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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“Captain” Honors Fallen Iwo Jima Marine

November 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

One of the great benefits from having made the films and put out the books and keeping up this website is that it’s all out there for the world to discover and sometimes you hear back and will make a new friend and discover another fellow filmmaker. Several weeks ago I got an e-mail out...

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Anouk Aimee in "A Man And A Woman" written, directed & photographed by Claude Lelouch with an Eclair Cameflex CM3 35mm motion picture camera in Eastmancolor.

My New French Mistress—Part Two

November 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

The morning after she arrived and was settled into the studio/guest cottage out behind the house, my wife Bonnie was sitting up, sipping her coffee with the paper spread out over her knees. “So what do you think of your new French mistress?” “Oh, she’s beautiful. She’s had a lot of use, which is good—it’s...

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Anouk Aimee in Claude Lelouch's masterpiece of romance "A Man And A Woman"

My New French Mistress — Part One

November 19, 2012 | 1 Comments

“You work very hard. I understand. I’m not going to stand in your way from having one if you want.” These were my wife Bonnie’s very words. Every man should be as lucky as I have been when I told my wife that I wanted a French mistress. Bonnie and I have been together since...

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I love a good long movie. And this blog is about the longest movie I’ve ever seen. It is also universally agreed by filmmakers and critics to be the greatest movie ever made—War and Peace. It clocks runs over 6-hours and is my favorite movie of all time. Leo Tolstoy’s epic 1,100 page novel is...

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Former KZAP DJ back at home at the microphone in the KDVS studio.

KZAP Lives Again At KDVS

November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

For 48-hours on November 8-9, 2012, the U.C. Davis student-run campus radio station KDVS 90.3 FM. I was sent out to do a story on this for KCRA’s 6 o’clock news. KZAP was one of the first of the progressive and alternative FM radio stations back in the 1970s that emerged with a free-form format,...

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NAKED FILMMAKING is Getting New Clothes!

November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m in the process of re-designing the site to give it a new look. Bear with me. I’m trying an entirely new WordPress theme and it’s going to take me a few days or so to wrap my head around it. Hang in there with me please. Have several cool news posts in the works....

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From left to right: Bea, Alex & Ava

Light Is My Friend: Walking & Found Objects

October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

The simple dance of light on the little things around us that we normally don’t bother to look at and walk right past . . . But which I feel art part of the beauty around us . . . And are Art in their own way. Found Objects is a series of photo essays...

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From left to right: Bea, Ava and Alex. Out on the walk. "Put away the camera and let's get walking!!!"

Light Is My Friend: Walking Land Park in Sacramento

September 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

  It’s been a while since I’ve posted any photo essays. Probably because the summer light here is so unwelcoming. But now with the first days of autumn and the light going away earlier and earlier, and the cooler weather in the evenings, the light has been more interesting. Took these photos at Sacramento’s William...

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