Of 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.
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!