STARTING & MAINTAINING A SMALL BUSINESS
IN FILM & MEDIA
Whether you already have a media business — or you’re thinking of starting one — you’ll want to come to this meeting. We’ll have a panel of legal and business experts, as well as some of more successful media business owners in St. Louis. Whether you’re planning to build a media powerhouse — or you’re an independent contractor (actor, writer, director, editor, etc.) — there will be significant insights for you at this meeting.
— the best way to structure your business to avoid legal problems and maximizing tax benefits
— financing options for small business owners
— tapping into the best small-business resources in St. Louis
— navigating the burgeoning local entrepreneurial eco-system.
— how to find your own profitable niche (or niches)
— how to make the most of the boom times, and how to survive the busts.
There will be plenty of time at the meeting to get your questions answered — and for those who like to stay out later there is our unofficial Afterglow for more networking and camaraderie.
The meeting will be at Barlow Productions in Olivette, one of St. Louis’ oldest and most successful video and photography studios.
TIME: Networking starts at 6:30, meeting at 7:00.
DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
LOCATION: Barlow Productions
1115 Olivette Executive Parkway
Olivette, MO 63132
COST: MCA-I members: FREE
Tom Daiber has been with the St. Louis District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration for three years and is the Lead Lender Relations Specialist. Tom serves as a senior member of the District Office Team and is primarily responsible for marketing all SBA lending programs and services, conducting outreach, training and recruitment with all of the lenders in the District and working with lenders that need assistance on complex transactions, those who are new to SBA lending, those who are growing their loan volume and diversifying into the use of additional SBA loan programs and services. Prior to joining the SBA, Tom worked in the banking industry for 28 years where he gained valuable banking experience serving in a number of roles including senior lender, chief risk officer, chief financial officer, president and chief executive officer for several St. Louis area banks.
Chad Carpenter is a user experience designer by trade, and always wanted to create video and motion pictures. Chad is the Executive Director and founder of Middle West Movies. Middle West Movies is a non profit formed to provide Midwestern movie makers experience producing features. Chad wrote, directed, and produced MWM’s first feature, Dog Days in the Heartland, in August/Sept 2015.
David Houlle, the owner of Sight & Sound Production Services, Inc., is Missouri’s largest grip and lighting rental house. Over the 36 years, Mr. Houlle has worked on film & video projects from coast to coast but mainly working in the Midwest area. Projects Mr. Houlle has worked on varies from Paramount’s production of “Up in the Air” to a small two man lighting situations. Sight & Sound is the go to rental house from these larger lighting setup as well as the last minute call for that one light that is needed.
Lou Stemmler owns Silver Streak Studios, LLC which provides all types of video, audio, and multi-media production to corporate and non-profit clients, primarily in the Greater St. Louis region. He was the Associate Producer of “Fatal Call”, a full length thriller.
Stephen Pidgeon owned and operated Pulse Productions, Inc from 1976 to 1983 which produced film and multimedia and now owns and operates Pulse Media Technology, Inc. which produces digital media, animation, motion capture, and content for augmented and virtual reality.
PS: Don’t forget to check out our new web site, designed by our board member and webmaster, Stephen Pidgeon … You’ll find Mary Schirmer’s write-up of our last meeting on hair, make-up, and costuming … another article by Mary on Erin Bernhardt, producer of the feature-length music documentary, “Imba Means Sing.” www.stlmca.org
Due to Veteran’s Day falling on our regular meeting date of the second Wednesday of the month, the Board of Directors has moved the November meeting to Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
More information will follow regarding the meeting place and topic.
Script Mechanics Screenwriting Workshop Sat May 9, 1-6 pm
Script Mechanics FREE Screenplay Workshop and Table Read — Actors Needed, Writers Wanted!
May 9, 1-6 pm
When: Sat May 9, 1-6 pm
Where: Buder Library 4401 Hampton Ave, 63109
What: Screenplay Table Reading and Workshop
This month we will read Jamie’s Koogler’s “The Perfect Price,” a family film designed for low budget, high quality production. When Mr. Price unearths an odd silver object in their yard, the family quickly discovers that it has the power to make everything turn out perfectly, but only for the one person who has it in his or her possession.
Jamie Koogler is a ex-pat of St. Louis who now lives in LA. Koogler, who has some acting credits, also makes films and has had several films in the St. Louis Showcase over the years. She won’t be present for the reading, but notes and maybe a recording will be done for her.
Every voice is welcome, and fewer roles than most films, but each has meat!
Script Mechanics’ monthly screenwriting workshop and script reading this Saturday, and we also discuss the writing life and the art of screenwriting.
ACTORS — Practice your Audition skills by participating in the COLD READING at Script Mechanics’ table reads!
WRITERS — We are currently looking for scripts to read this summer at Script Mechanics. If you have script that you would like coverage on, please contact Sandra Olmsted or Mary Schirmer.
Coming Wednesday, May 13, from MCA-I and NATAS. Whether You Attended NAB This Year or Not, You’ll Want To Attend This Meeting
The best way to get up-to-speed on the latest trends, technologies, and industry toys is to attend the annual NAB extravaganza in Las Vegas. The second best way is to attend our annual post-NAB meeting, which features a panel discussion with those who have attended this year’s NAB. This year’s meeting will be the first-ever joint event between the local chapter of the Media Communications Association International (MCA-I) and the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), which produces the Mid-America Emmy Awards.
We’ve got a great line-up of speakers (see bios below!), so you’re sure to have your favorite topics covered.
DATE: Wednesday, May 13th
TIME: Networking at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7:00 pm
MCA and NATAS members = FREE!
non-members = $10
students = $5
Bad Dog Pictures, Inc.
1501 S. Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63110
From Highway 40/64, take the Kingshighway exit and head south.
From I-44, take the Kingshighway exit and head north
AFTERGLOW: O’Connell’s Pub, 4652 Shaw Ave., which is only two blocks away, after the meeting.
Eric Tutskey: He is the Rental & Sales Manager at Bad Dog Pictures since 2008 and handles the day-to-day operations of booking rental equipment, preparing it for the job, making recommendations on equipment, and equipment repairs. Six years prior to Bad Dog, he was a Front of House Live Sound Engineer for national and regional touring acts, such as Eddie Money, Alan Parsons Project, Dave Mason, Percy Sledge, and many others. On the side, he is a musician, writing primarily sound bed/instrumental music.
Stephen Pidgeon: He owns Pulse Media Technology, a one-man firm, which offers 3D animation using Autodesk Maya and a suite of Autodesk and Adobe tools to produce motion and graphic media. Currently, Steve is focused on animated content for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. In the 1970s and 80s, Steve owned and operated Pulse Productions, Inc. There he operated a Marron Carroll animation stand upon which he designed and built a five-axis motion control system that was controlled by an Apple 2 computer. This allowed him to shoot open shutter motion graphics, such as zooms, without doing the conventional step and repeat method. When the graphics field went digital in 1983, Steve sold his business and returned to school at Washington University to study computer science. He then entered the field of software development and remained there until 2014.
Christine Du Vall: She is the Production and Post-Production Engineer at First Rule Film & Broadcast in Richmond Heights. First Rule is a full service production facility with capabilities to produce live video and radio programming as well as scripted films and commercials. Christine maintains a full broadcast and post production facility including edit suites, studios, servers, archives, broadcast equipment, and flux capacitors. Before coming to First Rule, Christine worked at Modern Communications designing, installing, and troubleshooting systems all over St. Louis.