Naked Filmmaking – Naked Newsmaking

Published On August 1, 2010 | By Mike Carroll | Shooting News

Shooting an interview as shooter-reporter (I hate being called a "photographer" or, worse yet, a "videographer") at a construction event for the new Crocker Art Museum gallery. (Photo by Michael Dunlavey)

The face of the business of journalism has rapidly changed of late, due to both the advances in technology and the declines in the economy. News organizations have smaller, leaner staffs — yet still having to fill the same amount of news time. This is giving news shooters like me much more opportunity. Shooters are now encouraged to come up with stories, shoot, report and write them. Most then hand the scripts off to anchors to track the audio. But in keeping with my aesthetic “Don’t Do More With Less — Do Everything,” I prefer to do the whole package.

It’s inevitable that all all TV/broadcast/internet news organizations merge in this direction anyway. Many already have. But I want to have an established track record for when the day comes.

These are two stories that I did this past week for KCRA-TV Channel 3 Reports.

I’ve known Nello Olivo for years and remember when he was first starting to rip up his Cameron Park property to plant a small boutique vineyard, so it was with great surprise when I was told that his Sangiovese was just named “Best in California” at the California State Fair. For more info — and, more importantly, where to buy a case — visit

Since my business is all about technology — computers, cameras, digital, digital, digital — I can’t help having a fascination for it, and for communication and the constantly evolving face of the internet. Facebook has had a growing interest as a communication and publicity announcement platform. And since hearing about The Social Network, the new David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) film about the creation of Facebook, coming out in October, I’ve become even more curious.

This is a story about how the Sacramento Public Library is using Facebook to reach out to the community. This will be a much more expanded story in a coming edition of KCRA’s Common Ground, a once-a-month half-hour magazine program.

The Social Network trailer:

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About The Author

Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

3 Responses to Naked Filmmaking – Naked Newsmaking

  1. Darrell Lucas says:

    Darrell Lucas
    Middletown, CT

    Hey I am right now in the middle of this same thing. I have been shooting videos for the Middletown Press. I haven’t done any voice overs but I will come to that. So yeah I have a question for you. Whats your pay for freelancing a video like this? Lucasbluecat is my youtube name.

    Darrell Lucas

  2. Mike says:

    Darrell, thanks for the note and checking out the site. In response I have to say that none of these stories were done as a freelancer. I am a staff TV news cameraman with KCRA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento, California. That is my paying day gig. I have done some freelance work, but it’s limited due to my work schedule and I only do freelance or outside work if the project interests me. Otherwise, these stories were done through KCRA either as assignments or self-initiating stories. My film work is done entirely on the outside as an independent.

  3. Jorge says:


    You always inspire ….love how you are running with the new media thing….Your library/facebook story would of never come out of the editorial meetings we have everyday. Bravo.

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