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Video: “No Diving Allowed”

By August 24, 2011 Eliza, Home Movies

Okay, so I’m late to the game in getting a GoProHD camera, and I finally couldn’t hold out any longer in getting one. I promptly made use of it this weekend with Eliza while tearing up the crazy, rooftop pool in our Miami hotel.

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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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Promo: Kia & Andy – “Wardrobe Malfunction”

By February 4, 2011 Promos, The Daily Buzz

I helped Producer Brad put together this piece of hilarity which he wrote/directed – which feeds out to stations on Tuesday. We have multiple versions of the same spot, with various explanations and tag lines, but I kinda like the understated (and weird) version best.

Kia & Andy – Wardrobe Malfunction from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

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Proof Reel: Broadcast News Image (KPRC)

By April 21, 2010 Houston, KPRC, Photography, Promos

Proof Reel: Broadcast News Image from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

If you’ve seen any of my promos in the past year, then chances are you’ll recognize some of this footage. Basically, I’m getting my various reels together for my (soon-to-be) upgraded photo/video site…and whatever future marketing needs I might have now that we’re moving. My intent is to demonstrate my digital cinematography skills for use in broadcast promos and related projects.

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Easter fun with the little one

By April 5, 2010 Eliza, Home Movies

Here’s the highlight reel from Eliza’s living room Easter Egg hunt this morning…

Eliza’s Egg Hunt from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

And here’s the beginning of the inevitable sugar high….

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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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the lonely football field

By August 14, 2009 KPRC

While editing a promo for KPRC’s high school football show, I got the urge to make a little montage of only the cutaway shots that were devoid of people and action.

the lonely football field from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

It ended up being a weird, little promo in itself.

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driving through the car wash

By August 14, 2009 geekery, Photography

Yesterday afternoon before I went through the car wash, I decided to set up my Canon 5D2 in the rear window area, shooting back towards the driver’s seat. I wanted some high definition scrubbing going on.

driving through the car wash from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

I chopped off the extra footage on both ends of the movie, and then sped it up to a more bearable running time. It was an impulse idea, so next time I go through the car wash I have a plan to make it better. (Like not having a tripod on the passenger seat, for example)

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“Local 2 Investigates is there.”

By June 25, 2009 Houston, KPRC, Promos

I’ve been doing a lot of promos at KPRC recently, but haven’t had any new video to post. Most of my stuff lately has had a lot of NBC footage, and is more ‘day turn’ sort of stuff anyway. Well, I finally have something blogworthy. Here’s one promo from a series of new spots promoting KPRC’s kick-ass investigative unit, Local 2 Investigates.

Did I mention this was all shot on my still camera? Aww yeah, 5D2 FTW!

Local 2 Investigates image promo from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

There’s also an alternate version of this spot, with just the announcer speaking (and a really-alternative version that I’m hoping gets approved), and also each of the reporters has their own shorter personalized promo.

With all the cool 3D animations and Lensbaby HD video aside, my favorite part has got to be the ‘street posters’ of the gang. My boss thought of it when we were out scouting locations for the shoot, and it worked out really well. Now I have three giant posters of the gang looming over me in my office, keeping watchful eye over my internet usage.

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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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