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Jimmy Fallon: We were privileged to cover a number of high key events with KING5 TV. This could easily be shared within our collection of other events.
But this was such a special occasion that the term "event" is flimsy; it really deserves to be considered a moment. In this collection, there were many interactions with a number of members of the wonderful KING5 team at that time. Our job was simply to shadow Jimmy and document whatever happened. There wasn't much of a script, or at least what was there was loosely defined, leaving room for Jimmy's creativity and soft touch with people.
His handlers were fierce and very very NYC, their instructions to us were very clear from the get-go: "Do NOT click the camera when Mr. Fallon is speaking, as you do not want to interrupt his sublime train of thought.". That is verbatim what we were told. Jimmy actually was all improv and flow. Ask him for a staged pose and things fell apart pretty quickly - he just wasn't comfortable with that. His genius was that of movement and response to the people around him.
Solution for camera noise and disruption? Easy peasy. Put on longer glass, shoot from further away. We got all the shots we wanted, were able to watch and record, and no one heard us at all. The only exception was when I crunched myself onto the floor directly under one of the big KING5 cameras, praying the operator wouldn't accidentally swing the jib down hard on my head.
The funny part - at that time, we didn't really know who "Jimmy Fallon" was, and had to google him the night before the session to make sure we weren't shooting with Jimmy Kimmel. When Jimmy started some of his shtick, unfamiliar to us was the little keyboard, and the "Thank You Note", we quickly realized this was part of his character. Always looking for good advertiser shots, we lined him up perfectly with the KING5 logo behind to get him with his classic thank you note pose. (And now you know the back story on where the image for our "Contact Us" page came from).
He struck us both as being very down to earth, kind, and unpretentious. Happy to place himself with anyone that asked.
And we made his handlers very happy (they were quite complimentary on our ability to get shots without getting in the way).