Just in time for Easter, I shot and edited this package about a big bunny. It got lots of eyeballs online and on social. Definitely watch to the end!
I’m experimenting with formatting text on the screen while also learning Edius. It was so fast and effortless with Final Cut — all muscle memory. Think about an edit, fingers fly, and it happens on the screen… The switch has slowed me down a bit. My goal is to be “bilingual” with editing software, maybe trilingual. But I still think Edius is clunky compared to FCP or Premiere.
How big was the bunny? This big:
Just started, but not wasting time. This first-person package got mad play online and picked up by NBC affiliates across the country.
A quirky presidential primary story for Presidents’ Day – just what the station ordered! And I didn’t fall off the roof.
Here’s how NowThis (an NBC News partner) cut it:
Tijuana Border Crossing 12/17/15 (enterprise)
Hello Kitty Con 11/31/14 (day turn)
Here’s an enterprise story that took me to the rolling prairie of Western Kansas, where I got to know a lovely family: Lori, Jon and Elyse Bigler.
My package was just part of the AP report. AP produced an interactive along with the text story by Josh Boak.
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.
Shot this back in early July but it sat on the shelf most of the summer. I’ve done a lot of drought stories about infrastructure, landscaping, etc. This one is more important than all the rest put together.
It got good play, with KABC re-tracking my script almost word for word.
Eds note: Note graphic images of peacock poop at 1:25.