Site organization

July 21st, 2014 § 0

This site is organized chronologically.

Here are the all-time Top 10, which goes way, way back to my radio days. And here are a few of my recent favorites:

Santa Barbara town in shock after mass shooting

May 24th, 2014 § 2

Usually on breaking stories, especially horrible ones about senseless death and destruction, I concentrate on feeding video to producers in DC where my colleagues package it or feed it out to clients. I usually don’t have time to voice a package, much less shoot a standup, because they want more, more, better, now! For this story, I filed 4 separate 2-3 minute chunks of loosely edited video shot in Isla Vista. Then I pushed to do a full-fledge package with stand-up.

I was AP’s only staffer on scene for much of the morning. Here’s one of several wire stories with my byline.

Please note: For hours after the shootings, the AP was timid about connecting Elliot Roger’s YouTube rant with the crime. So I couldn’t use the video of the suspect in this particular package.

California cities consider desalination plants in face of severe drought

April 25th, 2014 § 1

State-of-the-art Simulations Improve Trauma Care

March 24th, 2014 § 0

Rain cisterns large and small could help California drought

March 17th, 2014 § 0

Our APVUS clients can’t seem to get enough drought stories, so we oblige:

Yes, I do stand-ups. Or I did…

February 21st, 2014 § 0

I used to shoot my own stand-ups when a package deserved it, mostly on enterprise stories to transition or explain a technical point. Then a couple years ago, AP ran the numbers, realized that clients don’t want stand-ups with their news packages, and revised their video strategy.

Here are a few stand-ups from the good old days:

Back in school, I made myself an “audition reel.”

Water-dropping helicopters and worried residents: yet another SoCal fire

January 16th, 2014 § 0

I shoot so many wildfires that they all tend to blur together. So I always try to find something new to shoot. During this particular fire, above Glendora last January, I found myself a great vantage point to watch helicopters swooping over the flames despite the short zoom on my little camera. I hope the details — firefighters’ faces or creeping flames or people’s precious possessions ravaged by heat or the statues at this retreat center — keep viewers interested too. I fed three times that day, which is impressive because up in those hills, cell phone coverage can be spotty.

I didn’t write or edit this package (obviously, because the San Gabriel Valley requires a definite article and the copy makes it sound like Glendora is the boondocks). They didn’t even use the best stuff! Isn’t that the videographer’s lament?

A new Thanksgiving tradition? Adopting turkeys to save them from the oven

November 21st, 2013 § 0

100 Years of Secrets from the La Brea Tar Pits

October 28th, 2013 § 0

The LAPD is testing electric motorcycles.

October 13th, 2013 § 0

Yes, that’s me on the bike in the last shot. Never trust a GoPro.