KCRA Sac-Anime Convention

Published On January 5, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, One-Man Newsman, Shooting News, TV News Vault

Hanging with my new people at the Sac-Anime Convention. (I came as a character from REI.)

The Sac-Anime Convention is going on this weekend downtown at the Sacramento Convention Center. I was sent over to grab a quick VO-SOT, a :20-second reader leading up to a short interview soundbite. I expected it would be a few hundred people wandering around a small room. I had no idea when I approached the Convention Center that there would be 10,000 people there — thousands of whom in costume.

I have to say that they were overwhelmingly some of the nicest and most welcoming people. And not an ounce of shyness in the crowd!

Once I started talking to the Anime-enthusiasts I knew that I wanted to put together a full story in-their-own-words.

Amy, our Saturday 5 PM producer was so excited by the footage I brought back that she encouraged me to go long. Normally we have to keep our stories to 1:15, or one-minute and fifteen-seconds. This time she said, “Go a minute forty-five if you like it.”

I didn’t get to the Convention Center until just after 1 PM. I shot the story and got back to the station, which is also downtown, at 2:20 PM. I’m only on the clock on Saturdays until 4 PM, so not a lot of time. In this case, the people at the convention were so nice that I stayed until nearly 5 PM, to get the story right.

I was kicking myself for not bringing the new Canon Powershot SX 260 HS camera in with me to get a few shots of the people with me with my Sony XDCAM news camera. So on my way home I swung by the Convention Center, parked my car with 15-minutes in the meter, and dashed across the street and grabbed a couple snapshots to post here on the blog.

Again, what nice people. I just said, “Could I get my picture with a couple of you guys in costume?” And people just swooped in. What a nice bunch.

I sincerely hope that some of the local Anime folks find this blog and will write to me. Would love to do some stories on them.





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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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