January 21, 2008 1:07 PM
First wide-angle shot: Love thy neighbor
Lights! Camera! Action! Now turn to your neighbor and hug one another.
That was the direction given to Colorado House as cameras rolled in the chamber on the first day of airing on the ZZZZ-Span network.
"I love all of you. Now turn to your neighbor and say I love you even if you're mad at them," said Rev. Leon Kelly, founder of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, as he delivered the opening prayer.
It wasn't exactly a made-for-TV-moment. Some lawmakers rolled their eyes. Others showed some love and primped for the camera.
"Are you getting this?" joked House Majority Leader Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.
Now cut. Great shot.
The Colorado legislature makes history this afternoon with live coverage of floor action that got underway at 1 p.m. on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 165.
Coloradans will also be able to access live video feeds at www.coloradochannel.net, where archives of House floor "shows" also will be available for 18 months.