One of the highlights of my summer work-wise was getting to film for the "Ready For Hillary" PAC in Iowa a few weeks ago for the guys at Chi/Donahoe + Cole/Duffey.
The shoot was a whirlwind, coming on the heels of being on a different shoot in NYC the full week previous, I wrapped that shoot at 2pm Friday, taxied to LaGuardia and hopped on a 4pm flight to Des Moines, cutting it pretty close. Didn't get to the hotel till after midnight, then out the door Saturday morning for a full day of shooting/prep for the main event on Sunday.
The video was for Ready For Hillary, a PAC that has been traveling around the country in conjunction with Hillary's recent book tour, drumming up support for a "possible" run in 2016. We followed the bus around Des Moines for a bit Saturday, getting some beauty shots of the tour in motion.
The main event was Senator Harkin's annual Steak Fry, which he's been doing for the last 30+ years. This was the last as he is stepping down. There was a crowd of over 10,000 people that showed up Sunday in a farm field, a lot of them there to see Hillary and Bill speak (and many hoping, in vain, for a special announcement from Hillary). Over 300 press were also there (CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, etc). It was quite a zoo.
The whole "Steak Fry" thing was a little confusing- no steaks were fried. I guess that's just how Iowans say "cookout." The real media-frenzy moment came when Hillary and Bill arrived and went to the main grill to "fry" some steaks. It was quite a spectacle. 300+ media people cramming around an L-shaped fence, all jockeying for a shot of the Clintons at the grill. Once there, they just poked at the meat for 10 seconds and then held it up on two spatulas for the media to get their shots, then walked off to the stage. Such a coordinated, complicit publicity stunt, which is par for the course, I'm sure, but seemed pretty silly at the time.
I will post the video once it's live, but saw the final cut and it looks great! These guys do awesome work.