Video/TV Production for almost 30 years!

Plants are cool, too! Episode 2: Fossilized Forests!

This episode of Plants are cool, too! brings us all the way out to Idaho in the summer of 2012.  We were visiting the Clarkia Fossil Bowl, one of the most unique and rare fossil deposits in the world.  In 1972, the land owner was expanding his dirt bike race track when he uncovered some fossils, a fish and some plant/leaf ones.  The Professors at the University of Idaho thought the fish was “Ok”, but the leaf ones were what really amazed them.  They weren’t compression fossils like you normally see, they were the actual leaves, preserved in the mud, from 15 million years ago!

It was the perfect place for the next episode of our internet show!  We worked with Dr. David Tank and his grad students Hannah Marx and Simon Uribe-Convers of the University of Idaho for 4 great days of shooting.  While there we met some remarkable people such as Dr. Bill Rember who showed how he can actually “lift” the leaf off the rock and hold it in his hands.  I shot it and co-produced along with Tim Kramer and Host Chris Martine.  Tim helped rough in the edit and I did the graphics and added all the b-roll footage.  It was a real team effort and one I’m real proud of!

An amazing story like this couldn’t be told in 3 minutes so block out 15 minutes sometime and check it out!  Its further proof that, well….Plants ARE cool, too!


4 responses

  1. Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the issues.
    It was truly informative. Your website is very useful.
    Thank you for sharing!

    March 16, 2013 at 1:01 am

    • Thanks for the fine comment! I’m glad you find this site helpful. Its been one of my struggles with it, do I make it an online resume of work? Or do I try and create a helpful blog on how to do video production? I guess it’s somewhere in between!

      March 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

  2. First of all I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in
    getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any recommendations or hints? Thank you!

    March 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    • Thanks for commenting! I’m wondering if you mean how do I write for the blog or how do I write for a script like in this video? For the blog, it’s just a matter of talking about the particular video I am posting. For the script, it changes based on each videos needs. This one is sort of a work in progress as we are shooting it on location. We start with an outline of the story, shoot the interviews, then knowing what we have in the can, we write the introduction stand ups and connector pieces for Chris to record the next day on location. The driving in the car bits etc…finally when we are back editing, if we find we need something to clarify a section, we will call Chris and he will record it at his place in Pennsylvania and send it to us! He now lives over 7 hours away!

      Hope this helps answer your question.

      March 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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