The Big “D” Debate

Thursday, June 28, 2007 Concept/Objective:

Assignment ConstructThe objective was to capture the coverage of the democratic presidential debate for the network hosting it. From behind the scenes to front of house, I needed to cover it all.


The client gave me great leeway to accomplish this goal. I was allowed to bring on a second photographer, as well as three assistants, who’s responsibility it was to ferry flash cards from my shooting positions to the filing center. Prior to the assignment, we did walk-throughs of the venue, both two days before, and the day of, to ensure the positions were where we needed to have them.


Assignment ConstructWhile the assignment was of a 90 minute broadcast, and about an hour afterwards, there were many places to be at once. Capturing each of the candidates gesturing, listening, and so forth, from several different vantage points was necessary, meaning the 90 minutes went by fast. In addition, meandering around backstage and in the broadcast operations center, and capturing the audience looking on, and the throngs of people hoping to meet and shake hands/get autographs from the candidates, chewed up time as well.Assignment ConstructAssignment ConstructAssignment ConstructAssignment Construct


As I was shooting, one of the three assistants was always nearby to take cards back to the post production manager, so we could file the images with the network’s press room webspace, so newspapers who didn’t cover the event had access to the images in near real time. By the end of the debate, in 90 minutes, we had filed over thirty images of all aspects of the event.

Final Analysis:

The event went extremely smoothly, and as we arrived at the end of the evening, the client said “so, we’ll see you in September at the Republican debate, right?” Which I took to mean that I did a great job. Assignment ConstructAssignment Construct

Posted by John Harrington on 06/28
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