It’s the Little Moments
By Diane Schutz, Segment Producer
Every shoot we do for the show has its own set of challenges — if we’re not shaming ourselves by being behind schedule in Japan, then we’re baring the frigid cold in an all-day outdoor shoot, trying to capture Tony in a ’74 Camaro (Boston), or sweltering in blistering heat (India).
In between the tough times, there are those fabulous, special (yet often simple) moments. One of those was in Nicaragua. We’d just finished a shoot on the outskirts of Esteli, and were offering a ride to a mother and her two small children back into the city. Rather than be cramped inside our van and truck, producer Sally suggested that she and I ride in the back of the Hilux pickup truck.
We climbed in, and sorted some reasonably comfortable space for ourselves amongst our luggage. As the truck drove along the Pan-American highway, we found ourselves giggling like schoolgirls as the wind whipped through our hair — the road was bumpy, but the night was warm, clear and starry. It had been years since I’d ridden in a convertible, and riding through the night air in this way was exhilarating. Things only got better when we realized that we had a cooler in the back with us, stocked with the local Toña beer. Una cerveza, por favor!
The ride to the hotel went all too quickly, and after posing for photos looking like a couple of redneck truckers, it was time to get back to work.