CHARLOTTE, N.C. What we see on TV each night of the DNC is big. These productions really are larger than life. But each day, a lot of little things go into preparing for each of these monster nights.
Mainly walk-throughs when speakers for the evening practice using the podium and the teleprompter. Therere mic checks, sound checks and even gavel checks.
Yep: They want loud and powerful banging. So theyve got a drum-machine effect attached to the gavel. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Godzilla is in the house. He scares the delegates, but theres a lot about these things that scare people, so everybodys warming up to him.
Speaking of big, the ginormous screen behind the podium is hugely effective in seeing the tiny speaker. Which is good because the network producers getting video of the walk-throughs need to figure out whom theyre looking at.
I think thats Michelle Obamas brother, someone guesses. And they all start googling on their phones then hold a teeny tiny image of Craig Robinson up to the 38-foot image on the jumbo screen. Yep. Thats him.
But nobody has trouble reading the prompter. Its exactly 100 feet in front of the podium, and even Godzilla doesnt need his reading glasses. The font size is 350 points.
Suddenly, through giant speakers, music: Got to Be Real. Are we changing slogans? And then, Ladies and gentlemen, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And there she is, strutting to the podium and whoops her shoe gets caught on something. But she just laughs and says shes glad it didnt happen live. And then the secret service tackles a stagehand.
Another thunderous blast: Best of My Love a little sappy, but better than We Can Build It. Oh, wait, its not a new slogan its Kiss Cam! OK, well maybe its just a camera test but its shots of people on the big screen, mostly bored reporters and stage crew.
But me? When I see my 38-foot image pop up, I go big. I wave my hands. Flash a smile. Give a wink and blow a kiss. You know, go big or go home.
Now theres a slogan.
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