sky_living room buddha wide_M-2.5kOf course, this is a topic that could go on for an entire semester. I’ve been a journalist in each medium for more than a few years, and no doubt there are major differences. Overall, I have to admit I’ve been humbled by the difficulty of television and the amount of work it takes compared to print. The logistics alone could make a man’s knees buckle.

I’ve been thinking about this again as I go over the production stills from a shoot I organized while working on a 48 Hours broadcast for Saturday night (10/18) entitled “Kristen’s Story.” The production has taken months for many different reasons (not that unusual a time frame to be honest) but I think it’s a fascinating broadcast and I hope you watch and spread the word.

We wound up doing four of the interviews for the hour inside this house in the Berkeley Hills. Take a look at these stills, shot by Bennett Hall, the owner and a professional photographer, and I think you’ll see why we wound up there. Bennett has a fabulous house with a gorgeous view of the sun going over San Francisco on one side and a zen garden on the other.

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But to back up a second….when I was a newspaper reporter, I walked around with a notebook and a pen, sometimes a tape recorder. The most production I had to worry about was when the desk wanted me to hook up with a photographer. These days, I work in television and, let me tell you, it’s a whole different animal.

Typically, we prepare for a lit, sit-down interview, the crews will begin setting up three hours before we’re ready to begin. Then you can a couple of hours on the back end to break down….a couple more for the interview itself. You get the idea. Given all that equipment, it’s best to maximize a location — in other words, pick a spot that will provide different “looks” and shoot as many interviews as you can there.

Take a look at these photos Bennett took while we were shooting, published here with Bennett’s permission. Thanks Bennett!

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Crew members set up lights and do some testing

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Cameramen at work

Cameramen Dave Dellaria and Jon van Amberg at work




  1. bennett says:

    Thanks for sharing this Paul – It was our pleasure to have you and your crew here for the shoot – The 48 hours piece is very powerful, hopefully it will help awaken the broader public and authorities to take more definitive and prompt action on this sensitive subject.

    all the best Bennett (and Helen)

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