In the second of what is going to be 3-Parts, here is the story that ran on KCRA-3′s Common Ground magazine show on Saturday, November 20, 2013. The story was shot during my week-and-a-half of vacation in the middle of October. I shot this on my Canon 7D because I wanted to do some shooting...

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What A Great Review For ‘NAKED FILMMAKING”!

November 26, 2013 | 1 Comments

I am a totally independent filmmaker and a completely independent author. I put the films and the books up on Amazon and have no idea who is looking at them or who is buying and reading them. Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000-$6,000 Or Less Revised...

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A month ago I had a week and a half off. Time to rest the mind and think about things other than news and filmmaking. So on the Monday morning at the beginning of the week Bonnie mentioned to me that a woman who tends the rock garden at Land Park, where Bon takes the...

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KCRA Ground Cow Restaurant Closes 11-14-2013

November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I was given the go-ahead to start doing my own stories as both a photographer and reporter, I tried to focus on business stories about what small business were doing to keep afloat in the new recession. This past week I finally did a story about a privately owned business that didn’t make it. Thirty...

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A week ago – Thursday, November 8 – I saw a Twitter alert that there was a new episode of Carl Olson’s Digital Convergence Podcast. I have twice been a guest on the podcast when it was a regular weekly podcast hosted by Carl Olson and his co-hosts Mitch Aunger of Planet5D.com and Chris Fenwick....

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Another photo study of my Hollywood Park neighborhood in the south part of Sacramento, California, taken while out walking the dogs. I know that these sets are always very similar, but that is the point. Keeping your eye open to how something that you walk past all the time so that you might see something...

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KCRA Sacramento Juvenile Hall Job Fair

November 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

This is one of my same-day packages for KCRA-3. It seems like forever since I’ve done one. I’d like to do one or two a week, but I only get to do one of these when we have a full staff of photographers and all of the reporters are teamed up. This story came about...

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KCRA Nello Olivo Vineyard Harvest

November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Several weeks ago I wrote a post about a wild day that started with me leaving the house at 6 AM to drive up to Cameron Park (some thirty miles or so outside of Sacramento on Highway 50 heading towards Lake Tahoe) to cover a grape harvest in the Nello Olivo Vineyards. That story ran in...

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It’s been a while since I posted a photo essay of my neighborhood — Hollywood Park in the south part of Sacramento. These are photos that I take with my iPhone while out walking the dogs. The two best times of day for taking pictures outdoors is in the morning and in the late afternoon/dusk,...

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I’m working on my new indie filmmaking book following up on Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 – $6,000 – Or Less. The first book dealt with how I make movies as a one-person no-crew filmmaker. The next book continues the theme of one-person filmmaking, but...

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This is a follow-up to an earlier post about the independent Sacramento-produced film Stolen Moments, which premiered in this year’s Sacramento Film & Music Festival. This story is twice as long as the news story that ran on KCRA a few weeks ago. Once a month KCRA airs a news magazine program called Common Ground,...

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As I write this, America has been in a state of war for a dozen years since 2001. The United States has withdrawn its combat troops from Iraq and next year, in 2014, is scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan. For a dozen years now I have been going out to the Sacramento International Airport and...

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Just over a week ago on a Monday evening my iPhone phone rang. It was Chris Fenwick, who I’ve known for a little while from listening to the Digital Convergence Podcast with Carl Olson and Mitch Aunger of Planet5D. I’d been a big fan of the podcast and was twice a guest on it.  After...

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The Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has moved on. It is now on its way to Sao Paulo in Brazil, and after that is scheduled to move to Toronto, Canada. But it will continue here at Naked Filmmaking, as Stanley Kubrick was one of the first naked filmmakers. Stanley...

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KCRA — Louise Koebbe turns 100!

September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I go out on a news story I do not have any plan. I basically just go and size it when I get there. When I started out in the business I was always told, “Plan. Plan. Plan. Think of the story ahead of time.” That was probably good training to make me always...

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On September 18 it will have been 5 years since Canon introduced the 5D Mark II DSLR camera and started a filmmaking revolution. To commemorate this, there is a new ebook being released today. It includes an amazing amount of contributors – Shane Hurlbutt, DP, Terminator Salvation, Semi-Pro, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Act of...

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(Header photo by Jay Spooner. Thanks, Jay) Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — the whirlwind day of a whirlwind week. It’s not uncommon for a reporter to have two stories on in a day, although in separate newscasts. But it is very rare for a reporter to have two packages on in the same news hour....

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The 14th annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival gets underway at the Crest Theater. This is a a news story that I photographed, reported and edited for KCRA-3 TV News. A year and a half ago my good friend Anthony D’Juan, actor-writer, who appeared in my film Nightbeats told me about a film that he...

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