Looking back at 2012, looking ahead to 2013

January 1, 2013 · Posted in A-Roll · Comments Off on Looking back at 2012, looking ahead to 2013 

Happy 2013, everyone! I hope your hangovers are gone by now and I hope hot dogs are not the press room food at the games you have to cover today.

I’m looking back at 2012 and finding some great pieces that didn’t get enough love. First one I found today is a New York Times video by Nicole Bengiveno on Donna’s Diner in Elyria, Ohio. A lot of work went into this story – a story that wasn’t target-rich nor easy to do.

(This comes from the New York Times year in front pages.)

Another New York Times video that is really nice is the one on a rare form of dementia that is credited to a whole crew: shot by Béatrice de Géa; produced by Nick Harbaugh, Soo-Jeong Kang and Nancy Donaldson. I like how this video has breathing room in it.

Brian Kaufman from the Detroit Free Press looked at the old Packard plant in an amazing video. Rich in imagery; poetic in approach.

Brian Kaufman's video on the old Packard Plant from Freep.com

I’m astounded at these great stories that took weeks or months to do. Newspapers still do this? At my paper, I used to do long-form videos but lately I’m chasing hard news and trying to get videos posted in a half hour, because that’s where the traffic is.

What have you guys done in the past year that you’re proud of? What have you seen from other folks that you’ve liked? Pitch in here and let’s do our own year-in-review!

Happy New Year!

Newspaper video as cinema – from Dan Chung of the Guardian

July 22, 2010 · Posted in A-Roll · Comments Off on Newspaper video as cinema – from Dan Chung of the Guardian 

Mongolian Racer from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Dan Chung from the Guardian UK newspaper made a production out of a story on Mongolian horse races. He gives a complete rundown of the equipment he used and how he did it over on his blog: DSLR News Shooter

Whenever I look at Dan Chung’s work, I have pangs of longing to go out and shoot visual stories. He does great stuff. Alas, the metrics and the bosses say I have to produce daily news stories and not features. I have resisted shooting DSLR on news stuff just because it’s so hard to use. Might have to rethink that….

California is a Place where vision happens

June 11, 2010 · Posted in A-Roll · Comments Off on California is a Place where vision happens 

Big Vinny from California is a place. on Vimeo.

Truly inspiring work from Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari at ‘California is a Place‘.  They’ve found their voice and use visuals in a really powerful way.  Check out the rest of the pieces there.

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