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Mike Carroll Day on KCRA-3

August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I’ve written here a few times before, I like having the opportunities to do my own stories as a photographer-reporter (or reporter-photographer, which ever way you’d prefer) but sometimes I can go for weeks without either having the story or where there isn’t the staffing available in the KCRA newsroom to be able to...

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(Okay, I’ll admit it–I can be slow to get on the bus at first. I don’t  catch on to some things–or many things–that, as my wife Bonnie has just told me, EVERYBODY already knows about. But I just discovered this information & this site today. I just think this is INCREDIBLY COOL and I want  to...

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What does state worker Jarrett Heather at the California Department of Food and Agriculture do in his spare time? Single-handedly create Weird Al Yankovic’s #1 music video “Word Crimes” on Youtube. In the first week of of the video’s release “Word Crimes” received 11 million views! Making it the Number One most-watched music video on...

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July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

(This is the first in a series of posts about books that I’m reading. I have never just casually read a book. I’ve always read a book either to learn something from it, as with a nonfiction book, or to study the writer’s style and use of words, as with fiction. (This series will be...

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Navarro Vineyard & Winery 7-19-2014

July 21, 2014 | 1 Comments

Every year the California State Fair (which going on as I write this on July 21, 2014) holds a highly esteemed wine competition of commercially produced wines from across the state. For KCRA-3’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground, it was decided to lead off the opening segment with wine as the theme. The lead story...

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This is a film that I thought was lost. Gone. I had a digital file of it on one of my external hard drives that crashed. Since I had it on a hard drive I’d thrown away my tapes. Then the hard drive crashed. And I hadn’t backed up the hard drive. I looked through...

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KCRA Free Comic Book Day 2014

May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I was handed this assignment I absolutely couldn’t wait to get there.  The subject was Free Comic Book Day — something that I had never heard of, but which I learned has been going on for eleven years. Comic book publishers send out cases of slimmer comic books to introduce new superheroes or series...

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Claude Lelouch – A Man And A Canon C500

May 17, 2014 | 1 Comments

Since I was an early teenager I have been in love with the films and filmmaking of French auteur Claude Lelouch when I first saw A Man And A Woman. His work inspired me to become a TV news cameraman & sometime reporter, as well as an independent filmmaker producing, financing, writing, directing, shooting, editing and distributing my...

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TEHYA Greyhound Update

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

No, this is not going to morph into a blog about animal adoption advocacy. (Although, what could be wrong with that??) But for any followers of the blog who read my last post about Tehya, the three-legged greyhound who Bonnie and I are fostering during her recovery from an emergency amputation, I want to keep...

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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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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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