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Welcome to my blog

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. Over the next several months I will be preparing, planning, and shooting a documentary on historic Route 66. My actual trip begins in June. I hope to be back by July to start writing, and editing. I hope this will be an interesting look at what goes into producing a television documentary, and how the documentary is coming along.

A little background about me...
I am a broadcast video journalist with over 20 years experience shooting, editing, writing and field producing. I decided to "retire" from local news in 2009 to pursue the next phase of my career. Much of my experience is in local tv news as a Field Producer, and ENG Photographer, but the fundamentals of producing long form stories are the same as producing shorter news packages.
You are telling a story, plain and simple. The better you plan the better the final product will be.

Thanks again for reading, and enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's all in the family...

Well, it's official! My 22 year old niece will be traveling with us. She just recently graduated from York College with a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on photography. I had hoped she would come along to shoot stills of the trip for a companion photo book. The Honda will be cramped, but I hope that means the car will be heavy enough to withstand a tornado. Tornado season runs until July, and unfortunately we are traveling directly through tornado alley. If you have been following the news, a few just hit Oklahoma and Kansas. I certainly don't want to see the wizard any time soon!
We will be arriving in Chicago late on June 7th, and spend the next day traveling around the area shooting the flavor of the town. I hope to shoot aerials of Chicago from the Sky Deck on top of what was once the Sears Tower(now called The Willis Tower... whatcha talkin' bout? lol). The actual start of west bound Route 66 is at Jackson and Michigan Streets. I hear it's very busy during rush hour so I hope to get there early.
We have to arrive in Kansas by June 18th for the Route 66 Festival in the Downstream casino. It takes about 9 hours to drive from Chicago to the casino. I have allowed 9 days to stop in the towns along the way to talk to residents and business owners.
One of the highlights of this leg will be a stop in Litchfield, Illinois. There is a drive-in theater celebrating its 60th anniversary. You get 2-double features for just $2 dollars a person.
That's about all for now, I am in the process of lining up interviews for the rest of the trip.
Thanks for checking in!

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