This is the second night I spent on the set of Anthony D’Juan’s one-man film Untitled. Footage shot on the Canon 7D using the Sigma 28mm f/1.8 for the interiors. Anthony wrote a detailed blog on his Facebook page that sums up his experience at Naked Filmmaking better than I can,  so here is a...

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Kindle Gets Naked!

August 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Naked Filmmaking is available now as an Amazon Kindle ebook. I’ve been hearing about ebooks and the Kindle for a while but didn’t think it was very cost practicle. At $300-$400 dollars for something that your could read a book on it just sounded like another expensive tech toy. Then when Amazon announced a month...

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Nancy Siegler – Sunflower Success

August 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

This is a reposting of a news story I did that ran on KCRA-TV a few weeks ago. The subject of the story, Nancy Siegler, is a breast cancer survivor who credited her winning her battle to the strength she derived from the beauty of sunflowers. She grew this garden of sunflowers as a testament...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium – 7D Impressions

August 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

This past Tuesday Bonnie and I took our grandson Sam, who is from New York and is spending the summer with us, to the coast to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have to tell you that I was completely unprepared for what I saw. I’d been to an aquarium in the Midwest ages ago, but...

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Naked Contagion – It’s Spreading

August 13, 2010 | 1 Comments

Naked Filmmaking is spreading. I shot this footage a few days ago of filmmaker Anthony D’Juan directing and shooting a dialogue scene with actors Nancy Zoppi and David Scott for his short film Untitled. I first heard of Anthony D’Juan in 2007 when he responded to a casting call I placed in Craigslist (the first...

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Naked News with the Canon 7D

August 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

A friend of mine, Rick Stevens, is involved in the Land Park community here in Sacramento. When the city started having financial woes one of the first items to be slashed were the city’s parks. Maintenance staff have been cut by over 65%. To keep the William S. Land park running and beautiful the people...

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Naked Filmmaking – Naked Newsmaking

August 1, 2010 | 3 Comments

The face of the business of journalism has rapidly changed of late, due to both the advances in technology and the declines in the economy. News organizations have smaller, leaner staffs — yet still having to fill the same amount of news time. This is giving news shooters like me much more opportunity. Shooters are...

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“Mike — Your book is phenomenal.”

July 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

This is another stab at shameless self-promotion. Several blog postings ago I told of my visit to participate as a speaker at Media Fest 2010 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. The students were extremely responsive to what I had to say about make-it-yourself filmmaking and the man behind the event, Will Story, head...

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Neighborhood July 4th Parade on a Canon 7D

July 5, 2010 | 5 Comments

I’ve had a Canon 7D from the first batch that came out. I’ve been shooting various footage and tests for the past several months, but this morning I tried it for documentary/news shooting by filming my neighborhood’s 4th of July parade. This was shot entirely hand-held to see just how the camera could handle uncontrolled...

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Future of Film Festivals – Part One

June 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

What follows here is the first of what will become a series of essay entries about film festivals — my experiences at them, how the festival scene has changed, their boom and bust, and where it may be heading. This first one was written in the days after Nightbeats played in the 2010 Method Fest...

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Had the first Sacramento meet-up for filmmakers to get together for a little bit, show their cameras and gear, exchange tips and ideas, and just generally see who else is out there, what we are doing and with what. Filmmaking is all about cameras and shooters are very personal about how they customize their gear....

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One of the many things I love about California is that everywhere you turn can be a location that could be somewhere else in the country. Be in one place in the hills and it could pass for western Missouri, another five or ten miles and it could be the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas....

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We have filmmaking meetings all over town a couple times a month and rap about films & filmmaking. But filmmaking is nothing without a camera and that’s the one thing nobody ever brings to these gatherings. I’m an big fan of Philip Bloom’s blog — which my credit card can attest to. From the moment...

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As you know, a couple weekends ago I was a guest speaker at Media Fest 2010 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. A talented, eager and hard working bunch. Almost as soon as I got in the door one particular student approached me, introduced himself as Solomon Stadtner and said he wanted to make films....

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Delta College Gets “Naked”

May 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Saturday, May 22, I participated in Media Fest 2010 put on by William Story, the Radio-Television Instructor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. An event about film, video, media, photography. My principal contribution was participating on a filmmaking panel along with Hugh Lifton, Stockton-based Director of Photography, and Benn Ferrer, D.P. with  Transvideo Studios...

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My appearance on KCRA-3 TV’s morning news program this week officially kicks off the launch of the long-talked of book Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less and all my films now being made available on DVD from Amazon.com. Please forgive my rambling, this interview...

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Sacramento’s Awesome Video Store

April 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

It’s ironic that the more that creating video becomes available to the general public, the more the video store is becoming a thing of the past. First the mom and pop shops started disappearing as Hollywood Video and Blockbuster gobbled up their territory. Now we see those big corporation chain stores closing their doors as...

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Anthony D’Juan In Print

April 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Last Tuesday I attended Anthony D’Juan’s announcement party for his first novel Deconstructed. But earlier that day I’d gone onto CreateSpace.com and ordered my copy. The site said I’d receive my copy within three weeks. This afternoon I was on the sofa in the front room checking e-mail when there was a knock on the...

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