Thursday, April 21, 2011
The coolest parts of my job often involve just the ability to see firsthand something that people who watch the news will likely only see on TV.
Standing out on the Long Beach Grand Prix track at 11pm wasn"t some great life changing experience, but it was a cool moment.
I was thankful for it for a few reasons.
It was peaceful.
There was a certain zen quality to the relative silence that I found as we stood out on the track where race cars would be thundering in a few hours.
It also felt very safe.
If we hadn't found the "on the track" live shot location, we would have been doing the live shot in an area with crowds of party motivated race fans.
(That's a polite way of saying, drunk.)
We had already experienced one creepy encounter with a very intoxicated race fan. He was following us as we interviewed people who might have witnessed the crash earlier that day during the celebrity race.
I managed to stare him down, but my reporter (hi, Amy Murphy!) and I were happy to be able to avoid the chance that he might pop up again to interfere with the live shot.
That would have just led to more trouble for me and I really like a peaceful live shot.
K rails and chain link equals serenity. Who knew?
If I remember correctly, I used to enjoy being out and away from the station. That must change with age. I've been working with Stacey Butler in the Orange County bureau and I don't think I can be any further from the station, but I'm not exactly having any fun.
My first day in the OC found us driving 200 miles round trip to San Bernardino to cover the police search for a suspect who beat up an autistic man.
It was a good story to put on TV. It was shameful what happened and painful to watch the poor guy get beaten.
I hope they catch the suspect. If there's any justice to be had, the suspect should get an appropriate amount of jail time (it is a felony to beat a handicapped person) and maybe a couple of punches in the face.
Also make him drive to San Bernardino from Orange County during rush hour.
Photos for this post were taken with my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. Cool, baby.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I'm not sure if I should put a content advisory warning on this post. It's not what I consider to be "work safe" and probably not suitable for anyone under 18.
The reason why I'm not blurring it out is because, well, I saw everything up close with my own two eyes and I don't feel particularly emotionally traumatized.
No more than usual, at least.
Every now and then, we get an assignment that pushes the envelope of good taste and acceptability for our newscast. Do we cover our ears, mouth and eyes?
We do the story anyway.
Those are sex toys on the table in the above picture. Yes, that is a reciprocating saw on the table.
Melissa McCarty and I had to tell the story about a sexually themed workshop/performance without being too specific about the actual content of the sexually themed workshop/performance.
Easier said than done. There were posters and devices of many varieties everywhere you turned. Even the words and images that "might" be misinterpreted had to be carefully considered.
I managed to shoot enough to cover the package, but it was tight-- wait, see what I mean?
In case you're wondering, the saw doesn't use a blade, it uses a custom attachment to adapt it for use with other custom attachments (wink-wink, nudge-nudge).
What? Use your imagination.
Okay, I lost my nerve and edited the most graphic of the pictures. Not because I feel that there was anything wrong with it, but because I don't want to impose what "I'm okay with seeing" on readers who might not want to be exposed to more graphic images.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I guess it sort of depends on how we Los Angelenos are doing.
I'm not expecting anything too dire. I'll try to get a "tweet" out if there's anything to worry about.
Sent from Bryan Frank's iPhone
Monday, April 11, 2011
On top of that, this past March was my officially least productive month EVER!
I guess I should qualify that, because I made a ton of overtime at work and got to cover some nice interesting assignments.
Running an SNG truck for CBS Newspath at the NCAA Finals probably ranks pretty high on the "interesting" scale.
It might also be interesting to know that I was at the Dodger Opening Day game where that Giants fan incident occurred.
I've known for a couple of years now that the crowds were beginning to go overboard on the shenannigans at the game.
We've had more than one incident where a drunken fan decides to try to crash our live shot.
We've had to call security before and that's been the end of it, but I kind of wonder what's going to happen when security isn't nearby, I'm behind the camera and outnumbered by a crowd of drunks who all think getting on TV and yelling is the funniest thing ever.
It's not always a safe job that I do, but then again who would have thought that just going to a baseball game would involve risking your life.
Keep in mind, it's always been dangerous out there.
You shouldn't live in fear of the things that might happen, but don't tempt fate by pretending that nothing bad could ever possibly happen to you.
Just be careful.
That's all I'm saying.