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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!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

To infinity and beyond!

To Infinity and beyond... that's a Toy Story reference for those of you who might not know. It was my daughter Lydia's favorite movie while she was in the hospital. Don't forget Toy Story 3D is in theaters June 18th!
14 days until we leave on what should be the biggest solo undertaking of my career to date! A good friend of mine is blogging about a year of firsts so in a way that might have been what inspired me or I'm just crazy. Being in tv for so long it's probably a little of both. We seem to think we can do anything when we put our minds to it. Which isn't so bad is it?
Does anyone know of a nice moderately priced hotel in Chicago near the Sears Tower? I have to book a room for the 7th/8th of June. Some good news, I have access to the Sears Tower (renamed Willis Tower) Skydeck on the 8th to shoot aerials of Chicago. A coup for a small company, I think.
Any way, this week is filled with booking, buying, and blogging (not really blogging all week but I needed another B lol) My next blog will be next week. I'll up date the final progress before we leave. I'll attempt to blog and tweet daily on the road from the 8th until we return in July. Oh, yea, I have to set up the twitter account this week too.
I want your feed back! Let me know what you think about the blog. If you have ideas, technical assistance, or just encouragement that would be great! You are my friends, co-workers, family. You are who inspire me to do this everyday. (and besides, I've told too many people so I can't back out now lol) But seriously, you're my peeps! I want to hear from you. Since leaving, I miss chatting with all of my friends and colleagues at the station. And my family and non-work friends, thank you for your continued support in life! I love you man!!
Have a great week!!!


  1. Joe, this is awesome, and I'm very excited for you. I eagerly anticipate each new post and tweet. If I have any advice, it's this: don't feel like everything you post has to be perfect before you post it. I know I've had issues with that where I was trying to get something just right, when I would've been better off just getting something posted. But there are no rules. Stay flexible, keep your adventurous spirit, and offer to take photos of all the pretty ladies you encounter under the guise of "I just got this new camera, and I want to test it out. May I take your picture?"
    Best of luck to you!

  2. Good luck Joe-
    Sounds like it'll be an amazing adventure. The only problem I see is that I'm not going with you.