Angi Bruss and Kyle Roberts shot this video in preparation of this week’s Big 12 basketball tournaments.
This didn’t go according to plan.
The OKC Chamber released a study this morning about the need for a new convention center. The study said the existing Cox Convention Center, 38 years old, is frankly holding the city back from earning more convention business. Mayor Cornett has been pushing for an improved convention center for a couple years. I heard him talk at length about this at his most recent State of the City address. Well spoken is Mayor Cornett.
Back to my small world. I expected to get the info for a quick video in advance of the study release. We would release a story online at NewsOK with a video around the same time. And I expected that to happen early in the afternoon.
So I’m in our green room this morning a little after 10 prepping for a Made in Oklahoma cooking segment with the Food Dude, The Oklahoman’s food editor Dave Cathey. His guest arrived early so we scrambled to accommodate and get ahead of schedule, which is always nice. Our studio was waiting for Sonya Colberg’s video interview with a local expert on stem cell research, a hot topic in the news with the president’s new policies.
Then we get word the Chamber study is now released. Early. No video ready. I have an outline of a script from Steve Lackmeyer’s story. Quick write-through. Fire up Studio B. Jacquelyn Farris rolls on the Black Magic software, which captures into a QuickTime .mov format. I bang through a quick read, Jacquelyn throws the file back to my laptop in my office.
A lot of our studio shoots go in this manner. We tape, then use post-production time in Final Cut Pro to add soundbites, b-roll, photos, audio and/or graphics. Same deal here. The video is about two minutes. Took about 10 minutes to edit, including building the Photoshop graphics and pulling pictures from our library of photos. The next steps included exporting and encoding into a Flash file and uploading to Brightcove to post on NewsOK. We turned the video in well under an hour.
MIO food segment will be online sometime soon, we often shoot our food segments in advance. Angi Bruss has a Wednesday morning shoot with Sherrel Jones on red beans and rice. We’ll post that online in a few weeks probably. Maybe sooner.
The stem cell video didn’t happen, I think it rescheduled for Wednesday.
Meanwhile Grayson Cook took a tour of the Cox Convention Center this afternoon, shooting video as Mike Carrier from the Convention Visitors Bureau gave us a tour of why the center needs to be improved. Grayson will edit and post that video on Wednesday morning.
The above video was shot by Kyle Roberts. Dave Cathey manned the mic for a tour of Cafe Antigua. Cathey likes his food spicy, and I’ve noticed, from south of the border.
A few weekends ago I ate at Cafe Antigua, located on North Classen and formerly More than Muffins and Cafe do Brasil. The special that day was the excellent Mayan Chicken, served with black beans and white rice. Not sure what the green sauce was. They said, but I don’t remember, but it had some heat.
Like Cathey, I like my food caliente. The breakfast portion of the menu looked excellent, and I could eat some breakfast any time of the day. And twice some days.
It’s Thursday, and for us kids in the OPUBCO Studios that means sports. We
have seven sports segments to tape today. You can look for those this
afternoon. Remember, we stream the Press Row live each Thursday at 11:30 am.
It lasts about 30 minutes and we post it online afterwards.
It’s not all sports though. Tim Money and Carrie Coppernoll are following
today’s annual homeless point in time survey, organized by the Homeless
Alliance. And Tanner Herriott is catching up with The Oklahoman’s John
Williams to talk with Utopia Joe, you may know him from his reality TV show.
He lives right here in OKC.
Tonight, celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman is in town. Angi and Tanner will be
at the Cox Center as Hoffman lights up the stage with her Latin take on
heart healthy cooking.
Stay with us at NewsOK.tv, enjoy your
And they’re back! One of the most popular video series of 2008 was the Gourmet Grille at Buy For Less, hosted by local chefs and business owners Sean and Cathy Cummings.
I just posted the first video from the GG for 2009. We’re talking chili today. Cathy’s mom’s chili.
Todd Fraser and I shoot these segments about every six weeks or so at the Buy For Less on NW Expressway in OKC. 2-3 segments are taped. We spend about an hour to 90 minutes setting up, shooting and tearing down.
The food always looks great, smells great and, from what I’ve tried at home, tastes great too.
Toni Hoffman is opening Sara Sara Cupcakes next Tuesday, fulfilling a promise to her niece. Read an excerpt from Steve Lackmeyer‘s reporting back on Sept. 3, 2008.
It was Easter 2007 and Toni Hoffman was doing what she always did with her niece Sara when the family gathered together — making cupcakes.
This is, after all, not just any family — but the descendants of legendary judge Joe Cannon.
“My family is very gregarious and loud,” Hoffman said. “But my niece was the shy one. And for years, we baked cupcakes — it was our own special thing.”
Just as Hoffman was showing Sara Brinson how to create a carrot design atop a cupcake, the 18-year-old made a vow to her aunt: “You and I are going to run a cupcake shop together someday.” Hoffman was puzzled — she repeated what Brinson said to make sure she heard her correctly.
“Yeah,” Brinson said, “that’s all you and I know how to do.”
‘I made a promise’
The next day, Brinson died from sudden cardiac arrest. Three months later, Hoffman was watching “Jimmy Kimmel Live” when she heard the host discuss the reason he loved Los Angeles — the city’s cupcake bakeries. Hoffman called her sister Dana, Sara’s mother, after the late-night show was over and pitched Sara Brinson’s idea. Dana Brinson reminded Hoffman they didn’t know how to operate a bakery.
“I don’t care,” Hoffman said, “I made a promise — we’ll figure it out.”
And that, Hoffman said, is the start of the story of how she decided to open Sara Sara Cupcakes. The location for this new venture, a dilapidated 102-year-old house at 7 NW 9, is yet another story. The property is part of a stretch of properties being redeveloped by Steve Mason, owner of the Iguana Mexican Grill, Earl’s Rib Palace and Cardinal Engineering.
The cupcakes are quite tasty, check out the menu for more. They brought a few crimson and cream examples, which disappeared quickly from the Studios’ green room.
The video will be posted this weekend on NewsOK.com.