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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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Diggin’ The Digital Cinema Cafe

June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ve now listened to three episodes of the Digital Cinema Café and I have to say . . . I’m loving it! I’m up to Episode 3 in their 7-in-7 debut week — seven podcasts in seven days. Hosts Chris Fenwick and Alex MacLean are born conversationalists. The podcasts so far have run around 45-50...

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Studio, No — Distribution, Yes!

June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

This is a follow-up to my earlier blog about the Dixon movie studio. In that I mentioned that everywhere that I’ve lived there have been people who have been very vocal about wanting to build a studio of some size, one sound stage to a vast complex, complete with offices and state-of-the-art post-production facilities. And...

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The Digital Cinema Cafe is a new video filmmaking & editing podcast and I couldn’t be more excited! The podcast is the creation of Alex MacLean, with Colorflow in San Francisco, and Chris Fenwick, a professional editor with Slice in San Francisco. Chris has been one of the three weekly hosts of the Digital Convergence...

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Ever since the first inklings of the new American Independent Film Movement started evolving back in the 1980s, everywhere I’ve lived there’s always been somebody getting their names in the press and is discussed as hobnobbing with the local politicians and movers and shakers. And none of it — none of it – ever amounted...

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Great Screenwriting Of A Non-Verbal Scene

May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m a screenwriting junkie. For twenty years I was either writing or trying to write screenplays. Then when I joined the Digital Revolution and decided to only write scripts that I could make myself, as opposed to trying to write something for others to like and want to buy. But I still constantly am on...

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Last weekend I was sent out to shoot a quick V.O. (voice over) of the once-a-month vet clinic that veterinarians and vet students from the U .C. Davis Hospital of Veterinary Medicine provide for the pets of Sacramento’s homeless community. Most of the  medical staff are first and second year students who are volunteers from...

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