I was honored to win an Emmy in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 41st Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards. This is my composite the judges saw. The Emmy was presented during an awards ceremony at the Hilton on 333 O'Farrell Street in San Francisco on June 9, 2012. I was the only person nominated in the following category: Crafts Achievement: Photographer - Video Essay (Single Camera Only).


Description of composite:
One of my favorite video essay subjects in 2011 was average Bay Area residents with unbelievable jobs. This composite includes six samples of my work revolving around that topic. Each piece is presented "as aired" on NBC Bay Area (KNTV). My goal was to tell each story in its purest form possible: in the subject's own words. Without a reporter or professional talent track, I was able to let my subjects address viewers directly.

Because I was responsible for all aspects of the production process (including pitching, research, scheduling, photography, lighting, interviewing, audio and editing), I took great care to preserve the unique personality and vibe of each story. I also challenged myself to leave viewers informed, entertained and a little more curious about the world around them.

I used licensed music as a fitting storytelling aid. All of the music and footage in this composite is licensed and cleared for use. Below are the titles, time codes, air dates and online links to the pieces in this composite:

"Cemeterian Digs the 'City of Souls'"
Time Code: 00:00:00
Air Date: 07/21/2011

"Hotel Coin Washer Keeps 'Em Clean"
Time Code: 00:02:19
Air Date: 08/23/2011

"Behind Google's Freddie Mercury Doodle"
Time Code: 00:04:27
Air Date: 09/06/2011

"The Life of a Planet Hunter"
Time Code: 00:06:38
Air Date: 05/16/2011

"Couple Run Lighthouse Inn on Tiny Island"
Time Code: 00:09:01
Air Date: 07/04/2011

"Sky-High Crane Operator Moves Your Stuff"
Time Code: 00:12:02
Air Date: 10/10/2011


Category Rules:
Crafts Achievement: Photographer - Video Essay (Single Camera Only)
For excellence by a single individual covering a single or multi-part news story or program. The video essay creator is the photojournalist, editor, and producer, weaving together elements captured in the field to tell the story without a reporter or professional talent track.

One award, more than one award, or no award is given for excellence in a specific craft discipline demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft or a composite of material as originally transmitted. Time limit: 15 minutes. Craft awards are intended for hands-on craftpersons, not those that supervise craftpersons.

Eligibility Area:
The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter area (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii and Reno, Nevada. This area encompasses the following Designated Market Areas: 6–San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, 20–Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto; 55–Fresno-Visalia, 71–Honolulu, 108–Reno, 124–Monterey-Salinas, 130–Chico-Redding, 194–Eureka.

Official release announcing the Emmy winners:

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