We want to make it seem like you’re there. If you’re going to listen to someone talk, you’re going to look at the room a little bit, you’re going to look at people sitting next to you — you’re not going to be focused on just one person. So we do multiple cameras; we’ll take cuts of people listening, we’ll show you what the room looks like. We shoot it like it’s live. And when we come back, we have the complete package. We don’t want anyone to say, “What was said here that C-SPAN edited?”
C-SPAN has 45 technicians. The joke is that if there was a channel that showed what we were filming but you heard the conversations that we were having, it’d be the number one hit station. We’re cracking jokes the whole time. Like, “Can you believe he’s using that far of a comb-over?” Or, “Look at this guy; he’s dead asleep.” It’s all over headsets, so it’s just us talking to each other. Sometimes, we’re caught in this horrible position where we set up, and then the witness will pick the wrong seat. So our person on camera is like a little leprechaun sitting on their shoulder, looking right over their face. Usually that becomes a game of, “How hard can we make that person laugh?” Sometimes you see someone on the camera completely turn around, and if you’re just watching, you just kind of see someone standing there. But really, they’re trying to cover their smile and not laugh.