Posts Tagged ‘decatur celebration’

On the big screen

August 8, 2011

This year, I entered “Oh, What a Laugh” into the Land of Lincoln Credit Union 21 Film Project. I didn’t win anything this year, but I did make it to the top 20, so I still got to see my film played on a big screen.

The award ceremony was at the Avon Theater during the Decatur Celebration, the 3-day festival that keeps me very busy shooting for the Herald & Review. Lucky for me, I was able to attend for the first time and film it for the paper.

Doug Bishop, as Santa, on screen at the Avon

It was a pretty fantastic event. There was a red carpet walk, a huge crowd, and lots of fun characters. It got off to a late start, and I had to film more events for work, so I wasn’t able to stay for the whole show. I stayed for about six films, and had to leave before mine played. I made it back on Sunday to see mine, and a bunch of other films. There are a lot of really talented people here in Decatur and the surrounding areas, and it was great to finally make it to the event.

Oh, I almost forgot: 80s singer, Tiffany, opened up the ceremony with a song. Pretty wild. Here’s the video that I did for the H&R, complete with my goofy walk down the red carpet with Doug Bishop.


Helmet cam at the Decatur Celebration

August 9, 2010

Finally! This weekend I finally put my helmet camera on a paintball gun to get a first-person view down the barrel. The camera didn’t go back far enough to show the barrel, a la first-person-shooter, but you can see the discharge from the CO2.

We also used the helmet cam to let viewers go on carnival rides with my friend, H&R videographer Adam Casner. Here are the vids!

As you can see, Adam took a pretty good beating in there. Here is a picture he posted later on:

Painless? No, Paintless.

Now that you’ve had a laugh at Adam’s expense, check out some things that he’s been working on over at!

Media Creds

August 18, 2009

One of the perks of working for a newspaper is the access you get to certain events. Courtside, ringside, on the field, on the stage, I can pretty much get anywhere I need, as long as I have that little card. For many people in the news and media industry, they are a collector’s item. It’s a little piece of memorabilia to say, “see, I was there”. I just covered the Illinois State Fair last week, and had to stop by the media checkpoint to get my ID. The fair is really cool because they don’t just give you a pre-printed media cred and then write your name on it. They actually sit you down in front of a camera and print you out a card. I’ve collected three ID’s so far, and each time I try to get a different face. Here are some of the credentials I’ve picked up in my few years working for the paper.

Illinois State Fair (2009, 2007,2006)

Illinois State Fair (2009, 2007,2006)

Decatur Celebration and Scream Haunted House ('06, '07, and '08)

Decatur Celebration and Scream Haunted House ('06, '07, and '08)

2007 Farm Progress Show

Farm Progress Show ('07)

Camp Lincoln Illinois National Guard State Headquarters

Camp Lincoln Illinois National Guard State Headquarters

Obama candidacy announcements

Obama candidacy announcements

I have a lot more, but these are the ones I consider visually appealing, or at least unique. Each one reminds me of the different events I’ve covered, the experiences I had, and how awesome it is to be able to walk past a huge line of people and get right in.