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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Occupy Wall Street – Occupy Philadelphia

November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now going into its second month. It’s getting colder and wetter out side so it will be a test of their endurance through the winter months. But I think they’ve sparked some nerves that many Americans have been feeling about the disproportionate bonuses of corporate CEOs are recieving. Especially...

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You never know what people are going to like. I was crossing the newsroom where there was a news meeting going on and one of the managers said, “We really liked the pictures you got at the protest yesterday.” At first I thought he was talking about the stories that I shot with KCRA reporter...

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KWCH – Runners Photo Essay 1984

October 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

I’m posting this as an historical artifact. It isn’t great television, in fact, it’s the kind of story that I don’t think anyone does anymore. This story is significant for one major thing in my life, however. It’s the first time my name was mentioned on TV. KWCH Runners 1984 from Mike Carroll on Vimeo....

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KWCH Roadside Kansas Documentary 1987

October 23, 2011 | 3 Comments

The general notion about Kansas is that it’s long and flat with not much to look at besides corn and wheat. I drove straight through the state a couple of times on my way to and back from California and tried to time it so that the eight hours it took to traverse the 400...

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Members of the Bent Prop Project having a quiet flag ceremony after identifying an aircraft that was listed as Missing In Action over Palau in World War Two. Frame from "Last Flight Home."

KCRA – Searching For WWII MIA’s

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

A month or so ago we got an e-mail at KCRA about two local people who were putting together a coffee table book about searching for lost servicemen from World War Two. This e-mail led me to Jennifer Powers in Grass Valley and Dan O’Brien in Woodland, who are volunteers in the Bent Prop Project....

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This is my first effort at posting a photo gallery or slideshow, so please be tolerant. I’ll probably have to try this a couple times till I can get it right — or, at least, to fake it decently. Bonnie and I just returned from a visit to Philadelphia where her daughter Lori Foxworth (star...

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