July 6th, 2009
05:26 PM ET

Behind the scenes: Setting up to cover Jackson's memorial

Kay Jones
AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer

Set up is underway for tomorrow's coverage of Michael Jackson's memorial service. Standing outside the Staples Center, media crews from all over the world are setting up their cameras and figuring out the best shots from the platforms that have been designated to them.

We have a great position, high in the sky, for Anderson, Soledad and Don to anchor our coverage tomorrow.

The CNN crew is hard at work today figuring out lighting, since the first shot is at 3am local time, as well as camera positions, shading from the sun, and any other problems that always tend to pop up at these major events.

Officials are starting to cordon off the area so that only people with credentials can be allowed in designated locations, but there are still more than one hundred fans are signing a huge condolence card to Jackson's family. They were mostly here early, and a LAPD rep said that they will shut off the area soon, only allowing those of us with credentials in.

Now it's off to our bureau to work on tonight's program as well as finalizing interviews for tomorrow. Will check in later, and hopefully have some good pics for you soon.

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  1. sharon

    I would like to know who's paying for all of this? I'm opposed to using tax dollars to pay for this man's memorial service, security, etc.

    July 7, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  2. Nisa McCall

    Michael Jackson made an awful of money. He died in debt (though his estate) will make more than enough to pay off the debt & for many to live in luxury for the rest of their lives. At the Memorial, there will be many making money from the death of MJ. Michael proved he has a true fan base, & it is those people who made money for him through the years, now they have a chance to make a few dollars for themselves. They may have financial difficulties in this awful recession, & I'm sure MJ would not object. It is the media who puts such an awful spin on everything that goes on. If I had a ticket, I too would auction it off to pay my taxes, & I should be condemned for doing (according to some reporters), such a despicable thing. I rest my case. NM

    July 7, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  3. Pat

    I've heard that the jackson and others near to the family have been called and asked by city officals on how a pennyless calif is going to pay for Michael's event and could they help out?

    You tell me with all the billions of dollars that the jacksons and other
    of that in crowd have, Rev Al , Jesse etc , and many more ,they can't contribute to this event.

    I quess he really is the king and we are his servants.

    Remember you get what you pay for (crowd control)

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 am |
  4. cassandra

    I'm deeply sadden about the SENSELESS death of Micheal Jackson the so call dr. who was hired to be there for him possibly involved with his DEATH? Which I believe he did, what did he do over sleep himself and did'nt wake Micheal up in time? he knew he screwed up that's why he did'nt go to the hospital with Micheal giving him CPR in bed! OMG horrible horrible I'm still crying this should'nt have happen.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:39 am |
  5. jill jackson/Tacoma, Washington

    For all that we become through the enemy of time and the cruelty of the ways of the world we inhabit, all that can really be said of such genius is that we have been blessed to experience it. Rare are the voices of such stars and Michael was just such a rareity. None of us can look at our own "man in the mirror" and be staisfied with what we see due to all our imperfections and inner pain. Holding microscopes up to one another is a dangerous thing indeed. What courage it took for this man, so well loved, to hold that mirror up and still make his voice heard! Can any of us say the same? May he rest in peace and his extraordinary life be a lesson to us all!

    July 7, 2009 at 3:35 am |
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