Fox News held a series of town halls Wednesday night featuring Republican presidential candidates talking one-on-one with news personalities. Megyn Kelly interviewed Ted Cruz and Sean Hannity interview Donald Trump. There was one major difference, though, that caught Glenn's eye: The production quality was vastly different.
The attention paid to staging and lighting for the Trump interview was a stark contrast to what you saw with Cruz.
“I want you to notice something," Glenn said Thursday on The Glenn Beck Program. "This is where the cinematographer eye that you always make fun of, this is where it comes into play.”
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Glenn listed a few things that stood out.
The Cruz Interview:
• Water bottles laying on the floor
• Chords visible on the floor
• Three-camera shoot (making the venue look small)
• No back lighting for Cruz or Kelly
• Bright, white fluorescent lighting
The Trump Interview:
• No water bottles or chords visible on floor
• Fox News and Hannity logos projected on the floor
• Hydraulic jib for camera work (making the venue look big)
• Back lighting for Trump
• Red and blue lighting for audience
"You put back lighting on, it gives you this nice full look," Glenn said. "You see any back lighting here on [Cruz's] back or her back?
Stu and Jeffy noted the Cruz interview looked like it was shot in a side hotel room, with shadows of the crowd on the wall.
"It is remarkable," Glenn said. "And that jib, that extending arm that flies over the sky, we have one. It's a one-person jib. The one they were using is at least a two-, maybe a three-person jib. That cost them a fortune."