I spent Memorial Weekend in Tampa/St. Pete soaking up the sun. Yes, we have raging heat and plenty of sun here too. But there’s something about palm trees….
And while I was there, Angi Bruss and Todd Fraser shot the above video. And texted me about their adventures in the process.
Looks like fun.
“Liberty Belle” restored B-17 Bomber is coming to Oklahoma City June 5th and 6th for public flights and ground tours.
Yesterday afternoon I notice Matt Johnson (@matt_uvizz on Twitter) ripping the local media and social media peeps for not covering Edmond sixth grader Greyson Michael Chance’s video going insanely viral. Matt runs a cool video operation called UVizz, check them out here. But I’m thinking, great, I apparently missed something big, better check into this. So I click on his link and watch the video millions of others have watched now too.
Pretty impressive. It shows some kid mashing his way through “Paparazzi” on the piano in front of his classmates and, more impressively, nailing the vocals. Not just a karaoke version, but with some personality and soul. Maybe a little heart.
One thing is clear in the video: he has talent.
So I message Matt on Twitter for any contact info, and we at OPUBCO Studios start to find ways to track down the young star. At this point the vid had about one million video views.
This morning, it had about 8 million.
Holy cats, that’s impressive. So was his performance on Ellen. Can’t be easy to perform under such expectations in a whirlwind trip from OKC to LaLa land with the bright lights and big cameras focused.
I wrote the above video, knocked it out with Angi and handed it over to Kyle Roberts to edit. Kyle had some fun editing the hair flip into a transition/wipe. It’s a fairly informative video of what you should know about the video everyone’s buzzing about.
Hopefully we’ll track down the man himself for another close-up.
For this week’s show we went to the National Weather Center in Norman. Angi and I interviewed Rick Smith who is great to work with.
I’ll post pictures later, but behind the scenes this shoot went less than flawless. Another case of checking your gear before you leave the shop. And probably checking it again to be certain.
For as many times as I’ve interviewed Rick – we chat with him via phone or Skype during severe weather for updates on NewsOK.com – this wasn’t my best interview or segue into the interview with Rick. But he’s a champ for working with the media and getting out the word and mission of the NWC.
I shot this interview with Angi Bruss and chef/owner/partner Kurt Fleischfresser on Saturday night. Fleischfresser was debuting his concept, The Tasting Room, which is behind Will’s in the Will Rogers Theatre on NW 43 and Western.
It was the second straight weekend I had shot something with Chef K, both weekends decidedly involving world-class food. For a tech geek like myself, seeing the kitchen with cameras and flat screen in operation was pretty cool. While Chef K chefs behind the grill and stove, he can step on a button and toggle through various camera shots that appear on the flat screen for the entire room and the entry hall.
I’m a big fan of Will’s, especially during warm weather on the patio. The food is exceptional. Chef’s food, I’ve heard it called. The egg salad sandwich is insanely good.
Pardon the audio on the above video, something about Angi’s mic bugged out during the interview so I went with the on-board mic on the trusty Sony HVR A1U. The Canon 7D refused to read cards this weekend.
Here’s the latest episode of NewsOK TV, a weekly look back at videos on NewsOK.com. The show airs on Cox Channel 7 each Saturday, then replays throughout the following week.
Behind the scenes: there was a varicose vein segment in this episode that I simply couldn’t get through. I’m a real pro like that. C’mon, the words are on the teleprompter. It’s not hard. Of course we tape it so the final edit looks, uh, more polished. Or as much polished as I can be.