KCRA – $6 Bag O’ Books!

January 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Heading out of KCRA this morning with morning anchor Mae Fesai to shoot a story at Raley’s about their football deli food for 49ers fans for the game today. “Then we have to go shoot a VO on the book sale.” “You want me to drop you back at the station first?” “No! You shoot...

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Mac Users – Buy The Extended Warranty!

January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m a total idiot. Fifteen months ago I bought a new (well, refurbished, but the same thing) 15” MacBook Pro. A real gem of a piece of machinery. I use this for everything—writing my books, scripts, blogging, editing both films and news stories on either Final Cut or Adobe Premier, photos in Aperture, iPhoto or...

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KCRA Sac-Anime Convention

January 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

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...

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Canon PowerShot Footage Airs On KCRA-TV News

January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

As I posted a few days ago, this past Monday, New Year’s Eve, I purchased the Canon PowerShot SX 260 HS compact pocket camera at Best Buy. When I came into work on Wednesday, I loaded into my news car, then took out the PowerShot and grabbed a couple of shots in the HD movie mode...

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I love the freedom and ease of keeping a little digital compact camera in my pocket for spur-of-the-moment snap shots. I’ve had a very small Nikon CoolPix for a year or so, but I discovered that one of the internal lenses had gotten cracked, so I’ve been on the hunt for a new one. I’d...

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A Man And A Woman And A Mistress

December 28, 2012 | 7 Comments

I’ve been posting a bit over the past few weeks about my new French mistress, who my wife Bonnie has welcomed into the family. A few of my friends have asked if my love of HBO’s Big Love had gone to another level. I can only respond that, in some way–yes, it has. That connection would...

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We’ve survived the Mayan end-of-the-world thing. Christmas is over. We’re about to sprial over the Fiscal Cliff. What doom and stress does 2013 have in store for us all? At this point, I honestly don’t care because I have something new to live for — Two trailers have been officially released in recent days of Terrence...

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Chosin — The Kickstarter project I’ve been posting about for the past few days has reached its goal! As of 5 PM PST this afternoon Brian Iglesias and the Chosin Team have achieved their goal of raising $25,000. And they’ve still got 5 more days left until their deadline of midnight on Christmas Day, December...

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Chosin, the animated film start-up campaign about the Marine battle in the Chosin Valley in the Korean War is getting close to achieving it’s goal of raising $25,000. As of 9 AM on December 20, people have chipped in $23,270 in contributions. They only need $1,630 more dollars by their deadline of midnight on Christmas...

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As regular readers to this site may know, I have a soft spot in my heart for the U.S. Marine Corps. My father, P.F.C. Ward V. Carroll, was a Marine in World War Two and it defined his life. I have begun a website about him, but it is very much still in the early stages....

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Coming up on the New Year and time make Resolutions about taking action with our lives and our futures and careers and ambitions. With that in mind, I have reduced prices on my book Breaking Into TV News: How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV News Reporter-Photographer. The softcover is now $12.95 and...

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A year ago I posted a series of articles here about Matthew Modine and his Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App, which was receiving funding through Kickstarter. The funds raised far exceeded the amount being sought and the Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App came out on iTunes this past summer, also heralded here at...

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Light Is My Friend — Autumn Dusk

December 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Out walking the dogs late and was greeted with this beautiful dusk light. Some people become depressed by the short days and the barren limbs of the trees. I find the light this time of year to be stunning. I love the summertime leaves on the trees, but I also love just as much the...

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Shooting In Fog — Can Never Be Too Safe

December 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Shooting live shots for this morning’s KCRA news of the heavy fog. The best way to get traffic shots is to have the camera set up on a tripod just to the edge of the truck, along with an orange road cone, so that you are shooting down the lane of traffic. In this case...

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Following on the heels of posting my first dramatic feature-length film Year up on Vimeo a short while ago, I am now following that with my very first full-length film Dog Soldiers: The Dogumentary. You can still purchase a DVD from Amazon, as well as rent or download digital downloads of Dog Soldiers. And the DVD does...

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KCRA Tom Ogren – Alergy-Free Landscapes

December 5, 2012 | 1 Comments

This is a story that KCRA assignment editor Melissa Chacon, who is the glue that holds the newsroom together, has wanted to do for years. Finally, allergy-free landscape advocate Tom Ogren was in Sacramento for a conference and Melissa tapped me to do a story on him. Melissa is always keeping an eye for stories...

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Light Is My Friend 12-4-2012

December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Feeling the Ying & Yang of Autumn. I hate the the cold and the rain, but I do love the light this time of year. Clouds rolling in like waves, gray overcast skies. Some times I’ll b out walking the dogs and everywhere I look is like looking through the pages of a book of...

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Our dear friend Terence Davies just got a very big boost. The New York Film Critics Circle has named Rachel Weisz as Best Actress in 2012 for her haunting performance in The Deep Blue Sea,  written & directed by Terence Davies, from Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play.     Bonnie and I spoke with Terence when...

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