Quick! Something particularly exciting has happened! And, for some reason, there's a reporter on the scene, complete with cameraman! At a particularly exciting moment, the reporter has got
to turn to the camera and say something to the effect of "Are We Getting This?
" The answer is usually yes, but it's anyone's guess as to whether the camera will survive the episode.
Anime and Manga
- Possible variation: in Naruto: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, the movie director keeps yelling "Keep filming, keep filming!" every time someone attacks the princess/actress Naruto's group is protecting.
- A variation (sans the stock phrase) appears in Penguin Revolution when Ryo and his rival Narazaki get into a fight on the set of the sentai show they're filming. Since the episode being filmed calls for their characters to fight, the director of the episode immediately demands that the cameras start rolling.
- Used in an episode of Pokémon. The English dub had the reporter comment that Team Rocket was making a dramatic exit through the roof - then she turned to the camera and said gleefully "Just like our ratings will!"
- This is what happens in Digimon Adventure 02 when some rogue Digimon crash a Christmas Eve concert.
- Happens in Dragon Ball Z during Trunks' and Goten's match at the tournament. Unfortunately, the kids are moving so quickly that the cameras can't keep up.
- An issue of Runaways uses this, only with a little bit more swearing.
- Used to tragic effect during the Onslaught Saga, with longtime X-Men character Trish Tilby's video report appearing to show the X-Men betraying and murdering the Fantastic Four and Avengers.
- Die Hard: A reporter asks his cameraman this twice - played straight after a massive explosion inside Nakatomi Plaza, and then sarcastically after being punched in the face by Holly Gennero.
- Inverted in Die Hard 2 when the cameraman, seeing Holly and John finally getting together and starting to kiss, remarks that he is getting it to the news reporter. She then covers the camera, deliberately ruining the shot.
- In Pearl Harbor, while the Japanese are attacking the titular location, one of the characters is filming the planes coming in with a camera yelling "This is great footage!" Too bad, he gets shot for his trouble, on camera.
- [REC] 2 has a priest following a SWAT team through an apartment building, constantly ordering a camerman to film various things they encounter.
- In The Rocketeer when the eponymous hero takes to the air with his Jet Pack to rescue a friend at an air show.
- In Scott Westerfeld's book Extras, the main character, Aya, is constantly asking her hovercam, Moggle, "Are you getting this?"
- Used during part one of the DuckTales Five-Episode Pilot "Treasure of the Golden Suns", during Scrooge and his nephews' confrontation with the Beagle Boys at the candy factory.
- Frisky Dingo:
Grace Ryan: (gasps) Are you getting this?
Cameraman: Am... am I getting footage of me, the cameraman? Absolutely not.
- Played straight in the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command movie. After Buzz finishes his Patrick Stewart Speech, Zurg makes sure it has been captured on camera so that he can laugh at it later.
- Inverted in the Jackie Chan Adventures episode "Snake Hunt", when TV archaeologist Wesley Rank encounters a gigantic snake but is more concerned with getting out alive and in possession of the snake talisman it's guarding. Rank's camera operator remains calm and shines the camera's spotlight into the snake's eyes.
Rank: Crikey, I didn't tell you to film that!
Cameraman: Hello, I'm blinding it! Snakes don't have eyelids!