The back of a Chinese restaurant that faces Freeport Boulevard. In the evening the breeze carries the smells of the kitchen directly up the street and to our house. It's a major effort every night not to order carryout.

Light Is My Friend: Hollywood Park Alley

January 20, 2012 | 1 Comments

This is part of my on-going photography studies of how light plays on familiar places where we live. Almost every day, or at least every other day, I’ll walk the dogs either from the house or back to the house by way of this alley that runs behind Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. The dogs love...

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Ed Burns Guests On New Sundance Channel Series

January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Last weekend I posted a blog about actor/writer/director Ed Burns premiering his new self-financed indie Newlyweds (a cousin effort in naked filmmaking). This morning I received an e-mail from an east coast promotions agency asking me to share with the readers of this site about a new series that’s been running on the Sundance Channel...

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A house in my neighborhood, a place that I see every day. Yet sometimes, when the light is showing in a different way, you can feel like you are seeing it as something entirely new.

Light Is My Friend

January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

I generally find harsh sunlight to be the ugliest light of all, but this morning, for some reason, it was amazing. Perhaps because it was early and there was just enough humidity in the air to allow a little filtration in the air. I shot these while walking the dogs around the neighborhood. I normally...

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[Author’s Note: The quotes on this page are copied from two other articles on two different websites, both of with are accredited and the full articles can be read by clicking on the places marked.] How long have I been saying to aspiring & first-time independent filmmakers that theatrical distribution is not only dead, it...

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Just a few of the good workers in the donations receiving room at Goodwill at Watt & El Camino in Sacramento.

Good Deeds Open Doors At Goodwill

January 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

The last day of 2011. New Year’s Eve. KCRA reporter Brian Hickey and I are sent out on assignment to cover people making last minute donations to get breaks on their 2011 taxes. Last year Brian Hickey had gone to the Deseret Industries thrift store and done stories and morning live shots at their drive-up...

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My Favorite Films of 2011

December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

The headline might be a little dubious–I’ve only been to the movies a few times this year. I wait for almost everything to come out on DVD or Blu-Ray. Not that I’m not interested in the new movies, but because when I see a movie that I love I immediately want to see all the...

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Christmas Day, December 25, 2011 I’ve really been looking forward to this Christmas Day. It’s one of those rare Christmas Days where I actually have the day off. News is a 7-day-a-week business and Christmas is just another day. With the exception that you get paid double-time. My schedule is Tuesday-Saturday. Christmas came on a...

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Naked Filmmaking Downunder -- writer-director-cinematographer-editor-sound designer Jimmy Ennett with producer Sophie Brown.

Jimmy Ennett – Australian Naked Filmmaker

December 20, 2011 | 1 Comments

A few months ago I was reviewing my Youtube account and saw a mile of comments left on my videos. A few of them were from a young filmmaker in Australia named Jimmy Ennett who said that he was a one-man filmmaker, too, and that he’d even bought my book Naked Filmmaking. This was very...

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Here is a portion of my interview with Matthew Modine on 12-9-2011 where he discusses shooting his new short film Jesus Was A Commie on the streets of New York City with just a Canon 5D DSLR and a few friends. As well as the influence that the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick had on him...

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Every now and then in the business of TV news you get a chance to meet and do a story on someone who’s work you admire and who had been a part of something historic. Matthew Modine is an actor and filmmaker who has been working in films for almost the same length of time...

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Several weeks ago I received an e-mail from a friend and former co-worker at KCRA asking if I could help out a filmmaker friend of hers. Her friend had a short film and wanted to know more about some of the northern California film festivals. Of course, I was glad to share my knowledge and...

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Naked Filmmaking is now a part of the newly introduced Amazon Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. This should allow more people the opportunity to try the book out than would have before. And I believe that once you try the book, you’ll get the desire and the confidence to want to make your own film —...

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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 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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