Full disclosure, I'm writing this about myself, and because of that I'll keep it short. I've been working in film and television since I turned 18 and got my start at PBS in Portales New Mexico at KENW-TV. I came to KTTZ-TV in Lubbock in 2011 and love working with the amazing people here and at Texas Tech University and the community of Lubbock.
Austin Wideman is the Director of Photography for Between Earth and Sky. He's currently about to start his last semester at Texas Tech University where he'll graduate from the College of Media and Communication. He's wise beyond his years and as skilled as they come. He is a natural behind the camera and can work under any conditions thrown at him. For this project he had to learn 4K Cinema utilizing 2 Panasonic GH4s as well as learn how to operate a DJI Inspire 1 4K drone. He's a natural and adapted quickly to the arduous shooting conditions of Alaska.
David Weindorf, Ph.D. is the Executive Producer of Between Earth and Sky. He approached Texas Tech Public Media in the spring of 2015 with an idea he was very passionate about. A soil scientist, Dr. Weindorf had been on the Arctic Soil Field Tour in Alaska with Chien-Lu Ping, Ph.D. multiple times and knew how important and valuable the field tour was to not only the science of soil but to our understanding of climate change. David had already crafted a draft of what the film could look like and one thing he was sure of was that Dr.
Alaska is home to one of the last "flag stop" trains in North America. That means you can stand by the tracks with your thumb out and they'll pick you up, or you can wave a flag out the window and they'll drop you off wherever you want.
Over the course of the production we haven't just been interviewing scientists. Business owners, train conductors, and what we might call just ordinary citizens, have all been included in the film. One of the most unique perspectives we've gotten has come from those who farm the Last Frontier. Alaskan farmers have a unique perspective on just about everything, but one insight we were most interested in was how weather is affecting farming in the state. Not all of which is negative, later winters and earlier summers mean longer growing seasons.
U.S and Iran reach a historic nuclear weapon deal. Now, discover the history of the nuclear bomb and unlock the mystery of Uranium in 2 new programs beginning Tuesday, July 28. THE BOMB airs at 7pm, followed by URANIUM: TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL at 9pm on KTTZ-TV