Parkway and turn RIGHT onto Alton and then the very next RIGHT onto Hughes. At the end of Hughes turn LEFT onto Studebaker and got to #7. There is plenty of parking.