My 2010 MMJ Resume Reel

Published On September 4, 2011 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, One-Man Newsman, Shooting News, TV News Vault

Covering the Italian Festival for KCRA-TV in Sacramento 2010.

A few weeks ago, after I posted my 1995 resume reel, I got to thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve put together an audition reel or a compilation of my work. I’m a different person and photographer than I was then. My thought process and technical methodology has changed. I looked at some of those stories and thought, “How did I shoot that? Everything’s on a tripod — I don’t know if I could do that today.”

Then my next thought was the same one that always comes up in news: “What have you done lately?”

Last year I was told of a new contest category for MMJs — Multi-Media Journalists — reporters who also shoot and edit their own stories. In my case, a photographer-editor who also reports. I was encouraged to put together an entry compilation reel, which is what I’ve posted here. Then I read over the contest requirements with a finer eye to detail and discovered that the competition was different from what I thought it was and not nearly as interesting.

But it occurred to me that I should probably always have a reel of my work handy. Not that I’m looking around anywhere. I’m very happy where I am. I think of it like insurance — if you have a good policy you’re probably never going to need it. But it’s good to have — just in case.

Would this reel get me a job somewhere today? I don’t know. That’s the honest truth. I have absolutely no idea. And I don’t want to have to put it to the test. But i think this reel could go a long way to help me keep my job. In this day and age where you have to be versatile and able to do multiple jobs, this reel hopefully shows that I’m versatile and keeping up with the reporter-photographer trends the industry is taking.

So I’m posting this as an example of personal progression, hopefully in the right direction, from 1995 to 2010.

1) 5$ Diner 8-15-2010 KCRA 3 Reports

2) Sacramento Animal Shelters “Home For The Holidays – 12-18-2010 Common Ground (Once-A-Month KCRA News Magazine Program)

3) Awesome Video Revisited – Common Ground 4-17-2010 (Once-A-Month KCRA News Magazine Program)

4) Nancy Siegler: Cancer Survivor 8-5-2010 KCRA 3 Reports

5) Nancy Siegler: Cancer Fundraiser 8-27-2010 KCRA 3 Reports

6) Nello Olivo: Winemaker 7-28-2010 KCRA 3 Reports

The style of the stories on this 2010 reel is markedly different from the 1995 reel. The 1995 reel is much more controlled, structured, formal with emphasis on tripods, sequencing of shots, and clean, smooth production technique. It’s a little looser in the Robin Gage piece where I was going for a looser, more fragmented. It was an embryonic stage for where I was interested in moving.

With the 2010 reel there are no natural sound packages — “nat sound” or “nat packs” as we call them “in the business.” Everything is reported — and everything is reported by me. Another part of the evolution of news. The one-man, digital journalist. This reel is to show that I’ve got the goods.

Almost all the stories on the reel were “turned” the same day. I’d set them up in advance, then shoot them in the morning and write and edit in the afternoon for air in the 6 o’clock KCRA 3 Reports.

The stories are a little rougher. Almost entirely hand held. A few times I was using a two or three pound JVC HM100 HD camcorder, which was liberating. All of this was intentional. Hand held camera has an urgency, and immediacy. It puts the viewer there. I wanted to convey a sense that I am not just “shooting news” but that I am “documenting.”

The root word of “journalist” is “journal,” or “diary.” I was consciously trying to convey a “You Are There” sense that watching the video story was equivalent to watching a newspaper reporter’s written journal notes — that I’m journaling with the camera.

If I had room, I’d also have wanted to add these two stories from 2010:

7) B-24 Liberator In Sacramento 9-7-2010

8) 99 Cents Only Store Christmas Shoppers 12-24-2011

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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.

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