Package on water infrastructure generates hits

I will be the first to admit that I might have grumbled a bit when I got this assignment. An exhaustive look at the degraded water infrastructure across the US… I’m usually not scared of wonky stories, but this was Not a natural video story.

Then I grumbled some more while pouring through 7 wire stories to identify a handful of representative locations and interviews. But the print reporters pointed me in the right direction. With some help from a colleague in Iowa, this package came together.

Collaboration paid off. It got picked up by 31 stations/outlets – the most for 2015. Here’s how KTVU in Oakland used my package to fill 5 minutes in their 4pm newscast and send viewers to their website, which hosted AP’s interactive map.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think this was my best package ever. (Tho it wasn’t bad for only 2 days of shooting and a day to write and edit.) But I do think it’s a powerful example of cross-format collaboration.

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. Every time I visit LACMA to see this art in action, I watch people’s faces and reshoot the package in my head.