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.
There is always the possibility that the "reporter" type person will see the entire event happen and conclude before they can ask this important question. In these cases the question becomes more like: "Did we/you get that?" "Did somebody record that?" They may even beg: "Please tell me somebody got that on video." The results are generally similar.
- Possible variation: in Naruto the Movie: 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 Series. 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.
- Dragon Ball:
- In the very first tournament arc in Dragon Ball, the announcer actually asks Krillin and Jackie Chun to redo one part of their fight at a slower pace because they were going so fast nobody could see it. Chun consents, as it's for television, but asserts that this he won't do it again, so they'd better pay attention.
- 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.
- The Transformers, Vol. 2 issue #54, when Cybertronian reporter Circuit asks his cameraman Longtooth if he's catching footage of Optimus Prime summoning Metrotitan from the Earth's ground.
Circuit: Longtooth, old buddy...tell me you got that on camera.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: "No Pain, No Game" (Cartoon Network Block Party #53) has Billy auditioning for an extreme Japanese game show. He has Mandy record his actions with a video camera, none of which gets on tape because Mandy (perhaps deliberately) left the lens cap on.
- Die Hard:
- 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.
- Becomes a plot-point in the TV movie Lifepod. When Parker has to have his leg amputated, he insists that Clara record it on her video camera because he wants others to know what he endured. Later when the footage is reviewed, someone notices that the supposedly blind member of their group dodged a splint that came flying in his direction while Parker was thrashing about.
- 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. The cameraman doesn't know what it is, but he sure is getting it.
- In Scott Westerfeld's book Extras, the main character, Aya, is constantly asking her hovercam, Moggle, "Are you getting this?"
- Done on Babylon 5, when an Earth reporter gets rare footage of Ambassador Kosh... leaving his quarters, seeing the reporters, and immediately going back inside.
- Asked repeatedly by D'Anna Biers, the reporter in the Battlestar Galactica (2003) episode "Final Cut".
- Said by the remote operators who find the faked wreckage of Oceanic 815 in the Lost episode "Confirmed Dead."
- Saturday Night Live:
- A Running Gag on the recurring "Boston Teens" skit involved someone making an Accidental Inneuendo comment, at which point Sully (one of the teens in question) would turn to the camera and says "Tommy (the unseen teen holding the recorder), please tell me you got that!"
- In one of the Celebrity Jeopardy! sketches, Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek has this response to a Final Jeopardy! response that could actually be interpreted as correct. ("Where are you?" "Indoors.")
- In an episode of Sanctuary, the reporter witnesses a number of nasty things, is duly horrified and then, as soon as she can speak again, asks "did we get that?".
- The Suite Life on Deck: When Baily's possessed by a an ancient princess, she attacks Zack (as he's being interviewed by a local reporter for discovering an ancient artifact.) Her response?
Reporter: Get this! This will be better than my story on the coconut that looked like Estabon Francesco!
- The Whiteboard: Daryl managed to take down Doc using one of Doc's special paint grenades. Red asks if anybody got it on video. Bandit had 2 GoPros and an iPhone.
- Draconia Chronicles: In a Valentines Day extra (filler) page, the Animated Actors switch gears and do something "Valentines-ey."
- Schlock Mercenary has this show up ("Are you getting all this?" "Are you kidding?"); When you have a crisis where a character earns the name "Longshoreman Of The Apocalypse", you had better hope someone is filming.
A lone figure stands unbuffeted at the edge of the hole. In the shadow of the mighty ship, and at the heart of the Maelstrom.
He is The Longshoreman Of The Apocalypse, and at his command this apocalypse is drawn to a crushing end.
...He is going to make the news.
- Used during part one of the DuckTales (1987) 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!
- Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: In "Lens A Hand," Dick Dastardly has Muttley take photos of the Squadron in action to prove to the General that they're not just collecting flight pay. Muttley gets everything—mistakes and all.