Category Archives: Broadcast Media

My work has aired on ESPN, MTV, CBS, The NFL Network, The Weather Channel and Others. Content is King, when you have one of a kind footage it usually gets pretty far up the food chain. Over the years I have built a reputation for getting the goods and I get call backs from my Network Contacts when they need quality footage.

Facebook Posting Attributions and Traffic

I have created different Facebook Pages and Specific “Friends” lists to strategically target those designated audiences.  To put it more simply:  I like to put the right audience with the right product.  

    As a professionally trained videographer I enjoy capturing the moment with my smart phones.  The selfie sticks and mini tripods that are available make it very easy to replicate and match commercial styles of shooting.

My Surfdog Media Page is where I post any of my public or newsworthy clips.  For example I recently edited a Mother’s Day Commercial for a friends restaurant.  That Ad is now running on this page.  Over the last several months I have been fortunate to see some great live music.  B52s, Celtic Woman, T3 (Tim Reynolds of Dave Mathews Band) and the amazing Old Crow Medicine Show.

 

 

Discovering the Sony Betacam

In 1993 I had left the Outer Banks and starting Snowboarding.  I borrowed a Sony Betacam and took it to the coast for Hurricane Emily and also to Snowshoe WV to document the emerging sport of snowboarding.  One of my first edits was  “Riders on the Storm”

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Discovering the BetaCam Format after shooting 3/4″ Video was amazing. BetacamTechnology had upgraded picture quality and the newer cameras did not need a separate recording unit.  The entire unit weighed in around 20 lbs and retailed for $60,000.  Needless to say most videographers kept them on a Tripod and this limited the type of footage you would see.  I liked to shoulder this beast and carry it around snowboarding.

 

From the Outer Banks to Outer Space

This documentary is a great example of the quality programming that Beach TV brought to the Outer Banks.  It was my personal goal to bring network quality documentaries to our viewers.

There are abundant historic stories to be told and I hope you have thirty minutes to watch this one.  It is entertaining in a folksy way that true Outer Bankers will appreciate.

These are the true Aviation Pioneers of our lifetime. The First Flight Society recognizes Aviation Greats every year on Orville Wrights Birthday. I took the time to meet them and share their stories.

Pictured below are honoree’s Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan at the Man Will Never Fly Banquet.

Greetings from Cleveland

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Finding inspiration for an edit can come in many different ways. My first visit
to the beaches of Cleveland Ohio inspired me with its historic looks.PC03

I looked for some old postcards that captured that feel. A “Video Postcard” seemed like the best way to showcase my water footage and skyline views from the beach.  You never would expect this kind of beach by a city like Cleveland.

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The city park at Edgewater Beach reminded me of South Beach with the Art Deco Architecture and like Southern California with the ethnic neighborhoods.  There are all kinds of unique shops and eateries.

All in all it is quite a scene and well worth the visit. I can only imagine how strong the surf could be on a larger swell.

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So much for the view from 30,000 feet. From where I am sitting it looks like Social Media and Internet TV should be turning the broadcast and cable world on its ear.

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Take control of your life by viewing what you want when you want. Find your favorite shows online and enjoy having unlimited online channels and viewing opportunities. Your Cable Provider licenses and sells its programs and content. This makes the selection limited because of this bias. You can move your Internet Connection to the TV and take advantage of a larger, less expensive free market. If you cut the cord from your cable provider you will be in charge of when and where you would like to watch your favorite programs.

Do some online research, that’s what I did:

Roku.com get internet on your TV.

Chromecast Play your tablets and smartphones on your TV.

Subscribe or order TV SHOWS and MOVIES from NETFLIX, AMAZON, ITUNES and HULU.

Find FREE SHOWS! Go to the shows website or Network/Producers Website. YouTube has a free TV Show section.

Here are a couple of articles that I like:

How to find some Internet TV Shows

Gadgets to get Internet on your TV

Contact me about getting a Social Media Advertising Campaign started or for help on cutting the cable and going after all of this great content.

 

Boneshakers MTV Video Release Party

I shot this video in the fall of 1987 after acquiring my first professional video camera.  The video was edited with Jody and Mike from Atlantic Video Production of Virginia Beach.  Atlantis02This was during the early days of MTV and an up and coming band from Virginia Beach had just released their first MTV Video.   We used a strobe effect on the low-light footage and mixed in a variety of handheld POV Cut-Away Shots.  The music was recorded from a live feed from their audio mixer.  

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Technology Outpacing Operators

My career spans an interesting time period.  When I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with my degree in RTVMP (Radio, Television and Movie Production) it took an entire tractor cameraMantrailer full of equipment to run a decent production and video cameras still used picture tubes.  I had solid skills on all sides of this.  My first camera was a DXC3000K Manufactured by Sony and was a first generation CCD (charge-coupled device)style camera and my footage looked much better than the network standard at that time.  When computer editing came out in the early 90’s you got a virtual computer based program that mimicked the hardware I was used to using.  This gave me an excellent point of reference to learn and master computer editing and video encoding standards.

Truth in Broadcasting as shown to me by Mark Davis

I moved to Wheeling WV in 1992 and met an old school journalist by the name of Joseph Tarantini.  His ‘on-air’ name was Mark Davis and he had worked at WTRF since the early days of television.PressPass Back then all reporters and announcers with ethnic names would change them to something that sounded mainstream for the time.  He was a treasure trove of information and had been under-utilized by the station.  I worked weekends (the most unpopular shift) with him.  It was great to learn pure journalism and how to report by just the facts.

Over time he and Igarnered some acclaim AP_Thumb and moved onto travel reporting.  We figured it to be a great way to travel on the stations dime, while providing a valuable service. Viewers enjoyed the “Tri-State Travel Series”.  Most destinations were to be reached in one tank of gas.  It was one of my career highlights to win an AP Award for Photojournalism under his tutelage.

Mark passed away in 2011 and I will never forget the valuable skills he taught me.  I will miss his engaging conversations and unbiased view of the world.  Here are a few of the segments we produced in no particular order.  They are all stand alone complete reports.  Just click on the image:

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