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Promo: “News You Need To Know”

By April 26, 2011 Orlando, Promos

Here’s our latest Buzz promo, which feeds out to stations tomorrow. It’s a companion to the mock weather promo that was released in February. (This is the ‘tagged’ version – the endplate also changes, depending on station and their custom graphics).

We might have one more ‘news team’ promo like this, but my mind has already wandered to doing some really “out there” promos this summer.

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“Dusk till Dawn” promo (:60)

By February 24, 2010 Houston, KPRC, Promos

It’s actually called the “10PM to AM” promo internally at the station, but somehow “Dusk till Dawn” stuck with me. (Unfortunately, the anchors don’t turn into vampires halfway through the promo)

KPRC – 10PM to AM News (#3 :60 version) from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

It’s like 99% shot with my 5D, except for like three shots. I’m not terribly happy with the encoding I did for this Vimeo upload, as it’s choppy and contrasty. But it’s a decent example of what I’ve been working on – the standard, thirty-second version of this spot is crazy fast compared to this extended promo.

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News at the Speed of Life (:30)

By February 15, 2010 Houston, Photography, Promos

Here’s the first spot in our new promo campaign that began Friday night during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. I shot about 95% of it with my 5D2, except for a few HD stock shots of people that I needed (so that it wasn’t all news people looking rad).

KPRC – 2010 Image Spot (#1 :30 version) from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

There’s an alternate (longer) version on our promo department’s YouTube channel, in case you want to see the same spot, but twice as long.

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Local 2 Mornings – Your Olympic Team

By December 18, 2009 KPRC, Promos

The morning team are quickly becoming my favorite people to shoot with. Here’s my latest fun promo, that’ll tie-in to the upcoming Olympic games.

Your Olympic Team from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

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cowboy flip book

By November 23, 2009 Photography

I found this old timey flip book, and decided to give it the HD treatment.

cowboy flip book from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

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Shooting with the Canon 5D2

By June 25, 2009 KPRC, Promos

Here’s some semi-raw video shot with my Canon 5D Mark2 still camera that’ll be used for a promotional campaign. I have much more video – all these shots are done with my Lensbaby Composer lens attachment.

semi-raw video; my Lensbaby shots from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

Shooting with the 5D2 has its limitations, for sure, but the saturation and depth-of-field more than makes up for them. You just have to practice and come up with some of your own tricks to get exactly what you want. Actually, I can’t wait to see what my next project looks like now that I actually have full manual control over the exposure with the new firmware update. (For this project I only used audio as an enhancement, or to hear my shot markers. I have had some luck with audio on other projects — more on that in another post).

Anyway, I just wanted to show off some raw video before posting the actual promo spots with all the post-production enhancements. Not bad for a consumer camera sporting a toy lens, right?

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Salt water is not kind to the robot mind

By June 1, 2009 geekery, Photography

Here’s a little HD video I shot with my Canon 5DII of one of my robots being battered by sea water. Trust me, it looks pretty sweet in full HD. I’m probably going to have to upgrage my Vimeo account (and upload it there) to prove it.

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Now that’s what I call a show!

By April 24, 2009 Eliza, Home Movies

Our daughter, Eliza loves grooving during the theme songs to various TV shows. She really gets into 30 Rock, The Office, and The Wire. Well, tonight she took her whole routine up a notch when the Parks & Recreation theme kicked-in. Hilarious! We kept rewinding the show and recording her going berserk to the song, and each video I shot had some awesome, new move she added – this one is my favorite because of the dramatic finishing move.

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I finished a few Conan promos

By March 13, 2009 Houston, KPRC, Promos

Here’s a few of the quick, local promos for the Tonight Show countdown.

These don’t air for well over a month, but I was given the green light to post them on the blog. Plenty of time for me to obsess about one or two small things that I want to tweak before then.

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