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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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My Favorite Films of 2011

December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

The headline might be a little dubious–I’ve only been to the movies a few times this year. I wait for almost everything to come out on DVD or Blu-Ray. Not that I’m not interested in the new movies, but because when I see a movie that I love I immediately want to see all the...

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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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