MCAI Member Richard Theiss Speaks at Documentary Event

Nature and Underwater Documentary Filmmaker, Richard Theiss, was one of the featured panelists at the recent industry event, Secrets of Successful OC Documentary Filmmakers. Theiss is a member of the LA/OC Chapter of MCAi and also serves on the chapter's Board of Directors. His film, Island of the Great White Shark, was...

...Theiss' starting point for exciting tales of dealing with dangerous sharks, killer schedules and unpredictable production.

A joint presentation of the Media Alliance and OC Screen Writers Assoc., Secrets of Successful OC Documentary Filmmakers, featured four award-winning documentarians, all based in Orange County. The filmmakers showed clips of their work and shared their creative, production, distribution and fundraising experiences. The audience was deeply engaged and filled with questions both during and after the event.

Theiss, an independent producer, writer, director and cinematographer who also runs RTSEA Productions, spoke about the making of his feature film, Island of the Great White Shark. The longform documentary is available in several retail outlets and on Amazon. Besides being a veteran filmmaker with over a dozen years in TV, commercial and motion picture production, Theiss is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club and in world demand as a speaker. He has delivered footage for National Geographic's Wild Chronicles, PBS, Discovery Communications, Animal Planet, and the History Channel's Modern Marvels, among others.

The venue was Santa Ana's Bowers Museum. Lots of professional networking took place over cocktails at the reception held the new event space. Guests were overheard to describe both the location and the event as, "first class" and "Impressive." Then the crowd moved into the state-of-the art, 300-seat Norma Kershaw Auditorium for the program.

Mark Sevi, founder and president of the OC Screenwriters Association, characterized the panel as a "...brilliant team, and we all appreciated their varied insights and suggestions." Tim Keenan, the event's moderator, agreed. "The crowd loved the film clips and the accompanying stories from all four panelists." Keenan, president of Creative Media Recording, is the Co-President of the Media Alliance of Orange County and also a long time member of MCAI.

"It was both a pleasure and an honor to be part of such a creative group," Theiss commented. Richard Theiss was joined on the panel by three other distinguished Orange County documentary filmmakers: David Bojorquez is Executive Producer and principal of Vision4Media who specializes in Socially Conscious Original Content; Peter Buffa, CEO of Petrone Communications, who produced the historical doc, Titans of History, about the monumental World War II era Tustin Blimp Hangars; and Jay Grewall, a Multimedia Producer whose film, If Mother Only Knew, takes a raw, in-depth look at the psyche of Mixed Martial Arts fighters.

Organized and presented jointly by the Media Alliance and the OC Screenwriters Association, the very successful evening was sponsored by The Bowers Museum and Corporate Video & Film.

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