When a big news outlet comes to a small town, it becomes “news” that we have to cover. The NBC Today Show made plans to shoot a short human interest piece at a paint your own pottery business here in Lancaster, Ohio. We not only did a preview story and photo, (which was shot by our other shooter, William P. Cannon) we also shot coverage of the film crew shooting and did another story about that. I didn’t feel quite as bad about the situation when I saw that a shooter and writer from the Columbus Dispatch also had to cover the event.
The funny thing was to see the disappointment when the locals saw that Katie or Matt weren’t there for the shoot. When the crew of freelance video and sound guys got out of the van a woman waiting outside actually said something like - Aren’t any important people here?
In defense of the fine people of Lancaster, I have to assume that the woman was from out of town.