On Wednesday, September 21, The Media Communications Association held their monthly meeting at ATEP, the Advanced Technology Educational Park, the old marine base in Tustin. The turn-out was excellent. Approximately 50 people came for the wonderful food, a time of networking, and interesting speakers.
The food was catered by Events of Taste Catering, the top location catering company in Orange County.
Vern Vihlene gave tours of the base to everyone, and he said that he knew nine years ago that this would be the perfect spot for movie making here in Orange County. He said that if anyone wanted further information on what is going on here, that they could visit the web site www.filmtustin.com.
Janice Arrington from the OC Film Commision spoke, and said that out of 34 cities here in Orange county, half of them do not require film permits if filming on private property. She mentioned that television shows like Orange County and MTV Laguna have put us on the map which is making it possible for more and more people to want to come to this area to do filming. She said that the word is slowly spreading regarding the fact that there is a lot of talent here in Orange County and that if camera and lighting people are needed, or editors or motion graphics, that we want people outside of the county to be aware of the fact that we have it all right here. She mentioned two very important organizations that we should each be a part of are the Media Alliance of Orange County which promotes bringing business from outside of the area to Orange County, and the Media Communications Association where media professionals come together to help each other to be the best at what we all do.
Another speaker was Liz Ervin, publisher of the Encore Directory, who talked about the fact that we need to be advertising this great up-and-coming area for filming on a national level.
A raffle was held for a chance at winning a $5,000 video give-away with tickets being $15 each and two for $25.
All in all, it was an exciting evening with such a great turn-out. Thanks to Mark and his staff from Events of Taste, the food was the best, and I think everyone enjoyed watching the helicopter come in. For those who missed this month’s meeting, don’t miss next month’s gathering because we are always full of surprises.
Tina Wilson, MCA-I Recording Secretary
Addendum: My hat is off for Tina for such a nice report. For this meeting, her being blind was almost an advantage, since most of the meeting was held completely in the dark with only a flashlight lighting up our speakers. The ATEP studios are stricly a bring your own lights and power facility. Lights did arrive before the conclusion of the meeting and we were finally able to see what we were eating!