Photo Story: Astor Place Mud Truck

The Mud Truck in Astor Place. The photo story is pretty self-explanatory, but the assignment was to practice showing overview, medium, and close-up shots. Closers and portraits where also included.

Astor Place

Mud Truck: Coffee Provider.

Patrons of the Mud Truck

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Photo Story: Michael M. Koehler Gets In Front of the Lens.

This past semester at the Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism at NYU I took a photojournalism class, which really pushed me as a photographer. My professor, David Handschuh, taught me to approach photography in a different manner than what I had been doing already. For the past nine years I had become accustomed to shooting strictly in Black & White film, with my focus resting on “art” photography, whatever that maybe. Photojournalism is a horse of a different color and in pushing me to see things differently – and in digital color – it has really expanded my mind’s eye as a photographer and a journalist.

I did a couple of photo stories, which I will post here. The first story is an environmental portrait on professional photographer Michael M. Koehler. Koehler, who I have also profiled in the past, is predominantly a classical Black & White photographer. But don’t let the word “classical” throw you – Koehler has a wonderful way of seeing the visual landscape of the world and does so in a manner that is both nostalgic and new.

Here are the images. I shot them all with my Canon 5D on location at Koehler’s East Village apartment, which also doubles as his photography studio. Enjoy.

Michael M. Koehler with his Leica 35mm film camera.

Koehler in his home/studio's darkroom. Koehler looking at his plethura of negatives, choosing an ideal frame.

Koehler sits outside on a small bench outside of his apartment. Koehler's impressive line-up of cameras.

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Production Schedule

I thought I would show you guys my production schedule that I came up with at the beginning of my filming process. It will be interesting to see in the long-run if I stay on track, speed up, lagg behind… We will see.

This is the production schedule I turned in to Adrian Mihai, my Professor in my iBeat Reporting class.

Andrea F. Pagliai

Where I will be filming: Anthony Pisano's House.

iBeat Reporting

Production Schedule

Anthony Pisano – Grandfather of the East Village

Day 1 of shooting: Sunday, May 23rd, 2010. (Week One)

Plan: Shoot B-Roll of Anthony’s house, the front of his house, and the people he interacts with on the street. See if I can get any side interviews of the people that visit Anthony’s house. Try to get Anthony on camera as much as I can. I will need to take the time to really light everything correctly as it will be my first time shooting.

Monday, May 24th, 2010 (Week Two)

Plan: Start my Anthony Pisano blog and attach it to my current blog at WordPress.com.

Devon Petley helped me come up with the the future layout of my blog when I incorporate all the iBeat Reporting material. I hope this works. Of course it is a rough sketch.

Here I will start posting pictures and my updates as this story progresses. Add quotes from Anthony and try to get the neighborhood involved. LAUNCH BY END OF THE DAY; Send to Adrian.

In Class: Decide what is missing from the dailies shown in class today. Whatever Adrian and the class feels is missing, should be scheduled to shoot later on in the week.

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 (Week Two)

Plan: Check out all the necessary equipment from the cage: DX2100 camera, tripod, tota light, head set, lavalier mic, omni-directional mic, shot-gun mic.

Day 2 of shooting: Wednesday, May 26th, 2010. (Week Two)

Plan: Go to Anthony’s house at 2pm and set up the long form on camera interview. This will take place inside his house. Keep asking Anthony about getting an interview with his son and daughter. The daughter, Antoinette is currently in upstate NY, so she might have to be a phone interview, which in that case, will take place at the NYU studio. (TBA); This could serve as the radio aspect of the project. Find out when this could happen.

[Try to get the interview with Anthony’s son. He has been hesitant, but if I can talk to him, I am sure I can convince him to be part of the story. Try to get his interview, it would be very important.]

In Class: Go over the dailies of the interview shot today of Anthony Pisano. Based on the reactions of the class and Adrian, decide if there is anything missing and what suggestions there are for the re-shoot.

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iBeat Reporting: Anthony Pisano

All About Anthony Pisano – The Grandfather of the East Village.

It’s TIME on 7th.

Anthony Pisano, a jazz singer and musician, had this sign made and put it in the window of his store-front home. The sign shows Pisano, playing a trumpet. “It’s Time on 7th,” is an ode to his E. 7th Street location, where he has been living for the past 32 years.

From May 17th to June 17th, I am enrolled in Adrian Mihai’s iBeat Reporting course at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Institute’s Summer session. Through the course of the semester, everyone in the class is charged with producing a well-reported, well-shot, well-edited, and well-produced Broadcast story that should run from 3-5 minutes long. This will be a challenge, since I come from a Print background, but since Print is “dying” I thought it was worth-while to learn how to pick up and use a film camera.

I have chosen to do a piece on Anthony Pisano, who is this wonderful man living in the East Village. The story is about his life-long interaction with his neighbors and the people who stroll down his block.

Follow the month-long story here and if you know Anthony, or have encountered him before, leave comments, and tell me your personal story. It might just be included in the final piece!

-Andrea F. Pagliai

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Daily Log: Sunday. May 23rd, 2010.

Sunday. May 23rd, 2010.

Today, I went to shoot Anthony for the first time. I got to his house at 102 E. 7th Street in between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, and I got to work.

Anthony's front door. Yes, thats a boat propeller.

This was my first time filming legitimate video, ever, so I definitely had anticipatory anxiety about the whole thing.

I arrived at 3pm and ended up leaving at 7:30pm! I shot a lot of B-Roll, which is footage that is meant to illustrate the non-spoken part of the broadcast piece. It gives the piece breathing room. Adrian and the News/Doc students (Graduate Dept. of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism – did I not tell you? The class is mixed with Undergrad and Grad students) say that one can never have enough B-Roll.

I took this pretty literally and shot 2 hours worth of footage. I hope it isn’t horrible!

I couldn’t wait to screen my footage in class and see how I did.

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Daily Log: Friday. May 21st, 2010.

Friday. May 21st, 2010.

Today I went to B&H on 34th Street and 9th Avenue to buy my Sony Mini DV tapes for filming this weekend. The pack of five tapes was $11 and change. On Fridays B&H closes at 2pm, because they observe the Sabbath, and I barely made it into the store in time! (I arrived at 1:58!) Luckily, they didn’t kick me out, but I paid dearly – I stood in line to pay and pick up my merchandise for at least 30-45 minutes! Apparently, the store had been closed for three days, so it was full of people clearly suffering from B&H withdrawal syndrome. All the same, one of the employees told me that it was the busiest he had ever seen the store.

Despite my wait, I got the necessary tapes, which made the trip worthwhile.

DVC Tapes come in a pack of 5. This is what an individual one looks like.

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Daily Log: Thursday. May 20th, 2010.

Thursday. May 20th, 2010.

Today I came in early to the Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism to brainstorm with Adrian about my story.

Equipment!

Lighting, Camera, Action!

I checked out all my equipment from the cage. As of now I have in my possession – until Monday – a DX2100 camera, a lavalier mic, a omni-directional mic, a shot-gun mic, a head set, a tota light with its stand, and a tri-pod.

I like to think I am a strong girl, but all the equipment I lugged home weighed at least 50 lbs. I live on E. 13th and 1st Avenue, so it is only a 15-20 minute walk from the NYU Journalism Institute, but it looks like I’m ready to shoot. All I have to do is go buy a couple of mini DV tapes. I think I will buy four, but I have to go to B&H for that tomorrow before they close early.

Practice rolling!

It is exciting to think about shooting, because I have never even picked up a video camera in my life. I am, by practice, a still photographer. I am very excited though. It will open up a new realm of possibilities.

Focusing on my Press Pass

I have a couple of ideas for B-Roll (yes there is lots of new vocab in Broadcast), some of which includes accompanying Anthony to Little Italy and China Town, filming him playing and singing Jazz, watching him interact with his neighbors. I think the best idea is to shadow him one day.

I want to conduct the main interview in his house. I want to try to get his children and grandchildren involved as well. Because they are so young, I will have to get release forms for them. I must ask Adrian for a template of sorts for this because I will need to have that available.

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