A few weeks ago I posted about walking my dogs and listening to my favorite podcast — The Digital Convergence Podcast, about DSLR cameras and digital editing — and hearing the host Carl Olson read an e-mail that I’d sent and put a plug in for Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film –...

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Breaking Into TV News became available on Amazon only just yesterday morning and by 10 AM had sold its first copy! Thank you!!! I wrote Breaking Into TV News – How To Get A Job & Excel As A Reporter-Photographer for high school and college students. Most of the journalism interns I talk to have...

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The book year is now available on Amazon! Breaking Into TV News – How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV Reporter-Photographer goes on sale on Amazon as of today. It is larger than my first book Naked Filmmaking and is printed on 8×10 size paper with over 250 full-color photographs. Breaking Into...

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First proof of the new book from the beginning of March.

New Book – Only Days Away!

April 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new book which I’ve been mentioning here on the blog and to friends since last summer is only days away from publication and becoming available on Amazon. I finished the writing and layout a month ago at the beginning of March and had the first proof made (seen in these photos) to see how...

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Found Objects 3-26-2012

March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Haven’t posted one of these walking-the-dogs snapshot series in a while. I like taking “the kids” out for a walk around the neighborhood, slip in an iPod earbud, get caught up on the podcasts. Time to think, look around. Sometimes the light is just so beautiful, it makes me wish I had the Canon 7D...

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KCRA Chinese Businessmen In Sacramento

March 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

A delegation of Chinese government leaders and businessmen from Funan County in China are visiting Sacramento, considering setting up a distribution center here for their products — baskets and woven furniture. I’ve seen woven baskets and rattan and bamboo furniture from Asia since I was a kid, but I never imagined that it could provide...

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How Much HD Do We Need?

March 19, 2012 | 1 Comments

  Over the past few months, since the announcements of the new RED Epic and Scarlet and the Canon C300digital cinema cameras, and now with all the buzz about the 2K Digital Bolex, various people have asked me (and this is an amalgam of these conversations): “So, Mike, which one are you going to get?...

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I’m a podcast junky. The frustrating thing about listening to the radio in the car is that, invariably, as soon as the program gets to something good that I really want to hear, I’ve gotten to where I was driving and I have to get out of the car. Now I download the podcasts of...

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Thanks to Sundance Channel!

March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

A little while back I wrote a post about Ed Burns’ new micro-indie movie Newlyweds. After posting that, an agency associated with the Sundance Channel wrote to inform me that Ed Burns was going to be a guest on their new filmmaker interview series The Mortified Sessions and if I’d be willing to write a post about it....

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Most news interns who shadow crews out in the field simply observe and shoot a stand-up or two. Their focus is entirely on reporting and writing. Some do learn the importance of editing. But none of the reporter interns ever comes out and shoots alongside us. In entry-level TV news today, and even at network...

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Title page of the new book in the Amazon Createspace proof reader.

New Book – Going To The Presses!

February 26, 2012 | 1 Comments

My apologies to everyone who visits this page. It’s been far, far too long since I’ve posted. This is to fill you in. I’ve not been away from my MacBook. Far from it! I haven’t been away from it at all!! I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my new book, One-Man Newsman: Being A...

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Breakfast in the Carroll kitchen -- Bonnie making three different bowls of morning chow, two special diets for our greyhounds Alex (left) and Ava (in the back) and a third bowl for Tanner, the foster greyhound we're nursing back to health from a broken leg on a race track in Caliente, Mexico.

You Know You’re A Dog Person When…

February 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

You know you’ve become a total dog owner when you finish a loaf of bread, then hold up the plastic bag you were just about to toss in the recycle container  and think, “Hmm. . . . I could scoop up a couple of poops into this.” For more on greyhounds and information on fostering,...

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Nello Olivo holding one of his special bottles of wine in his wine tasting room in Placerville.

KCRA Nello Olivo’s Award-Winning Wine–Dipped

February 7, 2012 | 1 Comments

I’ve done a couple of posts about my friend Nello Olivo’s award-winning wines. He introduced his wines starting in 2010 and in his first year alone won over 24 state, national and international awards. He called me a few weeks ago to tell me about something new — wine dipped in chocolate. His neighbor Shari...

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The back of a Chinese restaurant that faces Freeport Boulevard. In the evening the breeze carries the smells of the kitchen directly up the street and to our house. It's a major effort every night not to order carryout.

Light Is My Friend: Hollywood Park Alley

January 20, 2012 | 1 Comments

This is part of my on-going photography studies of how light plays on familiar places where we live. Almost every day, or at least every other day, I’ll walk the dogs either from the house or back to the house by way of this alley that runs behind Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. The dogs love...

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Ed Burns Guests On New Sundance Channel Series

January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Last weekend I posted a blog about actor/writer/director Ed Burns premiering his new self-financed indie Newlyweds (a cousin effort in naked filmmaking). This morning I received an e-mail from an east coast promotions agency asking me to share with the readers of this site about a new series that’s been running on the Sundance Channel...

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A house in my neighborhood, a place that I see every day. Yet sometimes, when the light is showing in a different way, you can feel like you are seeing it as something entirely new.

Light Is My Friend

January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

I generally find harsh sunlight to be the ugliest light of all, but this morning, for some reason, it was amazing. Perhaps because it was early and there was just enough humidity in the air to allow a little filtration in the air. I shot these while walking the dogs around the neighborhood. I normally...

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[Author’s Note: The quotes on this page are copied from two other articles on two different websites, both of with are accredited and the full articles can be read by clicking on the places marked.] How long have I been saying to aspiring & first-time independent filmmakers that theatrical distribution is not only dead, it...

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Just a few of the good workers in the donations receiving room at Goodwill at Watt & El Camino in Sacramento.

Good Deeds Open Doors At Goodwill

January 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

The last day of 2011. New Year’s Eve. KCRA reporter Brian Hickey and I are sent out on assignment to cover people making last minute donations to get breaks on their 2011 taxes. Last year Brian Hickey had gone to the Deseret Industries thrift store and done stories and morning live shots at their drive-up...

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