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Navarro Vineyard & Winery 7-19-2014

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every year the California State Fair (which going on as I write this on July 21, 2014) holds a highly esteemed wine competition of commercially produced wines from across the state. For KCRA-3’s once-a-month magazine...

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This is a film that I thought was lost. Gone. I had a digital file of it on one of my external hard drives that crashed. Since I had it on a hard drive I’d...

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KCRA Free Comic Book Day 2014

May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I was handed this assignment I absolutely couldn’t wait to get there.  The subject was Free Comic Book Day — something that I had never heard of, but which I learned has been going...

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Claude Lelouch – A Man And A Canon C500

May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since I was an early teenager I have been in love with the films and filmmaking of French auteur Claude Lelouch when I first saw A Man And A Woman. His work inspired me to become a TV...

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TEHYA Greyhound Update

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

No, this is not going to morph into a blog about animal adoption advocacy. (Although, what could be wrong with that??) But for any followers of the blog who read my last post about Tehya,...

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In this post I started out wanting to provide a moment-by-moment chronicle of covering one of my one-person reporter-photographer TV news stories. But as you will see, when you’re covering a the mountains without the best of...

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While this site is principally about filmmaking, photography and TV news, the two things that I am most deeply involved in, it is also a site about who I am. And one thing that I very...

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The vast majority of stories that I work on I will get involved with professionally, but generally there is a certain professional detachment that prevents you from getting too involved emotionally on a personal level. Every...

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“The future is coming at us faster than we can escape it.” – Terry Gilliam I love Chris Fenwick and his podcasts. I’ve written about on this site in the past. I first learned of...

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Making A New Movie – What’s The Point?

February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

So many starting-out, wannabe indie filmmakers want to make a movie quickly. In two weeks. Or one week. Or even over the span of a single weekend. Inspired by Roger Corman who cranked out B-Movie...

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KCRA Alpha K9 & Canon 7D Synch

February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am always on the lookout for a story that I can do as a one-person reporter-photographer. I get ideas from friends, something I see when I’m driving around, the Internet and news sites. This...

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For filmmakers and photographers, a constant interest and topic of conversation is CAMERAS. They’re like lovers. You’re always thinking: The next one could be just around the corner. Technology is moving so rapidly, you always...

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Who Is Buying NAKED FILMMAKING?

January 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

Something interesting & strange is happening and I need your help. Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 $6,000 Or Less – Revised & Expanded For DSLR...

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For a while now we’ve all been hearing about the Black Magic Cinema Camera capable of shooting 2.5K RAW. Your typical local movie theater is now running mainstream Hollywood movies that are projected at 2K....

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So I had a week and a half of vacation. When it started out I had no plans. But I wanted to shoot something with the Canon 7D. I’ve had the camera since the 7D...

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In the second of what is going to be 3-Parts, here is the story that ran on KCRA-3′s Common Ground magazine show on Saturday, November 20, 2013. The story was shot during my week-and-a-half of...

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What A Great Review For ‘NAKED FILMMAKING”!

November 26, 2013 | 1 Comments

I am a totally independent filmmaker and a completely independent author. I put the films and the books up on Amazon and have no idea who is looking at them or who is buying and...

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A month ago I had a week and a half off. Time to rest the mind and think about things other than news and filmmaking. So on the Monday morning at the beginning of the...

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