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....

Read More →

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...

Read More →

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...

Read More →

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...

Read More →

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

Read More →

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...

Read More →

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...

Read More →
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...

Read More →
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...

Read More →

(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...

Read More →

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...

Read More →

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...

Read More →

Last 4th of July I commemorated America’s Independence Day by posting Back-To-Britain British movies. This year I am carrying this annual tradition on, but making it more personal, by giving you my movie. For all the actors who were a part of our first feature-length film Year, and there were many, and for all of...

Read More →

A new documentary film called Pause Press Play has been out a little while on the Internet and I wanted to post it here and spread the word a bit more. Pause Press Play is a documentary about creativity and how the Digital Revolution and computer technology has completely changed the playing field. When I...

Read More →

This morning I was a guest on Insight, a daily morning interview program on KXJZ 90.9 Capital Public Radio with host Beth Ruyack, who had been with KCRA-TV just before I came on board. A few weeks ago I’d written to the program suggesting myself as a guest to discuss the new book Breaking Into...

Read More →
KCRA Eclipse 5-26-2012

Eclipse Update – Video Highlights

May 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Solar eclipse was one week ago today. On that afternoon KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, broadcast 90-minutes of live coverage from 5-7 o’clock, with a half hour for NBC Nightly News at 5:30-6 P.M. As I detailed in last week’s blog, I operated the “Eclipse Cam” for the entire coverage of the eclipse, including feeding...

Read More →

I’ve been listening to the Digital Convergence Posdcast for two years now. The podcast consists of host Carl Olson, a photographer and DSLR filmmaker based in Atlanta, Georgia; Mitch Aunger, also known as “Planet Mitch” for his premiere DSLR website Planet5D, based in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri; and Chris Fenwick, a freelance editor...

Read More →
Photo taken by a truck driver who was watching the eclipse with me for a while.

Covering The Eclipse

May 21, 2012 | 2 Comments

News is not a regularly scheduled thing. Sometimes things happen on your days off and a call for volunteers is put out. I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy, the planets and alignments — so eclipses are something I’ve never experienced first hand. So when the station, KCRA, announced plans for extended live coverage of the...

Read More →