Some say this is the motto of the local news If It Bleeds, It Leads. Market research seems to agree. Stories of crime and violence increase ratings for local news. That’s why news directors deliver more crime-related stories to their audiences. This presents ethical questions as sometimes lines are crossed.
“Nightcrawler” is a new feature film starring Jake Gyllenhaal who portrays a man desperate for work. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other bloody business, Gyllenhaal’s character forces his way into the business of nightcrawling–where each police siren could represent a windfall and victims are converted into dollars. As one news shooter says Never go to a crime scene before the police arrive and always leave before the police leave. That advice is not heeded in this film.
Rene Russo plays a veteran of the bloody local TV news biz. She helps him find his way through the business while Gyllenhaal’s character blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Is the film sensationalizing? Is it a realistic view of the local news business? We’ll have to wait till we can see it. The film will be available on Netflix, Amazon, and other sources in March.
Drone Case Settles This is a still from the video for which Pirker was fined. The full video is available in the link below. This case has finally been settled. In 2011 Raphael Pirker had been fined $10,000 by the FAA for using a Zephyr drone to capture aerial shots of the University of Virginia […]Read More
I just completed designing and building an 8×10 video camera, the first in the world that I know of. Essentially its off-axis reimaging of a projected image. It’s a bit like IMAX, but waaaaay bigger. – Zev Hoover Before you get too excited, the camera is indeed an 8 x 10 Video Camera, but the […]Read More
DJI Limits Where Its Drone Can Fly DJI, the most popular drone manufacturer, has programmed No Fly Zones into the software of their quadcopters. This artificial fencing has been in place since 2013, but now they are continually updating it. The database on their website already lists No Fly Zones for some 50 countries. The […]Read More