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True tales of LA’s TV news stringers

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in
Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in "Nightcrawler," written and directed by Dan Gilroy, opening October 31, 2014.
Chuck Zlotnick

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The critically acclaimed new release "Nightcrawler" goes behind the scenes of gritty local news - with the help of real life LA stringers who consulted on the film. Howard Raishbrook and his twin brother Austin have been chasing stories across LA for 15 years. They advised writer and director Dan Gilroy to give him a truer picture of the bloody car wrecks, tragic murders and dramatic fires. The Raishbrooks' work takes guts and composure, but without the sociopath tendencies of film's anti-hero. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal plays the unscrupulous freelance cameraman capable of chilling acts to get the best shot.

What are the traits of a good stringer? How much risk does the job entail? How do they respond to critics of the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality?


Howard Raishbrook, technical consultant and advisor on “Nightcrawler;” long-time LA TV News stringer and founder of RMG News (with his twin brother Austin)

Adrian Huerta, freelance cameraman for KTLA