Old-Skool Academy Awards

Did you know that photographers for the Academy Awards have runners? Runners?
And what’s a runner you ask? Here, come and learn with me:

From Francis Specker:

"I got up at around 9:00 a.m. at the Roosevelt Hotel. I went through an equipment check, made a few phone calls to my editors, and then walked down to the Kodak Theater to check the strobes in the press room. From 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. the press room is closed for a security sweep, so if you want to check your lights you have to be there at around 10:30 a.m. After the lighting check I went to meet my runners who would be walking my digital cards from my spot on the red carpet to the hotel room where an editor was stationed.
I gave them a tour of the complex and told them the ground rules. Runners can’t take photos, can’t loiter and watch, and had to stay within a marked path. They do have a pass that give them access to all the regular media areas, which is great."

Francis Specker tells us what it is like to cover the Oscars as a pro photographer.

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