The story

My City_My Life producer Laura McGeary writes a diary about her experiences on the road. In this first part the L.A. shoot is caught up in one of the biggest news stories of the year.

Last night I flew in from New York, our photojournalist Darren from London and Wolfgang from Sydney -- hopefully no one will suffer from jet lag.

Today our driver Terry was at the hotel bright and early. We learn early on that not only is he a driver, he also is a bodyguard, which begs the question: "Does a TV crew need a bodyguard in LA?" I guess we'll find out.

The first day of the shoot is scheduled to be an 'orientation day' allowing us to get our bearings where Hollywood is in relation to Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, etc. Having only been to LA once before, I quickly discover it is without doubt a driving city. First stop we head up into the hills, the Hollywood Hills to be exact, to get a few minutes on tape of the iconic "Hollywood" sign.

Then it's down Sunset Boulevard. and onward to Rodeo Drive. This takes all morning to get from location to location, jumping in and out of the van to get a minute of footage here, 30 seconds there -- all of this will make up about 40 seconds of the actual show. It's amazing how much recording time is necessary to put a natural sound show like this together. Watch Wolfgang Puck take CNN on a tour of L.A. Read full article »

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