Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Google just popped these old photos up for me. Nine years ago today...

These old RAZR pics are from the first day of the Shelter Run shoot for the Rogers' Rescues documentary. Arguably one of the most memorable shoots I've ever been on. The top one is us leaving and that second one is the restaurant we had dinner at that night. On that long weekend of run'n'gun shooting I had to make sure I started each day with a full set of charged batteries because I didn't have a portable charger, which meant I could only charge batteries with my camera.

Coincidentally, I spent some time yesterday making sure all my batteries were charged. I even ordered a new one to add to my kit (and the portable charger I wish I'd had nine years ago).

Why all the charging? Because tomorrow is the first day of shooting for a new documentary project.

I figured it was about time.

Friday, May 8, 2015

I Like Making People Cry [Video]

Applause is nice, but you really know your retrospective video hit the mark when people cry.

That's why I was pleased to see people reaching for their hankies when they played this look back at the first ten years of the Moody's Mega Math Challenge during the 2015 competition finals in New York.

This year's M3 Challenge winners.
I've been fortunate to have been involved with the Challenge since I first covered it for an episode of Classroom Close-up, NJ back in 2008. With a decade's worth of footage including DV, HDV, and DVC-PRO HD along with thousands of photos and a few fuzzy YouTube clips from the contest's first couple of years, putting this together was a big job for BMG's editor.

The clip also made heavy use of interviews that we conducted with participants and coaches from all of the previous Challenges through Google Hangout. While obviously not the quality of footage we normally like to capture, it proved itself to be a viable way of getting a lot of geographically dispersed interviews in a short amount of time on a limited budget. The Hangouts were also used to make a series of Flashback videos that were used to promote the tenth anniversary on Facebook.

As we near the finals of yet another Challenge, we recall amazing things participants have done in past years. In this...

If you want to find out who came out on top at this year's Challenge, watch the 2015 M3 Challenge recap.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Journey from the Holocaust to the Classroom [Video]

Last summer, a group of 30 New Jersey educators visited Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands as part of an educational trip organized by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. The Classroom Close-up, NJ crew was able to document part of that trip. Since then, we've been working to produce a half-hour documentary about their experiences as well as Holocaust education at home and abroad.

The Classroom Close-up special, Transformation and Remembrance: A Journey from the Holocaust to the Classroom premieres this Wednesday, April 8 on NJTV. Please watch.

Friday, September 26, 2014

For the 100th time...

This weekend is the season premiere of Classroom Close-up, NJ.

You can catch the first episode of the 21st season on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on NJTV. While I haven't been a part of all those seasons, I recently realized that this week's show does include my own personal mini-milestone. "Exchange Student" happens to be the 100th story I've produced for the show.