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 The United States has withdrawn its combat troops from Iraq and next year, in 2014, is scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan.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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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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