Digital Convergence Podcast Talks “Naked Filmmaking”

Published On May 24, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | Autobiography, Breaking Into TV News, Digital Convergence Podcast, Naked Filmmaking, Year

I’ve been listening to the Digital Convergence Posdcast for two years now. The podcast consists of host Carl Olson, a photographer and DSLR filmmaker based in Atlanta, Georgia; Mitch Aunger, also known as “Planet Mitch” for his premiere DSLR website Planet5D, based in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri; and Chris Fenwick, a freelance editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area who maintains a great site filled with life-saving editing tutorials.

It’s a great hour-long podcast, that usually runs to an hour and fifteen minutes of so, and consists of Carl, Mitch and Chris discussing the latest styles and trends in digital photography and filmmaking gear and editing software. Every week they have guests, who are some of the biggest names in the DSLR world, like Philip Bloom and David duChemin. I discovered David duChemin through this podcast and was so taken by his approach to photography and independent lifestyle through teaching and publishing that I posted a blog about it. He’s traveling around North America, taking photos, conducting workshops and writing books. I’d love to meet up with him and do a video story about him.

It’s like sitting in with a group of people who get together once a week at a diner or java joint and just talk shop.

Geek stuff? Yeah, okay. But then, you must be one yourself or you wouldn’t be reading this.

Some time last year I started sending e-mails to Carl about his show and mailed him a copy of my book Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less and a couple DVDs.

I tend to listen to the podcast in the mornings when I’m out walking the dogs. Several weeks back I was out with “the kids” — two rescued greyhounds named Ava and Alex — when I hear Carl Olson through my earbuds giving a shout out about I was shocked. The next week I wrote in an e-mail question about editing — Final Cut Pro X, Avid or Adobe Premiere? — and Chris Fenwick opined on the subject.

Then this past Sunday morning I’m checking the e-mail bin and had this note from Carl Olson: “How would you like to join us this coming Wed at 10am eastern?”

Would I like to join them????

No sooner had I accepted than I was signing up on Skype, which is how Carl coordinates the show.



Carl really put together a beautiful page and said some very, very nice things. I’m deeply grateful.

To read the rest of Carl Olson’s blog and to download the podcast for your iPod or MP3 player click here.

You can also subscribe to the Digital Convergence Podcast on iTunes and automatically receive it every week — usually on Thursday mornings.

We all synched up around quarter to seven on Wednesday morning. As I was sitting out in the studio with a hot cup of British P&G Tips tea, waiting for the podcast my mind was racing with different talking points that I didn’t want to forget, so I scribbled my thoughts down on a couple of pages and spread them out before me. Of course, once the show got started I never looked at the notes once and forgot about touching on any of the points I’d jotted down. I just tried to give myself over to the moment.

Since the topic was independent filmmaking and how it is possible to make a feature film for under $10,000 — in fact, with the current low-cost Canon DSLR cameras, it’s possible to make a film for around $5,000 — most of the conversation was about I came to make my first feature film Year. All of those filmmaking methods are still completely relevant.

There were many more things we could have discussed, like lighting, editing down 160 hours of footage into a 97-minute movie, and film festivals and what to do with your film when it’s done. During the podcast Mitch of discussed an online short film festival that he helped to judge. That is exactly where I believe the future of film festivals will be in the very near future. But this podcast is only an hour or so long and each of those topics could easily fill separate shows of their own.

I have to say, the Digital Convergence Podcast crew of Carl, Mitch and Chris are a cool bunch of guys who have their show down. It was a pleasure and an honor to be invited to hang with them and participate.

Thanks for having me.

Now, time to take the dogs out, hit play on the iPod, and see how I did.


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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.

2 Responses to Digital Convergence Podcast Talks “Naked Filmmaking”

  1. Charles Sanson says:

    Went to Amazon, bought your book, read it over 1.5 days. Without the narrative, the tips in bold print would have justified the cost. The sound tips were great. I am looking forward to getting a DVD copy of your movies. Really suprised not to see them mentioned in this post.

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