Christmas Day, December 25, 2011 I’ve really been looking forward to this Christmas Day. It’s one of those rare Christmas Days where I actually have the day off. News is a 7-day-a-week business and Christmas is just another day. With the exception that you get paid double-time. My schedule is Tuesday-Saturday. Christmas came on a...

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Naked Filmmaking Downunder -- writer-director-cinematographer-editor-sound designer Jimmy Ennett with producer Sophie Brown.

Jimmy Ennett – Australian Naked Filmmaker

December 20, 2011 | 1 Comments

A few months ago I was reviewing my Youtube account and saw a mile of comments left on my videos. A few of them were from a young filmmaker in Australia named Jimmy Ennett who said that he was a one-man filmmaker, too, and that he’d even bought my book Naked Filmmaking. This was very...

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Here is a portion of my interview with Matthew Modine on 12-9-2011 where he discusses shooting his new short film Jesus Was A Commie on the streets of New York City with just a Canon 5D DSLR and a few friends. As well as the influence that the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick had on him...

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Every now and then in the business of TV news you get a chance to meet and do a story on someone who’s work you admire and who had been a part of something historic. Matthew Modine is an actor and filmmaker who has been working in films for almost the same length of time...

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Several weeks ago I received an e-mail from a friend and former co-worker at KCRA asking if I could help out a filmmaker friend of hers. Her friend had a short film and wanted to know more about some of the northern California film festivals. Of course, I was glad to share my knowledge and...

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Naked Filmmaking is now a part of the newly introduced Amazon Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. This should allow more people the opportunity to try the book out than would have before. And I believe that once you try the book, you’ll get the desire and the confidence to want to make your own film —...

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I was in Vallejo this past Wednesday, November 30, covering the memorial for fallen Vallejo police officer James Capoot. It was a very moving memorial where all of the media from Sacramento and the Bay Area were on hand. (One of Wayne Freedman’s reports for KGO-TV on the officer James Capoot memorial.) As I was...

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My wife Bonnie’s passion for our greyhounds Alex and Ava, and for our first greyhound Lola, is so full and deep. She has fallen head over heels for this breed. Now that she is fully retired she has taken to sharing her time to fostering greyhounds that need a little bit more socialization (and manners)...

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Outside one of the children's stores at Sacramento's Aren Faire Mall. Everyone else was having pictures taken with the bear, so why shouldn't I? KCRA reporter Tom DuHain snapped this and e-mailed it back to the station. I hope they posted it on the kcra.com website.

Christmas Is Upon Us

November 26, 2011 | 3 Comments

The Christmas Season is officially here. Known as “Black Friday,” the first day after Thanksgiving when all the stores are mad with super-low one-day sales and the public turns into shopping zombies to get deals for Christmas gifts. Personally, I just go to Amazon where you can get the same kind of shopping bargains all...

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Yanina – An Artistic Thank You

November 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

You always hope when you do a story that the people in the story will be happy with it. Thank you notes are some of the most kind and thoughtful gestures. I’m always touched when I receive one. The thought that someone took the time to sit down and write a note and then to...

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The Book That Changed My Life

November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

I was born in 1955. I loved movies as a kid and by around 1967 or so I was already thinking about wanting to make my own. I’d even started writing my own scripts. But cinema studies and film production was still very new. In Los Angeles, one of the colleges, U.C.L.A., had started a...

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Years ago PBS’ American Masters broadcast a 90-minute profile on John Cassavetes. To be honest, I’d grown up reading about the importance of Cassavetes and how critics raved about his films. My first Cassavetes movie was Husbands, which CBS ran in their early days of late-night programming. I hated it. This was not filmmaking to...

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Morning Light & Color – Walking Hollywood Park

November 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

As much as I’d like to stay in bed and keep warm on these increasingly chillier autumn mornings, duty calls. In this case, walking the dogs. As I’ve posted in the past, for those who’ve been following this site, my wife Bonnie and I have two retired greyhounds, Alex and Ava, ages 5 and 7...

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If you’ve been following the posts on this blog — which everyone should! — you’d know about the preview story I reported on last week for KCRA-TV to spread the word about the Sacramento SPCA Adopt-A-Thon held starting the following day. The goal was to open the doors for 12 hours on Friday, November 11,...

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Price Reduction – Get Naked For The Holidays!

November 14, 2011 | 1 Comments

I’ve just reduced the price of my book Naked Filmmaking from $16.95 to $14.95 in softcover and from $9.99 to $7.99 in the Kindle ebook edition to make it easier to purchase through the end of the year. I’ve been very grateful to everyone who has purchased my book over the past eighteen months that...

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Retro Camera – Walking Hollywood Park

November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Thinking of calling this “Smart Art” — taking art photos with your smart phone. When I take our dogs Ava and Alex out for walks around the neighborhood (we live in a section of Sacramento called Hollywood Park, just across from South Land Park) I always carry my Android phone with me. You never know...

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Late yesterday I got these text messages from Leslie Korrine with the Sacramento SPCA: “We have been inundated. Running out of animals!! It’s been a madhouse. People lined up at 8am.” Then from me: “Did any other station do a story on this?” From Leslie: “We did Good Day [Sacramento] and had some advertising but...

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KCRA – SPCA Adopt-A-Thon Preview 11-11-2011

November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

I’m rushing to post this story this evening to help promote the Sacramento SPCA 11-11 adoption drive that begins tomorrow, Friday, November 11 — 11/11. On an average day the SPCA adopts out 25-35 pets a day. On Friday, 11/11, their goal is to get 111 pets into new homes. It typically costs around $100...

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