Making a “Concept Film”

March 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

In my book Naked Filmmaking (both the first edition and the newly revised edition now out on Amazon) I stress the value of trying out ideas for a movie in a “Concept Film.” When starting out writing a script and thinking about the film you want to make, how it should look how ti should...

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It’s almost exactly three years to the day since the publication of my first book Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less. And last night I started the process to remove it from the I market. And replaced it with this new book — Naked Filmmaking:...

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One thing I love about working in TV news is that almost every day when I come into work I never know what I’m going to be doing. This was the case last Thursday when I was in my editing room and got a text that I would be shooting an interview at the Sacramento...

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Terrence Malick’s new film To The Wonder with Ben Affleck is slated to begin playing in U.S. cinemas on April 12. This could be quite a year for Ben Affleck with his Oscar win just the other night for Argo, which I one of my favorite movies in years. As yet there is still no...

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Eclair Cameflex CM3 Poster — Download and Enjoy

February 25, 2013 | 1 Comments

After I bought my Eclair Cameflex CM3 and was waiting for the post office to deliver I became very excited with anticipation. One evening I did a Google search of Cameflex images and downloaded these photos of Jean-Luc Godard and Raoul Coutard shooting Breathless, Francis Coppola framing up a shot on The Rain People, Haskell Wexler...

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Monster Goldfish Goes Monster

February 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

A month ago KCRA reporter Kevin Oliver and I drove up to Lake Tahoe to spend the morning with some marine scientists who made an amazing discovery — that ordinary o to 2-inch long goldfish that had been dumped into the lake had survived and were living, growing and breeding — into 1 1/2 to...

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A few years ago in 2004 writer-director-cameraman-editor-actor Shane Carruth made a splash at Sundance with his debut film Primer, winning the Grand Jury Prize for his $7,000 Super-16mm sci-fi film. Most filmmakers with that kind of instant heat head straight for L.A. and a top talent agency and a string of movie deals. Instead, Carruth...

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A few years ago I had the rare privilege of going to legendary filmmaker Carroll Ballard’s house to do a TV news story for KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, to promote his newest film Duma. After the interview I asked if, for B-Roll purposes, he would show me his Eclair Cameflex CM3 movie camera, which I...

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Sac-Anime – Bigger, Better, Longer

January 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

Just two weeks ago I posted the natural-sound package on the Sac-Anime Convention held at the Sacramento Convention Center. This is an expanded re-working of the story that I wrote and edited for KCRA‘s once-a-month magazine show Common Ground, which aired on Saturday, January 19, 2013. I had initially wanted to write the story up...

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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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