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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 The United States has withdrawn its combat troops from Iraq and next year, in 2014, is scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan.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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Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2013 Around 3 o’clock the phone rang. I was in an edit bay at KCRA having just uploaded my story for the 6 o’clock news. It was Laurie Pederson with the CFAA – Califoria Film Arts Alliance – a film group that I am a member of and that puts on...

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BILLY WILDER: The Directing “King of Cool”

September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are very few writer-directors who became living legends not only for the films they made, but also for being themselves and their storytelling quotability. Steve McQueen has often been dubbed “The King of Cool,” and rightly so for his roles in The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and Bullit. But when it gets to...

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Chris King has a new short film, Happiness, playing in the Sacramento Film & Music Festival at The Crest Theater on Saturday, September 14 at 4 PM. Happiness has already screened at VisionFest in New York where it was nominated for 7 awards and ultimately winning 3 (Best Short Film, Best Actress [for Sierra Hersek], and...

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(NOTE: In this post you will find no trade secrets or inside-info on the exact procedures, working software or programs in use at KCRA. This is about what happens when a TV station makes a system-wide, station-wide technological upgrade, which requires lots of money and lots of time — sometimes years — in the making....

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Behind-The-Scenes – Editing the Rim Fire

August 24, 2013 | 1 Comments

Yesterday I posted the behind-the-scenes story about covering the frontline firefighters battling the Rim Fire, which has now reached into Yosemite National Park. It’s reported to be 5% contained. Yesterday (Friday 8-23-2013) the fire was 105,000 acres in size. This is roughly the size of the cities of Sacramento and Stockton combined. This morning it’s...

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(My thanks to David Bienick for the photos of me filming the fire.) When you work in TV news you usually never know what you’re going to be doing when you start the day. My weekday shift at KCRA generally starts at 10 AM, but yesterday (Thursday, 8-22-2013) morning the phone rang at 8:30. It was...

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More Adventures Using Canon 7D DSLR In TV News

August 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

A few days ago I posted about doing a test shoot with my Canon 7D and how the footage looked when aired on KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, where I work as a TV news photographer (though, I prefer “cameraman”). Buoyed by that experience I decided to take another stab at using the 7D for news. On Tuesday...

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