Welcome to the revised website and to the first installment of the BACIPIX Blog! We realized that a blog would be a great way to stay in touch with our video production family and to get the word out about the goings-on here at the studio. It's a good idea! The blog will document our increasing strides producing high-quality videos throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as well as our work for Northern California public television broadcast and national public TV documentary efforts that are taking us from the Big Island of Hawai'i to Washington, D.C.

It's going to be a lot of fun!

This is an especially exciting time for us as we make the transition to High Definition video and complete a major re-tooling of the edit suite and field package, our biggest upgrade since we began as independents 12 years ago. Demand for video is increasing with the rise of You Tube and clients' desire to have more of an online presence for their organizations. A challenging economy is also motivating many to turn to video as they reach out with fundraising efforts. As a smaller, affordable yet highly experienced team we are in a unique position to offer top quality service at a great price.

But enough business talk. This blog is going to be a chance to share the back stories, adventures, and just plain funny situations we encounter as we're running around capturing fascinating people doing important work in the wonderfully diverse communities and stunning outdoor spaces of our beautiful home.
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World Renown Biologist Corrects my Grammar on Camera 
One high point during a year that has been full of them was the opportunity to meet Dr. Jane Goodall while working on the tribute to Grace Cathedral's Dean Alan Jones, who will be retiring in December. KQED's Don Derheim was kind enough to refer me to the Cathedral and I've had the joy of working with Brent Andrew and Heidi Zuhl in the Public Relations Department there since 2006.

The plan for the tribute was simple: Talk to Alan's friends about his accomplishments. But what a list of friends! We had the honor of speaking with Grace Cathedral board members and colleagues, renown theologian Huston Smith, S.F. Opera Music Director Donald Runnicles, Mayor Willie Brown, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and others.

But as a childhood fan of her captivating television specials with the chimps of Tanzania's Gombe National Reserve, our interview with Dr. Jane Goodall held a very special place in my heart! What fun to meet a childhood hero, if only briefly. She was very gracious and made a point of introducing her stuffed animal companion, "Mr. H," to each of the crewmembers. We all dutifully patted his head as invited.

Dr. Goodall really rose to the occasion and was fantastic on camera, which isn't surprising considering she has been making television throughout her career. But imagine how I felt as she found fault and corrected me, in no uncertain terms, about my composition on the cue cards, viewable in this clip!

We made the changes right away!
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Occupational Hazard: Nibbling Goats Threaten Audio Cabling 
Sustainable San Mateo County is a fantastic group, which publishes a groundbreaking annual report on environmental indicators affecting the region that has become a well-respected tool for city governments, planners, and citizens. Each year, Ruth Peterson and Executive Director Tyler Hammer and their team of volunteers also throw a gala event where businesses and individuals promoting Environmental, Economic and socially Equitable sustainability in the County are recognized with the Sustainable San Mateo County Award. Since 2005 we've been the lucky ones who get to go out and meet these amazing people and create short profiles to be shown at this wonderful celebration.

SSMC shoots are often an experience and I'm sure we'll be revisiting this project often in the blog--but on the top of my mind at the moment is my December visit to beautiful Harley Farms, an historic sustainable goat dairy in rural Pescadero right on the stunning San Mateo Coast.

Two goat babies were very curious about the guests on the tour I videotaped....and they found my audio cables especially interesting!

If you ever get the chance, make a reservation to take a tour of Harley Farms. You MUST NOT MISS getting some of their goat-milk chocolate. It is absolutely extraordinary--not BAAAAAAAAAAAD at all!!!!! (couldn't resist)

Coming Up in future BACIBLOGs:
Working with condors, coyotes, and naturalist Michael Ellis

News from the Hawai'i International Film Festival work-in-progress screening of "Living Pono with Jason Scott Lee"

A look back at lunch with Mr. Fred Rogers in 1992 at WQED Pittsburgh--with behind-the-scenes footage!

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