The making of 'South High: Fighting against the odds' October 31, 2012

Star Tribune reporter Jason Gonzalez (@JGonStrib), photographer Jerry Holt (@jerry_holt) and I followed the South High football team during their 4-4 season. South High: Fighting against the Odds – Watch the full video on StarTribune.com. The South High Tigers weren’t an obvious target. They were an average team in the Minneapolis City Conference. However, there were two important elements that made the story great – access and characters. We knew the head coach, Lenny Sedlock, would be a great character…

Two lives in one world January 25, 2012

Ray Pearson is a sleepy teen whose depressed lows once brought him to suicide attempts and whose manic hallucinations had him talking to doorknobs and laundry bags. Unlike other children diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Pearson isn’t given to unexpected outbursts. His shifts from depression to mania are as foreseeable as the Titanic — and just as unstoppable. Video by: McKenna Ewen Photography by: David Joles © Star Tribune – Republished with Permission. This video appeared on StarTribune.com on December 19,…

Quamba's townball tradition January 25, 2012

Stan Peterson resurrected the Quamba Cubs amateur baseball team in 1990 after a 24-year absence, bringing baseball back to a town with 98 people. Video by: McKenna Ewen Photography by: Jerry Holt © Star Tribune – Republished with Permission. This video originally appeared on StarTribune.com on June 15, 2011.

Soundset music festival packs Canterbury Park May 30, 2011

The hip-hop event at Canterbury Park drew fans and talent from out of town in its fourth year, but the local acts still drove the show. Video © Star Tribune – Republished with Permission. The full story is available here.

Using time-lapse video to tell a story April 19, 2011

Almost every day I come across a brilliant time-lapse video that I haven’t seen before. Just when I think they can’t get any better, I find an even better one in another beautiful location. One of my personal favorites was shot by photographer Terje Sorgjerd in Norway near the Russian border. The Gladiator soundtrack doesn’t hurt. Less than a month later, Sorgjerd produced a second video from El Teide, one of Spain’s highest mountains, near the Teide Observatories. Beautiful once…

Wadena rallies behind volleyball team November 12, 2010

Five months after a tornado tore through Wadena and destroyed the high school gym, the town rallied behind the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team to win the Class AA State Championship. Video © Star Tribune

Tips and tricks for DSLR video November 5, 2010

Digital SLRs are making it much easier for visual journalists to share cinematic stories. As part of ONA’s 2010 convention, a panel of elite visual journalists addressed the challenges of shooting video with digital SLRs and provided workflow suggestions to make for a better product. The panel, moderated by NAU’s Kurt Lancaster, featured independent filmmaker Danfung Dennis, video journalist Travis Fox and photographer / videographer Rii Schroer. Full video from the panel is available here: