Ravens’ Gaither: ‘I would never be disgruntled and try to cause any problems…’ — Baltimore Sun Video

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Baltimore Ravens’ offensive tackle, Jared Gaither, discussed his role on the team today after early morning practice.

Hours later, during the afternoon practice, he was carted off the field with a back injury. We’re lucky to have gotten some sound bites from him before that happened.

We had to lighten this video a bit during the editing process. Whenever possible, I need to be sure to set up our interviews so that they aren’t backlit. This is something to keep in mind for the rest of training camp!

Ravens Fabian Washington discusses injury, Twitter updates — Baltimore Sun Video

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The Baltimore Sun’s Ed Lee had a chance to catch up with Baltimore Ravens cornerback, Fabian Washington, today at training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

Washington, who tore a ligament in his knee last November, began training camp this year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. He discussed his rehab process.

He also commented on two of his latest Twitter updates. He explained the terms “going HAM” and “Rick Flair mode,” which he used in several of his recent tweets.

It’s fascinating to me that these small updates tweeted by notable figures are so often used as legitimate sources of information for journalists.

So, on that note, follow me @bjweiss22 on Twitter or keep checking back into this blog for video updates throughout Ravens training camp!

Police investigate Charles Village stabbing — Baltimore Sun Video

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23-year-old Stephen Pitcairn, a Johns Hopkins research technician, was stabbed to death on the 2600 block of St. Paul Street in Charles Village last night. Read the full story here.

Baltimore Police Spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, spoke about the murder today at a press conference. Here is the video I edited from Jed Kirschbaum’s original footage.

Senator shuts doors, screens “Star Wars” — Baltimore Sun Video

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Hit hard by worsening debts and competition from state of the art, multi-screen movie complexes, Baltimore’s historic Senator Theatre has been in foreclosure for the past year. Today, former owner, Tom Kiefaber, whose family has operated the theatre for 71 years, ended his time at the helm with two free public screenings of “Star Wars: A New Hope.”

Management of the iconic building is now in the hands of James “Buzz” Cusack, operator of another Baltimore cinema landmark, the Charles Theatre.

I’ll always remember watching “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” at the Senator Theatre in 2002. It is a sanctuary where great filmmaking has been displayed to Baltimore since the “Golden Age of Cinema.” Eight years later, through studying film theory in school and learning to tell stories through video this summer, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation for that same great filmmaking that has brought so many through the Senator’s doors.

“Magnificent,” replied Thomas Atkinson, dressed in full Jedi Master attire and wielding a lightsaber, when I asked him to use one word to describe the experience of watching a film in the Senator.

When the lights dimmed and the epic “Star Wars” theme song reverberated through the theatre, I knew exactly what he meant.


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Planners of the annual Artscape Summer arts festival in Baltimore were going for a more hipster, quirky feel this year.

With that in mind, I decided to focus on the strangest, most bizarre aspects of Artscape, rather than on the main attractions and performances that were so heavily advertised.

After feeling out the scene for some time, I knew I had found my spot when I was squirted by a stream of water coming out of the mouth of a giant paper mache squid. Set up along North Charles Street on a bridge over 83 North were a slew of homemade booths, installations, and games.

I interviewed some of the people who created these displays, which all seemed like they’d come right out of some small-town, hokey circus.

Where else would you find a goofy water spitting squid, anonymous love letter deliveries, the biggest little carnival on the face of the planet, a psychedelic chill-out room, pedal powered smoothies, a skating ramp, and a spontaneous bubble party all in one place?

This was my interpretation of Artscape 2010.

Summer On The Gunpowder.

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In light of the outrageously high temperatures in Baltimore over the past few months, The Sun has been running a weekly series of Summer related features. One of the many things I’ve learned from this internship is that videos focusing on extreme weather conditions pull in lots of page views.

The latest installment was this piece, a profile on a windsurfing instructor and his youth water sports camp. Hal Ashman has been teaching windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, and stand up paddleboarding to kids ever since he founded his Ultimate Watersports camp 25 years ago.

I went out to the banks of the Gunpowder River in Maryland to spend a day at the camp and collect footage for this piece. My “work” there called for shooting while standing barefoot in the river, riding around in a motorboat, and talking to kids all day.

It’s interesting to note the differences in the editing process depending on how tight the deadline is. I shot this two weeks before it was to be published, so I had more time to craft the piece. It went through many steps and changes, a luxury one doesn’t have when the video has to be finished as soon as possible.

It was a pleasure reporting with Mike Catalini, who wrote the article which will run tomorrow. I’m thankful for his graciousness and guidance, and I learned a lot from working alongside him. I also owe thanks to Kevin Richardson and Chris Assaf, the editing gurus, for their suggestions and fresh eyes.


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Indictment., posted with vodpod

I walked from The Sun to the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore yesterday to shoot a press conference in which court officials formally announced the indictment of an Eastern District Police Officer who allegedly killed an unarmed man last month. Gahiji Tshamba, a 15-year veteran officer, is charged with first-degree murder and for using a handgun to commit a felony and crime of violence.

I’m not satisfied with the quality of this video. Primarily, I should have framed my shot much tighter to avoid the microphones and flags. Visually, those objects are distracting. Doing so would have also ensured that I didn’t have a reporter scratching his head in the shot. Furthermore, I had microphone trouble, so the audio isn’t up to par.

These are small details which I imagine the everyday viewer doesn’t notice, so maybe I’m a bit hard on myself. Regardless, the video is getting lots of play on the front page of the website.

Otherwise, shooting was an adventure, as usual. Myself and my equipment had to be fully screened and searched at the front of the courthouse, it was easily over 90 degrees in the air condition-less room where the presser was held, and a seedy Baltimore man jokingly (maybe) tried to steal my tripod on the walk back.

Bobby The Dummy.

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Smooth Operator, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about safe driving in Baltimore, launched their official campaign to reduce driving over the speed limit last week. Along with a press conference, they gave a public crash demonstration on West Camden Street outside of Camden Yards.

Bobby the crash dummy gets to feel the effects of a car trying to slow down from 25, 35, and 40 miles per hour.

I edited this video from footage originally shot by Jed Kirschbaum from The Baltimore Sun.

I guess Bobby was so pumped up after another exciting Orioles game that he forgot to look out for cars.


"Fireworks are shot off a barge Sunday, July 4, 2010, as part the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular."
"The sun sets over the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, July 4, 2010."
"A child plays in a fountain to escape the heat in Boston's Quincy Market Saturday, July 3, 2010."
"A street dancer performs for a crowd in Boston's Quincy Market Saturday, July 3, 2010."

Some friends and I drove up to Boston, Massachusetts this weekend to visit friends and celebrate the 4th of July.

What a city. Every time I visit, I’m more and more impressed. These are some of my best images from the weekend.

See The Resemblance?

"Wednesday, June 30, 2010 was Matt Wieters Bobble Head Night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The bobble head was modeled after the above photograph."

The latest appearance of my widely used photograph of Baltimore Orioles Catcher, Matt Wieters, came in the form of a bobble head.

The bobble head is modeled after my photograph.

I bought two tickets to the game vs. the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. It was a trip watching all the people react as they received their bobble heads at the front entrance to the stadium. Several people (myself included) simply bought their tickets, took their bobble heads, and left without staying for the game.

It comes in a nicely packaged box on which the actual photograph is printed alongside a cartoon caricature of the Wieters pose.

Apparently these are collectors items. I saw some people leaving with bags full of them. At this moment, there are bids for the bobble head on eBay as high as $39.99.

There is one notable difference between the two versions. Wieters wore number 15 on his jersey last season, when I took the photograph. During the off season, however, he switched to number 32, which he wore during his college career at Georgia Tech. They used 32 on the bobble head.

Overall, it’s an iconic pose, and I think they reproduced it well. Your thoughts?