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Day 3 of filming "Brunch of the Living Dead," April 2008.

Day 3 of filming "Brunch of the Living Dead," April 2008.

My video work began in March 2006 when I attended the “spring break graduate semester” at the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism as a Western Knight Center multimedia fellow. The problem? I didn’t own any digital video equipment, and neither did my employer.

Later that year I created a video component for The Post and Courier’s news website, then bartered some freelance Web and consulting work for a used Panasonic AG DVC-30 camcorder.  To demonstrate what one journalist with a camera and an editing bay could accomplish, I began doing daily video reports for the Spoleto Today website in 2007.

In addition to documentary-style shorts and explainers for The Post and Courier, I started working with friends on small film projects, music videos, etc. In 2009 I partnered with Don D. Lewis of Modern Mediaworks to produce an hour-long HD video biography of an 83-year-old family patriarch.

Other people may have better equipment and a film-school education. But if you’re looking for a competent, affordable video storyteller, I’m your guy. Let’s talk.

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Pre-2008: Sadly, much of my work from 2007 has been lost and what remains is nearly impossible to find due to changes to The Post and Courier’s website. Since the newspaper has never offered an “Embed this video” option, I can’t display my work from that period here, but these links to remaining examples will give you some idea of how my style developed.

This piece about an unusual opera was one of my first, and while it’s technically challenged (and shot from an extremely limited camera position), you can see how my approach to scripting and editing worked right from the beginning.  I gave my wife the producer credit on this concert assignment, but I shot all the concert footage and had the task of taking the set-up footage and editing it into a story on deadline. I found this story about a traveling circus while doing video coverage. Here’s how I interpreted a fill-in assignment shooting the High School Game of the Week (a mixture of “Homecoming flavor” and game action). Oh, and to see how I work when I’ve got a videographer and I need to be in front of the camera, watch this.


This piece demonstrating how to spot and throw five different baseball pitches was my final video for the Friday 5 section.

I wrote, produced and directed this spoof about restaurants, brain-dead marketing schemes and the zombie craze in April 2008.

The American opera Amistad was the most controversial and demanding production of the 2008 festival.

Here’s an example of how a writer with limited time and nothing but a camera, a tripod and standard editing software can produce a video companion piece for a print story (in this case, the Friday 5 topic was road-tripping). Total time devoted to this project: About half a day.

The first video I produced using only my personal equipment (my prosumer camcorder, a tripod, Adobe Premiere and AfterEffects). This is a quick travel piece based on a local archaeological site I’d never visited before.