In this post I started out wanting to provide a moment-by-moment chronicle of covering one of my one-person reporter-photographer TV news stories. But as you will see, when you’re covering a the mountains without the best of wifi situations, the best made plans have to be modified. On Thursday KCRA received a press release: Feb. 27, 2014...

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While this site is principally about filmmaking, photography and TV news, the two things that I am most deeply involved in, it is also a site about who I am. And one thing that I very much am is an animal person. Over the years I have made mention of our greyhounds — first Lola, then...

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The vast majority of stories that I work on I will get involved with professionally, but generally there is a certain professional detachment that prevents you from getting too involved emotionally on a personal level. Every now and then, however, you work on a story and it just grabs onto your guts and your heart. This...

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“The future is coming at us faster than we can escape it.” – Terry Gilliam I love Chris Fenwick and his podcasts. I’ve written about on this site in the past. I first learned of him through Carl Olson’s Digital Convergence Podcast. Chris was first a guest and then became a regular co-host, then formed...

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Making A New Movie – What’s The Point?

February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

So many starting-out, wannabe indie filmmakers want to make a movie quickly. In two weeks. Or one week. Or even over the span of a single weekend. Inspired by Roger Corman who cranked out B-Movie drive-in flicks on five-day and ten-day shoots. He even famously made Little Shop of Horrors in two days as an...

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KCRA Alpha K9 & Canon 7D Synch

February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am always on the lookout for a story that I can do as a one-person reporter-photographer. I get ideas from friends, something I see when I’m driving around, the Internet and news sites. This one was first featured in the Sacramento Bee newspaper in their annual Book of Dreams series during the Christmas season....

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For filmmakers and photographers, a constant interest and topic of conversation is CAMERAS. They’re like lovers. You’re always thinking: The next one could be just around the corner. Technology is moving so rapidly, you always have to keep your eyes and your ears open. If you’re married, like me, or in some other sort of...

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Who Is Buying NAKED FILMMAKING?

January 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

Something interesting & strange is happening and I need your help. Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 $6,000 Or Less – Revised & Expanded For DSLR Filmmakers has been out since March of 2013. (The first edition came out in March 2010.) The sales have been...

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For a while now we’ve all been hearing about the Black Magic Cinema Camera capable of shooting 2.5K RAW. Your typical local movie theater is now running mainstream Hollywood movies that are projected at 2K. Netflix recently announced that season two of House of Cards will be presented in 4K for those with UHD (Ultra...

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So I had a week and a half of vacation. When it started out I had no plans. But I wanted to shoot something with the Canon 7D. I’ve had the camera since the 7D first came out. When I got it the plan was to shoot another feature film with it using prime lenses....

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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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