On Saturday I worked on a public event that I can't tell you about yet, weird huh?
This is the story - At the event there was a reporter from the new york times, this reporter will be submitting his story for this Sunday's paper - so he would prefer it if no one else "broke" the story before him. I shall change the names to protect from googlers.
I took pictures for the "mprov verywhere" group on their latest event. it was a "ooftop oncert" across the street from Madison Square Garden featuring the world famous band U3. the following is a report that I will be submitting (some names changed, again)
My experience started with the making of the press pass. I had to get it laminated at Kinkos, and the man in front of me asked me if he could have one. I told him that the pass wouldn't get him very far anyway.
Walking towards the rooftop 2 of the passes fell out of my pocket, the two gentlemen who handed me back the passes read them and very slowly passed them back - like they would hand a 100 dollar bill back. This happened across the street from Madison Square Garden.
Most of the time I was pretty busy taking photos. Except during my quick run-in with a guy named Jake. I was working on his MTV Pilot and he knew the mprov verywhere folks from UCB. He wanted to be a part of the event.
A few things I overheard:
Real Press Guy, "Is it really U3 playing?" - Me, "That's why I'm here."
Dude impressing other dude, "No, it can't be them... the sound quality isn't good enough."
Middle age guy, "It doesn't matter, I couldn't get tickets - this is great."
Guy on phone, "Yeah it's U3 on a roof here, yeah... they're on the roof - they've done this before, and remember last year when they were on the flatbed truck, it's great"
Witty Drunk, "I don't like stadium concerts anyway - this is even better than the real thing."
*update, it is everywhere now - U2 rooftop concert madison square garden improv everywhere U2... so there.
"I copy that" is walkie-talkie talk for - I understand, will do, gotcha, ok, alright, yup, uh-huh, and much more depending on the inflection of the voice.
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