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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Blog new design 11-12-2012

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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I often find myself wondering what certain filmmakers would be doing if they were still with us today. For instance, if John Cassavetes—the original American independent and rebel—were still alive and healthy and enjoying his senior years, what might he be up to today . (I think it’s always nice when you can imagine someone...

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French cinematographer Raoul Coutard weilding the Eclair Cameflex CM3 on the set of Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" -- heralded in the 1950s as the first all-handheld movie.

Five Cinematographers You Need To Know

September 6, 2012 | 2 Comments

To anyone who presumes to call themself a “Cinematographer,” there are five quintessential cameramen who redefined what modern motion picture photography is. They are:   1. RAOUL COUTARD Raoul Courtard is attributed for defining the look of the French New Wave—hand held camera, shooting on real locations and using the real light that was there....

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MC: The only other book I can think of that one person wrote about the experience of working with Stanly Kubrick was Frederic Raphael’s Eyes Wide Open memoir about writing the script for Eyes Wide Shut. But that book was entirely through words on the page whereas the Full Metal Jacket Diary lets you see it through hundreds of photographs...

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While talking with Adam, I made the comparison of their app to the significant role that The Great Train Robbery played in the evolution of filmmaking. Prior to The Great Train Robbery in 1903 movies, which is to say silent movies, were essentially filmed postcards–a camera was set up showing a train pulling into a station, a street...

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Hi Mike! I can only imagine how weird it must be; I hope you are relaxing and having fun! The picture I sent is yours… use it wherever or however you choose.Your book was fantastic! From my experience thus far, it is an accurate and in-depth look into the industry. I appreciate the honesty in...

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The book Breaking Into TV News: How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV Reporter-Photographer is now Breaking  ...

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In what I think is a first for this site, presented here is a one-on-one interview with actor-filmmaker-photographer-author Matthew Modine on his new Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app, which premiered last week on iTunes. It is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology and applications being created exclusively for the Apple iPad. This innovative re-invention in...

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Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary debuted this week on iTunes. I don’t make it a practice of pitching new products on this site — unless it’s something that’s really cool and that I think people would enjoy, learn and benefit from, as well as afford — this this looks like a top-notch project created...

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Mike in the field 6-27-2012

KCRA Photographers Reporting In The A-Block

July 31, 2012 | 1 Comments

The Olympics are in full swing, both on NBC and for the newsroom staffs of NBC-affiliates across the country. At KCRA we have crews crews assigned to the Olympic Zone, a KCRA produced local Olympic tie-in special program, as well as crews at the Olympics in London. With all of this coverage I’ve been pressed...

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With Chris Fenwick at the San Francisco Cutters meet-up in July 2012.

A Digital Convergence With Chris Fenwick

July 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Chris Fenwick is one of those rare breeds—a naturally “cool guy.” I first learned about Chris through Carl Olson’s Digital Convergence Podcast, which I’ve referred to several times in the past and was a guest on the show a few months ago. Chris is a freelance editor with Slice in the Bay Area and also...

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(Note: For the first time I am posting no pictures or embedding any video. I find this subject matter so distasteful that I am not going to pollute this site with it.) I’m disgusted. The mind and emotions rage with revulsion and pity for the young people who flock to be “entertained” by the rampage...

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I’m very happy to announce that Naomi Lee, one of the interns who appear in photographs in Breaking Into TV News: How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV News Reporter-Photographer, is now a full-time associate producer at KSBW in Salinas, California. Naomi is a role model example of the classic route to...

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It’s said that everyone loves a parade. That certainly is the case in my neighborhood of Hollywood Park in Sacramento. That I would wind up living in a place called Hollywood is both ironic and completely unintended. Although, we can claim to be the neighborhood where actor Sam Elliott (Big Liebowski) grew up. I love...

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