What gave you the motivation to start this project, and how did the idea come to fruition?
"We have tons of reporters and contacts around the world, and they send in thousands of ideas every day for the magazine, for online, and for mobile. So, we kind of have a limitless well of story ideas and then we pick some of them for HBO, depending on whether we think they be could edited into a smaller piece rather than an hour-long documentary. If they'll be punch-in-the-face stories that people will talk about the next day, they'll be picked for HBO.
What would you say the most unexpected thing you came across during filming?
"Wow, that's a hard one. It was definitely unexpected that Kim Jong-un would show up at our basketball game!"
What was your fear level like when you were filming?
"When you're filming in a dangerous place, everyone sees it after the fact. When you're there, you're just working and thinking 'Did you get the shot? What am I going to say? How did it look? Did we get the interview?' There are a lot of logistics involved; driving, security checks, paperwork. So, generally when you're there, you're caught up in the minutia of trying to film something in a war zone, a conflict zone, some places they don't want you to shoot. So, you don't think about it, quite frankly, and all of a sudden you're in the edit room and there's guns pointed at you and masked terrorists threatening you and you think 'Oh shit! That was pretty dangerous!'"
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