Upcoming events

    • 27 Jan 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    Safety has always been important on set. We position C-stands and sandbags carefully. We tape down cords. We have safety meetings.

    Now, COVID-19 protocols are also a critical part of our pre-production planning and on-set activities. Whether you work on industrials, film, television, commercials or digital media, COVID safety is now a critical part of media production. 

    Our panel will discuss what location shooting, live events, and remote productions look like now and what we can expect in the near future.

    The panel includes Brandy Shimabukuro, the City of San Diego’s Filming Program Manager and Film Liaison. Also joining us are Thierry Denis, a producer and commercial director from Helium Films; and Rick Drake and Lisa Drake from San Diego Productions, all who have been working on location shoots recently. We will also have insights from some of our SDMP members who have been working on set, as they share their experiences. 

    Here are some of the topics we will discuss: 

    • What are the required and recommended COVID protocols for production sets and live production? 
    • What is a COVID Compliance Officer and when do you need one?
    • What does COVID safety add in terms of budget and time on set? How might you need to change the number of personnel or shoot schedule? 
    • How do COVID requirements change pre-production?  
    • How is the impact of COVID protocols different on smaller crews (5-10 people) vs. larger crews (25+)? like you may find on a film? 
    • Does your company need to have a COVID Prevention Program? (If you are a CA company and have employees, the answer is yes.)

    What would you like to know about COVID safety? Send your questions in advance to president@sdmediapros.org

    Meeting Location

    The meeting will take place via Zoom.

    You must register in advance in order to get the link to the meeting and the password.

    We will not be publishing the password on Facebook or our website for security. 

    If you have not used Zoom before, be sure to download the software in advance. This way, when we send you the meeting invitation, you should be able to just click on it, the program will open, and you can enter the password and easily join the meeting! 



    Brandy Shimabukuro is the City of San Diego’s Filming Program Manager and Film Liaison. In this role, she serves as the primary point of contact for filming within the City of San Diego, and within the greater San Diego region. Brandy facilitates permits and locations and does outreach and acts as a liaison between productions and other jurisdictions (e.g. cities, State, Port, County, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Forest Service, National Parks Service, school districts, etc.)

    Regionally, Brandy represents the City in the development of county-wide initiatives to enhance the region’s status as a film-friendly destination. She also oversees the promotional campaign to promote San Diego to the film industry, including advertising in trade and industry publications as well as participation at key industry functions and conferences. Originally from Kāneʻohe, O’ahu, Brandy relocated to San Diego in 2008.

    Thierry Denis is an award-winning Filmmaker, Producer and Commercial Director. Born and raised in Paris, France, Thierry moved to the US to follow a girl who later became his wife. He fell in love with California and now resides in sunny San Diego, where he’s been running Helium Films USA, a full service video production company, for the past 8 years. When he is not producing commercials or chatting with his clients, you can find Thierry making sand castles with his two kids at the park down the street.  www.heliumfilms.us/

    Rick Drake is the owner and founder of San Diego Productions and he started his career providing location and RV services for the demanding German fashion crews. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, producing for thousands of clients, Rick has developed an expert eye for finding amazing locations.

    Lisa Drake is involved with all aspects of behind the scenes management at San Diego Productions as Chief Financial Office and Production Coordinator. She is an expert boat driver and loves spending time on the water and with animals having had a previous career training dogs and marine mammals.

    San Diego Productions is a full service photo and motion production coordination company specializing in the fashion, automotive, advertising and sports industry with a significant list of global clients. They also offer rentals including production RV’s, props and on-set necessities. 


    Robert Craghead is the Founder and Executive Creative Director of Ten Stories, an award-winning video agency based in San Diego, CA. Born in Alexandria, VA, Robert started his career as a Director of Photography before falling in love with editing and motion graphics. He created Ten Stories first as a one-person company and over the years added wonderful people to help with the growing business.

    Today, Ten Stories partners with many local clients in San Diego as well as others around the country — creating award-winning design, films, animation and interactive media that have garnered many awards but more importantly helped their clients realize their marketing goals.

    When not behind a computer, Robert can usually be found wreaking havoc with his two boys or laughing out loud with his wife.


    SDMP members who have been working on set recently will also share their experiences.


    SD Media Pros is an educational non-profit organization and follows all laws and guidelines required for 501c3 organizations.

    SDMP meetings are for the professional exchange of educational information only.

    Meeting topics and discussions may include technical or creative news, services that apply to the industry, training, national industry conferences, webinars and events, and Southern California film and media events. 

    Absolutely no political or religious discussions are permitted.

    SDMP may discuss fact-based educational information on laws such as AB5 as they pertain to the industry. 

    Please be advised that any information shared is being offered courtesy of the original source and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

    SDMP reserves the right to terminate discussions deemed inappropriate, or that break the group rules. 

    Personal attacks, racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic, religious, age, and other epithets or defamations will not be tolerated, and will get you banned from the group.

    Please be advised that all virtual and live events hosted by SD Media Pros may be recorded and distributed for educational and promotional purposes. Your voluntary participation in such events authorizes and acknowledges SD Media Pro’s exclusive rights of ownership and use of all recordings.

Past events

16 Dec 2020 It's Virtually a Holiday Party
18 Nov 2020 How to Hire an Actor: Working with Casting Directors and Talent Agents
21 Oct 2020 Making Movies (Safely) for the 48 Hour Film Project
26 Aug 2020 It’s a Home Run! Media Production and the San Diego Padres
28 Jul 2020 On the Road with Jeffrey Lehmann
25 Jun 2020 Through the Eyes of the 1st Assistant Director
27 May 2020 Making Lemonade: The Chris and Krista Francis COVID-19 Story
22 Apr 2020 You Can Zoom! Making a Professional Presentation on Remote Technology
25 Mar 2020 March 2020 Meeting Postponed
26 Feb 2020 Set Design and Art Direction
15 Jan 2020 Surviving AB 5
11 Dec 2019 December 2019 - Holiday Merrymaking
20 Nov 2019 SD Media Pros Annual Showcase
19 Oct 2019 Getting the Sound Right - Audio Production Pro Camp
15 Oct 2019 San Diego International Film Festival - Use discount code SDMP20 for 20% off SDIFF tickets!
25 Sep 2019 The State of the Art of Editing
28 Aug 2019 Summer Social
24 Jul 2019 How to Write a Feature Film Screenplay
26 Jun 2019 Everything You Wanted to Know about Film Festivals but Were Afraid to Ask
8 Jun 2019 SDMP at the PGA Produced By Conference
30 May 2019 CINE GEAR Expo 2019
22 May 2019 The Art of Interviewing/The Art of Storytelling
28 Apr 2019 Livestream Edit of Media Pro Camp Footage
27 Apr 2019 Behind-the-Scenes on a Shoot Day - Media Pro Camp
27 Mar 2019 Let’s Talk Business: Copyright, Contracts, and Running A Media Company
27 Feb 2019 Streaming and Building a Profitable YouTube Channel
23 Jan 2019 How to Think Like A Cinematographer
12 Dec 2018 December 2018 - Holiday Merrymaking
17 Nov 2018 Spotlight on Post-Production: Saturday Event
24 Oct 2018 SD Media Pros Annual Showcase
26 Sep 2018 How to Succeed in Film and TV Production w/ Cirina Catania
22 Aug 2018 Summer Social – Blast to the Past
25 Jul 2018 Distribution and Film Festivals: How to Prepare and Make the Most of your Experience
27 Jun 2018 Intellectual Property and Copyright CYA
2 Jun 2018 CINE GEAR Expo
19 May 2018 Spotlight on Cinematography: Saturday Event
25 Apr 2018 The Nuts and Bolts of Social Media
28 Mar 2018 Building a Media-Centric Website
28 Feb 2018 Directing the Actor
24 Jan 2018 January 2018 - Camera Shootout
13 Dec 2017 December 2017 - Holiday Merrymaking
15 Nov 2017 November 2017 - SD Media Pros Annual Showcase
14 Oct 2017 October 2017 - Warner Brothers Studio Tour
27 Sep 2017 September 2017 - Creating a Web Series and Live Streaming
30 Aug 2017 August 2017 - Annual Summer Social
26 Jul 2017 July 2017 - Motion Graphics and using Photoshop in Your Production
28 Jun 2017 June 2017 - Feeling the Frame
24 May 2017 May 24, 2017 - New Technology, NAB Wrap-up and 360VR
8 Apr 2017 April 2017 - Media Pro Camp
29 Mar 2017 March 2017 - Social Media Marketing: Tips and Tricks to Expand Your Reach
22 Feb 2017 February 2017 Meeting - Script Writing on a Deadline
25 Jan 2017 January 2017 Meeting - Rock Your Soundtrack
14 Dec 2016 Holiday Merrymaking 2016


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