Hey All! Sorry for the lack of updates. I promise I’m not being lazy at all! Promise! Actually I’ve been quite busy. Despite my regular job as a commercial producer keeping me extremely busy you may have seen me roaming around Eastern Iowa the last three weeks with camera in hand. Very very guerrilla like too. Out of the van shoot and back in the van and hit the road. Well as most of you know KWWL is going HD in April! With that means new news opens! Over a month ago my boss came to me and said, “Hey we need HD shots of Eastern Iowa for our new opens, how would you like to saddle up with a Panasonic P2 HD camera with Marketing/Promotions producer Phil Hunt and get some shots of our beautiful DMA?” I jumped at the chance to shoot in HD and I jumped at the chance to have my shots as part of the opens. The hard part, we are launching in April and no one wants to see snow in the shots for Spring! Well we tried our best to get noticeable areas of Eastern Iowa minus snow. We also shot a lot of snow footage as well for use next year in our new Winter News Opens. So hopefully you’ll be seeing some of my camera work real soon on the news (April is soon right?).
Here are some highlights from the three week tour. The frozen Mississippi is just as majestic as the unfrozen Mississippi. I absolutely adore Taste of India on Boyson Road in Hiawatha. It’s totally yummy and Phil and I gobbled a big pile of it down when we were in Cedar Rapids. Iowa City always seems to be bustling with activity no matter what time of the day and I often forget how cool the Ped Mall really is. I really enjoy shooting footage especially when I’m allowed to be as creative as I want. The Alliant Building in Cedar Rapids looks like a sky scraper when you shoot it at the right angle! I’m not as afraid of heights as I thought, although when you are seven stories off the ground hanging over the edge of a parking garage in Dubuque to get a “cool” shot of the Clock Tower your knees and your partners knees may get a Little wobbly. I also learned that you can not shoot on a SD Card on a P2 camera that it only shoots exclusively on the P2 card, and if I had read the instructions completely before hand I would have known that.
And lastly the most important thing that I learned. I really am lucky to work with some of the best and most talented people in the business. From my co-producer Jason DeWitt (who I spend a ton of time with) holding down the fort while I was out for 16 hours a week shooting, to Chris Hussey our Marketing/Promotions manager editing two GREAT spots that I couldn’t get to, and Phil Hunt for buying ME lunch on HIS birthday and for looking at every angle we shot twice to make sure it was the best angle, oh and holding onto me while I hung over the edge of a parking garage 4 stories and 7 stories above the city streets in Waterloo & Dubuque. Lucky for Phil there wasn’t a good spot to climb the walls in the parking garage we were in Cedar Rapids! HA! Just so his wife isn’t mad at me, but I’m totally sorry for the now 15 years I’ve shaved off of Phil’s life with my daredevil tactics of shooting.
Any way, I have some very exciting stuff coming up. First up I’m interviewing the all girl metal band Kittie on March 16th at Spicoli’s. After that I’ll have an interview up I did with Tim King of SoiL for their show at Spicoli’s on April 1st! I saw the new Wolfman, and was totally unimpressed. I’ve also been listening to a ton of new music! Things seem to be a bit more manageable now so hopefully I can get back up on this horse and rider her hard and fast to great things for you my loyal readers!
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This post was written by Gabe Wilkinson on February 26, 2010