Flashback: Metropolis II and Chris Burden

RIP Chris Burden, the creator of Urban Light, Shoot and – my favorite – Metropolis II (2012). I produced this first-person in a day without a light or an editor, as you can tell. I habitually overshoot. But this was one of the few times I remember wishing I had more tape, especially reaction shots. […]

Imperiled Aquifers: AP investigation on California TV stations

I had the pleasure of working with our SF-based environmental reporter Ellen Knickmeyer on this investigation of dumping into protected aquifers in the Central Valley. Packaging such a technical, document-based investigative piece for video was a challenge. But it’s not the first time I’ve made a farmer cry on tape (scroll to 7:40). The package got great play. […]

The long tail…

Way back when I walked uphill both ways to my first reporter job at a local public radio station… I liked to experiment with narrator-less first-person style packages. This was one of my first efforts: Office/Gallery, a profile of an artist/insurance salesman who curated art exhibits in his office on the down low. Studio 360 re-ran it three […]

High-tech cargo airship under construction in SoCal

Getting everyone on board for a cross-format package is no small feat. I spotted this story, pitched it to powers-that-be in Video and to the local editors in Los Angeles. The result was worth it and got great play in print and in video. High-tech cargo airship under construction in California By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON  January 30, 2013 […]