Nice guy Kevin Johnson has been running a lovely website for professional cameramen for years called b-roll.net.
About 5 years ago, I was invited to participate on the site in a discussion about a rumor that ‘Ivan’ had heard about reporters carrying their own cameras. I was happy to visit and give my opinions.
A lot of time has elapsed since that first thread. And a lot of discussions.
Today, the VJ is pretty much a given in newsrooms from Network News to local news to newspapers and certainly video online. What was once unthinkable is today very thinkable, if a bit unpalatable to oldtime cameramen.
How times have changed.
I tend to think now that the VJs will percolate into the networks and local tv news ops in an ever growing trickle. We tried to go cold turkey and build full fledged VJ stations. They will come in time. Meanwhile, the skill and the craft continue to grow.
About 6 months ago, I simply grew tired of the endless and sometimes rather nasty berating on B-roll. While I have a great deal of respect for some of the members of the b-roll team, others I could certainly live without. Like all organizations, they come in all stripes. Make no mistake, some of them are among the most professional camera people in the business and they take their craft very seriously. Others, however, simply abusive wannabes.
About 6 months ago, I figured that I had overstayed my welcome – if there ever was a welcome. If I recall correctly, our pal Nino about 4 years ago invited me to leave the site entirely, telling me I was not welcome there. Well, times change and our opinions mellow, and after 5 years, I had simply had enough.
Now, ironically, it seems they miss me.
Today, they are running a thread entitled “Did Rosenblum Abandon Us?”
Really, I am touched.
Truly I am.
I am down in DC doing yet another TC Academy. I was gonna write about that today, but this rather touches my heart.
Fear not boys. I am still very much alive and kicking… with more surprises to come.
I got a lot of years ahead of me yet.
And we’ll always be friends.
Even if I don’t post on your site.