Fried Chickens – They’re Ready.

"Two girls hold signs advertising a fried chicken stand in Bridgeville, Delaware Sunday, June 19, 2011."

I went down to Bethany Beach last weekend with some friends. It was a relaxing weekend before starting work.

I had every intention of shooting some life in Bethany while I was there, but laziness turned out to be far more convenient. It wasn’t until the drive home that I started snapping out the window of the car. 

This one turned out well. The two girls both look so disinterested. 

Strategic default: Man walks away from his Baltimore rowhouse and the mortgage, joining the ranks of “strategic defaulters” – Baltimore Sun Video

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Although I didn’t shoot footage for this video myself, this was my last assignment a Multimedia Intern for The Baltimore Sun. I spent several days editing this footage from reporter Jamie SmithHopkins, who wrote about Wallace Farmer’s unique story. It can be read here in its entirety.

This was the most difficult yet most rewarding editing job I had during my time there. I’m proud of myself for making sense of over two hours of interview footage and condensing it down to a fluid short story.

Though I didn’t realize it then, I think the reason I’m so satisfied with this video is because, at the time I was working on it, I could relate to Mr. Farmer in a strange way: both of us were men walking away from something we loved. For him, it was a home that he hoped to spend many more years in.

For me, it was another incredible learning experience.

Under the guidance and expertise of the Multimedia department, I worked on numerous projects and had various responsibilities throughout the summer. Primarily, I shot, edited, and produced video and photographs for breaking stories in the news, features, sports, and arts sections of the newspaper. I conducted interviews and created and pitched story ideas to editors and reporters. Additionally, I updated the newspaper’s website with photos, videos, and multimedia slideshows.

I never felt like an intern. From day one, I was given significant responsibilities and assigned to cover newsworthy stories. I was included in news meetings and was always encouraged to contribute my thoughts.

I’m confident that the multimedia skills I learned will benefit me as I pursue a career in journalism. I was lucky to work alongside some of the best journalists in the business, and I’m thankful for all that I learned from them.

Most importantly, I thank my Mom and Dad, family, and friends. Without their love, support, and guidance, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you to Professor David Zurawik for helping me secure this internship, and for his inspirational teaching and unyielding encouragement and motivation.

Thank you to Mary Corey and Sam Davis for ensuring that I had an enjoyable and productive internship experience.

Thank you to the my Editor, Steve Sullivan, and the Multimedia Department, Chris Assaf, Kevin Richardson, and Leeann Adams, for showing me the ropes, breaking me in, giving me feedback and criticism, and involving me in their daily routines.

Thank you to my fellow interns Kirby Mills, Kate Klots, Gabby Siskind, Colin Stevens, and Kate Smith, whom I had the pleasure of getting to know, reporting with, and learning from.

And to everyone else who helped me along the way!

Artscape.

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Planners of the annual Artscape Summer arts festival in Baltimore were going for a more hipster, quirky feel this year.

With that in mind, I decided to focus on the strangest, most bizarre aspects of Artscape, rather than on the main attractions and performances that were so heavily advertised.

After feeling out the scene for some time, I knew I had found my spot when I was squirted by a stream of water coming out of the mouth of a giant paper mache squid. Set up along North Charles Street on a bridge over 83 North were a slew of homemade booths, installations, and games.

I interviewed some of the people who created these displays, which all seemed like they’d come right out of some small-town, hokey circus.

Where else would you find a goofy water spitting squid, anonymous love letter deliveries, the biggest little carnival on the face of the planet, a psychedelic chill-out room, pedal powered smoothies, a skating ramp, and a spontaneous bubble party all in one place?

This was my interpretation of Artscape 2010.

Summer On The Gunpowder.

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In light of the outrageously high temperatures in Baltimore over the past few months, The Sun has been running a weekly series of Summer related features. One of the many things I’ve learned from this internship is that videos focusing on extreme weather conditions pull in lots of page views.

The latest installment was this piece, a profile on a windsurfing instructor and his youth water sports camp. Hal Ashman has been teaching windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, and stand up paddleboarding to kids ever since he founded his Ultimate Watersports camp 25 years ago.

I went out to the banks of the Gunpowder River in Maryland to spend a day at the camp and collect footage for this piece. My “work” there called for shooting while standing barefoot in the river, riding around in a motorboat, and talking to kids all day.

It’s interesting to note the differences in the editing process depending on how tight the deadline is. I shot this two weeks before it was to be published, so I had more time to craft the piece. It went through many steps and changes, a luxury one doesn’t have when the video has to be finished as soon as possible.

It was a pleasure reporting with Mike Catalini, who wrote the article which will run tomorrow. I’m thankful for his graciousness and guidance, and I learned a lot from working alongside him. I also owe thanks to Kevin Richardson and Chris Assaf, the editing gurus, for their suggestions and fresh eyes.

Heat Wave.

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Temperatures rose well into the upper 90’s yesterday in Baltimore, marking the official first day of Summer.

The extreme temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week.

We got sent out to report on how people were coping with the heat. After walking around a nearly deserted Charles Street, we decided to head to the Inner Harbor.

It was a bit difficult to find a compelling angle for this story. The facts are straightforward: it’s Summer and it’s hot outside.

But, on hot days when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.

We talked to four people that were on the job at the harbor. This video came together as a sampling of how the heat affects (or doesn’t affect) the downtown workplace.