I should give you some back story on what this whole blog is about. Earlier this
year I lined up an exclusive one-on-one meeting with President George Bush, and
on that basis SBS has agreed to fund a documentary about my journey across
America to the White house, covering the elections along the way.
currently in Phoenix, John McCain's home state, and the temperature outside is a
breezy 488 degrees Celsius (911 degrees Fahrenheit). It's a pity we're here
because all eyes are on Minnesota, where the Vice Presidential debate is
happening as I type. It's great to watch cardboard live on air. And Biden's
pretty wooden too.
I'm traveling with a talented, though not overly
experienced, crew. Nich, the director, has just left film school and as such
thinks he knows everything about everything. In the same way that Sarah Palin
thinks she knows a lot about foreign policy because she can see Russia from the
city where she lives, Nich thinks he knows about directing because he can see
Bondi Junction Greater Union from his bedroom window.
Our producer, Deb,
is a lovely woman, far more experienced than Nich, but unfortunately she's very
fastidious about everything, to an annoying degree. She's always - email this,
organise that. She's the Joe Biden of the team - knows a lot about everything,
but doesn't understand that that can be one's greatest weakness.
cinematographer is Brad. The less said about him the better. Think of him as
George Bush. He's not particularly popular, but for some reason he's actually in
charge still, even though we should have got rid of him years
Finally there is Brett, who is ostensibly on second camera, but
actually controls everything. He's like Dick Cheney, only more evil. And Antony,
our "Associate Producer". He's great at getting the coffee. Think of him as the
Nancy Pelosi of our production.
The VO debate will definitely come down
to the size of the lapel pin that they are wearing. On that indication, Joe
Biden is going to struggle. Sarah Palin has the largest pin ever attached to any
candidate in American presidential history.
I just can't wait for the