Director Billy Wilder Dies

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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Our Greyhounds on KCRA TV

August 13, 2013 | 1 Comments

Okay, yes – this is a home movie. But it’s a home movie that was shot as a professional test. Hand held Canon 7D footage, shot in 1080 24p using a Canon 70-200mm F4 L-series lens. The purpose was to see how it would look broadcast in HD. This is something that I am uniquely...

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It’s hard to believe that 22 years ago on January 17, 1991, the U.S. first started dropping bombs on Iraq. These are massively big international news stories, but they have to be covered on the local level by local channels as well. Everyone knew that the war was coming, but when the first reports started coming...

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As I detailed in my book Breaking Into TV News, I wanted to turn myself into a reliable reporter-photographer to make myself more valuable on the news staff. One of my goals in this plan was to make myself known as a back-up reporter. If the news was short on reporters on a day, that...

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The Stanley Kubrick Exhibit has completed it’s seven-month run at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has now closed and moved onto an as yet undisclosed location on its world tour. I hope that it will have a run in New York, since Kubrick was born and raised in that city, before the...

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I love the Fourth of July and I love the independent spirit of the people of this country. A part of that independent spirit is reflected in the local neighborhood parades that take place in little pockets of our communities across the United States every Independence Day. For the past seven years just such a...

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A year and a half ago actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine came to Sacramento promoting his new short film Jesus Was A Commie. Just prior to that I had already been put in touch with Matthew to help spread the word. That I had purchased a copy of his limited edition photo-chronicle book Full Metal Jacket Diary...

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July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I presented a daily news story that ran on KCRA Channel 3 Reports. This is an expanded magazine version of that story which ran on KCRA’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground on Saturday, June 29, 2013. This story is about Patrick and Renee DuBois building a dream home in Newcastle in...

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My Weekend In Paris

July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m writing this as I wrap up a week of vacation. This is one of two weeks off that I’d put in for way back in the fall of last year. Wife Bonnie and I had made some plans for this week, then in the spring we put them aside and they were soon forgotten....

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KCRA All-American Made House 6-11-2013

June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

This started out as one of those “Drive up there and check this out” assignments that KCRA assignment desk editor Melissa Chacon gives me from time to time. The thought being that at worst it will be just another VO-SOT story on the 6 o’clock news. Or at best it could become a “Mike Carroll...

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(When you read this (if you read this), imagine the voice of the curmudgeon in the tone of Peter Falk.) “I’m artistic! I need to create! I need to create and share with others!” “Okay. But are you sure that these other people will want it?” “What do you mean? I have a great screenplay...

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There was simply too much in the 2001: A Space Odyssey room in the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to contain it in one blog. 2001 is one of the most revolutionary films ever made. It completely defies screenwriting analysis. There are no backstories offered for any of the...

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In 1968 the world was going through a radical social shift with the war in Vietnam, the anti-war movement, the rise of drug experimentation, the youth movement, music taking radical shifts from being something to dance to into something you listened to and made you think. Movies seemed at a loss as the old guard...

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