Stringers: LA - When the going gets tough... the tough are rolling
Stringer Scott Lane's been working the streets of Los Angeles for eight years–the same streets that he skateboarded on as a kid. He's memorized every alley, intersection and freeway, and now he uses that knowledge to bring viewers some of the most heart-pounding footage seen on television today.
In 2000, Scott was recruited by a fellow stringer who spotted him at a nightclub filming friends with a Canon XL1 camera. He saw potential in Scott and how he operated the lens. Scott, 33, gained a new career path and a mentor all in one night. After only a few months he learned how to capture the elements of a great story and, more importantly, not get killed while doing so.
Over the years Scott's confidently honed his technique. "I never said I'm the best stringer in the world," he notes. "I'm just the best one in Los Angeles." He wants others to know that stringing isn't as easy as it looks: "Just because you know how to string, it doesn't make you a stringer. Consistency. You need to consistently be number one. That makes you a true stringer."