U.S. Army “Wounded Warriors” Practice Yoga–KCRA Story

This is a TV news story that I shot, reported, wrote and edited that ran on KCRA-TV’s Common Ground on Saturday May 19, 2012.

In daily news we live under very strong time constraints of stories not exceeding a one minute and twenty second running length. Audience attention span is short and impatient so we have to keep our stories shorter, more to the point, and faster paced in order to hold the viewers.

On the flip side of that, at KCRA we are extremely fortunate to have a once-a-month magazine program called Common Ground where we can run stories that are much longer. In this case, this story runs over 4 minutes!

This story came about when I received an e-mail from Gina Garcia, a friend and former reporter for KCRA, who is now involved in Yoga Across America (yogaintheusa.org), and told me of how they are doing Yoga events for U.S. Army soldiers.

These events are called Yoga For American Soldiers and is an effort to introduce “Wounded Warriors” to Yoga as a low-impact exercise to help them recuperate from injuries, wounds, and the stress of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Immediately, I said I’d do a story on this and that it would be perfect for the long-format venue that KCRA’s Common Ground offers. Then Gina told me that the class ran from 6:30 to 7:30 — in the A.M.! I had to be there at 6 in the morning!!!

The class was lead by world famous Yoga instructor Baron Baptiste, who flew into Sacramento just for this event.

This story is another example of my one-person reporter-photographer storytelling, which I detail in my new book, Breaking Into TV News: How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV Reporter-Photographer.


Since this was going to be a physical exercise class, I wanted the camera to be mobile and active as well, so this story was shot entirely with the Canon 7D in HD 1080 and 30 fps for television. Most of this was shot with the Tokina 11-16mm F 2.8 super-wide angle lens.

For sound I had the Rode Videomic mounted on top of the Canon 7D, and a Zoom H4N digital audio recorder running separately with a lavelier mic taped to a speaker that was booming out over the room. The yoga instructor was wearing a wireless mic to the room sound system, so this allowed me to get great, clean sound of him leading the class.

PluralEyes software was used to synch the audio from the Zoom H4N to the Canon 7D’s footage in Adobe Premiere on MacBook Pro.

All the frames here are from the video story.

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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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