Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO Colorado has seen it’s share of big media events.

Many years ago the Pope came to town. Then there were the horrific events at Columbine, the Ramsey case, the Kobe Bryant trial. Last year we had the World Series. And now… the Democratic National Convention.

As I sit here and type this on a Saturday morning during a brief respite from the building madness, the secret service are busily combing through the fully-transformed Pepsi Center making it secure. The crowds are arriving in mass. More and more streets are getting blocked off. And, oh yeah, Barack Obama has just announced his choice of Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.

Here at Big Pictures we’ve been busy shooting HD bumpers and scenics for ABC, a liveshot with George Stephanopoulos for World News Tonight, tracking down a “white substance” at John McCain’s local headquarters, and shooting a feature on the “Greening of the DNC.” This morning, Zumi Hidalgo and soundman Lee Frank were up at 2am to shoot* a Good Morning America liveshot. All this - and the DNC hasn’t even started yet!

Tomorrow, the fun really begins. Please wish us luck, and look for our work on ABC News morning and night, as well as a package Scott Tuke is shooting for NFL Films on Rosey Grier as he attends the convention. (Rosey Grier was a defensive tackle for the New York Giants, and a bodyguard for John F. Kennedy).

*With the secret service nearby, it occurs to me that I might want to choose a different verb than “shoot” to describe our activities here…

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Written by Tom Miller

This Article first appeared in the August 2008 issue of Big Pictures News

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